Please forgive what might appear as a dumb question...
I just picked up a 2014 2-door for my wife. It came with the hard top only, no soft top. I asked the dealer about th soft top and they wanted another $1,800 for it. I declined thinking I could find them cheaper aftermarket.
After reviewing many after marker soft tops I am left confused. My question is, do I need to purchase / install additional hardware for the soft top? Or is the hardware already installed and I just need to pick up a top for it?
While we are on the topic, are there any preferred vendors when it comes to the soft tops? Any I should strictly stay away from?
I paid 1400 for my standard mopar sun rider top. Not the premium version. 13 jkur. Dealer wanted 400 to install. Watch YouTube vid and do yourself. Most hardware on top. There is a "frame" that installs along door rails. Don't know how diff 2014 is. Sounds like they were giving u premium top price. Btw the mopar top is awesome IMO
I opted for a Bestop Supertop NX. I got it from the Bestop Factory Outlet Store(do a google search). It is very similar to the factory tops and has the sunrider option along with tinted rear windows. I watched craigslist for a factory soft top, but none ever popped up. When I got mine there was a rebate going on for $100 off, but I think that may be over. Worth checking out. My total was $775 with free shipping after the rebate.
Anyway the Supertop NX comes with all the hardware you need. Another popular option is the Trektop also made by Bestop. It is a "fastback" style top and doesn't use hardware. The downside is that it can be more difficult to take completely off, where the Supertop folds completely down in what I would describe as minimal effort.
hardware will be needed unless you get a frameless top like the bestop nx (highly recommend) as they use roll bars for support rather than frame it comes with door surrounds and everything else needed. usually $650 or less for them and made by the same company that makes oem tops.
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If you purchase an OEM top, the "brackets" are welded to the soft top frame. You'll need to make sure that you get the 4 bracket bolts that mount the frame to the roll bar. If you purchase the top from someone who purchased the dual top option, these bolts came installed from the factory and will need to be removed from the owner to be sold with the top.
Thanks for the feedback! Looks like the choice for me is the Bestop NX as well. It's also over $1K, maybe I should have just let the dealer sell me on theirs! Anyway, thanks again! Winter is right around the corner here in Chicago, so this project can go on hold till spring. It can't come soon enough!
Just to add, the Mopar top I bought after buying my 2012 hardtop 2 door required a lot of assembly. I think much of this assembly is already done if you get a top that was originally included as part of a dual top option.
I know people here rave about the Bestop NX...I got one and do not care for it. It is noisy and a pita to put on/off. Easier (to me) to put the hardtop on ond off if I care to. That being said I`m a Grampa and just prefer the quiet to wind and noise, and I have my wifes convertable to drive if I feel like sun and wind. Too bad you`re not closer cause I`d make you a deal on a barely used (2012 2 door) NX top.