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Old 03-22-2010, 10:06 PM   #1
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Tight budget, but need new soft top

Ok, so I've finally gotten rid of my soft top, sold it for very cheap since it didn't have windows lol. I am looking at either a soft top with complete hardware or doing like a bikini/safari top with duster cover and windjammer. Here's my problem:

1) I don't have a lot of money to spend on a complete soft top, but am wondering what the options would be? I have about $500 max including shipping and taxes that I can spend on a soft top. I really like Bestop, but they are way over my price range. Is there an alternative that does fairly well with highway speeds and that the zippers won't tear? Also, f I have had the Rampage complete soft top, but I didn't have very good customer service as most of the hardware didn't come with the top like the description said it would. So they are not an option. Plus, I have tinted windows in front, and sort of need tinted windows in rear if all possible.

2) If going with the bikini/safari header top. Which is better to go with? I already have my backseat out, so there will be a duster cover on it. And I know with Bestop I can do the combo, but I don't want their windjammer. There is another one that I saw in the Quadratec book that wraps completely around the soundbar/rollbars, and looks like it will stretch across the entire jeep. How well do these work in highway speeds? Is there a lot of noise involved?

Again, I don't have a lot of money to spend, so I'm wondering what my best options are for someone on a very tight budget.

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Pick up a OEM top off of craigslist with hardware"or use your current hardware".

You can find nice used tops for cheap most around $250.

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Old 03-22-2010, 10:15 PM   #3
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I unfortunately do not have any of the hardware included as I solf that along with the top. But I will check them out, thank you for the info.
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Definitely, your best bet is craigslist/jeepforum
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:24 PM   #5
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Ok, thank you
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:38 PM   #6
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I got a great deal on my Trektop new from 4wheelparts. If you go to a supplier and tell them you'd like to buy local, you might be surprised at what their deals are through Bestop.
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:49 PM   #7
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don't ignore the option of bikin top, wind jammer and rear cover. I gave 200 for mine and I also got some seat covers on this forum. You will need to buy a header bar for the bikini top but it works good.

it is not 100% waterproof, some water leaks in on the sides on the inside of the door but with a creative mind that can be taken care of. here is what I have:





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Hexxum: I was going to look them up on here to see if anyone has one. Do you like it and is it as easy as the four wheel parts books say they are? Eliminating the extra hardware is a plus, especially living in an apartment with no garage to store it lol.

NmDriver: What would your opinion be for the Bestop safari header? That's the one I was gonna go with, but with the wraparound windjammer, and tonneau cover. Btw, mine is yellow as well, and I do have a cover for the jeep if need be
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You can do a Bikini top (Safari, or regular) without door surrounds, and it works fine.

BUT: if you are using it as a soft top substitute, you may want to have door surrounds. It makes a better seal between door and top, and will reduce the wind and water.

Bikini tops do not come with door surrounds, but soft tops do.

You can see the surrounds clearly on New Mexico's Jeep here:
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nmdriver,

hey I'm actually really digging the setup and might just doing something like that for the summertime. How well does it keep out the rain? I have door surrounds, but I need something that I can have on for when it rains and then can easily disconnect in ten minutes or less for when it doesn't. Also, how well does it keep water out of the back since I do have an amplifier and subwoofer that I would prefer to not take out.

So how long does it take to remove the top and rear at least, and how well does it keep out the rain? I'm not talking anything perfect, but for work I'll probably throw my dress clothes in a bag and get changed at work so I'm not getting soaked or dirty beforehand.
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Burton: You can easily add a tonneau cover, of which I'm thinking of doing since I took out my rear seat and just would like some sort of cover.

Geoff: Yea, I would like to try my hardest to keep the front seats, especially the drivers side, somewhat dry as my last bikini top, I didn't have the door surrounds and I'd end up being soaked, wet, and cold by the time my 20 min drive home from work ended. Yea, I gave my bikini top to my friend who needed something to cover his front side. So thank you for the door surrounds advice.
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nmdriver,

hey I'm actually really digging the setup and might just doing something like that for the summertime. How well does it keep out the rain? I have door surrounds, but I need something that I can have on for when it rains and then can easily disconnect in ten minutes or less for when it doesn't. Also, how well does it keep water out of the back since I do have an amplifier and subwoofer that I would prefer to not take out.

So how long does it take to remove the top and rear at least, and how well does it keep out the rain? I'm not talking anything perfect, but for work I'll probably throw my dress clothes in a bag and get changed at work so I'm not getting soaked or dirty beforehand.
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Honestly it does not keep all of the rain out. There is a small gap between the windjammer that geoff mentioned. If you were to stand on the hood and look down you would see like a 1/4" gap between the surround and the bikini top. It will get your seat moist if it is raining.
The water stays out of the back pretty good. Where is your sub and speaker. If it is right behind the front seat where the cover connects just make sure you push the cover all th e way forward. It actually does a pretty good job.

The rear tonneau cover takes like a minute to get off and on and the bikini top probably takes a few. Easier then a soft top all in all IMO.

I would like to ask anybody if there is a good way to keep that rain out. I stuffed a pair of used socks in the gap and duct tapped both sides. Not a good long term solution but it has held up. Any ideas?
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nmdriver: I saw in the Quadratec book that there is a bestop wrap around wind jammer in which it looks like it completely seals the cockpit, but not sure if that's really the case or if it's just the way the picture was taken. I found it on the JK summer tops section. And they make one for the TJ.

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