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Old 07-21-2009, 08:09 PM   #1
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Soft Top Replacement Question

I have a 2006 TJ Unlimited with a soft top. I just bought it and there is a tear of about two to three inches above the front of the drivers door. I am looking to repair it or replace it but have questions.

1) Is repair an option in a straight up and down tear?
2) If I replace it what is a better option a factory replacement, a bestop factory style replacement or a sailcloth replacement? I called 4WD parts today and 1st he said they did not have a top that would fit and then he was not very clear to me about what is better the Sailcloth or the factory style. What will last longer? I am in SoCal and it is parked outside so that maybe a consideration as well.

Any advise would be helpful.


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Old 07-21-2009, 09:08 PM   #2
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I had a tear in my first soft top of about an inch. I had a local apholstery(?) shop sew it up. They did a great job and it never leaked. So I know they can be repared. I bought my second top and windows off ebay. All OEM stuff.

'97 TJ--HP Dana 60 rear w/ARB--HP Dana 44 front w/high steer and ARB--5.38 gears--SM465 tranny--RE 5.5 LA kit--4:1 t case--rollin' on 37" MTR's and Allied Beadlocks
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:22 PM   #3
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Much as it pains me to say it, look into getting it sewn up. Ironman says upholstery shop, which is good. But think boat canvas makers/repairers too. In Socal, you'll find someone who will do it dirt cheap and really well.

We were talking somewhere else today about sailcloth vs "regular" fabric. Sailcloth is quieter, but I don't think it will really last longer. That's really just a cost-benefits decision.

And we'll be happy to sell a new top, but we can wait.

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