It is pricey but I believe it is because the company couldn't make them fast enough which caused the long wait for some people, about three months for some people. I waited till late fall for mine and I got it a little quicker. With the JK a lot of people complain about having a hard time putting the top up or down. It is easy enough for one person to put the California top up or down quickly or configure as a bikini top or just open the top and leave the back on. It is the quietest top I have had on any jeep. I'm not sure what caused the problem with your top. If you are lookin for a stock type top for your YJ its hard to beat the Sailcloth Replace-a-top. Its made sailcloth and its very durable and very quiet. You should check that out too.