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Old 04-16-2012, 04:14 PM   #1
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Soft Top Suggestions

Bought a new 2-dr 2011 Rubicon last October, with the Freedom top. Winters up here are nasty. I'm glad I had it. Now, it's time to go for the soft top. I'm getting conflicting advice from some Jeep novices (like me) and thought I'd throw it out for the masses.

1) This is my daily driver, so I need to be able to button it up completely for crazy Illinois thunderstorms. Bikini likely not an option

2) I plan to run the Freedom from Oct/Nov til Mar/Apr and soft the rest of the time. I don't want to be messing with a ton of extra hardware twice a year. I can get the Freedom off by myself. I'd hope I could put the soft top on easily/quickly/alone.

3) Some say get soft doors. Others say keep the full metals on. Pros? Cons?

4) I'd like to be able to peel back the roof of the soft top like the Freedom T-tops... but also roll up the sides like a pseudo-bikini.

5) One guys swears by Bestop... the other says go cheaper, since it's only half-year usage.

Thanks in advance...

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Old 04-16-2012, 04:36 PM   #2
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Bestop and OEM are pretty much your ONLY options so you WILL go bestop if you want cheap because OEM is $$$. There's ORH tops but they are very expensive now too almost on par with OEM and they have a 4-8 week delivery time on average. You could luck out and find a lightly used OEM top on craig's list or in the for sale forums local to you for about $600 or less if you can.

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Old 04-16-2012, 09:17 PM   #3
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My factory soft-top came in boxes with the shipping label from Bestop to Jeep factory in Toledo. Looks like the factory subs them out to Bestop, or maybe they ran low this spring.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:22 PM   #4
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I believe Bestop supplies the factory soft top.

Check the forum classifieds or craigslist for people selling the factory soft tops. That's the cheapest route.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:42 PM   #5
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A long time Jeeper, who recently purchased a '12 JK with Soft top (me) says the decision for this is (IMO) the same as a lot of others that are Jeep related. Auto vs stick/ hard top vs soft top. What type of lift do I need? OEM parts/ sensors or parts stores?

I am not trying to discourage you, or muddy the waters, but we Jeepers are faced with do I buy "cheap/ inexpensive" or do I go "TOP of the line/ OEM" ? Other than Harleys I know of no other aftermarket supported brand like we have.

A little help for you.........maybe. Think about how long you want to keep your Jeep. Think of how much the Quality part will cost over a period of time. Think about the longevity of the lesser quality parts in your application, than decide.

My factory soft top from my '04 is still in "good shape", I don't have it anymore another Forum member does. That top is 9 years old now. Yes my Jeeps are garage kept, cleaned regularly and maintained as best as I know how.

I wanna keep my JEEPs long enough that my kids can drive them when I am gone.

I also prefer to do things once, even if it costs a little more. I think it pays for itself in the long run.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:54 PM   #6
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look in the for sale section, lots of people sell brand new soft tops, from their brand new jeeps as they prefer the hard top.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:26 AM   #7
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Can I ask why someone said Bestop and OEM are his only options? I got a 2011 JKU that came with only the hardtop, and I want to get a soft top also, but I see other brands out there.
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Can I ask why someone said Bestop and OEM are his only options? I got a 2011 JKU that came with only the hardtop, and I want to get a soft top also, but I see other brands out there.
The op wanted to flip open the front of the top like the freedom panels on the hard top. OEM and Bestop are the only soft tops with the "sunrider" option.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:09 PM   #9
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the other says go cheaper, since it's only half-year usage.
But it's half of every year you own the Jeep.

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