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Old 04-26-2011, 05:57 PM
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need a new top, what to look for

This is my first Jeep and love it!
I took my top off a for the first time last weekend. Since it has been off I have realized that it may be time for a new top since the one I have on it has a hole and it is getting pretty faded and the frame is busted on both sides at the connection with the windshield. so I have a couple of questions...
What is a good aftermarket top to get and is there a simple "patch" for the one I have until I can save up the money for a new top?
what is better soft top or hard?

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cheapest patch? duct tape.

IMO, Bestops are the way to go for replacement soft tops.
quadratec has the soft top advisor to help you pick out which soft top you need/want. you can also buy replacement hardware from quadratec, without having to buy an all-new frame (which can get spendy).

alternately, check on craigslist and at various wrecking yards, places like Pull-A-Part or similar in your area. it takes some looking, but sometimes you can find gold!

after you get your top, do not use ArmorAll. i use Vinylex, which has a stupid name, but works great for my soft top, windows, aftermarket fender flares, and all other vinyl parts inside and outside of my jeep. Bestop makes various cleaners and protectors for soft tops and windows, and they're great!

hard top vs. soft top... depends a lot on you. if you plan on having the top down in the summer a lot, you'll need a safe and protected place to store your hard top, and vice versa for the soft top in winter. installing and removing a hard top is really a two-person job, tho i've heard it can be done with only one. new hard tops are spendy- $2-$3k. you can probably find a used one in decent shape, but again, it takes some looking.
hard tops will help keep your jeep warmer in winter, and will deal with harsh elements better than a soft top. not sure where you're from or what you're winters are like... i find my soft top is a-ok for our winters here in Seattle.
hard tops are quieter than soft tops, by far! especially at freeway speeds.

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Old 04-27-2011, 12:16 AM
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Thanks for all the info Calimbrium! I am actually right down the road from you in Portland. I do plan on taking it off and on quite a bit, nothing like going topless if the NW weather cooperates. I'll check out Quadratec! sounds like the place I was looking for!
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Bestop is a solid top but if you want more ease of removal go with the softopper frameless soft top. I just put mine on last weekend and it works like a dream. Heavy duty construction with very good sail cloth material and strong straps. With two zippers and a couple straps you can remove the whole top as one piece with no frame to deal with. Just fold it up and throw in the back or in your garage. Made in America too.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:57 AM   #5
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That frameless is exactly what I have been looking for. Didn't know of any other brands and was talking to a rep from rampage and they are looking at fall at the earliest for a release on the YJ version. Thanks for sharing the info on softtopper. Looks great!
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Bestop is a solid top but if you want more ease of removal go with the softopper frameless soft top. I just put mine on last weekend and it works like a dream. Heavy duty construction with very good sail cloth material and strong straps. With two zippers and a couple straps you can remove the whole top as one piece with no frame to deal with. Just fold it up and throw in the back or in your garage. Made in America too.
I just checked them out, I may have to go to a dealer so I can see them in person! They look great.
How long does it take to take on and off?
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My first time took about 2 minutes to get it folded up he way I wants (no time to unzip zippers or straps cuz they take only seconds) and about 5 to get it lined up in the jeep before buckling everything down. Could probably be.done in 5 minutes total with practice. Looks pretty sick too. And the window storage compartment is a nice touch though I never installed it because I'm 6' 4" and it rests snugly on my head. But for shorter people its perfect for taking windows out on the trail or on the road and having them easily accesible in case of a pop up rain storm. I'm suggestin it to every yj owner I know. Rampage is too privy anyways. Got mine 550 shipped to my door in va and I added on the dark tint option too.
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And i'll try to get you a better picture after work to show the side profile of it. Looks real mean.
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With a YJ, you need to consider your upper doors.

YJ factory soft tops had squared corners at the back of the door top.
YJ factory soft tops had rounded corners.

Most aftermarket tops were designed with the rounded corners. (Bestop's sunrider and classic Supertop, and I -think- Softoppers have rounded corners).

Bestop's new Supertop NX is designed as a factory replacement, so it has squared corners.

The wrong corners, though, will make for a bad fitting top.

This is JUST A YJ thing. Does not apply to TJs or JKs.
(throwing this in for the person who discovers this thread a year from now)
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You're correct geoff. Softoppers are designed for round cornered doors. They say hard doors only but that's because of the nice seal it makes. But soft doors would fit fine with rounded corners on the upper but they flap too much and are too light to make a good seal.
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Here is that picture of the side profile. The hump in the middle is from my soundbar.
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That is a good looking top, looks like it fits snug enough. I have the same doors on my YJ that you have. Thanks for the Pics GrNMoNsTr...
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No problem. I'm sure your doors actually match your jeep though. but when they're free it doesn't really matter Haha.
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Heres my Rampage Frameless Soft top installed. The bump in the middle is my sound bar. Very easy to remove side and rear windows to make it into a safari type top. Plus they store inside the top so you dont have to take up room in the house storing them (The wife like this feature the best)

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Edit: This is on my TJ and I know yours is YJ but the rampage might be worth waiting for because of the larger windows. The view from inside the jeep feels like its open, there are no blind spots, all you see is window. I guess I will have to let you know about the quality of materials later lol.

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