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Old 12-13-2012, 09:14 PM   #1
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Another premium versus regular soft top question

Hi, I have a 2013 4dr I recently bought. The only option I did not get that I think i wish I had now was the dual top option so I could get the premium soft top. Instead I got the hard top only. Part of me thinks a good soft top would be good for the 7 hour trip to the beach next year with my wife and 2 young children. I liked the look and feel of the new premium top and have read that the new "sprung" frame is an improvement. I have read various posts about the soft tops available from the factory and have contacted Bestop about the aftermarket availability of the premium top (I was told sometime early 2013). Would any of you that have had (or know about) both the regular sunrider top and the premium one chime in and give your thoughts on the two tops and the "sprung" frame. I am looking for pros and cons. It was a pricey option when Jeep shopping, it would be a pricey dealer purchase now after buying the JK, and I figure Bestop won't "give them away" next year. Thanks much for any insight.

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Old 12-13-2012, 09:28 PM   #2
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I've had both, and the premium material is nicer than my 08's top was. The spring assist is super nice. I can lift the frame up one handed on this one, versus the running back and forth from each side on the 08.

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Old 12-13-2012, 09:31 PM   #3
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^^I've had both as well... what he said.
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:50 AM   #4
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The premium material is awesome stuff. It feels like a very supple and thick cotton material. I see it holding up much better than the synthetic nylon type stuff in the older tops.

This is coming from a guy with only the premium soft top.
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Please correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't the premium top come with a little bit of a nap to the surface? I think I have seen one on the road but have not stopped at a dealer to look at it. This area has tons of salt in the Winter time and then a similar SNOW in the late spring when the cotton wood trees drop their white pollen or seeds or what ever. I think either way that would make a mess of a top like that?

What do you think?
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The material does collect a little bit of lint, but it cleans up easily.
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The material does collect a little bit of lint, but it cleans up easily.
Thinking that when I need to replace my top it will be with one of these. I am directly downwind from a LOT of these darn Cottenwood trees. At the base of my driveway the white stuff piles up like snow and when it gets wet it sticks to every thing!
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:25 AM   #8
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I've had the regular soft top material on my last 2 jeeps and have been very happy with it. If you use Bestop's Protectant, trail dirt and just about everything else washes off just like it does from a waxed surface. It also keeps it from fading. By the way, cottonwood piles up several inches deep around my yard. It almost looks like winter when that stuff is falling. It's scarey...that stuff is like gasoline on the ground...until it gets wet.
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I like the material. For me, it's still heavy on a JKU with the premium... but I can't imagine how much I would struggle with the regular soft top. But, I can do it from one side, or from the backseat, and I don't need assistance to get my top up and down. (giggity)

I've not noticed much debris/lint sticking to mine... but maybe I'm just lucky
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The material on the premium top is comparable to the top on my Jaguar XK convertible, super nice, much nicer than the top I had on my 07' JKU. Easier to put up down as well.
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Great! Thanks for the posts...they seemed nicer than the old ones but wanted a first hand account. I appreciate it. Know of anyone wanting to part with one?

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I have a new one lined up from an individual, but he wants $1100. Wondering if its worth that much. Or should I find a '12 for much cheaper??
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A bit off topic but does anyone know if you can get upper half doors made with the premium soft top fabric? Sorry and thanks.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:13 PM   #14
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So do brand new JK's come with 2 soft top options, a premium and standard one? Thats interesting and id like to see a premium one up close. Did older jeeps ever come from the factory with a premium and standard option? Anything except material quality different between the two? Sorry if its a hijack I just assumed the new tops were same type of material as the old tjs.
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I haven't actually gotten to test & feel the new premium material. Has anyone had actual experience with it off road with mud, branches, etc. How is or will it hold up?
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The bestop premium top is available now and is listed as "Black Twill Supertop NX". The cost is $1500 give or take. Since I have a hard top already, and just need a summer top, it is too rich for my blood. I think if you are only running a soft top year round it may be a great option.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:49 AM   #17
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So do brand new JK's come with 2 soft top options, a premium and standard one? Thats interesting and id like to see a premium one up close. Did older jeeps ever come from the factory with a premium and standard option? Anything except material quality different between the two? Sorry if its a hijack I just assumed the new tops were same type of material as the old tjs.
In addition to material, the premium top also has springs that are supposed to make it easier to bring the top up and down.
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Does anyone with the Premium Top use a storage boot? Being thicker than the standard top I was wondering if the boot fits.
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Does anyone with the Premium Top use a storage boot? Being thicker than the standard top I was wondering if the boot fits.
Curious myself.
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In addition to material, the premium top also has springs that are supposed to make it easier to bring the top up and down.
The springs actually come on all Unlimiteds, whether or not they have the premium top. I've seen some on the lot that were stripped out base models with standard tops, but still have the spring assist.
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Another premium versus regular soft top question

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Does anyone with the Premium Top use a storage boot? Being thicker than the standard top I was wondering if the boot fits.
Same here, I've haven't heard, but would like to know.
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I haven't actually gotten to test & feel the new premium material. Has anyone had actual experience with it off road with mud, branches, etc. How is or will it hold up?

It holds up great. It is much stronger and thicker than the standard stuff. It's more like the fabric you'd find on a high end convertible car. I very highly recommend it as a $400 option from the factory.

Mine has been through some pretty thick brush at deer camp and on a few trails and so far hasn't had any issues with branches. As of right now (knock wood) the red Georgia clay hasn't stained it. I had it pretty covered with mud out in the Mississippi delta and a quick rain got rid of it all.
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Thanks I didnt know they were spring assisted but I havent been in many jks.

rfortune, you come to the MS delta alot?
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Thanks I didnt know they were spring assisted but I havent been in many jks.

rfortune, you come to the MS delta alot?
The spring assist is a new feature for 2013.

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