Considering how long the Jeep Wrangler has been in production, we're surprised that nobody thought of this sooner. The Jeep enthusiasts at Omix-Ada Inc. have designed what they're calling the world's first power folding soft top kit for the beloved Wrangler, which can be fitted to any 2007-2012 model year four-door model. (The company says a kit for the two-door Wrangler is expected to arrive later in 2012.)

The Rugged Ridge package comes complete with a vinyl top, power top frame, hydraulics, wiring harness and installation pack, and the top itself includes a zip-out, removable, tinted rear window. Omix-Ada says the whole kit comes ready to install with "no fuss or mess."

We can't help but notice that the top looks sort of flimsy during operation, but nevertheless, it's a neat aftermarket tweak to one of the most iconic off-roaders ever to grace our roads (and trails). We're not sure how well the hardcore purists will receive something like this, but there are plenty of people buying four-door Wranglers as lifestyle vehicles, too. Check out a pair of videos after the jump showing the power folding top in action, along with Omix-Ada's press release.





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First Power Top For Jeep Wrangler Debuts at SEMA

No more struggling to get your soft top up when the occasional thunderstorm catches you off guard. Our patent pending design allows the top to be lowered or raised in just seconds with the simple push of a button. The Power Top Kit fits all 2007-2012 4-Door Wranglers and comes complete with sailcloth vinyl top, power top frame, hydraulics, wiring harness and installation packet.

The top is crafted from premium Sailcloth vinyl and includes a removable zip-out, DOT approved, tinted rear window. The motor and hydraulic cylinders come preassembled and prebled, so they are ready to install with no fuss or mess! The Power Top folds nicely and still allows for full use and access of the cargo area.

The Rugged Ridge Power Top designed by Jeep enthusiasts at Omix-Ada Inc. and previewed earlier this year to rave reviews at the "Jeep Beach" event in Florida. The Power Top for 4-Door Wrangler models is available now for orders, and the 2-Door Wrangler model is planned for later in 2012.


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      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Considering how long the Jeep Wrangler has been in production, we're surprised that nobody thought of this sooner" They probably did, but it did fly. A power canvas on a Wrangler is such a paradox. The only power accessory a Wrangler should have is a winch.
      karman876
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is wrong. As are power windows and door locks on a Wrangler. Do we really need power everything?
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @karman876
        Manual locks/windows on a 2-dr Wrangler isn't such a big issue. Move up to the 4dr though, and while not an absolute necessity, they sure as heck make life much nicer. I'd hate to have to pull over off the road every time I want to roll all my windows up or down, or reach around all the time to lock or unlock all the doors. And it's not like the add any appreciable weight to the doors. The wiring harnesses have quick-disconnects so you can still remove the doors quite easily. So why is it "wrong" to have or want power accessories? Wrangler owners finally get to enjoy all the niceties that Jeep SUV owners have had for decades.
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      With Wranglers running 22" rims nowadays, this seems like a no brainer. People like to think of Wrangler owners as real off-roader, but most aren't. Much like FJ Cruiser buyers, they like the look of the vehicle. It's poserism at it's best, I mean how often did you seed a dirty H2 Hummer?
        Maverick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        No no, there are still plenty of Wranglers that get dirty. The ones with 22" rims are the ones that end up in the garages of people who couldn't afford a Mercedes G Wagon...
        jcar302
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        Not sure it's poserism, how many ways are you going to get a 4 wheel drive convertible that's good in all parts of the country rain, shine or snow? I'm no jeep fanboy, that's for sure. But i can understand why some people like them. IMO, a power top could bring a whole new group to the jeep, you know people with money that have no interest in wrestling the factory roof to get it up. You seem to think that a vehicle with offroad capabilities must go offroad to make the purchase worthwhile. News Flash, we got like 6 feet of snow last year in the north east, those posers were the only people that weren't stuck in the house for 10 days straight.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Takes 10 minutes to put the top up or down on a 4 door Wrangler. If someone is too lazy or is too stupid to manually do it, they don't deserve one period.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      sparecr
      • 3 Years Ago
      They have thought of this in the past. There was a power top offered sometime in the late 90's or early 2000's. The ex wife and I looked at one for her 95 Jeep. Keep in mind we looked at to ask why, it is a Wrangler for gods sake.
      Chris Walsh
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone know where there's a link or any pricing information for this? I've checked both Rugged Ridge and Omix-Ada Inc. Websites and nothing is mentioned. Am I missing something?
        Cody W.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris Walsh
        Pricing is around $5k on it right now: http://www.driveoffroad.com/rugged-ridge-13515-01/
          Darrell
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Cody W.
          Damn.. Wrangler tops are a pain in the ass but I dont think it is worth $5k... WOW
      tritonstrategies
      • 3 Years Ago
      I cna only imagine how much this will cost based on the going market for Jeep accesories.
      Wisea**
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a previous Jeep owner, this is a huge convenience given the trouble a manual top can be on this 4-door.
      Brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      This seems like such a step in the wrong direction (at least in my opinion) for the Jeep. One of the things that has always appealed to me about the Jeep is that it was kind-of a minimalist vehicle- no bells and whistles, just the bare necessities you need to go. To me, that has always what has made the Jeep Wranglers and CJs such cool vehicles. Over the last several years, Jeeps have become more plush and have gained many more bells and whistles and a price in the $30k range to go along with it. What Chrysler has done to Jeep has been bad enough but this power folding top, it is just ridiculous. Please don't get me wrong, I am sure the product is good however I think that it sucks that it has to exist. Yuppies who like the "look" of ruggedness without having to be rugged +1, People who like the Jeep for being..... a Jeep 0.
      notafan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool idea. The manual top on the Wrangler is pretty ridiculous, especially if caught in a surprise rainstorm.
      Wolf
      • 3 Years Ago
      Odd that there is no views of this thing from the back. I wonder if it is butt ugly or something. It isn't the kind of thing I'd ever want or use, but in less sunny areas I could see it being maybe slightly handy.
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Wolf
        Did you look at the photo galleries? There's a nice 3/4 rear shot of the red JK.
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