The Bowless/Combo Top from Smittybilt is the most adaptable Jeep top. When hitting the trail hard on a sunny day and clouds roll in you can quickly convert your Smittybilt Bowless/Combo Top from an extended top to a weather protected full top. Convinience is factored in due to internal storage of the removable side curtains. This top requires the use of the factory door surrounds and tailgate bar, as well as a header windshield channel (sold separately.)
I bought this to replace a worn out bikini top. The advantage of this top is that it also replaced my factory soft top. You can remove the side and rear windows to have an extended bikini top. Installation is a little tricky if you're trying to do it at dusk, while getting eaten alive by mosquitos in Florida. Otherwise, I can't complain. The instructions did miss one small detail. They did not expressly say when you should secure the tabs on the sides of the front part under the channel in the door surrounds. I knew it had to be done, but I was trying to follow the instructions in order on my first installation and ended up skipping that part until the very end. It didn't really matter, though. Pros: 1. You can buy two versions of this top and the price is fantastic. There is one version that comes with a tailgate retainer and windshield channel header, if you do not already have those parts. That version is about $200 more expensive, but would be worth it for someone who didn't have those parts. I bought this particular version because I already had those items. 2. This top is literally two tops in one. It is a full soft top, but can easily convert to an extended bikini top. 3. This top includes three rods that rest in the top of the door surrounds (at the front) and over the sport bars (middle and rear). These rods provide rigidity to the top, keeping it from "ponding" and flapping. 4. The top has zipper pockets in the front and a couple of different places with MOLLE attachment points, thus providing additional storage space. 5. There is actually a large pocket in the top that is used for storing the windows when you want it in extended bikini mode. The top even comes with a bag to put the windows in. Cons: 1. The small detail about when to secure the front tabs to the door surrounds is not listed in the instructions. 2. The first installation can be a bit tricky, if the top is right out of the box. Bottom line: I absolutely would recommend this top to a friend. The price is great and it is so versatile and useful, it's not even funny.
I bought this to replace my factory soft top and a worn out bikini top. It does the job perfectly. The price is great. You can order the top based on what hardware you already have. For instance, if you already have a windshield channel, tailgate retainer, and door surrounds you can order the cheaper kit. Same exact top but it doesn’t include the aforementioned hardware. This top comes with bars to prevent flapping and pooling. It’s a little tricky to install, especially when connecting the side windows with the rear window. The instructions also aren’t clear on when you should secure the plastic tabs at the front to the door surrounds. Otherwise, I have absolutely no complaints. This thing even comes with a window storage bag and you can then store that inside a pocket in the top itself. What’s more, there are storage pockets and MOLLE attachment points in the top, too! Yes I would recommend this to a friend.
I installed the top on my 06 TJ without difficulty once i figured out where all the straps route and connect along the real rollbar. I get some air passing along the windshield mount which i plan to readjust in the near future. The fit? not a clean as i expected. I left 3 messages to Smithybuilt with NO repsonce. What's up with that? Headliner compartments are handy and window storange in the rear top is convient. I would not buy again. My$.02
does the top have the ability to just fold half way back?
Asked by Steph from Troutman NC on
Hi Steph No the Bowless Combo Top with Tinted Windows will not fold half way back. Thanks
Answered by LWiff ext 4804 from Troutman NC on
Hello, if i am converting from a hard top does my jeep come with the body channel or do i need to buy one?
Asked by braden from Fallbrook, CA on
Braden, the Smittybilt Bowless Combo Top With Tinted Windows needs a few extra parts to work with a hardtop Jeep. You will need the windshield Channel located here: http://www.4wd.com/Jeep-Tops-Jeep-Top-Accessories/Quick-Detach-Windshield-Header.aspx?t_c=75&t_s=461&t_pt=3548&t_pn=S/B90105 and the door surround kit located here: http://www.4wd.com/Doors-Door-Accessories/Door-Surround-Kit.aspx?t_c=87&t_s=503&t_pt=10615&t_pn=BST55010-01 Hope this helps!
Answered by Zach O. ext 4939 from Fallbrook, CA on
If I already have a factory soft top on my 2009 jeep wrangler jk 4door, does this top come with everything needed to install? Does this top come with instructions?
Asked by Jon from Rocky Mount, NC on
Hi Jon, This Smittybilt Bowless Combo Top With Tinted Windows is a great replacement for the original soft top, it includes all the fabric and windows. You'll use the same hardware that's on the Jeep already to install it, it does come with instructions. Thanks for your inquiry.
Answered by Jim G Ext 4806 from Rocky Mount, NC on
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