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Old 06-21-2010, 10:46 AM   #1
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Need A New Soft Top

I dropped the top this weekend on my 98, & the threads above the rear side windows were separating as I was unzipping the windows. The threads on the plastic pieces above the front doors have been coming apart for awhile. I think it's time for a new top. I would really like a sailcloth top, but they are out out of my price range. What is the best alternative to sailcloth? Who has the best price?

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Old 06-21-2010, 10:49 AM   #2
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Well, there are tons of options.. Check CL and ebay, but you might find that a boat shop or upholstery shop can restitch the loose parts for you. Or you can pick up a leather sewing awl and stitch it up yourself for less than $20... That's what I did.
There are other tops than the factory tops available for considerably less $ too.. Look at the Rampage bowless tops, they are coming out with a sailcloth version soon, but it may be a few months...

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Or you can pick up a leather sewing awl and stitch it up yourself for less than $20..

Inferno Girl, you have the big advantage over us guys. For example, look at those nice seat covers you have been making.
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Inferno Girl, you have the big advantage over us guys. For example, look at those nice seat covers you have been making.
LOL! I got the idea to stitch it up myself from another forum. Some guy did the same thing. Really, a monkey can do it... It might not have the straightest stitches in the world, (mine doesn't) but it holds together nicely, and I've since used the awl to repair a belt for my hubby, and the same places on a buddies top. It's a cheap easy fix.... and I really like those!
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i had the same issue with the plastic retainers above the driver side door. all i did was get some wax coated string and a big needle and went to town.
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from my limited expierences....stay with "Bestop"!! not cause Geoff is on here, but after 2 jeeps and 25 years of off road mistakes etc....Bestop products have held up better than most of the others....just my .02 worth!
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LOL! ..... Really, a monkey can do it...
Thanx for the vote of confidence, I.G.
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I dropped the top this weekend on my 98, & the threads above the rear side windows were separating as I was unzipping the windows. The threads on the plastic pieces above the front doors have been coming apart for awhile. I think it's time for a new top. I would really like a sailcloth top, but they are out out of my price range. What is the best alternative to sailcloth? Who has the best price?
I really can't think of a good alternative to Sailcloth, I would just keep the old top in place long enough to save a little longer to be able to go with Bestop's Sailcloth Replace-a-Top. Or find a used Sailcloth somewhere like Craigslist.

I swapped my '97 TJ's soft top for a Sailcloth top years ago which made a dramatic reduction in noise inside the TJ's interior. The Sailcloth is such a great upgrade in several areas that I would hate to have to go with anything else after having upgraded to it.
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not cause Geoff is on here,
What, I'm wasting my time? Not making an impact on you at all?

You should see what's happening over on JeepForum. They're beating me with a big stick. You'd think I was posting at Pirate or something!
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Dallan: Sailcloth is only available as a Replace-A-Top. That's the one where you re-use your factory hardware. That makes it more affordable, but I know it ain't cheap.

If you can reuse your factory hardware, the cheapest option is probably a Pavement Ends Replay top. That's like a Replace-A-Top, from Pavement Ends. Thinner fabric, no replacement parts available, shorter warranty. But it might be enough for you at this time.


And all you people who keep re-stitching your tops: you are off my Christmas card lists. Cheap busturds. Every last one of ya.
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What? Where? I'm going to go join the pile on.
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And all you people who keep re-stitching your tops: you are off my Christmas card lists. Cheap busturds. Every last one of ya.
Well! I was gonna go over to JF and beat up on those big meanies for giving you a hard time, but now......... Idk!
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mine did the same thing.not keen on buying a new top right now so i just keep the rear window in. i put a towel so it wont be all scratched up.works fine.
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Wow, thanks for all of the info everyone. This gives me alot to think about. I guess for now, I will just try to stitch it up, because the top is not in bad condition, other than the stitching. I don't know how to sew, but I guess I can learn good enough to repair my top. Where do I get the needles & the stitching?
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Hobby Lobby, or any hobby/craft store, in the leather crafts dept... It's easy, you can do it!
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I didn't want to rehash an old topic, but I had a related question. I have a 99 and have a Rampage top on it that has the static windshield channel for the top. I was wondering if anyone knew of any replacement tops that utilize the manual latch for the front windshield attachment similar to the OEM tops. I would really like to go back to that style of frame for my soft top if possible.
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do not get an "outland" top, just found out it's made by smittybuilt or should i say "sh*$%y built" The zippers have come off the stops, it leaks a little, and there is some stitching coming out....just wanted to let you know. I would never had bought it, it came with the jeep when i bought it so i got stuck with it. Prob gonna go with a besttop next time

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