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Old 04-02-2010, 05:45 PM   #1
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What is everything you need for the soft top?

I have a 1998 Wrangler Sahara. I have the frame and fabric/windows for the soft top. I'm wondering what else I need because the guy before me (who i bought it from) said it was missing a few pieces. I tried putting it together today and couldn't figure out it. Is there a website that shows all the parts needed or a VERY detailed instruction on how to put it together? I'm a noob at this stuff so thanks in advance!

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Well, it would vary depending on who made the top.

Odds are that it's a factory top or a Supertop, in which case it will install more-or-less the same way. Yuo can get installation guides at our web site. Here's one that I'm guessing will be close to what you have.

Also, go to youtube and search on "supertop" or "jeep soft top installation" there are some decent videos.

(the one actually from Bestop isn't that great, to be honest. I'm reshooting it next week).

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Old 04-02-2010, 10:01 PM   #3
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Here's the Bestop picture and then I'll explain most main parts



Replacement Tops Wrangler TJ Jeep Soft Tops

The link gives you a full rundown, but basically here's what you need hardware wise


You need the main bow (#7) that has the front locking channel (#6) screwed to the front of the soft top cover itself (#1). There's the door surrounds (#5) that block out the elements and give a seal to your soft top. There's the rear window attachment that sit on the back corners and hold the rear window down (#24). There's the rear middle bar that holds the rear window down (#25). The plastic plugs that hold the frame to the Jeep bar-sides (#22).

It sounds like a lot, but some of these things already are on the Jeep.

Unfortunately, I don't an assembly video, but I just had to figure everything out the last week and here's my suggest. Take the soft top off of the frame hardware. It makes the installation that much simpler.

Look at your Wrangler first. See if you have #24 already bolted to the back of your Jeep on the corners. Then see if you have #25 included (may be attached to the soft top). It just gets shoved into the rear behind the tailgate to create a level surface across the rear body.

Then look at the plastic clips #22 that should be similar to the following picture (black plastic though)



The frame essentially sits over top those plastic pieces (which may actually already be on the frame rather then the Jeep's sports bar).


The frame just pops over top those clips, attached to the sports bars on the side, and then just latch the locking front bar to the windshield just to test fit. Then put the door surround in place. There's a notch on the top of the rear quarter panel. Then those screw gears just go through a whole in the sports bar. Make sure the fit is perfect so your doors shut properly.

Have a friend help you toss the soft top (without SIDE windows, but WITH the rear window) over top the frame. Screw the soft top overtop the locking front brace (windshield part). Then look above the rear seats (underside soft top) and you'll see where the snaps need to go around the frame bar. Then the rear window piece essentially just slides into the back braces and bars (#24 and #25) and your pretty much set to go. It takes some fiddling, some time, and about four beers. Mine has actually never been on (and I'm looking to sell it) because it's been such a pain in the ass. But you may have some better luck.

Remember, cleaning the soft top NEVER USE CHEMICALS OR A ROUGH CLOTH. you'll scratch 'em.
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(the one actually from Bestop isn't that great, to be honest. I'm reshooting it next week).
I was just going to suggest this very thing to you. Since there seem to be soooo many problems/questions on how to install particularly the Supertops and Sunriders. A decent video showing all the parts clearly and proper installation would probably be a very good thing...

And you being a movie star is always cool... and the guys seem to really enjoy Brita.... I'm sure she'll make at least a guest appearance!
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Thanks Burton, you're a great help! Apparently, the soft top was for a YJ model...which is why I had no idea how to fit it.
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:13 AM   #6
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Based on that, I would look on Craigslist and eBay for a used OE soft top and support mechanism. The OE support mechanism is FAR better, faster, and easier to use than ANY of the aftermarket mechanisms are. Bestop makes the OE mechanism but they are prevented by contract with Jeep from selling it in the aftermarket.

Here's what you need in addition to the soft top and support mechanism to get it fully installed so make sure any top you buy has them included....
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not meaning to go off topic here, but where could you buy a new soft top with all of the hardware? I have seen alot of "replacement tops" but none that include the frame or anything.
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not meaning to go off topic here, but where could you buy a new soft top with all of the hardware? I have seen alot of "replacement tops" but none that include the frame or anything.
Oh, you've seen them. The Supertop includes all the hardware you need, as does the Trektop.

So do most of the tops from our friendly competitors (although some require you to have your own door surrounds).

I'd say a "full top" is more common than the Replace-A-top fabric only top.
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One thing to keep in mind about the frame included in any new soft top kit is that it is not the same as what comes on new Jeeps. Most are like erector sets and are much more of a PITA to use than the OE top mechanism is. I'd look for a used soft top that includes the complete OE mechanism if it were me. By the way, Bestop makes the OE soft top mechanism and soft top for Jeep. The bad news is that Bestop is prevented by their contract with Jeep from selling the OE soft top support mechanism in the aftermarket.
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thats too bad, because that is exactly what I'm looking for. I already have the trektop, and I do really like it, but for as much rain as we get here I want to be able to have it with me at all times. So I was considering selling that and purchasing just a regular soft top, but I don't have any of the original hardware.
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Just out of curiosity have you checked the price on OEM hardware McGrid...? You could pick up OEM hardware and a replace a top and be good as new (of course I guess it would be new....) But not as $$ as a complete OEM top.... Just a thought.
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thanks for the suggestion, I have been looking around but cant seem to find anyone who sells it but i'll go look into that, thanks again!
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even on OEM I cant find an entire set of what I need

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