It does make sense; I get you.I'm With you on this one. I love how it's so much more functional now but hate the look of the soft top attached to the roll bars. Does it detach easily from the bars? If possible I would definitely take that extra step when lowering it so i can have it lie flat like the JK....
When it lies flat like in the JK it looks like it's down and adds a nice contrasting angle to the roll cage. On the JL is just looks, Incomplete (if that makes sense) like you left it half on half on. It also takes away from the look of the roll bar. it would look much cleaner fully down.
Personally I like safari mode (to each their own). I will agree that it looks a little goofy with the top down and the bars still attached (like in second picture below) as opposed to detaching them and setting it down (like the first one below). Fully naked definitely looks cleaner though!Function is great....but safari mode looks awful and all those bars and latches looks awful in top-down mode. Maybe the reason I think the OEM top is stupid and messy looking (in all modes accept fully shut) is because all the great and clean photos of JLs with no top are the ones with the hardtop removed.
Those pictures show exactly what I am talking about. When the top is down on the JK everything is clean. Looks like crap on the JL unless you remove the whole thing. I also prefer the top up on the JK as compared to the weird safari mode of the JL. Again, I know it's just my opinion. =)It does make sense; I get you.
Clean vs incomplete/messy:
i topped by this booth at sema and watched the demonstration. it looks awful. the side windows look terrible and when its down talk about bunched up. the ONLY advantage being that you dont have to get out of your seat to drop it down (and no bars hanging). the new top is so easy to drop it takes like 1-2 minutes once you know how to do it. (by yourself).You're better off going aftermarket
awesome find. i had no idea those bars could come down so easily. cant wait to try it out. i was just driving around with the top down today. finally, after all the rain we've had. ive been planning to grab some long velcro straps for the the top when its down. i think it would help.Ok So I just found this.... you can skip to the 4 min mark.... you can easily take the whole thing down like in the JK... does look bulkier though...
I agree with you, the JL top looks a bit off with the windows out. I waited patiently for the Trektop NX and couldn't be happier with the look, fit & finish and function. Just like Jeep improved every aspect of the JL, Bestop did the same for the JK Trektop to the JL Trektop.We have a new Rubicon on order and had planned to order it with the soft top. After test driving a couple I wanted to see how the new top went down. I must say I like how the windows come out instead of using zippers. What I don't like is the bulky things mounted on the roll bars. I think they are ugly as can be and don't understand how someone could look at that and say "We got it! That's it!". Mean to tell me you couldn't come up with something better than that? I also think it looks weird without the windows how the back just floats on its own. In the end we decided to order a hard top and wait to see what the aftermarket comes up with for a soft top. I personally much prefer the soft top on the JK. Not knocking anyone's choice as we all have different opinions. Just wondering what others think of the JL soft top.