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Old 09-23-2007, 10:33 AM   #1
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Sailcloth or OEM

In the latest issue of Jp Mag they put a regular material sunrider top on an 01 jeep that had a factory sail cloth top. They did an experiment with a decibel meter and determined that the sail cloth is not one bit quieter...

Do you guys have any experience contradictory to their exp. Are there other advantages to spending the extra $200 for a sailcloth top???

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Old 09-23-2007, 10:38 AM   #2
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Nope lol Agree 100% with their assessment.

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Old 09-23-2007, 03:09 PM   #3
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A guy sold me his Sailcloth soft top to replace the OE non-Sailcloth top that came on my '97 and the Sailcloth is definitely quieter to me. No telling how the magazine test was run as Jeep did some dB measurements of their own when announcing the new top and announced it as substantially quieter than the older non-Sailcloth top.
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Old 09-23-2007, 03:45 PM   #4
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What jerry said, also the sail cloth tops seem to make the music sound better on the inside, specially if you have a sub.

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Nope lol Agree 100% with their assessment.
Sry sis but that top I traded yall sounds way better then the non-sailcloth top odhinn was using.

May not be exactly quieter, but they are better quality tops.

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It may be the fact that they're a little thicker?? Maybe the sailcloth just doesn't flap/ruffle (whatever you wanna call it) in the wind, thus making a more quiet ride. Personally, when I replaced my OEM with the sailcloth it definitely seemed more quiet.
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I noticed clear and definite difference. Much quieter. And I drove down the hwy, then installed new top, and returned to the hwy for test run and it was much quieter. I've said on several threads that IMO it was money very well spent.
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Old 09-23-2007, 07:33 PM   #7
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Heck, I truly can't tell, I am deaf in one ear and don't pay to much attention with the other.
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What jerry said, also the sail cloth tops seem to make the music sound better on the inside, specially if you have a sub.



Sry sis but that top I traded yall sounds way better then the non-sailcloth top odhinn was using.

May not be exactly quieter, but they are better quality tops.

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I have better than good hearing my dear. I cannot doubt the quality of them at all. Driving around town though seems to be a bit quieter but honest to god, on the freeway there is no difference whats so ever. I still get a sore throat trying to talk above the noise. :/
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replaced my origional top yesterday with a bestop replace a top sailcloth. tried it out and made a significant difference in noise at highway speed, also because it didn't have holes in it aanymore. Went on fairly easy adn looks great.
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replaced my origional top yesterday with a bestop replace a top sailcloth. tried it out and made a significant difference in noise at highway speed...
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I"ve ridden in a couple with the new sailcloth tops, seemed much quieter BUT I have also seen improvements by owners putting sound deadening liner material up top of the roll bar too. Usually that stiffer styrofoam stuff that comes in rolls.

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