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Old 04-12-2014, 08:36 PM   #1
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Premium Soft Top Worth It

When I bought my 13 JKU, I got it with the hard top only with the intention of buying a soft top ASAP. I use the hard top during the winter months and switch out to the soft top in the spring. I picked up an earlier model year soft top and used it for two years. I was a bit disappointed and found it much more difficult to raise and lower than the top on my 09 JK. I then had the opportunity to trade up for a premium soft top, which I just installed today since the weather is finally warming up in MD. Wow, what a difference. This top is so much easier to raise and lower. I don't know if the newer standard tops have the same frame design, but I love it. Plus the premium top looks and feels much better.

For anyone buying a new Jeep, seriously consider this option.

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Old 04-12-2014, 08:48 PM   #2
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We have a 09 and a 14 with premium soft top. The 14 top is night and day better.

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When I bought my 13 JKU, I got it with the hard top only with the intention of buying a soft top ASAP. I use the hard top during the winter months and switch out to the soft top in the spring. I picked up an earlier model year soft top and used it for two years. I was a bit disappointed and found it much more difficult to raise and lower than the top on my 09 JK. I then had the opportunity to trade up for a premium soft top, which I just installed today since the weather is finally warming up in MD. Wow, what a difference. This top is so much easier to raise and lower. I don't know if the newer standard tops have the same frame design, but I love it. Plus the premium top looks and feels much better. For anyone buying a new Jeep, seriously consider this option.
The new spring assist mechanism is on all standard and premium tops for JKU's starting in 2013. It definitely makes a difference in putting the top up and down. The premium fabric is much nicer as well. I'm very pleased with it.
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:52 PM   #4
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2009 JKU with a 2013 premium. Bad ass.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:32 AM   #5
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Do not hesitate to buy the premium soft top. It is the best "cheaper"option you can have on a jeep.
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:11 AM   #6
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I have the standard top and I don't have any issues with it. I don't disagree with what others are saying about the premium top, but I am just registering my opinion that the standard top still works great.
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Do you guys think that the premium soft would be able to hold up in a NJ winter by itself? Or would a hardtop be necessary? I have to park outside so snow would build up overnight. My replacement TJ bestop vinyl soft top did ok (even with 10 inches of snow) but the 2014 premium top doesn't seem to be as thick or as tight. It doesn't look like it could hold snow at all.
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I think the premium top feels significantly more substantial than the standard top. It is definitely thicker. I think it would hold up as well or better, but I have no direct experience.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:47 PM   #9
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My premium top on 2013 did very well this winter in Philly and South Jersey. Was very surprised!

But if finances are good, looking at a hardtop for the rear defroster and washer fluid

Can't give enough praise on how my set up got me through this really crappy winter!
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I got the standard top. Works great
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Before i made a decision on the soft top, i test drove jeeps with both prem and stand. both work fine, but.... the premium is easier to operate solo, its quieter at highway speeds, and holds up to the sun better, only gripe i can forsee is that the premium must be one hell of a pollen collector.
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400 dollar option when buying new , 1800 to buy afterwards? How do you not buy the premium soft top ? in fact that was the only option I got on my 14 Rubi. I know someone will say that you can get a top just as nice for cheaper, and with a lot of things I would agree with you, but nothing out there yet is as nice as the OEM premium top right now.
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Do you guys think that the premium soft would be able to hold up in a NJ winter by itself? Or would a hardtop be necessary? I have to park outside so snow would build up overnight. My replacement TJ bestop vinyl soft top did ok (even with 10 inches of snow) but the 2014 premium top doesn't seem to be as thick or as tight. It doesn't look like it could hold snow at all.
I have both the hard top and the premium soft - but didn't switch back to the hard this fall. The soft top made out fine this winter - and we got a decent amount of snow in DC.
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400 dollar option when buying new , 1800 to buy afterwards? How do you not buy the premium soft top ? in fact that was the only option I got on my 14 Rubi. I know someone will say that you can get a top just as nice for cheaper, and with a lot of things I would agree with you, but nothing out there yet is as nice as the OEM premium top right now.
I bought my JKU from my local dealer as part of his inventory. And because of the northern tier location, the dealership does the automatic delete option for the soft tops. Getting a custom order to include a soft top would have been a hit on the deal I made on this Jeep; it's often easier to talk down the price of current inventory versus factory orders and builds.

I'm too looking long and hard for a reasonable price and quality soft top to include hardware if necessary. It's looking more and more like $800 is the price point.
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We have a 2013 with a hard top and a 2014 with a soft top. If we had seen the Premium soft top before we bought the '13, we would have skipped the hard top altogether.

No issues with leaking, not much louder than the hard top, LOVE the looks (especially the black interior!) and worked well in this unseasonably cold winter we had this year in Texas.
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:39 PM   #16
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Post Bestop Supertop NX Premium Black Twill

Here is my story,

I have been searching for the complete premium black twill soft top for my 2 door JK on Ebay, Craigslist, this forum and two others since October with no luck. I started to look at companies that sold them new. And eventually I thought I found a deal on a Bestop Supertop NX Premium Black Twill. I figured for $1062 (delivered), I could not go wrong.

Yeah well, Murphy's Law rules.

I started out receiving the box on my door. As I approached, I noticed that the box appeared to have been opened and re taped shut. The outside of the box looked like it had been dropped down the side of a cliff. There were big holes/rips in the box where the grab handles once were. The grab handles were holes now because the box weighs 70 lbs and the cardboard is not made to withstand shipping from coast to coast.

I brought the box into the house and found all the bars/rods,door surrounds scuffed scratched and gouged. I couldn't stomach anymore. I wasn't going to look at the top and windows. I closed it all up and I called for a replacement.

I week later I got the replacement. It had clearly been handled better. I wondered if it was because someone was smart enough to cover the unassuming box that weighs 70 lbs., with bright yellow warning tape from UPS that reads :warning, heavy, 70 lbs.

Last Saturday as the skies blackened minutes after I removed my hardtop in the driveway, our friends that live just 40 minutes north of us were posting pictures of golf ball hail. My girlfriend and I just kept working on the install, hoping it wouldn't hit us.

The instruction booklet that comes with the top calls out for 4 hours of install time. We now know why. The biggest mistake we made was to follow the video instruction on Youtube made by the Bestop company. This video did not cover everything and was the reason why it took us 4 hours. I think if we had just followed the instruction booklet that we had to refer to multiple times because someone in the video did not show something or their hand was in the way or they just totally skipped a step, we could have been done in three hours. I spent an hour just swapping every single bar from the left side to the right side, because we did , in fact, put every single part in the wrong way.

With that said and the top now installed, the hardest part was yet to come. What they do not explain in the video is how the fabric tucks into the door surrounds. The diagram in the instructions are not very clear either. But it was easily figured out once I started doing 55 mph on our way to a friends 40th birthday party. Made that U turn real quick and had to drive her Liberty The next morning I spent an additional hour trying to get that fabric to wrap around that door surround. Eventually I got it but I had to pretty much undo the entire top. I know it will expand in the sun and warmth, but wow was it ever a chore.

Now it is installed and I will tell you I was happy happy. Until it started to rain and realized that water pours down the door sill, onto the side windows and into the back seat...its not a lot but, really?

I notice the cross bar above my head is a nice shiny aluminum? Why not black? Why not black plastic (glass filled nylon or black ABS would do it) rather than foam on aluminum? Somewhere I will find a black decal to cover it.

Why doesn't Bestop simple put stickers on each part? For example, drivers side, passengers side, (DS) (PS) (top) (up) something ??? It cant add that much to the cost to make and install some better, more helpful instructions.

And get rid of that video on Youtube. Make a better one.

Improve the packaging so the box doesn't get destroyed by Jim Carey in Ace Ventura. You can reinforce the handles, and the corners, pretty simply. Someone can show you how to make an insert that will hold all the parts in the box so they don't jostle around and get damaged during shipping. I have bought furniture that was better packaged and easier to install. Just sayin.

And at this point I will step down from the soap box and allow the beatings to begin.

If you have any questions on anything regarding this top installed on a JK 2dr (or even a four door) I will try to help. Good Luck with yours !!!
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Old 04-14-2014, 04:54 PM   #17
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I helped a guy install a trek top nx, not the premium twill, but the standard vinyl material. Granted, it was the middle of winter, so we were in a heated garage without the benefit of the warming sun to help with stretching the fabric, but the install was far from easy. Fast forward to installing the factory premium soft top on my Jeep and I finished the job by myself (there were two of us working on the trek top) in about three hours less time with an absence of cursing. I like the looks of the trek top, but for ease of installation, the factory top is so much better.
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Do you guys think that the premium soft would be able to hold up in a NJ winter by itself? Or would a hardtop be necessary? I have to park outside so snow would build up overnight. My replacement TJ bestop vinyl soft top did ok (even with 10 inches of snow) but the 2014 premium top doesn't seem to be as thick or as tight. It doesn't look like it could hold snow at all.
I only got the premium soft top on my 2014 Rubi when I got it in the fall, and made it through the winter no problem! As long as I can get the premium soft top, I'll never get a hard one haha
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Here is my story,

I have been searching for the complete premium black twill soft top for my 2 door JK on Ebay, Craigslist, this forum and two others since October with no luck. I started to look at companies that sold them new. And eventually I thought I found a deal on a Bestop Supertop NX Premium Black Twill. I figured for $1062 (delivered), I could not go wrong.

Yeah well, Murphy's Law rules.

I started out receiving the box on my door. As I approached, I noticed that the box appeared to have been opened and re taped shut. The outside of the box looked like it had been dropped down the side of a cliff. There were big holes/rips in the box where the grab handles once were. The grab handles were holes now because the box weighs 70 lbs and the cardboard is not made to withstand shipping from coast to coast.

I brought the box into the house and found all the bars/rods,door surrounds scuffed scratched and gouged. I couldn't stomach anymore. I wasn't going to look at the top and windows. I closed it all up and I called for a replacement.

I week later I got the replacement. It had clearly been handled better. I wondered if it was because someone was smart enough to cover the unassuming box that weighs 70 lbs., with bright yellow warning tape from UPS that reads :warning, heavy, 70 lbs.

Last Saturday as the skies blackened minutes after I removed my hardtop in the driveway, our friends that live just 40 minutes north of us were posting pictures of golf ball hail. My girlfriend and I just kept working on the install, hoping it wouldn't hit us.

The instruction booklet that comes with the top calls out for 4 hours of install time. We now know why. The biggest mistake we made was to follow the video instruction on Youtube made by the Bestop company. This video did not cover everything and was the reason why it took us 4 hours. I think if we had just followed the instruction booklet that we had to refer to multiple times because someone in the video did not show something or their hand was in the way or they just totally skipped a step, we could have been done in three hours. I spent an hour just swapping every single bar from the left side to the right side, because we did , in fact, put every single part in the wrong way.

With that said and the top now installed, the hardest part was yet to come. What they do not explain in the video is how the fabric tucks into the door surrounds. The diagram in the instructions are not very clear either. But it was easily figured out once I started doing 55 mph on our way to a friends 40th birthday party. Made that U turn real quick and had to drive her Liberty The next morning I spent an additional hour trying to get that fabric to wrap around that door surround. Eventually I got it but I had to pretty much undo the entire top. I know it will expand in the sun and warmth, but wow was it ever a chore.

Now it is installed and I will tell you I was happy happy. Until it started to rain and realized that water pours down the door sill, onto the side windows and into the back seat...its not a lot but, really?

I notice the cross bar above my head is a nice shiny aluminum? Why not black? Why not black plastic (glass filled nylon or black ABS would do it) rather than foam on aluminum? Somewhere I will find a black decal to cover it.

Why doesn't Bestop simple put stickers on each part? For example, drivers side, passengers side, (DS) (PS) (top) (up) something ??? It cant add that much to the cost to make and install some better, more helpful instructions.

And get rid of that video on Youtube. Make a better one.

Improve the packaging so the box doesn't get destroyed by Jim Carey in Ace Ventura. You can reinforce the handles, and the corners, pretty simply. Someone can show you how to make an insert that will hold all the parts in the box so they don't jostle around and get damaged during shipping. I have bought furniture that was better packaged and easier to install. Just sayin.

And at this point I will step down from the soap box and allow the beatings to begin.

If you have any questions on anything regarding this top installed on a JK 2dr (or even a four door) I will try to help. Good Luck with yours !!!
This is exactly why a paid for the premium soft top when I ordered my jeep. People say the Bestop is just as good as OEM "some even say bestop makes the tops for jeep", but I've heard from a few ppl with bestop complain about leaks, and fabric quality. I've been in driving rain storms at 75 mph and no leaks with my top. I also negotiated 3200.00 of my custom order , to who ever posted about getting a better deal on dealer inventory.

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