I need to replace the skin on my 2006 factory top, and after looking around on some websites I found 3 brands. (Bestop, Pavement Ends, and Rugged Ridge.) I'm hoping someone has some advice as to which brand to choose. Thanks.
Stick with Bestop, the OE manufacturer of all Wrangler softops, it's widely acknowledged as the best quality top you can buy. And your TJ came with Sailcloth (made by Bestop), that's what I would stick with as it is something like a 3X heavier material which means a LOT quieter interior than the other fabrics can do.
What happened to your original top? This is pretty soon for it to be needing a new soft top already.
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I just bought a Bestop Sailcloth (tinted windows) this past April, and I love it. It seems more quiet and has better thermal retention (though it was April when it started to warm up, so I have yet to test it in the dead of winter). All in all, I recommend Bestop Sailcloth, using the existing OEM bars and it is reasonably priced if you search around on the web.
Thanks for your input Dr. Donahue and Jerry. I'll go with the Sailcloth since that's what I already have....(thanks for that info Jerry). Jerry, the reason I need to replace this top is because I bought this Jeep last year and the previous owner did not remove the soft top from undernieth the hard top. (the way the factory ships the Dual-Top package). When I became aware that it should have been removed upon delivery as a new vehicle to the previous owner, it was in the dead of winter here in Wyoming, so I had to wait. I tried to make sure that it was riding fine, but when I unfolded it yesterday I found that it was cut. The cut is about 4" long and about 3" behind the windshield header on the driver's side. The one thing that really bites is that all of the replacement tops come with windows...and mine have never been used.
Sell you windows, I know they will sell. I bought a Bestop Replace-A-Top with tint for mine, not on yet setting in the kitchen holding up the corner. Waiting for a nice hot day I was told that was important. I have to replace my header. Does anyone know if it is common for the header to warp? Mine goes a little over half way across flat and then pops up the rest of the way about a 1/4 inch. I had snow on my dash this past winter.
Lemmiwinks, I'll let you know if I decide to sell the windows. The top is kind of a denim/black...I think Bestop calls it Black Diamond, but not sure. The windows are tinted and are in brand new condition. I'm going to check into a repair on the top tomorrow, so I'll know more then on which route I'm going to take. (By the way, welcome to the forum!)