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Old 02-03-2010, 10:25 PM   #1
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whats the difference between Bestop's Replace-A-Top,
Sailcloth Replace-A-Top, Supertop?

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I'll take a stab at this but don't hold me to it... someone correct me if i'm wrong..

Replace-a-top...... uses your exsisting factory frame work.

Replace-a-top sailcloth, well the same just different material..

supertop... includes all framework, hardware, top itself, etc... This is the one i bought myself..

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Old 02-03-2010, 11:45 PM   #3
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is there one that is better than the other?
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:19 AM   #4
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If you have all the factory framework and hardware, go fo the replace-a-top and save the bucks.... When i bought my YJ i had nothing for the soft top so going with the superttop was my only option... same material though unless you go with the sail cloth..

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I bought a bestop from JC Whitney- got free shipping and had it in less than 2 days. It went on very easy even in cold weather and looks and fits perfect!! The price is very appealing on this top as well.
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Sail cloth is better quality fabric than the regular replace a top.... Iirc.
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I agree with all the information above, for what it's worth. So just to be repetitive and make myself feel useful:

Replace-A-Top's can only be used if your factory hardware is still there and working. That includes the door surrounds.

A Sailcloth Replace-A-Top is a premium version of the Replace-A-Top. It gets very good reviews, and most think it's worth the extra bucks.

A SuperTop includes all the hardware, and there are options that include soft doors as well. And options with tinted windows. There are minor differences in the hardware between a Supertop and a Factory Top.

There is also a "replacement skin" available, if you have the Supertop hardware, but the fabric is just worn out.
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Sail cloth is better quality fabric than the regular replace a top.... Iirc.
I went with the sailcloth top and have been quite pleased with the quality. Worth the $$.
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i was thinking about going with the Sailcloth, is it really 50% more quite as claimed?
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My factory top is sailcloth, and it isn't really very loud.... much quieter than no top
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i was thinking about going with the Sailcloth, is it really 50% more quite as claimed?
I have the sailcloth on my 94 with the original hardware. Definitely a better, heavier fabric, and I like the tinted plastic. However, I wouldn't say it was 50% quieter. It's quieter, but once you get on the highway or on a really breezy day, it's still really loud. There is a lot less of the sudden snaps (Think of a sail when you tack, and the wind suddenly catches it) than there was with the original top, so there is that. And it feels like it will last a lifetime. Since you're already breaking loose with the bucks, I would say it is worth the extra dough. Another plus is that I think it looks better too.
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I have a replace a top from the PO on mine.. I wish she'd gone with the sailcloth. Friend with a TJ did several years ago, and it's much much nicer. I'd say worth the extra.
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I have the sailcloth on my 94 with the original hardware. Definitely a better, heavier fabric, and I like the tinted plastic. However, I wouldn't say it was 50% quieter. It's quieter, but once you get on the highway or on a really breezy day, it's still really loud. There is a lot less of the sudden snaps (Think of a sail when you tack, and the wind suddenly catches it) than there was with the original top, so there is that. And it feels like it will last a lifetime. Since you're already breaking loose with the bucks, I would say it is worth the extra dough. Another plus is that I think it looks better too.
Tinted windows are available on all the tops now. And outsell non-tinted.

The 50% quieter is true, but it's marketing speak (never totally trust marketing people ). Think of it this way: if you had a cheesecloth top, it would be really loud. If you then went with a very thin, but solid, material, it could be 50% quieter, but still really loud. It could be 300% quieter but still not block all that much noise. I'm just making an example here.

The regular fabric is tough, long lasting, and surprisingly noise resistant. The sailcloth is tougher, longer lasting and more noise resistant. Thousands of people have the regular tops and are perfectly happy. But it's nice to read the above, and see that people appreciate the premium stuff, too.

But I wouldn't disagree on the noise. Soft Top Jeeps ain't quiet, especially when combined with soft doors and aggressive tires.

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