Jeep Frameless Soft Top vs ClearLidz

It’s not every day that you buy a new top for your Jeep Wrangler. Jeep tops are essential components of your Jeep and allow the Jeep owner to tailor your Jeep to personal taste to maximize enjoyment both on and off road. Jeep wrangler tops are typically categorized into various types each type offering something different from the other. This article states the difference between clear ClearLidz and both Jeep JK frameless tops.


Would you go for a frameless top or a Clearlidz top? There is no answer to this question unless you thoroughly study both Jeeps Wrangler tops. Choosing the ideal Jeep top for you solely depends on how you intend to use your Jeep. Let’s first highlight the main differences between the frameless tops and the Clearlidz top, so you can make an informed decision about what will best suit your needs and requirements.


The Clearlidz tops are made up of 6mm AR polycarbonate which is very strong, heat-resistant, flame-retardant, resilient, bulletproof and shatterproof. Therefore, you can be assured that the Clearlidz tops are very sturdy, durable, and will be there for you for the long haul. If used with care, they have a life expectancy of forever.

On the other hand, the frameless soft tops are made with fabric. Therefore, they don’t offer as much durability as ClearLid does. The life expectancy of the frameless tops is generally considered to be around 7-8 years, but that, too, totally depends on how you use them.

Assembling the ClearLidz™ Top

The Clearlidz tops are fixed. They can be custom made for your Jeep. Some custom-made ones come with built-in UV protection, tinted, bulletproof, and more. As for the frameless ClearLidz top, though they are nice to look at, the tedious process of putting them up and taking them down wastes a lot of time.


As mentioned earlier, the Clearlidz tops are a perfect fit for most Wrangler Jeep models (JK, TJ and JL). They are specially customized according to the Jeep model and statistics. Owing to a custom fit, there is no leakage far less wear and tear than a soft top.

On the other hand, the frameless tops, since they don’t have a frame, require certain cloth to be stretched when put on the Jeep – a big hassle over time. Wrangler owners using frameless tops often suffer from leakages during the rain, sleet and snow.


Aesthetically, ClearLidz tops are one of the most beautifully designed Jeep Wrangler tops available. They are extremely affordable when you tally up the features of these tops and realize that you have made a good bargain.

The frameless tops are quite expensive compared to the ClearLidz top. Frameless tops aren’t as durable as clear ClearLidz, and this should be factored into the price as a hidden extra cost short term as replacement becomes necessary.

Final word

It’s not every day that you buy a Jeep top. If you are spending a handsome amount on any Jeep top, you would probably expect it to last a lifetime.  Considering the options, features, and affordability, the transparent 180-degree view ClearLidz top clearly stands out (see what we did there).