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Old 12-02-2019, 12:19 AM
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I have a hard top jeep wrangler and I was wondering if I can get a soft top for it? Since in summer it is a pain to constantly take on and off the three part roof, it would be easier to throw a soft top on if it rains or anything. I was just wondering if I could and if so where should I buy a soft top from?

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Old 12-02-2019, 01:05 AM   #2
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You have literally hundreds of options for soft tops. Some of the easiest to install are the "frameless" tops, which are not really frameless as they use partial frames for the front Sunruder feature where the forward part of the top over the front seats can be flipped back without taking the entire top down. Most of the top uses the sport bar system for support of the fabric. These tops generally are recognized by the sloping rear portion (as on my Bestop Trektop NX on my TJ).

If you decide to go frameless, be cautious of the budget priced tops as they generally don't include the door surrounds, tail gate clips and tail gate bar. The tailgate bar slides onto the bottom of the rear plastic window and then clips into the clips which attach to the tub rail on either side of the tailgate. The tailgate then presses against the seal on the bar (hence it's name) in a manner similar to the way the tailgate presses against the bottom section of your rear window. Purchasing those items separately can add several hundred dollars to the cost of the top.

Or you can go with a full frame top, which entails installation of the frame and then attaching the fabric to the frame.

The quality standard is generally considered to be Bestop. They have been the sole suppliers of the soft tops for Jeep for several decades.

Some recommend that you look on Craigs List or similar postings for someone selling a Jeep soft top they have taken off or possibly never used. They may have purchased a Jeep with the dual top option off the lot, but have never used or installed the top. However, they are not complete either, in that the clips to which the bows (which hold up the fabric) attach come from the factory pre-installed and most sellers never that those off.

Here's a link to the page of soft tops on the Quadratec website (Jeep only parts, add ons, etc). There are 137 tops listed.
https://www.quadratec.com/vehicle/20...full-soft-tops

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Old 12-02-2019, 05:28 AM   #3
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Watch the classifieds here. Depending on where you are, there are tops on here a lot. Seems like the NE always has a good amount of stuff for sale.

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Old 12-02-2019, 06:19 AM   #4
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Craigslist usually has the soft tops at a really good price. My only recommendation is either get the mopar premium acrylic or the bestop twill (they are the same material), these are the only two brands i trust to fit right. This premium material is darker, thicker, and quieter than the regular sailcloth one.
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OP - this thread might be interesting for what this member went through in getting and identifying needed parts when getting a second hand JK/JKU top.

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/s...s-2383029.html
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I got a 2011 OEM/Bestop soft top for my 2017 jeep. So, older JK soft tops do fit newer JKs and vice versa. If you buy a used OEM top, make sure you get these with the top (or you will have to source them separately)
1. Two plastic door surrounds with 4 screws (2 for each).
2. Two soft top frame brackets that mount to the roll + 4 screws (2 for each bracket).
3. Two plastic brackets that hold the rear window down to the body (they clip on the tub next to the tail gate).
4. Rear window bar. This is a square metal bar with a channel that attaches to the bottom of the rear window and then clips to the body (see item 3 above).
5. Four screws to mount top frame bows to the brackets (item 2). These can are not critical and can be replaced with regular screws from any hardware store. I had one lost and got a screw from Lowe's.

That's about it for OEM-style tops.
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Basically the same answer I gave you in your other "where to buy stuff threads".

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Dont know where you are from, but I just saw someone selling one today on the Letgo App or Offer Up App, they both pretty much the same. Anyway, that was for out here in California. Might want to download those apps and see what is in your area
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I have the OEM Mopar top from a 2016 that I would sell if interested. Would depend on where your at I'm sure. I can promise you that you wouldn't want to ship it.
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While the fabric and windows can be rolled up and shipped, if you have a box big enough, the frame is the issue. I had removed my OEM frame (getting in bad shape) last summer when I had my TJ painted. The fabric and windows although 4 years old (Bestop Replace-A-Top) so I kept them in my storage room, I wasn't willing to just trash it. The frame I put in until I got a chance to cut it up and dispose of it.

Some months back a member had purchased a TJ and it had a top with zipper problems and bent TG clips. I had a box big enough to get the top fabric and windows in (rolled around the TG bar and got the clips and a couple door surround screws in as well. The shipping charge with UPS was $51 which he sent me.

I went with a Bestop Trektop NX which is frameless and comes with all new hardware needed. New surrounds, header bar, TG bar and clips. I love it as my OEM top did not have the Sunrider feature and the Trektop NX does. Also when you take the windows out and flip the Sunrider back only the rear seat is covered and the rear over the TG is open not obstructed with the folded top.


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While the fabric and windows can be rolled up and shipped, if you have a box big enough, the frame is the issue. I had removed my OEM frame (getting in bad shape) last summer when I had my TJ painted. The fabric and windows although 4 years old (Bestop Replace-A-Top) so I kept them in my storage room, I wasn't willing to just trash it. The frame I put in until I got a chance to cut it up and dispose of it.

Some months back a member had purchased a TJ and it had a top with zipper problems and bent TG clips. I had a box big enough to get the top fabric and windows in (rolled around the TG bar and got the clips and a couple door surround screws in as well. The shipping charge with UPS was $51 which he sent me.

I went with a Bestop Trektop NX which is frameless and comes with all new hardware needed. New surrounds, header bar, TG bar and clips. I love it as my OEM top did not have the Sunrider feature and the Trektop NX does. Also when you take the windows out and flip the Sunrider back only the rear seat is covered and the rear over the TG is open not obstructed with the folded top.


And you can double flip the rear and tuck it under the Sunrider so everyone gets some sun if needed.

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