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Old 04-25-2010, 07:37 PM   #1
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Advice please on a new top

I have a good canvas top on my 88 yj but it is a royal pain to take off and put back on, I use to put the bikini on for the summer but that gets to be a pain as well. The wife likes to stay dry and we get a lot of rain down here. I am thinking about the flip top or sunrider that way it would be easier to close up or open for a semi open vehicle......Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated

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Old 04-25-2010, 08:51 PM   #2
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Softopper is coming out with a frameless fast back top very soon.you might like the simplicity of its designIll be ording one as soon as I here back from Larry

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Old 04-26-2010, 09:17 AM   #3
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Softopper is coming out with a frameless fast back top very soon.you might like the simplicity of its designIll be ording one as soon as I here back from Larry
Thanks, I'll keep an eye out.
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:29 AM   #4
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I have a sunrider, I LOVE IT!
Popping open just the front and dropping the back window only takes a minute and it's SO nice.
With the back part still on it keeps the sun from roasting your head but otherwise you don't even notice that it's there and if there's a sudden shower it flips right up. That's been very handy on the trails.

After wrestling different tops and bikinis on my previous Jeeps, this is amazing!
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nice... I used to take my softop right off. I found it much faster to undo it all the way around and lift off then to have to unzip and rezip all the windows in and out.
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:51 AM   #6
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Thanks Kate looks great, is it hard and time consuming to take off and reinstall the back and tailgate windows?
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:08 AM   #7
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I don't think there is a top out there with zip in windows that isn't a PITA to take them in and out.

That being said, once you get the hang of it, it's not too bad when you keep the zippers clean and lubed up. Like anything else, it takes some practice and when the top is NEW it is a little harder. Took mine 6 months before it broke in.

For me personally, the worst one is the rear window. I am short and chubby so reaching up high enough to get a good tug on the zipper to go around the corner is sometimes difficult. My husband on the other hand has no trouble with that part, it's getting the zippers STARTED that gives him fits. So, we tag team it. I have learned with that back window that rather than tugging on the string if I push the zipper head with my thumb it will glide around the first corner a lot easier.

Most of the time if I'm on just a run to town and suddenly decide to open it up I'll just unzip the rear window all but about two inches on the starting end. I don't take it all of the way out. I just flop it into the tub. That way I don't have to fight getting it back in.

The sides, are not hard at all if you hold up the rear corner with the Velcro as you are getting the zipper started. I just zip it about two inches THEN put the locking plastic strip into the channel by the door. Makes it MUCH simpler.

If there is a sudden storm a lot of times I will just Velcro my side windows in and not even use the zipper. I wouldn't drive on the road like that but for quick protection it's a great feature. Also works good at night when you don't want to reassemble the whole thing just to keep the cats out.

Oh and the tinted windows, are wonderful!
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nice... I used to take my softop right off. I found it much faster to undo it all the way around and lift off then to have to unzip and rezip all the windows in and out.
Weren't you afraid of buggering up your windows?
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i am a huge fan of bestop tops. my vote is for anything bestop.
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Thanks for the info Kate. I just have to decide whether to get the wife a new stove or my jeep a new top, shoud I do a poll...
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yeah, it did not take me long to start removing the top leaving the windows in it and just sitting it in the garage. So much faster on and off... ya' just can't take it with ya or fold it up because you may crack or scratch up the windows.

I'd pull the bottom edges of the back window, pull the side windows (bottom edge and front edge), undo all the snaps, slide out the front edge and lift it off within about one to two minutes. Getting it back on is super easy as well.
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Thanks for the info Kate. I just have to decide whether to get the wife a new stove or my jeep a new top, shoud I do a poll...
Ummm...
well, you know the old saying:
"If momma ain't happy, ain't NOBODY happy"

Here's a video on the Sunrider:

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