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Old 04-18-2011, 03:43 PM   #1
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Angry Replacement Soft Tops

Alright so I had my soft top stored in my parents garage and some mice chewed it up and ruined it. Where can I get just the replacement tops for a cheap price?

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Old 04-19-2011, 11:43 AM   #3
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I assume your hardware is still good, you just need new fabric?

In that case, if you identify exactly what type of hardware you have (factory/Supertop), you can usually get replacement fabric and windows.

The price ranges from off brands like Pavement Ends "Replay" top to Bestop's sailcloth Replace-A-top. You get what you pay for, but sometimes what you get is enough.
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Cheap/inexpensive tops are just that, cheap. Inexpensive top products are generally imported from China and come with thin fabric and other parts that just won't hold up like a good product like Bestop's will.

Personally, I've had nothing but Bestop full soft tops on both of my Jeeps but I have had cheap Chinese-made bikini tops, safari tops, tonneau covers, and cab covers and all of them fell apart within 3-5 years. I mean they literally (!) fell apart while installing them. Even their straps disintegrated and turned to a stringy powdery dust when I pulled on them. Really.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:31 PM   #5
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i've had pavement ends and bestop. and you get what you pay for. bestop is your best bet.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:33 PM   #6
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What makes pavement ends so bad or cheap? Mine has been on for about 3yrs and havent had any problems, yet. :/
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What makes pavement ends so bad or cheap? Mine has been on for about 3yrs and havent had any problems, yet. :/
It kinda goes back to what Geoff said-sometimes less is enough. Not knocking your top - but there is a reason the OEM top is made by Bestop-they are the standard to be compared with.
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Old 04-19-2011, 04:51 PM   #8
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I was going to go cheap but decided to go with bestop after reading other comments posted before! Now if weather and work would cooperate so I could install it!
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Old 04-19-2011, 04:55 PM   #9
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My best top bikini top straps turned in to dust in the Colorado sun, I switched to the mopar bikini top. Unfortunately they stopped making them this year.
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My best top bikini top straps turned in to dust in the Colorado sun, I switched to the mopar bikini top.
Bestop makes all of Mopar's OE soft top and aftermarket bikini products.
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:02 PM   #11
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If you dont have the budget for the "best", Pavement Ends will last 4 years in the Arkansas sun.
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:45 PM   #12
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If you dont have the budget for the "best", Pavement Ends will last 4 years in the Arkansas sun.

So far, it's still good, just slightly faded.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:15 PM   #13
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One thing I'd like to add. When replacing a top, consider how often you use top up and down. I ride with mine up 95% of the time. It's a daily driver, and not garage kept. I recently purchased a bestop replacement top and it's nice, but nowhere near the quality of the OEM top it replaced. What I'm kicking myself over now is I should have went with the sailtop instead. It's suppose to be thicker, maybe it wouldn't give as much. But the replace a top is just too loose. Going down the road, the back windows and the top flap.

I'm not saying it's bad quality, I'm just saying that I bought a top that I thought would be close, if not an exact match, for my factory top, when in fact it comes no where close.

Some people ride with their tops off, some people may not mind the flapping or the noise. I'm just making a point, consider what you'll be doing and if you have the top up more than down, then you might want to consider the higher priced top.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:20 AM   #14
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I would opt for the best top as well. I just ourchased mine and am just waiting for a nice sunny day to install it. I have it unpacked, and from what I can see, it looks like a greatly constructed top. The zippers are top notch, and there is reinforced stitching where it's needed. I purchased it on sale thru Quadratec before Xmas and I believe the replacement fabric with windows (tinted of course) cost around $500. I was fortunate that my insurance covered the "wind rip" on my former factory soft top under comprehensive. It doesn't hurt to try, and the worst they can say is "no". Maybe you have good comprehensive insurance that covers mice eating your car?
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Or if you don't need the back seat / 100% protection.....




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My Pavement Ends top was the worst money I've spent on my TJ. The front part rails do not clip in to the door surrounds. The plastic is too short to stay in place. That means as soon as you start driving, the top balloons up and it looks like you're driving a bubble. The problem there is that it is LOUD!!!!! It flaps so bad that it scares my 3 year old son.

When I bought it, I knew the fabric and windows would be more thin than a Bestop, and I considered that would be OK for the time I would have it on (no A/C). The simple fact that the material is thin was acceptable; however, that evolves into the problem that the top will sag down to your head when it rains, and will balloon up when you drive. The flapping is mind numbing.

I regret my purchase everyday....literally. My only hope is that I can sell it soon enough while it is still in good shape otherwise (has not faded or torn in the year I've had it, and the windows are not scratched), and then put that money toward a Bestop.
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Bestop makes all of Mopar's OE soft top and aftermarket bikini products.
I don't disagree. The difference is the mopar bikini top had a built in header and went over the speakers and had less straps to be destroyed by the sun. Too bad bestop doesn't sell the mopar version
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My Pavement Ends top was the worst money I've spent on my TJ. The front part rails do not clip in to the door surrounds. The plastic is too short to stay in place. That means as soon as you start driving, the top balloons up and it looks like you're driving a bubble. The problem there is that it is LOUD!!!!! It flaps so bad that it scares my 3 year old son.

When I bought it, I knew the fabric and windows would be more thin than a Bestop, and I considered that would be OK for the time I would have it on (no A/C). The simple fact that the material is thin was acceptable; however, that evolves into the problem that the top will sag down to your head when it rains, and will balloon up when you drive. The flapping is mind numbing.

I regret my purchase everyday....literally. My only hope is that I can sell it soon enough while it is still in good shape otherwise (has not faded or torn in the year I've had it, and the windows are not scratched), and then put that money toward a Bestop.

I wonder if they have different styles or if they make them different now than they used to? Mine fits perfect, does not sag or blow up and it clips in to the door surrounds also? Kind of curious now because I was planning on getting a new one in tan, but if it's not the quality of the Pavement Ends top I have now I dont want it.
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I have the rugged ridge top in black denim. Im really happy with it and the price is right. Fits great, no leaks, the windows are nice and thick.
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:07 AM   #20
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Wow this has been really helpful. Thanks for your input everyone. After what I've read about the Pavement Ends top I think I will pass. I've been looking at the Rugged Ridge tops today and the price is more reasonable than the Bestop. Has anyone had any bad experiences with these? I'm still leaning towards getting a Bestop but considering the rugged ridge now.
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Not had a RR top have only had Bestop-however have had their seat covers (RR)-and they were okay-no complaints but like what I have better now.

Only reason I posted is to say other RR products I have used-while not the most costly-did serve their purpose. But I did replace with better----later.

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