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Old 04-14-2011, 09:13 PM   #1
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Question Thicker roll bar pads w/ 03-06 top?

Ok, I'm getting ready to purchase a new soft top to replace my original one on my 2000 Sport. My current roll bar pads have become somewhat purple and faded. I know you can paint/dye them and whatnot, but I do like the look of the thicker '03-'06 pads better. If I get the thicker roll bar pads, would I have to buy the soft top that says it fits '03-'06 models? Would the '97-'02 top be too tight? I'm assuming the only difference between the '97-'02 and the '03-'06 soft top is that the '03-'06 is a little bigger to fit the larger roll bar pads. I'm curious to see if anyone has tried this... Thanks.

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Old 04-14-2011, 11:02 PM   #2
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I replaced the pads on my '99 TJ with the thicker ones, not as easy as you might think! I have a Bestop sunrider built for the '97 - '02 that works out fine. I did not have to get the one for the '03 - '06, not sure how its any different though.

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Old 04-15-2011, 05:23 AM   #3
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The frame is no different. The only part that is different is the bracket that the bow knuckles attach to on the rollbar. The stick a little further out towards the rear to clear the thicker padding. When you put the padding you may need cut the padding around your current bracket.
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Old 04-15-2011, 05:57 AM   #4
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Where do u get the thicker roll bar padding?
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:19 PM   #5
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Ok thanks guys. So I guess I'll be good with the '97-'02 replacement soft top. I'll call the company before I order just to make sure and see what they say. Also, other than the dealership, does any aftermarket company make the thicker roll bar pads?
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Found mine on ebay, they have everything! The thicker pads fit fine, however a little modification is necessary. The pads have these plastic bolts attached that are used to secure them tighter to the roll cage. The 97-02 cages do not have the necessary holes in the cage so instead of drilling them I chose to simply cut off the plastic bolts. The pads are held on just fine by the zippered cover.
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Found mine on ebay, they have everything! The thicker pads fit fine, however a little modification is necessary. The pads have these plastic bolts attached that are used to secure them tighter to the roll cage. The 97-02 cages do not have the necessary holes in the cage so instead of drilling them I chose to simply cut off the plastic bolts. The pads are held on just fine by the zippered cover.
Thanks for all the help! I'll be ordering my new top this week. I'll check out what ebay has to offer on roll bar pads although I may not be able to get them yet due to my budget...

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