Installation Time: Afternoon
May 31, 2019
I guess everyone is entitled to a bad day. I purchased this top thinking it would be a little better quality over OEM and at first glance it seems to be just that. Thick material, very durable looking and black interior. Once installing things went down hill. Laid the top out in the sun on the driveway for about an hour before I started, new it would need some stretching help. Got the old top off the factory frame, laid out the new one and got the front bar all screwed down after carefully lining up like the instructions noted (poor instructions btw). Connected the springs back and and began the process of pulling down the corners of the top so that I could install the windows and get everything put together. First I tried with the front support locked down, but could not get the corners pulled down at all. Im 6'2", 220 and have always been able to put my factory top together even in the coldest weather, it was all I could do to get one corner pulled down. So had to unclamp and partially fold back the front, I pulled the corners down and then took every bit of strength I could muster to pull the front down to get one side to latch. Once I did I was able to get the other side to latch. At this point I am still thinking it will stretch out. I pulled the Jeep out of the garage and parked in the sun. 82 degree bright sunny day. It sat for over an hour while I ate lunch and recovered from the previous wrestling match I had just barely won. After lunch I proceeded to zip in the windows. Started with the drivers side rear and with some effort finally got it in and pressed into the door surround channels. The passenger side would not even line up. It was off by 1.5 inches and was at a really extreme angle. Upon further inspection I noticed there was at least 1/2" to 3/4" gap along the door surrounds front to back and with just some light touch you could see the metal frame work of the factory frame. At this point I gave up and completely removed the entire assembly and put the hard top back on. Very disappointed and was really shocked. It's like the entire top was made too small and the fit and finish was terrible. Extreme Terrain was fantastic for the RMA process and Rugged Ridge was very apologetic. I think this particular top that I got was passed over by Quality Control.