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Old 11-09-2015, 05:31 PM
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Soft top replacement

I just bought a 2004 TJ and need to replace the soft top. Suggestions on where to buy and is it something that I should install myself or pay someone to do?

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There are a lot of cheap soft tops out there that are made with shoddy thin imported fabrics. Not only will those thin fabrics not last long, they make the interior noisy as hell from flapping so badly while you drive. Personally, I'd only go with a Bestop Sailcloth Replace-A-Top from Bestop: The leading supplier of truck and Jeep tops and accessories. The factory has been using Bestop for many years and they started installing Bestop better/thicker/quieter Sailcloth tops around 2000. They are excellent quality that are long lasting and nearly as quiet as the hard tops are.

I've installed several replacement Bestop soft tops on my two TJs over the years, it's a pretty simple job.

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I'll second the Bestop Sailcloth R-A-T. I bought one a couple of years ago, and couldn't be happier with it. It took me little over an hour to remove my old top and put the new one on my old frame. Fit and finish is very good.
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I have a smittybilt replacement top that I really like. It's two years old and still in great shape. I got mine off of 4wd.com
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love my bestop nx trektop do it yourself not all that hard to do
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Its a super easy install. x2 on the Bestop sailcloth replace a top, and through the end of December they have a $100 rebate!

My advice on the install though, make sure its a warm day, best with the sun on it, or you're in a warm garage. It helps stretch it for an easy install. When its cold, its almost impossible just to zip the windows on these things.
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Same as others have said, the Bestop Sailclotch is great. I just installed a new one on mine last week, easy install and great quality.
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I just purchased and installed the Pavement Ends sprint top. Apparently the company was bought out by Bestop and is very comparable to the trailtop NX, but you recycle your existing soft top hardware. I used a 5% off coupon on 4WD and it has a $50 rebate making it just over $300. A very fair price I think for what I got.
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bought quadratop Premium sail cloth ,, for my 2004 tj

you can do it,, all you need is a phillips screw driver to remove the old header and reinstall on the new top.

Generally about $100 .cheaper then Bestop. They don't say, but I would bet these are made for Quadratec by Bestop,, On the site they compare the window plastic and indicate its thickerer on the Quadratop.

I put it on ,, black with tinted windows,, in July,, I beleive its quieter then stock too. good quality zippers, still looks new. JUst pick a warm day and put it in the sun to warm up before the install,, pay attention to how you take off the old one,, no problem.

But, they do have a $100 rebate right now through the end of the year on the Bestop.. Either way you can't go wrong.
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I have a smittybilt replacement top that I really like. It's two years old and still in great shape. I got mine off of 4wd.com
I have a smittybilt replacement top as well. It was a brand new top when I bought my jeep a year and a half ago. Although its in great shape (no tears, fading, zippers work great), the doors do not fit well, in the winter months water soaks thru, and the road noise is awful. Honestly you cant even carry on a conversation. I want something that is a little thicker.
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I have a smittybilt replacement top as well. It was a brand new top when I bought my jeep a year and a half ago. Although its in great shape (no tears, fading, zippers work great), the doors do not fit well, in the winter months water soaks thru, and the road noise is awful. Honestly you cant even carry on a conversation.
Which is another great example of why I never recommend Smittybilt for anything.
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My Smittybilt is almost 2 yrs old now. It gets taken on and off a ton and I have never had a problem with it. I also have the Smittybilt C.R.E.S cargo top and love it aswell.

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