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Old 08-22-2009, 10:37 PM   #1
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Best Top Sailcloth

First, I apologize for yet another soft top thread!

My question is if anyone has experience with the sailcloth? It is more expensive than the best top replace a top. I don't know if it is worth it.

I have a hard top that I install for the winter. The soft top is only used to get me around in the summer.

Also, who has the best prices on these? Thanks guys and gals.

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Old 08-22-2009, 10:47 PM   #2
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The sail cloth it the OEM material if I'm not mistaken.

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Old 08-23-2009, 12:35 AM   #3
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Its well worth the $$. Bough the Bestop Sailcloth top two years ago. Great quality & solid soft top.
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:11 PM   #4
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Just bought one.........

I just bought a Bestop on ebay from morris 4x4. It was $502.00 with free shipping. I've read that sailcloth was a standard top on 2002 and newer. I have a 98 and they say that these are like three times thicker than stock, helps keep the noise out.

Haven't put it on yet.
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Old 08-23-2009, 05:07 PM   #5
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First, I apologize for yet another soft top thread!
No need to apologize. There is NOTHING more important than discussing your plans for a Bestop softop.

Too thick? Yeah, that's pretty bad. I apologize in advance, before you all start throwing beer bottles my way. Especially bad since I just stopped in on the weekend to say hi!

In totally unrelated news, my "new" 1980 CJ7 has black vinyl seats, and it's about 100 here today in that intense colorado sun. I may need to go to the hospital.
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No need to apologize. There is NOTHING more important than discussing your plans for a Bestop softop.

In totally unrelated news, my "new" 1980 CJ7 has black vinyl seats, and it's about 100 here today in that intense colorado sun. I may need to go to the hospital.
yet another shameless plug for Bestop..........In the spirit of all things Wrangler....and to save you from any further injury.....Just package that CJ7 up and ship it over to WA. We'll make sure those seats never burn another butt.
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:25 PM   #7
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I have had two sailcloth tops on two Wranglers and they are great. A liittle stiffer in cold weather (you have a hardtop) but they cut down on noise alot and they seal up nice. No leaks and the ac works great on hot days.
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:18 PM   #8
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Do NOT get the Sailcloth. If you do, you might end up not ever putting your hardtop back on.

I love mine and would buy another in a heartbeat.
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:39 PM   #9
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I agree, my softtop with the windows in is nearly as quiet as my hardtop. So I don't know where the OP heard the sailcloth is not very quiet. I have zero complaints with mine.
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yet another shameless plug for Bestop..........
Yeah, I may have deserved that one.
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:47 AM   #11
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While all newer TJs came with Sailcloth after around 2000 or so, earlier TJs like my '97 did not. I converted to the Sailcloth top 5 years ago and wow, it's much better and quieter! Sailcloth is a multi-layer fabric that if your TJ is old enough to not have come with one, you'll immediately notice how much quieter the interior (less exterior road noise/popping/flapping) is once the Sailcloth is installed. Not to mention it gives better thermal insulation as well.

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My 01 came with a dark grey top, with tinted windows...How would I establish if its sailcloth? I assume its OEM, but I'm not certain. It seems pretty heavy duty. thicker than the duster, and bikini I have (both have bestop tags on them)
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2001 for sure came with Sailcloth and yours may be early enough to have been the slightly heavier 4-layer Sailcloth rather than the lighter weight 3-layer Sailcloth they switched to a year or two later.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:42 PM   #14
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Pretty sure it was late 02-03 when they switched. Either way, Sailcloth is definately the better option. Wind noice cuts down greatly. They are also quick to smooth the wrinkles out compared to denim. Seem to hold their shape better. I've upgraded every one of my TJ's tops to SC with the exception of the 02 which had it. It is well worth the extra $$ to upgrade.
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I assume mine is the factory top...no idea. I like it though

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