So, I posted yesterday in the new members forum, and it was suggested that the answers I was looking for would probably come from you guys in this forum instead!!! I have recently purchased a 97 Wrangler. The soft top that came on it is in pretty sad shape. I am looking to replace it. Suggestions on the best replacement top would be great. But the real question is I have option to buy a top that comes from a jeep with full steel doors (mine has half doors), but I'm not sure if I can make it work. From what I can tell it doesn't look like it will fit, but thought you guys may be able to help me out. Any suggestions would be great!!!
Difference in door styles has nothing to do with the softtop fitment unless you are getting the top from the Unlimited model, which are longer wheelbase. I believe all 97-06 TJ tops interchange. Maybe slight minor differences in frame/bracket designs but no issues. The newer tops ('02-newer ) material is thicker(better noise control).
The factory softop uses door surounds (the black plastic pieces around the door opening) The are the same for all doors. The shape of the upper portion of full steel and half doors with hard or soft uppers is the same.
2003 TJ, 33" BFG AT, 2" BL, 2" BDS spring lift, Truck Lite headlights, Homemade sunrider top.
TJ (1997–2006)... those should work. Did you loosen the hinge brackets and try to allign them to your tub (body)? You'll want to loosen the bolts on the door brackets, close it gently and snug them down then make sure it has an equal gap all around before final tightening.
Ok. So here is the issue with the tops. Mine is a 97 and has plastic flange pieces on it that secure the top to the frame. The top I'm looking at has Velcro pieces in that place. How would I make that work. The Velcro won't fit around the frame?