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Old 06-05-2010, 04:04 PM   #1
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Brief top brand opinions

Hi everyone i was wondering if i could get everyone's opinion on what is a good Brief top, windjammer, tonneau cover to get, i've been looking a smittybuilt and besttop, the besttops may be a bit out of my price range does anyone know how good the smittybuilts are? also is there another brand i should be looking at? thanks for the input

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I specifically buy only Bestop when in terms of tops, covers, anything that is made of a fabric. Bestop is the best top.

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I specifically buy only Bestop when in terms of tops, covers, anything that is made of a fabric. Bestop is the best top.
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I had a Smittybilt bikini that lasted most of a year, but the fabric strecthed and the windshield channel would not stay in the groove. I currently have a Bestop Safari top and so far there is a visible difference in workmanship. Thicker material, better stitching etc.

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quick updated question, i bought the full bestop bikini duster windjammer combo, and i'm wondering if the hardware will get in the way of my hardtop? if i want to put on the hard top will i have to remove the windshield channel and duster hardware?
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Pavement Ends is our budget brand, competes with the others.

Godluvsugly: yes, you will need to remove the windshield channel. What is the Duster hardware? The tailgate bar? Remove that. You need to remove the Duster, for sure - hardtop won't sit on body tub other wise.
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Pavement Ends is our budget brand, competes with the others.

Godluvsugly: yes, you will need to remove the windshield channel. What is the Duster hardware? The tailgate bar? Remove that. You need to remove the Duster, for sure - hardtop won't sit on body tub other wise.
so i'll need to remove all the hardware when i want to put my hard top back on?
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The very last brand of top in the world I would consider is Smittybilt. It is made from cheap thin fabric imported from China and in my personal opinion, its quality is shoddy. The #1 brand for Jeep tops is, no exaggeration, Bestop. Bestop also makes all of the OE factory soft tops so their quality is top-notch.

With a drill-type header, which is my preference, you don't need to remove it to install the soft top. A drill-type header used for a bikini or safari top can remain in place year-round, even when the soft top is installed.
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so i'll need to remove all the hardware when i want to put my hard top back on?
Yes, but I'm not absolutely positive what we're talking about. If you're running a Bikini/Windjammer/Duster combo, then there isn't much hardware to remove. On a TJ, you need to unbolt your windshield header. There's a tailgate bar (probably), but that goes with the Duster.

I may be having a huge blind spot here, but what other hardware is there?

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