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Old 07-12-2014, 11:49 AM   #1
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How does everyone like their soft top?

'89 YJ, 2.5L 5-speed with a hardtop and hard doors.

So I recently went to the gas station, openned the passenger door to grab something, and when I went to close it, it swung back open. Door stopped closing.

after an uncomfortable ride home, holding my door closed with a tow strap, I began looking for new doors rather than fixing mine. I wanted some soft doors.

Found a set of spice soft doors and a matching bikini top for $100. Pretty good deal!

Except, and I think you guys know where I'm going with this. They dont fit with my hard top!! What a stupid design!

I now have the option to sell the soft doors for that I paid and buy the part to fix my doors for the same price. Around $100. Im not worried about the work, im experienced.

Or I could sell my working hardtop and buy a softtop. I have always liked black jeeps with the spice softtops and soft doors.

Another option is the soft windjammer/bikini top combo. But how well does that seal? someone is selling a tonneau cover in the next town over. I know nothing about them.

I do know the softtop is a friggin hassle though, thats why I love my hardtop. Its heavy but goes on/off and bolts back up simple.
Another concern is winter. It's cold, there's cracks where the snow can come in, and im worried about the weight of snow during a blizzard. I'd rather not be getting suited up to shovel off my roof at every 2 hours during the winter while I should be sleeping.

Any thoughts?

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Old 07-12-2014, 11:52 AM   #2
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would a bikini top and wind jammer seal well with the soft doors? probs not right?

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Old 07-12-2014, 01:42 PM   #3
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I love my soft top can put the whole thing on and off In 15 min. I'd go with a soft top I like the look of them better too.
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:00 PM   #4
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The bikini top mounts on the spreader bars going from the roll bar to the windshield. Look at the gap between your hard top and the spreader bar, that's how much of a gap you would have between the door and the bikini top.

In order to put a tonneau cover on the back of a YJ, you need the mounting channel that the soft top goes in. A hard top doesn't have this item.

The wind jammer is more of a wind block that keeps the wind in the cab instead of stopping it. I had one and hated it. Bought the strapless bikini, windjammer combo, ran the jammer for about 2 months and ditched it. one of the worst designed products that I ever installed on my Jeep. And louder than a soft top for flapping noise at road speed.
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:19 PM   #5
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I have a TJ so no experience with the YJs but I bought the Softopper. Fits tight, low noise, easy installation and removal. Its not like the factory soft top my jeep came with. Its a breeze to use for a single person.
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TJs aren't quite the same as they all have the rounded corner at the top of the door which makes everything interchangeable. YJ soft doors are squared and hard doors are rounded which makes everything suck

twopointfive, are your soft doors two piece? TJ soft upper doors can be modified by rewelding one of the pins to fit the yj half steel door then they'll work with the hard top. I would think it would be the same with two piece soft doors but I've never heard of anyone trying it.
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Old 07-12-2014, 03:26 PM   #7
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I have the softtopper top on my yj it works with the hardtop doors and flaps less than the tops that use hardware.can also so use it as a bikini top take off the windows and you hard door
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Old 07-13-2014, 11:17 AM   #8
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I run a softopper with half doors. I say keep your full doors and hard top. Buy a softopper and when you can get half hard doors and uppers, or you can get two piece soft doors that are the shape of full doors. Just get things in steps to spread the cost out. But I would keep the hard top and full doors for winter and the softopper in the summer you can always run doorless in the summer till you get half doors. I halve half doors and still run doorless a lot.

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Old 07-13-2014, 03:46 PM   #9
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My newish bestop soft top was so fiddly I just took it off. Can't imagine trying to put it on for a storm. Rattled like cheap dentures when in the down position. Like it topless in the summer anyway.

Bought a factory hardtop and solid doors for $350 this am. Even came with heated rear window and wiper.
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Old 07-13-2014, 04:43 PM   #10
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TJs aren't quite the same as they all have the rounded corner at the top of the door which makes everything interchangeable. YJ soft doors are squared and hard doors are rounded which makes everything suck

I have bestop softdoors uppers&lowers on my YJ and there round.
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:48 PM   #11
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You need a family bar to run the softopper it won't work with the sport bar.
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:34 PM   #12
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I use the factory soft top with my hard doors and it does a good job comparing to my hard top. But for the winter I definitely plan on using my hardtop; why sell it when I already have it?
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I have bestop softdoors uppers&lowers on my YJ and there round.
Yeah, I was talking about the factory upper soft doors being square. Id really like to get a set of those two piece soft doors someday
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:32 PM   #14
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Wish I had a hard top with soft upper doors. Hate the noise and inconvenience of the zipper window.
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Old 07-19-2014, 08:45 AM   #15
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I bought a Smittybuilt replacement soft top. Although it was like putting spandex on an elephant at first it was worth it. Comes on and off in less than 10 minutes and holds tight going down the road. I just never know what to do with my upper doors and back windows. I hare to leave them home " just in case"
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Old 07-19-2014, 06:01 PM   #16
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I just never know what to do with my upper doors and back windows. I hare to leave them home " just in case"
Ever thought getting one of those storage bags?

Check out this item I found on eBay: http://pages.ebay.com/motors/link/?n...477954&alt=web

Been thinking getting one due to the same issue.
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Ever thought getting one of those storage bags?

Check out this item I found on eBay: http://pages.ebay.com/motors/link/?n...477954&alt=web

Been thinking getting one due to the same issue.


great advise, Thanks!!
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:51 PM   #18
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I like my soft top. One thing I would advise ya is to use cheap clean towels between the window panels when you roll them up. This helps to protect your plastic from scratches.
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My newish bestop soft top was so fiddly I just took it off. Can't imagine trying to put it on for a storm. Rattled like cheap dentures when in the down position. Like it topless in the summer anyway.

Bought a factory hardtop and solid doors for $350 this am. Even came with heated rear window and wiper.
Just got my jeep. Has a besttop soft top. Rattles enough I keep looking to make sure nothing is about to fall off. I think I have identified the problem and is an easy fix but annoying.

Also remember that some softtops, like the besttop, the back passenger windows need to be zipped on if going at any real speed because they help hold the top down.
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Just got my jeep. Has a besttop soft top. Rattles enough I keep looking to make sure nothing is about to fall off. I think I have identified the problem and is an easy fix but annoying. Also remember that some softtops, like the besttop, the back passenger windows need to be zipped on if going at any real speed because they help hold the top down.
Not true , my bestop supertop is fine with no windows or doors doing 75 on the hiway it doesn't flap or come loose.
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Not true , my bestop supertop is fine with no windows or doors doing 75 on the hiway it doesn't flap or come loose.
Good to know. I have had a couple of friends here tell me to be careful and warned me about it. Yesterday doing about 35 in very high wind I thought the top was going to come off but I may have just been paranoid. I do know that the snaps on the front passenger side and driver side were pulled free. I pulled over and dropped the whole thing as a result.
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Good to know. I have had a couple of friends here tell me to be careful and warned me about it. Yesterday doing about 35 in very high wind I thought the top was going to come off but I may have just been paranoid. I do know that the snaps on the front passenger side and driver side were pulled free. I pulled over and dropped the whole thing as a result.
The supertop uses a tj style belt rail to attach. Only thing I do when the windows are out is move the tension rod up one more hole
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The supertop uses a tj style belt rail to attach. Only thing I do when the windows are out is move the tension rod up one more hole
Thanks. I will have to look. I have a besttop bit just bought the jeep, on Tuesday. It's it possible I have a different besstop then the supertop?
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Thanks. I will have to look. I have a besttop bit just bought the jeep, on Tuesday. It's it possible I have a different besstop then the supertop?
Possibly. Super tops have round corners around the door frame see my pic and you'll see the supertop frame
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