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Jeep JKU and JLU Sun Shade Top Comparison: JTops vs Bungee Tops

See the difference JTopsUSA's "No Bungee Design" can make. Compare Jeep Wrangler Sun Shade Features,
Checkout the photos and construction techniques...
Then You Decide...
Cut the Cord, Cut the Bungees!

Alienshade 👽 Brand Faded JL Sun Shade...Why? 
It's Made in China 
Jeep Wrangler Sun Shade Top Comparison
  • JTops Jeep Wrangler Sun Shade Tops do not use bungees or grommets

  • Our JL Sunshades do not require the windshield to be lowered or the use of special clips to be installed


  • JTops Sunshades uses a two stage, Compression / Quick Release, Military Grade buckle and Heavy Duty webbing system. We guarantee it for the life of the product

  • Aluminum 1/2 inch cross rods imbedded into mesh for superior support

  • The entire top is bound with 4 layers of perimeter webbing for support 


  • Our tops sit on top of the roll cage and provide 2 inches of extended headroom over bungee tops

  • No gaps = reduced sun, noise and wind intrusion

  • JK or JL  Installation is 10-15 minutes vs 30-40 for a bungee top

  • Bungee style products use cheap bungees to stretch the mesh material between the roll cage bars

  • JL versions of bungee tops require lowering of the windshield and installation of plastic clips

  • Installation of one brand of sun shades requires removal of roll cage cowling screws and installation of special nubs to mount the bungees

  • Bungee brands recommend installing a protective film on the rear roll cage to stop the bungees from chafing the paint due to flapping


  • Competitive brands use imported Chinese dip dyed mesh to cut cost. (fades quickly)

  • Bungee tops are a simple square sheet of mesh that does not conform to roll cage shape


  • Plain folded heat sealed edges stretch out of shape

  • Bungees are prone to stretching and breaking. Gaps around perimeter let in the sun, wind and create noise

JTopsUSA VS Spiderwebshade

✔️  1. Never needs to be removed  

✔️  2. Custome cut to the unique shape of the roll cage

✔️ 3. Full 3 Layer perimeter PolyPro Webbing and PVC bound edging for added strength

✔️ 4. 1/2 inch square integrated aluminum rods for superior no shifting or sagging mounting

✔️ 5. Up to 6 neodymium magnets bond strategic points to the roll cage

✔️ 6. On the JL a bound and sewn port to provide access to freedom panel latches

✔️ 7. Access port magnets to keep it from billowing

✔️ 8. No need to remove factory screws and replace them with Hooks or Nubs to mount the shade

✔️ 9. Professional strap and buckle system is attached to the perimiter 3 layer webbing system and will not stretch the shade out of shape

✔️10. Straps and Buckles are UV resistant and will not fade or get brittle from the sun

✔️11. Quick release buckles allows for the top to be removed in 2 minutes if needed

✔️12. Snap right back together to remount

✔️13. Neoprene backed buckles and nylon straps will not rub the finish 

✔️14. Speed tested to 90 MPH

✔️15. Made in the USA

✔️ 1. Never needs to be removed

❌ 2. NO - Square piece of mesh streched on with elastic


❌ 3. NO - the edges are just fold under, heat sealed and sewn 

❌ 4. NO


❌ 5. NO

❌ 6. NO - cut and heat sealed because it's cheaper

❌ 7. NO

❌ 8. YES - you must remove 14 screws from the roll cage and install 14 special hooks the bungees will mount to


❌  9. Elastic bungees must be stretched into place and because there is no perimeter webbing they with cause the shade to misshapen over time

❌ 10. Bungees will loose their elasicity over time and (can't be replaced on a JL because they are sewn on.)

❌ 11. NO - you must use the special tool stretch and remove all the bungees

❌ 12. Bungees only snap the person installing it.

❌ 13. Elastic will rub the finish as it flaps and stretches in the wind

❌ 14. Good Luck!

❌ 15. All but 2 brands are Made in CHINA

Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator Bikini Top JTopsUSA

Why We Use Buckles and Straps...

JTops Wrangler sun shade buckles
Jtopsusa wrangler sun shade buckle
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bungee sun shade

Our buckles and straps are

Made in the USA

and are far from ordinary

  • Made of resin composite, they will not fade or get brittle from sun exposure

  • Military spec, compression and quick release buckles used on combat gear and made by ITW®

  • The UV resistant premium strap and buckle will not stretch or deteriorate from UV exposure over time like a bungee

  • No flimsy grommets to pull out

  • The strap and buckle can't get misplaced or lost 

  • They are sewn on to the perimeter webbing for even pull across the mesh fabric. They will not create creases in the mesh over time

  • They will not snap back or bust your knuckles like a bungee when trying to stretch them on

  • The buckle has a neoprene pad backing so it will not harm the roll cage. Only needed on the JL

  • If they ever break replacements are free under our Never Fail Warranty

JTopsUSA exclusively uses Twitchell® Textilene® Mesh Fabric 
Twitchell® is manufactured in the USA
Jeep Wrangler JL sun shade spiderwebshade vs jtopsusa
All of the raw materials used in the production of our products
(except for the neodymium magnets, EPA restrictions) are manufactured in the USA

Bungee Design and Construction 
Sheet of mesh stretched between the roll cage bars and attached using .10 cent bungees!

jeep sunshade by alienshades
  • The shade pictured above is made of low quality dip dyed Chines mesh and as illustrated in the photo will fade in a year

  • Bungee products only cover part of the roll cage leaving large gaps all around the perimeter

  • ​There is no tight grip to the front windshield. This results in this large gap that lets in wind actually creating more noise

  • Bungees stretch the mesh from the grommet attachment point and cause the shade to misshapen in a short period of time

  • Square mesh shape does not conform to the shape of the roll cage because it's cheaper to produce

Jeep Wrangler jl 2 door sunshade
JTopsUSA JL Sun Shade
Made in the USA since 2014
"The pitfalls of the bungee decision. Not a clean install, missing coverage. The the lack of consistency in the other guys product. I'm doing it right this time. Love your designs, cost a little more but I'm a fan."
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jeep wrangler sunshade

Front To Back

Jtopsusa wrangler sun shade buckle
  • UV Resistant Combination quick release / compression buckles. Will not fade or get brittle from the sun

Product Design and Construction - We Take A Quality First Approach...

 Wrangler JL / JK Sunshade Construction and Materials Comparison 

Full Edge To Edge / No Gaps

Jeep Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited Sun Shad
Wrangler JL Sunshade
  • JL's Shade is digitaly cut to comform to the shape of the roll cage for a custom fit

JTopsUSA magnetic attachments
  • Commercial Neodymium magnets and a thick nylon strip are used to mount the JL sun shade to the front windshield.  (US Patented mounting system)

Wrangler JK
  • Commercial Grade Neodymium N52 Power Magnets integrated into the top hold the center firmly to the roll cage at any speed

  • No Rattling of grommets against the roll cage

Jeep Shade Top
  • Front mount metal flat hook for solid attachment on the JK

JTopsUSA Sun Shade
Custom JTopsUSA sun shade top
Jeep Wrangler Mesh Shade Top Construction

JTopsUSA - Jeep Shade Top Features:

  • Installation time is under 10 Minutes. Watch the 3 minute video

  • Heavy duty "PolyPro" UV resistant straps will not fade

  • Tri-Glids hold the straps up eliminating any possibility of the straps flapping

  • "Quick Release" double function compression and pinch to release "Military Grade" memory buckles.

  • Tops install on top of the roll cage.


  • No loss of headroom

  • Better aerodynamics and no wind intrusion into the cabin

  • Leave it on under your hardtop or soft top

  • Every component is UV stable and will not fade from the sun

Made In The USA


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