08-06-2012, 05:33 PM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Cordelia, CA
I gave into temptation and got one of the Rampage 4-piece tops.
I love the zip out windows and the fact that they are tinted. The dark windows give more privacy to the cargo area which is very nice.
I feel like the material is a little heavier-duty than the Bestop material.
The stitching looks a little heavier-duty than the Bestop.
This top does not flap as much as the Bestop did, and so is quieter.
The fit is not as good as with the Bestop, and I have wrinkles in the top itself, and the windows, where the Bestop had none. This is after more than a week of having it installed, so it has had plenty of time to "iron itself out."
Where the top bow lined up with the cloth diagonal area that split the side windows, on the Bestop, the top bow does not line up and so is, under the window material, rather than the cloth portion, with the Rampage top.
The optical clarity of the windows is not as good as with the Bestop. This is not related to the tinting, but to imperfections in the window material itself. The material has tiny bumps in it. It is worse on the back window than the side windows. I was always very impressed by the optical clarity of the Bestop windows, which could be photographed through. These are more like what I expected plastic windows to be like, before I experienced the Bestop windows.
I love the idea of the velcro over the zippers, but the velcro does not stick very well and the fit is not good in some places as well, so there are places where the velcro wont stay stuck even when sitting still.
All in all, I would buy it again due to it's features, but I'd be willing to pay extra for better fit and better optical clarity.
'88.5 Samurai JX, mostly stock
Last edited by VaderSS; 08-06-2012 at 05:38 PM.