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Old 09-04-2012, 04:43 PM   #1
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Just got a Jeep! also, where to buy hardtop?

Hey all, first post.

I just bought a 1998 Jeep Wrangler sport on Sunday! It's my second vehicle and will be my daily driver. I live in Tampa, so hello all. I'm looking to purchase a hardtop for it, but do not know where the best place to find one would be. I've checked Craigslist (none) and Ebay (usually local pickup only), but was wondering if I just have to wait until one pops up on the classified section here, or if there's a jeep accessories website that everyone uses? Well, here is some pictures of my new Jeep, as well as one of my now secondary car.

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Old 09-04-2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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Enjoy it !! And welcome to the forum!!

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:11 PM   #4
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I see there's one on craigslist for a TJ in Auburndale for $1200. Also one in Osprey for $500 but needs a rear window.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:34 AM   #5
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Thanks guys!
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:39 AM   #6
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I also am a new jeep owner in Tampa. Look for a rescue green JK with aftermarket bumpers, wheels and tires.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:57 AM   #7
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Craigslist will be the cheapest route usually 500-1200. They are easy to clean up and easy to paint if needed. Make sure there are no cracks, the glass and rubber around he windows is good, and the clamps dont look worn out. There are two basic types which are 1 piece and 2 piece. Oth have pluses and minuses. I would look for a Keystone Restyling brand first (used to be Bestop) and a Mopar factory second. The rest would only be if they were dirt cheap. I like Keystone because the interior is carpeted and it has storage built in above your head. Brand new a Keystone is around $2000! (JC Whitney has a 15% off code to get it down to $1700ish, and Quadratec will match this. Also Keystones are made to Order so it's a 2 week waiting period). Also the factory ones are vented and non vented according to your year. Look at your tailgate to see if it has a vent, if it don't you will want a vented hardtop, if you have a vent either will work. Make sure you get a new weather strip kit($30) before you put it on to avoid wind noise. Sorry so long , I just went through all the research to buy a hardtop...however decided on a trektop NX for a lot less $ ( trektop is a frameless softop) good luck!
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:09 PM   #8
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There's a guy in Daytona that is on Craigslist he has any Jeep parts you can think of. He has a crapload of hard tops and he could probably match the color of your Jeep. If you need his number pm me

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