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SHADYDC 04-22-2013 07:53 AM

time to replace the soft top
 
well i thought i could get at least one more year out of my soft top but its such a PITA to get back on. zippers are getting difficult, a leak directly above passenger seat, zipper ripped loose from top where you start to zip side windows in, back window is hard to see out of, top is ripped at door surround so leaks water everytime it rains all over dash and steering wheel. it is a best top. now im trying to figure out what is my best option to buy without spending a ton of cash. since i have best top now should i go back with same brand because of the framework? it has to have the tinted windows and be black. im not familar with soft tops. ive always just ran bikini and hard tops but IL weather sucks so thats not option anymore

Neil F. 04-22-2013 08:18 AM

When you say Bestop, do you mean the Bestop factory frame or an original Supertop (now called Supertop Classic)?

- If it is a factory frame, the best option is a Bestop Replace a top

- If it is a Supertop, there is no fabric replacement other than Bestop. (You'd have to contact them if they sell Supertop fabric) I'd get rid of the Supertop. It's a PITA to put up/down. There are lots of options frameless (softopper, bestop, rampage) or Supertop NX

SHADYDC 04-22-2013 08:26 AM

im assuming the factory frame. is there a way to tell which is which? the previous owner said it was orginal top. but not sure if it actually is. i just saw the best top logo on the windows wen i installed it. ive been researching it this morning trying to make heads or tails on what i need.

i found this top for $470 and $50 mail in rebate http://www.4wd.com/shoppingcart.aspx

and thought i should add, this top is only used about 6 months out of the year or less. i have hard top for winter months

Neil F. 04-22-2013 09:59 AM

Quadratec.com has images for "softop identifier" for the frame

The factory top side windows will have a diagonal fabric strip across the window. Supertop Classic does not have the strip.
The top/frame could be original and the windows were replaced

SHADYDC 04-22-2013 10:33 AM

ok thanks, mine has the strip of fabric so its not supertop. best price ive found so far is $425 and free shipping.

Neil F. 04-22-2013 11:24 AM

Can't open the link above. What are you looking at purchacing?

You want a Bestop sailcloth Replace A Top. Your 02 Top most likely was Black Diamond.

SHADYDC 04-22-2013 11:37 AM

thats what i am looking at. sorry i posted link to my cart instead if item details

Lowrollin12 04-22-2013 02:23 PM

I got a replace a top from Bestop... will never buy another brand!

Jwolfer 04-22-2013 02:26 PM

Don't get another soft top with a frame. I would look at the Rampage Frameless tops. Non sail cloth is $350 and sail cloth version is $400.

SHADYDC 04-24-2013 11:49 AM

im liking the look of the rampage frameless, and the price is better. is it a PITA to take off/ put on? anybody have insight on it? and pix instaled would be great

JP4VPI 04-24-2013 12:01 PM

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I like the tight fit but do not attempt to put it on unless its sunny and over 65 degrees out

This is the rampage frameless. Easy to go bikini style.

SHADYDC 04-24-2013 12:12 PM

have you had it long? wondering how they hold up

lindel 04-24-2013 01:25 PM

Jeep Wrangler TJ Soft Tops | 1997-2006 Wrangler TJ Top | Softopper

It's gone thru 1 Chicago winter with no issues, and I was able to install it on a 50 degree day last fall. Sailcloth, made in the USA, all parts/pieces available if necessary and includes everything needed. It's also available in 4 colors and with or without tinted windows. You can adjust almost everything as needed and includes storage for the windows above the driver.

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/z...y/IMGP1280.jpg

http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/z...y/IMGP1281.jpg

staud11 04-24-2013 02:34 PM

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I have the rampage frameless soft top and love it! In my opinion it's easier to put on and take off the rampage top than my old bestop top :)
Here is a pic of it all muddy


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I've only had it for one winter but it's holding up great so far!

Morris4x4Center 04-26-2013 10:36 AM

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Originally Posted by SHADYDC (Post 3667462)
well i thought i could get at least one more year out of my soft top but its such a PITA to get back on. zippers are getting difficult, a leak directly above passenger seat, zipper ripped loose from top where you start to zip side windows in, back window is hard to see out of, top is ripped at door surround so leaks water everytime it rains all over dash and steering wheel. it is a best top. now im trying to figure out what is my best option to buy without spending a ton of cash. since i have best top now should i go back with same brand because of the framework? it has to have the tinted windows and be black. im not familar with soft tops. ive always just ran bikini and hard tops but IL weather sucks so thats not option anymore

If you have all the hardware already you can do a Replace-a-top or if you need new hardware with the soft top you can get a Supertop from Bestop Jeep Soft Tops by Bestop, Pavement Ends, Rugged Ridge & Mopar :thumb:

SHADYDC 05-02-2013 12:25 PM

zipper finally broke yesterday so its time to pull the trigger and order. going with the rampage bowless today. got few quotes and found my best deal for sailcloth tinted windows for $394 shipped with indshield channel

Scout0718 05-02-2013 12:36 PM

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Originally Posted by SHADYDC (Post 3710676)
zipper finally broke yesterday so its time to pull the trigger and order. going with the rampage bowless today. got few quotes and found my best deal for sailcloth tinted windows for $394 shipped with indshield channel


If you have not placed your order, STOP! This website has the sailcloth for $344, I had Quadratec price match it
Frameless Soft Top Kit, 97-06 TJ Wrangler Sailcloth Black Diamond with Tinted Windows

SHADYDC 05-02-2013 12:46 PM

thats exactly what i did, they matched the top from there and the channel from 4wd.com. quad took total delevery price from that site and matched it and gave free shipping

Scout0718 05-02-2013 12:49 PM

Nevermind, JEEP on :)

SHADYDC 05-08-2013 12:55 PM

well i wont be ordering from quadratec again. ordered top and channel thursday afternoon. im in a desperate need for the top so i wanted to pay for expidited shipping. but the guy insisted not to pay for it because i would have it in 2 days. well the top shoowed up saturday morning so i was happy then realized the channel was not delivered. well called them and was told id have it tuesday, well that didnt happen and now they are saying, "hopefully" saturday. i have never used them before because of problems my brother has had but thought id try them. stupid me

SHADYDC 05-17-2013 10:24 AM

since i bashed on quadratec for there bad parts i should brag on them now. when i installed the top i had stitches come loss on the straps and zipper pulls that broke. contacted rampage monday and got very quick response at first apologizing then ive tried several times every dat this week and cant get any reply from email or phone.

well i called quad this morning and in less than 20 min they guy has a brand new top on its way toady. cant ask for better customer service/ now lest just see how it takes to get here lol


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