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Old 05-13-2011, 10:17 AM   #1
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Will a 2000 Softop fit a 2005 Wrangler?

I'm working on a trade for a 2005 Hardtop for my 2000 Softop. I have a pavement ends softop with I'm assuming factory hardware. Will I be able to swap all the softop brackets and arms onto the 2005 TJ? I'm pretty sure the 2005 hardtop will bolt up to my 2000 with no problem.

I want to verify this before I drive several hours and I can't swap everything onto the 2005.

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Old 05-13-2011, 10:21 AM   #2
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Pavement Ends is an aftermarket (entry level) brand by Bestop. The hardware, frame and brackets are different from the OEM parts. The hardtop is interchangeable. I do not know about the Pavement Ends top. It should be. Go to their web site and find out.

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If he has mounting brackets on the '05 I think it should be ok. Not familiar really with PE stuff. Your brackets may not clear his padding. As always, Neil has given great advice.
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I called Pavement Ends customer service and they said it should work, probably just a little tight due to the increased padding. If a jeep doesn't have a softop, will it still have the mounting provisions?
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Yes, it will have the mounting points on the sport cage but it won't have the door surrounds or the tailgate bar retainer brackets (or the tailgate bar unless you give him yours).
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Mucket seals too.... Some do, some don't.

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