Best bang for yout buck? meh it depends if you already have hardware for the top then you can just buy a new fabric.. unless your hardware is beat up... 1995 and older... the hardware is nortorius(sp) and annoying! but in some cases Ive found the best bang for your buck isnt cheaper... nor is it obserdly exspensive... if your getting new hardware and fabric it'll cost ya around 500-700 depending on what you go with... Ive found that sites like JCwhitney and 4Wd.com seem to hold fairly good prices specially on Bestop... (its awsome to find a top when they have like 20% off... since then you save like $100 off the top!) In my preference... Bestop... is the way to go they're fabric is heavy duty and it lasts... I've used the Cargo cover and wind Jammer from Pavement tops... and it feels as light as it costed me for them... (about $50 a pop) my bikini top was heavier then the two combined! so do you research! its what I do and what I did before I decided to be jumping for joy when I got my TrekTop NX for free with my jeep! (also came with a hard top!!!)
I bought a Smitty top for my 2000 TJ back in September. I've had absolutely no problems with mine. I had it down today for the drive to work and have never had any issues with putting it back up. The elastic rear window ties are cheap, the snap pulled out of the hole. It's a bad design. I cut them off and use a very small bungie cord around the rear bow to tie up the rear window. Works like a charm. Occasionally one of the cord zipper pulls on the rear window will pop out of the zipper but it's my fault for not watching how it's hanging. Not an issue and fairly easy to slide it back in the zipper. Again, this is the cord, not the metal slider that pops off.
I would have no problem buying another Smitty top based on my experiences with it so far.
Dude you should be a politician with that double talk
Location: Full time RV'er, we live where the wheels stop
Just changed from OEM soft top (Like new condition) to a hard top and wont be needing the soft top anymore. I am only looking to get $400.00 (includes all hardware) but I am in Lakeland, FL and shipping would be a pain.
being very new to the jeep scene, i dont know where im gonna get the best bang for my buck, im gonna need a soft top first, then ill start with the fun stuff ..so i guess to start... what brand and where am i going to find a good deal on a top for my 01 wrangler? thanks for the help!
Hope you haven't made a decission yet , this from another thread I replied to
Originally Posted by WRNGLR
Hi all just reading through thread, I have a Softopper soft top TJ02 model Softopper - Pickup Truck Toppers, Camper Shells & Caps - Ford, Chevy, Toyota, Dodge & More because I already had the plastic door surrounds. Would be keen to hear if anyone else has this top .Personally I highly recommend it,it is my dedicated everyday top.In New Zealand we get all 4 seasons in one day some times and it stands up quite well, only thing I would say is a bit of a pain is dropplets of water form on the roof and when you open the door water drips inside the cab, but it's only water aye. Some pics of mine with Softopper TJ02 Top
I have the Rampage frameless soft top for about a year now and I have to say I wouldnt put another top on. The top is easy to put on and off (about 5 min either way) once you get the hang of it. I like the fact that the windows come all the way off so it looks like you have a bikini top instead of just rolled up your windows. And it is the only one that you can store the windows inside the top and take them with you. I would definately recommend this top for anyone who wants have the feel of the top being off but not bake in the direct sunlight.
on: (only when its raining for more than 2 days in a row)
off: (almost always looks like this)
Random Guy: "Is there anywhere that thing cant go?"
Me: "Yea, past a gas station..."
I just went with the rampage. Happy so far. Only had it a couple of weeks. Since storage is at a premium in jeeps, I was sold on the window storage and the small map pockets. Heres mine. My two-year old loves the larger windows.
Sorry for the double pics. Android error.