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  • Bestop Replacement Tops

    If you own a Jeep Wrangler with a soft top, chances are you will need a top replacement every 5-7 years. Sooner or later, the OEM soft top will rip, tear, or just fall apart. It's the nature of the beast, especially if the vehicle is kept outside or in a damp climate. When replacing OEM soft tops on your Jeep Wrangler, we recommend Bestop. For more than 60 years, Bestop has been Jeep enthusiast's top choice for CJ and Wrangler replacement and aftermarket tops. If you're looking for a top quality replacement for your worn out OEM top, here are your best options.

    Bestop - The Top Choice for Soft Top Replacement

    First up is the Trektop. The Trektop is the popular "frameless" top that gives your Jeep a fastback style look. The Trektop also converts to a safari style top, and can store the windows in the top "deck" of the top when not in use. The Hybrid Soft Top Version, called the Trektop Pro is pictured above. This version is made of Twill and has hard windows and supports, like the OEM hard-top, but gives the appearance and function of a traditional soft top. The regular Trektop NX is seen below. The NX top is made of Sailcloth and like a traditional OEM soft top, it has no plastic supports or glass windows. Both tops give your Jeep a unique look, with top-of-the-line Bestop quality! Prices range from $679.99-$1599.99. Standard and Twill Trektops qualify for a mail-in Bestop $50-$100 Rebate through March 31, 2017. See individual product pages for more details.

    BesTop Trektop

    Twill vs. Sailcloth: A Material Difference

    This is a common question we get. What is the difference between Twill and Sailcloth? Twill is a heavier, softer fabric, while Sailcloth is much like a standard OEM soft top. Twill is a close match to the MOPAR Premium soft top, and has a much darker tone than Sailcloth. Sailcloth is a more rigid fabric, and is usually a few shades lighter than Twill. Because of this, Twill will dampen more noise than Sailcloth (weight: heavier fabric vs. lighter fabric.) Sailcloth is the more economical of the two, coming in at a lower cost. But, if it's in your budget, we recommend the Twill. The higher quality and heavier fabric will last longer, and will quiet down your ride a bit as well! See the two color differences below. Trektop Pro Twill is on top, and the standard Trektop made of Sailcloth is shown beneath.

    Bikini Top

    The Bikini top is the perfect choice for summer. Shown below with the duster (rear trunk area cover) and winjammer (clear rear window). These accessories are ideal for the warm months when you may want some protection from rain showers, but don't want to run a complete soft or hard top. Bikini Tops are available for a variety of Wrangler models, and both 2 and 4 door Wrangler JK/U models. Pricing starts at $59.99.

    BesTop Bikini Top

    Replacement Tops

    When it comes to completely replacing your worn out OEM soft top, we recommend the Bestop Supertop. If you're on a budget, check out the Replace-A-Top! The Supertop is made to OEM specs, while the Replace-A-Top is made from high quality sailcloth. These tops are available in a variety of colors depending on the model, and with or without tinted windows. Pricing starts at $799.99 for the Supertop and $520.99 for the Replace-A-Top. See the Replace-A-Top shown below.

    BesTop Replace-A-Top

    Top-Of-The-Line Soft Top Replacements

    If you're looking to replace your worn out factory soft top, or making the switch from an OEM hard top to a soft top, Bestop is simply your best choice. These products are top-of-the-line and top choice for CJ to JK owners everywhere. From complete replacement tops to bikini tops, Bestop has an ideal solution for you. Check out other Bestop products here. Take advantage of the rebates and FREE Shipping to score a great deal on a summer top! Rebates end March 31, 2017.

    Don't hesitate to give us a call if you're concerned about fitment or which color or product you should purchase for your Jeep. Spring is almost here!


  • Maximus-3 Accessories

    Maximus-3 manufactures its first-class accessories for the current Wrangler JK platform at their U.S. factory in Detroit, Michigan. From bumper hoops to tire carriers, lighting brackets and roof racks, we're impressed with Maximus-3 products' eye-catching style and sturdy off-road qualities.

    Maximus-3 Bumper Stinger Hoop

    Striking Style With Rugged Off-Road Ability

    Above you'll see a MOPAR 10A Hard Rock bumper. This bumper has been outfitted with Maximus-3 (M-3) accessories. These parts retain the OEM feel of the bumper while giving the Jeep that perfect, off-road capable look. First up, the bumper hoop. Offered in a variety of styles, a bumper hoop will protect your grille and winch. Pictured is the Stinger Hoop variant. Also shown, a Red Winch Hook Anchor and Fairlead perfectly match the factory tow hooks. This keeps the hook from the Warn Zeon winch secure when not in use.

    If a stinger isn't for your build style, check out these two options. The M3 Classic Hoop, pictured above, is a lower profile hoop designed to protect your fog lights and grille while off-road. The sturdy design and sleek powdercoating match the factory bumper, much like the M3 Stinger! Want a hoop with a slightly different bend? Check out the X-Style Hoop, pictured below. The X-Style features a more rounded bend in the hoop, if the sharper angles of the Classic Hoop aren't for you.

    Aftermarket Lighting Brackets

    Interested in mounting aftermarket lights? Check out the fog light brackets or auxiliary light brackets. These and other brackets allow you to mount a wide variety of aftermarket lighting on your Jeep, while keeping that clean, factory look. If you look at the hoops listed above, the auxiliary lights mounted inside and outside of the OEM bumper are Maximus-3! Check out the auxiliary light bracket links above to find the right one for your aftermarket lighting.  To build your very own M-3 bumper combo, click HERE!

    Maximus-3 Rear Bumper And Tire Carrier

    The most modular tire carrier on the market, the M-3 tire carrier steals the show. With the ability to mount spare RotoPax, a HighLift Jack, Shovel, and more, this products makes the most out of your tailgate. 100% bolt on, and able to accommodate up to a 40" tire, this high quality aftermarket tire carrier is perfect for your build, especially where larger-than-stock tires are concerned. The possibilities are endless with the modular mounting system, click the here for more information.

    Maximus-3/Rhino Rack Roof Rack

    This cargo rack is another one of the many popular products carried by Maximus-3. Utilizing the Rhino Rack Pioneer platform, this product combines the best of both worlds. You get a sturdy roof rack with an aerodynamic design and side access via an overland-style ladder. Put your hardtop to work now with the Maximus-3/Rhino Rack Roof Rack.

    75th Anniversary Products

    With the introduction of the 75th Anniversary Wrangler, Maximus-3 is offering bronze accessories. If your Jeep Wrangler has the bronze 75th package, click here to check out our selection of these special accessories for your Jeep. What better way to make your ride stand out than with these stylish products from Detroit City!

    When you're ready to start your Jeep build, choose Maximus-3 accessories if good-looks and solid off-road quality is important to you. We use many of these products on our shop builds. Take our word for it, they turn heads. Browse our full selection of Maximus-3 products here. Order now while shipping is FREE on Maximus-3 accessories. 

    As always, if you have any questions, just give us a call. We're happy to help!

  • 2016 Review - Rhino JKU

    custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-rhino-jw-speaker-8700-j-headlightsRhino JKU - 2016 Review

    This week we're taking a look at another one of our 2016 builds, the Rhino JKU. Rhino was a new factory color for the 2016 model Jeep Wrangler JK. The Rhino color is unique and intriguing in that it appears to shift colors more than other factory Jeep finishes. Depending on the lighting, Rhino can appear to be nearly black, anvil, or a dark gray. In reality, Rhino is more of a blue-gray color, and styles well with black accents and accessories.

    This Rhino JKU was our first Rhino build, and was completed right after Rhino Jeeps first appeared on dealer lots in 2016.

    Rhino JKU - Exterior Accessories

    custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-rhino-amp-research-power-stepsFor this build, we chose the 4.5" AEV lift kit and 37x13.50x17 Toyo Open Country RT Tires. The 37's are mounted to 17" AEV Salta Wheels. This gives the Jeep JKU a nice stance and proportional tire size for the lift height. The black color of the AEV accessories suit up well with the Rhino body color.


    In addition to the wheels, tires and lift kit, we upgraded the lighting with JW Speaker Evolution J Headlights, JW Speaker Fog Lights, Recon turn signals, and JW Speaker 279 J Series Tail Lights. These lighting upgrades replace the OEM headlights, fogs, and turn signals. While OEM lights are not entirely inadequate, the aftermarket LED lights are far superior and are always a first preference for our shop builds. To round out the lighting, we mounted a pair of ARB 21 Intensity LED lights to the AEV Premium front bumper, to provide a nice light/spot pattern for a DD or off-road vehicle. 


    The bumper houses a Warn 8s Synthetic Winch. An AFE Y-Pipe and Banks Ram-Air Intake System allow this Jeep to make the most of it's 3.6L engine. Towards the rear of the Jeep, the AEV Premium Rear bumper carries the 37" spare with ease. Again, the Rhino is well-suited with the tires and AEV accessories, giving this Jeep a nice subdued look.Rhino JKU Rear BumperRhino JKU Build Red Diamond-Pattern Seat Accentscustom-jeep-wrangler-jk-rubicon-rhino-alea-leather-headrest-nappa

    Rhino JKU - Interior Accents

    As you could guess, we didn't just upgrade the exterior. Luxury seating and interior accents are becoming a popular upgrade for modern Jeeps like the Jeep Wrangler JK. For the Rhino JKU, we chose Alea Custom Platini Nappa Leather in a two tone black with dark red stitching and red diamond-pattern seat accents. We also colored-matched the HVAC bezels, door trim panels and navigation trim pieces in red. The navigation system is an Alpine Restyle Kit featuring a 9" anti-glare touch screen. These accessory upgrades were very hot in 2016, and it looks like the 2017 buyers will continue the trend.Rhino JKU Build Interior Red AccentsStay tuned for more 2016 builds in our "2016 in Review" section! For more info and a complete build sheet click HERE for the old product listing.Rhino JKU Build

  • Wrangler JK Hoist A Top

    Most Wrangler JK's come from the factory with a hard top. Consumerism demands production of a more refined vehicle, so that's what Chrysler/Fiat offers in a hard top. But Lange Originals Hoist A Top offers us outdoorsy, adventurous Jeepers refinement in a different way. We don't always choose to have the hard top on. When the summer months roll around, we like to feel the wind in our hair and the warmth of the sun on our shoulders. 

    OEM and aftermarket hardtops are bulky to handle, difficult to store, and yes, costly. If we leave the hard top lying on the ground or in the garage, it's bound to get damaged or even destroyed. That's why Lange Originals brought us Hoist A Top in three models that make it easy to remove and store our hard top securely out of the way. What better place than the ceiling?

    Which Hoist A Top Is Right For You?

    Hoist A Top Manual by Lange Originals

    All three Hoist A Top products essentially do the same thing. The difference is found in the mechanism. In the bottom left of each image, you can see the mechanism. The Manual Lange ($199.00) shown above simply requires a hearty pull to lift the hardtop up and out of the way.

    The Power Lange ($419.99) shown below, requires just a push of a button, to hoist the hardtop up and away. 

    Hoist A Top Power by Lange Originals

    The Crank Lange ($319.99) shown below is the perfect balance between the two products above. You simply turn a crank. The crank is a bit easier to manage than the Manual Lange, but doesn't carry the price tag of the Power Lange.

    Hoist A Top Crank by Lange Originals

    All three models feature a steel powder-coated frame that you can attach to your hardtop without any drilling. And you can remove your hardtop using the Hoist A Top without having to open your rear window. Because it mounts to the ceiling, the system stows out of the way, with or without the hard top in tow. Each Hoist A Top model comes with instructions for an easy install. 

    You don't have to call a whole crew of friends over, or throw your back out to remove and store your hardtop. You can do it all by yourself with ease. It's perfect for the warm summer days ahead when the impulse strikes you to go topless, or when you want to change out to a soft top. So what are you waiting for? Shop now for your Hoist A Top at

  • Wrangler JK - Roll Cages

    As rough and tough as your Jeep Wrangler JK performs, its factory sport cage design is a mighty point of failure. The OEM sport cage weakness lies where the spreader bars meet the windshield. In the event of a rollover, the OEM spreader bars may buckle, and the windshield also may fold inwards. Yet, the Wrangler JK OEM sport bar system meets current crash test standards for new stock Wrangler vehicles.

    Aftermarket Roll Cages Reduce Your Risk

    Let's face it, the OEM Wrangler was never designed to withstand the rigorous demands for on and off highway use once heavy modification and lifting begins. As you modify your Wrangler for a more aggressive highway stance, and a more aggressive handling style for risky off-road adventures, you most likely understand that you also increase your probability for a roll over.

    Spreader Bars Buckle - Windshields Fold Inward

    For example, when you add a lift kit and larger tires, you raise the center of gravity on your 'rig. This in turn increases your chance for a costly accident on the highway or on the trail. Once substantial modification begins, we absolutely recommend an aftermarket 'cage. If you don't upgrade to an aftermarket roll cage, you risk that your spreader bars may buckle, and your windshield may fold inwards, if you roll over. 

    jeep-jku-rollover-windshield-failure-png Photo Courtesy JK Forum

    These aftermarket roll cages can altogether remove this dangerous failure point in the OEM sport cage system. Rock Hard, Poison Spyder and GenRight make three aftermarket safety cages, at various price points, that we regularly recommend to our customers. Check them out below.

    Rock Hard 4x4 Sport Cage

    Rock Hard Roll Cage

    Rock Hard 4x4 offers a complete, bolt-in kit for those looking to beef up the factory setup without extensive modifications. The Rock Hard roll cage features a fully bolt-in, easy installation cage with 1/2" thick CNC machined steel locking collars. Grade 8 hardware is included, and grab handles are built into the kit. As you can see, there are cross bars that go across the dash, floor A-pillar bars, and overhead spreader bars. Additional options include front and rear seat harness bars, and an overhead center bar section. Rock Hard 4x4 offers the strongest bolt-in/reinforcement 'cage in the market. Pricing starts at $649.95.

    Poison Spyder Trail Cage

    Poison Spyder Roll Cage

    Poison Spyder offers a roll cage similar to Rock Hard. But whereas Rock Hard builds upon the stock spreader bars, Poison Spyder removes and replaces them. Its use of heavy duty DOM tube structure and optional grab handles make Poison Spyder a top-notch option. This cage also features front A-pillars (with floor tie-ins), a dash and overhead spreader bar, and more. The trusted Poison Spyder craftsmanship and laser cut, brake-formed 3/16" plate steel components ensure you a proper fit. Pricing starts at $944.00

    GenRight Roll Cage Kit - A Superior Upgrade Choice!

    GenRight Roll Cage Kit

    If you're looking to replace the entire OEM sport cage setup, as in removing all components and starting from scratch, GenRight has a product for you. GenRight offers roll cages for both the four door JKU and two door JK. These cages are designed for maximum visibility over the dash. They work with factory hard and soft tops, and include mounting brackets for the factory seat belts. Made from 2" heavy DOM tubing, this cage will stand up to the challenge, either on the trail or around town, in a rollover.

    The GenRight kit is laser cut and notched for that perfect fit. However, it will need to be welded together inside your Jeep. Yes, you can remove the roll cage to powder coat it once it's been custom fit. Note, the GenRight roll cage kit does require a cut to your dash; but it's very minor and well worth it. Pricing starts at $2,649.99 for the JK; and $2,749.99 for the JKU.

    jeep-jk-rollover-windshield-failure-png Photo Courtesy JK Forum

    Invest In Roll Cage Protection!

    Without a doubt, we recommend an aftermarket roll cage to increase driver and passenger safety, especially if you ever plan to take your vehicle off road. You can simply eliminate the life-threatening concern that your windshield may crumple inward if you roll over. You can also add other safety accessories, like CB radio/equipment mounting points, grab bars, fire extinguishers, and more to these roll cages.

    Why not play it safe? Make it a priority to replace your factory sport cage system to give your roof and windshield the same rugged protection and dependability you expect from aftermarket bumpers, winches, skid plates and other body armor?

    Each of these aftermarket roll cages is designed to protect your life and your Jeep from more severe body damage in the event of a rollover. If you haven't already invested in rollover protection, or you're simply ready to upgrade to a superior roll cage system, shop now

    As always, we're here to help our fellow Jeepers out. Give us a call if you have any questions.

  • Jeep Wrangler JK - Aftermarket Hard Tops

    Are you considering aftermarket hard tops to replace your OEM hard top? Or do you simply want to upgrade your soft top for more warmth and better protection from the cold weather elements? From squared-off aftermarket hard tops to the fastback model, we only represent the best quality brands.

    For comparison, the hard top we show below is a standard OEM hard top. You can order it in a flat black, or color match it with the OEM paint code. 

    Aftermarket Hardtops

    Jeep Wrangler JK: Aftermarket Hard Tops

    Today, you have many aftermarket hard tops available for your Wrangler JK. We've all heard the frustrating stories of tops that leak and fit poorly. So it can be can be mind-boggling to choose the right aftermarket hard top. But, based on years of experience with every hard top on the market, we can make your decision easier. Here are two top brands we confidently recommend.

    DV8 Ranger and Ranger Fastback Hard Tops

    DV8 Ranger Offroad Fastback - 2dr - Standard

    The standard squared-off Ranger top shown above is currently the only 2-door Wrangler JK top DV8 offers The four-door Wrangler JKU version is shown below. Both models feature a removable Targa style front panel, and a carpeted interior with tinted windows.

    DV8 relies on high quality seals and fiberglass for a quiet, secure ride. This hard top closely resembles the OEM hard top. It's ideally suited for the owner looking to upgrade from a soft top to a high quality hard top, without the MOPAR price tag. All models feature an optional rear window wiper. The standard Ranger 2-door starts at $2,233.25. The 4-door model starts at $2,199.99. Click here for all the details.

    The DV8 Offroad Ranger Fastback top seen below gives you the popular slant-back or fastback design, with the high-quality craftsmanship from DV8 Offroad. This top also features a Targa style removable front panel and a carpeted interior with tinted windows. The 4-door Ranger Fastback starts at $2,649.99. Click here for full details.

    Aftermarket Hard Tops - DV8 Ranger Fastback

    American Fastbacks Hard Top

    Aftermarket Hard Tops American Fastbacks Freedom Top

    Shown above is The Freedom Fastback top from  American Fastbacks. It is currently the only JK/U top from this company, and we are highly impressed. This top comes in a textured black finish;or it can be painted to match your vehicle. You can choose to add one or two electric sunroofs.

    The Freedom hard top comes standard with an insulated interior, a rear window defroster, and a wiper. American Fastbacks offers a one-year manufacturer's warranty against defects, and they make all their products in America. The base price is $3,351.00. Click here for complete details and options.

    To upgrade your factory soft top, hard top, or to trick out your Jeep with the newest fastback look, you can't beat DV8 Offroad and American Fastbacks' aftermarket hard tops. If you're not sure which top to order, or you're just starting to plan your build, give us a call. We'll be glad to walk you through the ordering process and recommend the right top for you. 

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