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Old 06-19-2014, 07:25 PM   #1
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recommended soft top?

my bestop soft top is ruined bc the back zipper is broken and is tearing

i need a new softop all together what is the best one i can buy thats rather cheap. i have soft doors from bestop too so if i get the smittybilt replacement top will my bestop uppers be a problem.

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Old 06-19-2014, 09:09 PM   #2
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If you have the tailgate bar, the door surrounds, and the side windows, you could go on craigslist and pick up just the main fabric with or without the rear window for like 50 dollars... No reason to scrap your whole set up just because of a zipper.

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I guess more realistically you could sell your good condition pieces and pick up a nice used soft top for between 100-300. Or go for a soft topper frameless which I believe is the cheapest new option at $500 . People seem to like them and they look cool.

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I guess more realistically you could sell your good condition pieces and pick up a nice used soft top for between 100-300. Or go for a soft topper frameless which I believe is the cheapest new option at $500 . People seem to like them and they look cool.

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true but i cant find the bestop black diamond fabric in good condition :\ for the 04
i need the back window tinted too but thanks
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While it would be a major PITA, taking the top (skin only) and the offending window to a good luggage repair shop might work. I have had our local one repair five foot zippers on expensive, leather musical instrument gig bags. The bags cost me like $700 and are huge and heavy and awkward to work with. The guy was able to repair one zipper in place and replace the other one completely. The replacement would probably cost you like $200 or so.

Call first, as they might not want to do it, but honestly, the rear window zipper is *easy* compared to the expensive leather bags I gave my guy to fix. These shops are generally set up with YYK zipper machines to replace them on large suitcases. The rear window zipper is not much different than one of those, though we use the larger-toothed zippers.

Alternatively, you could call Bestop and see if they will replace the zipper if you pay shipping both ways. That, too, could save you some big bucks if they will do it. Just remember, they make their money by selling you new stuff, not fixing your old stuff.
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While it would be a major PITA, taking the top (skin only) and the offending window to a good luggage repair shop might work. I have had our local one repair five foot zippers on expensive, leather musical instrument gig bags. The bags cost me like $700 and are huge and heavy and awkward to work with. The guy was able to repair one zipper in place and replace the other one completely. The replacement would probably cost you like $200 or so.

Call first, as they might not want to do it, but honestly, the rear window zipper is *easy* compared to the expensive leather bags I gave my guy to fix. These shops are generally set up with YYK zipper machines to replace them on large suitcases. The rear window zipper is not much different than one of those, though we use the larger-toothed zippers.

Alternatively, you could call Bestop and see if they will replace the zipper if you pay shipping both ways. That, too, could save you some big bucks if they will do it. Just remember, they make their money by selling you new stuff, not fixing your old stuff.
A canvas upholsterer for boats might work too.
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A canvas upholsterer for boats might work too.
Yeah, I was going to suggest a marine guy or even a sailmaker, as they, too, work with large zippers at times. But I was not sure this guy would have one of them nearby.
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A canvas upholsterer for boats might work too.
I go to a boat guy to get all my repairs done to my Rampage top. It's funny only had the top a year and the guys knows me by name now.

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