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Old 07-26-2009, 04:34 PM
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Just Got My First Wrangler, Now I Need a New Soft Top

I just got my a '98 Sahara last week, and the top needs to be replaced. Looking at other posts, it seems like Bestop is a good option. I really don't feel like spending much money (the Bestop does seem reasonable), so I'm curious if anyone's had any luck getting a replacement top at a junkyard or used from Craigslist or eBay. Maybe I'm just getting too greedy and should just suck it up and get a new one. If that's the case, where's the cheapest place to buy a Bestop from? Is it easy to replace the top, or is it complicated?
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First, it's very easy to replace the soft top. All you need is a phillips head screwdriver and 10-15 minutes max. The front is held to the header with a half-dozen phillips head screws, the rear by velcro. Second, a used factory soft top isn't normally hard to find in the various Jeep oriented For Sale forums or Craigslist. Try to find one from a 2000 or newer because that will be made from the multi-layer Sailcloth fabric as made by Bestop.

What'd I'd recommend (and did myself) is go with Bestop's Sailcloth replace-a-top. Sailcloth is something like 3x thicker than the top your '98 and my '97 came from and that benefits you with a far quieter interior from significantly reduced top flapping and decreased road noise in general. The reduced noise level of Bestop's Sailcloth soft top is dramatic, I noticed it immediately after installing my Sailcloth top.

I can't say the cheapest place to buy one however, I bought mine used.

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Very helpful info, thank you. So the Sailcloth isn't just some premium aftermarket top option, it actually came stock on a 2000 or newer Jeep? Do you know how new (year of Jeep) I can get a top from and still have it work with my hardware?
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Very helpful info, thank you. So the Sailcloth isn't just some premium aftermarket top option, it actually came stock on a 2000 or newer Jeep? Do you know how new (year of Jeep) I can get a top from and still have it work with my hardware?
A soft top from '97 to 2006 will fit your existing soft top's frame.
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