JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
Let me start with telling you how much I LOVE my soft top. The first thing I did when I bought my Jeep back in 2011 was put the hardtop up on Craigslist because I didn't want it sitting around taking up space, never getting used.
That said, a lot of folks have been asking me about which hardtop I like best. I honestly didn't even have an opinion at first, but the question kept coming so I thought it was time to roll up my sleeve and get to researching.
I looked at every possible hardtop option I could find out there. There were some great ones too. However, when the dust settled...DV8 Offroads Ranger FB was what stood alone.
At just over $2,800 bucks, the DV8 Ranger FB looks great and works even better. Things like noise level, temperature installation, and the way it seals to my Jeep were all factors in choosing what I think is the best hardtop on the market. The DV8 team made my experience so great, I'm looking into what else of theirs I want and as you guys know...I always search for the Made in the USA lable first, and this top has it!
From every angle this top looks great! The slightly thicker than factory manufacturing serves as functional, but as far as design goes gives a tough, rugged, "high end" look that stands alone.
The interior side of the DV8 Ranger FB hardtop is lined with a thick beautiful headliner that feels as good to touch as it looks to the eye. It works to keep the outside noise from coming in and acts as an insulator to keep the tempure inside the Jeep way controllable.
The only downside is one of those love/hate things. It is a two piece top. That means the front comes off, just like the freedom top from the factory with one small difference. It's a two piece top versus three. That makes it a bit chunky to remove. I'm a pretty big guy so I had no problem, but can see how it would take some effort for someone smaller. That's a very tiny downside compared to the upside for sure! The two piece versus three piece happens to creates an amazing seal!
I had, actually almost everyone else I know has, a leaking problem with my Jeep. Mine happens to be HUGE! After the install, I've eliminated at least 90% of the leaking. THAT IS AMAZING! My leaking was very extreme so that leads me to believe most leaking will totally be eliminated! Well worth a little extra elbow grease to remove the sunroof portion, wouldn't you agree?
Once that portion is removed, you can see it's very open, I was very happy with how open actually. I've gone from always liking to be topless whenever possible to thinking, hmmm...I may not even need to remove the top any more, well with the exception of those beautiful summer months of Southern California.
It's worth mentioning that my experience with the folks over there at DV8 Offroad was perfect! They were so nice and helpful. They also have some wonderful install tips that will assure the best fit and seal as possible. Make sure you ask them if you're not a pro at this already. Trust me, they want their customers to have the best experience possible.