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Old 10-23-2011, 04:02 PM   #1
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soft top for unlimted

My first post!! just bought myself a 2012 unlimted sahara,, first jeep, love it so far, my question is that, i found a soft top brand new, on craigslist,, for a really good deal, he said its factory, and brand new never used, any brands i should stay away from,, will i know its factory by looking at it? any feed back will help before i buy this, thanks

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Old 10-23-2011, 04:09 PM   #2
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My first post!! just bought myself a 2012 unlimted sahara,, first jeep, love it so far, my question is that, i found a soft top brand new, on craigslist,, for a really good deal, he said its factory, and brand new never used, any brands i should stay away from,, will i know its factory by looking at it? any feed back will help before i buy this, thanks
The sunrider soft tops that come on the 2012's are made by Bestop. If it's factory, and new...

Check it for rips, punctures, etc before parting with your $.

Personally, why anyone would unload a perfectly good soft top is beyond me. Unless it was replaced with something else. I bought a 2012 and plan on running my soft top year round, even in the cruel Wisconsin winters.

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thanks and thanks!! love this forum by the way, heavy user on a lot of other forums,, first jeep and i love it!!! thanks for the fast response,
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:19 PM   #4
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You bet.

Being in CA, a soft top's a must. It'll be April before I can even think about taking mine off...even then, we sometimes get a freak snowstorm or two.

Enjoy your new Jeep!
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:23 PM   #5
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Look for a Mopar sign.

Best top does make your OEM but that doesn't me they are the same.

People rid their soft tops all the time--why I don't know--I'm guessing the freedom top suits their needs.

Anyways don't pay more than $600-$700 for a "new" JKU top. That's the going price--I see them all the time.

I paid $500 for a 2 door, used but in great shape. Now is the time to buy.

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Old 10-23-2011, 05:40 PM   #6
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I bought a 2012 and plan on running my soft top year round, even in the cruel Wisconsin winters.

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Bold move my friend, We got hit with a huge snowstorm last winter here in kenosha and id be worried that tht could possibly cave in the soft top? I put on my hard top, not gunna take the risk.
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Bold move my friend, We got hit with a huge snowstorm last winter here in kenosha and id be worried that tht could possibly cave in the soft top? I put on my hard top, not gunna take the risk.
I would not worry about it caving in.

Those soft tops are built well. Only concern for me would be the plastic windows and cracking. Hard top IMO is easier to clean off and you would not have to worry bout it.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:34 PM   #8
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Bold move my friend, We got hit with a huge snowstorm last winter here in kenosha and id be worried that tht could possibly cave in the soft top? I put on my hard top, not gunna take the risk.

I've been driving in it and working in it for 12 years. No problems. At night, my Jeep will be in my garage, unless I'm using it.

In fact, I feel a degree of pity for the snow, its helplessness against the might of my Jeep.

Might even put my top down in January, drive out on Lake Winnebago during Sturgeon spearing season, just to see what Mother Nature's got for me.

Nothin, I'll bet.
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Are the 11s made by best top as well
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Are the 11s made by best top as well
All of um

This year was the first year Bestop made a
top similar to OEM available to us.
The Trec and Supertop NX
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Might even put my top down in January, drive out on Lake Winnebago during Sturgeon spearing season, just to see what Mother Nature's got for me.

Nothin, I'll bet.
Part of me wants to say "Let's go!" the rest tells me your CRAZY!

I love fishing but I bow to a better man since there is no way I could do that.
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I've been driving in it and working in it for 12 years. No problems. At night, my Jeep will be in my garage, unless I'm using it.

In fact, I feel a degree of pity for the snow, its helplessness against the might of my Jeep.

Might even put my top down in January, drive out on Lake Winnebago during Sturgeon spearing season, just to see what Mother Nature's got for me.

Nothin, I'll bet.
Well I have just guaranteed that we will not get any snow here in Wisconsin this year. I now own my first Jeep, a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.
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Part of me wants to say "Let's go!" the rest tells me your CRAZY!
I love fishing but I bow to a better man since there is no way I could do that.
lol. Me either, dude. Lake Winnebago in January is brutal. High winds, snow blowing sideways. I'd have to be dressed up like the Michelin Man to drop my top out there in the winter.

Meanwhile, you'll be working on your Houston tan.

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Well I have just guaranteed that we will not get any snow here in Wisconsin this year. I now own my first Jeep, a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.
No, no...just the opposite. It'll now snow like crazy. I'm thinking Biblical...
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I promote the Trektop NX by Bestop. Got it on amazon.com for $600. Easy to install, and easy to take off. Plus, a more unique look.
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I like the hard tops better, as the soft tops begin to look like crap after a while. They start to sag, flap around, discolor, tear, rip, fade, crack around the plastic, etc. I've seen very few jeeps with a soft top that look decent. The hard top is the way to go if you have a garage and a lift.
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I like the hard tops better, as the soft tops begin to look like crap after a while. They start to sag, flap around, discolor, tear, rip, fade, crack around the plastic, etc. I've seen very few jeeps with a soft top that look decent. The hard top is the way to go if you have a garage and a lift.
Not the newer OEM tops if tanking care of.

I just bought a 4 1/2 Yo top and it looks and fits brand new.
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Just make sure it does not leak like mine. A lot of money to waste on a leaky top.
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I like the hard tops better, as the soft tops begin to look like crap after a while. They start to sag, flap around, discolor, tear, rip, fade, crack around the plastic, etc. I've seen very few jeeps with a soft top that look decent. The hard top is the way to go if you have a garage and a lift.
I bought the dual tops and the soft top is still stored in the garage because you're right about the hard top. I installed a hoist in the garage, thumb screws instead of torx and the hard top only takes a few minutes to remove. Lucky for me the weather is still holding up down here. It's been off every weekend.

I plan on installing the soft top in the spring so we'll see how the new version works out.
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Lucky for me the weather is still holding up down here.
After the drought, wildfires, heat from the last year...you guys're due!

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