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Old 09-22-2019, 07:59 PM
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Im looking into buying a soft top. I have both the full doors and half doors, is there a soft top that works with both, meaning can I use the full doors with it and half doors with a soft upper with it?


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A bestop Supertop with Supertop half door uppers will work with full hard doors
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One suggestion is get a soft top that'll work with the full doors.
Then get soft uppers for the half doors that will work with a hard top. They'll work with the rounded corners of a full door soft top.
Check with Bestop (call their order desk) for availability of the full door soft top and the rounded corner half door uppers. Bestop isn't cheap, but they're not crazy expensive either. Especially in view of the fact that they make quality products.
You'll go nuts trying to find just what you want in a catalog or website. Call Bestop directly and the salesperson should be able to ask what year Jeep you have and help you figure what type of hardware you have. He should be able to advise you what top and what half doors will work for your situation.

For a (somewhat) less expensive alternative for the rounded corner soft uppers for the half doors, if you can find TJ soft uppers they can be modified to fit YJ half doors. It requires cutting, repositioning and welding one of the pegs that hold the soft upper to the half door.
The problem there is matching the fabric of the half door uppers to the soft top.

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One suggestion is get a soft top that'll work with the full doors.
Then get soft uppers for the half doors that will work with a hard top. They'll work with the rounded corners of a full door soft top.
Check with Bestop (call their order desk) for availability of the full door soft top and the rounded corner half door uppers. Bestop isn't cheap, but they're not crazy expensive either. Especially in view of the fact that they make quality products.
You'll go nuts trying to find just what you want in a catalog or website. Call Bestop directly and the salesperson should be able to ask what year Jeep you have and help you figure what type of hardware you have. He should be able to advise you what top and what half doors will work for your situation.

For a (somewhat) less expensive alternative for the rounded corner soft uppers for the half doors, if you can find TJ soft uppers they can be modified to fit YJ half doors. It requires cutting, repositioning and welding one of the pegs that hold the soft upper to the half door.
The problem there is matching the fabric of the half door uppers to the soft top.

Good Luck, L.M.


Youre right, right now I have an old set of squared off uppers and was looking for a replacement. I could just go with the rounded corners. Thanks


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Im looking into buying a soft top. I have both the full doors and half doors, is there a soft top that works with both, meaning can I use the full doors with it and half doors with a soft upper with it?


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I SUPPOSE IT DEPENDS ON WHICH YEAR AND MODEL YOU HAVE.
We bought a SmittyBuilt soft top for our 2000 TJ Sport...which has full doors..
along with the soft at no extra charge were the windows for half doors.
The price was reasonable and we are happy with the fit.

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I SUPPOSE IT DEPENDS ON WHICH YEAR AND MODEL YOU HAVE.

We bought a SmittyBuilt soft top for our 2000 TJ Sport...which has full doors..

along with the soft at no extra charge were the windows for half doors.

The price was reasonable and we are happy with the fit.



here is what ours looks like



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94 YJ, but do you put the soft uppers too? Send a pic if you have one


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I SUPPOSE IT DEPENDS ON WHICH YEAR AND MODEL YOU HAVE.
We bought a SmittyBuilt soft top for our 2000 TJ Sport...which has full doors..
along with the soft at no extra charge were the windows for half doors.
The price was reasonable and we are happy with the fit.

here is what ours looks like

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ALL TJ's could accept hard or soft doors from the factory and the YJ could not (some late 95's had a dual top option but they were rare). If you buy a bestop supertop with the hard half door upper kit it will fit full hard or half hard doors. The factory squared off YJ uppers will not work.

https://www.quadratec.com/products/11009_61X_07_PG.htm
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I SUPPOSE IT DEPENDS ON WHICH YEAR AND MODEL YOU HAVE.
We bought a SmittyBuilt soft top for our 2000 TJ Sport...which has full doors..
along with the soft at no extra charge were the windows for half doors.
The price was reasonable and we are happy with the fit.

here is what ours looks like

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Kind of you to offer help but your tj experience is not relevant to the op's yj question.
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Just went through this debacle of trying to find a soft top. As posted above, best bet would be to get a top that accepts rounded uppers as you will be able to utilize your factory hard doors and can find soft uppers from retailers no problem for your half doors.


After learning the hard way, Bestop's Supertop was the solution for me personally.
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I SUPPOSE IT DEPENDS ON WHICH YEAR AND MODEL YOU HAVE.
We bought a SmittyBuilt soft top for our 2000 TJ Sport...which has full doors..
along with the soft at no extra charge were the windows for half doors.
The price was reasonable and we are happy with the fit.

here is what ours looks like

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ALL TJ's could accept hard or soft doors from the factory and the YJ could not (some late 95's had a dual top option but they were rare). If you buy a bestop supertop with the hard half door upper kit it will fit full hard or half hard doors. The factory squared off YJ uppers will not work.

https://www.quadratec.com/products/11009_61X_07_PG.htm
$1200 for a top that's just ridiculous
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$1200 for a top that's just ridiculous

I bought my Bestop Supertop without doors on sale for about $600. You could try to find some used TJ half door upper frames and skins and modify them to work on the YJ half doors to save money, it should work and save hundreds of dollars. Half door frames and skins are not cheap
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$1200 for a top that's just ridiculous

I bought my Bestop Supertop without doors on sale for about $600. You could try to find some used TJ half door upper frames and skins and modify them to work on the YJ half doors to save money, it should work and save hundreds of dollars. Half door frames and skins are not cheap
I got a smittybilt top tinted windows and upper doors for $205 brand new on Amazon I'm happy so far but it doesn't work with round upper doors
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I got a smittybilt top tinted windows and upper doors for $205 brand new on Amazon I'm happy so far but it doesn't work with round upper doors

Bestop Supertops come with a new completely different frame than the factory soft top uses thats what jacks the price up. It also requires drilling about 4 extra holes in the tub rails to support the new frame.

Bestop sells a replace a top that fits the factory frame but the factory frame does not work with full hard doors. And if you buy a Supertop and ever need new skins you can buy Supertop skins separately from the Supertop kit that comes with all new frame and rails and hardware.
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It doesn't fit perfectly, but the square uppers did work with my Bestop Sunrider. I do have to make sure the flap above the drivers doors doesn't get pinched. It's not an issue on the passenger side. And the sunroof feature is nice.
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Kind of you to offer help but your tj experience is not relevant to the op's yj question.
understood..at the time I answered his question he had not stated what model he had !!!!!
.that is why I stated what Jeep we had and that it may not pertain to what he has....with that said...we are STILL HAPPY WITH THE SMITTYBILT SOFT TOP which does come with soft windows for those who have half doors.
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I have the soft uppers in a box, stored away.
However, I doubt they will fit your YJ ..
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I got a smittybilt top tinted windows and upper doors for $205 brand new on Amazon I'm happy so far but it doesn't work with round upper doors
What year is your Jeep ? When we bought our Smittybilt soft top, we had to fill out a form, so to speak, stating the year, model,and sub model of our Jeep...like 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport TJ 2 door....they sent exactly what we needed...a terrific fit...and it uses the oem frame and straps which fit around the roll bar. Couldn't be happier...and at the price..if it disintegrates in a few years, we can get another and still be $$ ahead.
In addition, we bought a used hard top for winter.
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A friend of mine bought a Rubicon TJ with some crappy aftermarket replacement top on it. The skins themselves seemed to be holding up decent but the windows were cracked and falling apart. I dont remember what brand the top was but i have never had bestop tops do that.

The main problem i had with soft tops is the front window zippers failing and windows getting scratched up to the point you cant see out of them anymore. Other than that i have never had a top fail and I'm not easy on them. I would still rather have a soft top than a hard top i despise hard tops.

I do wish i had bought a frame less hard top instead of my supertop because it would have given me the clearance i needed to get my jeep out of the garage. But the company that made the frame less discontinued the YJ frame less top.
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My next top will be frameless
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I do wish i had bought a frame less hard top instead of my supertop because it would have given me the clearance i needed to get my jeep out of the garage. But the company that made the frame less discontinued the YJ frame less top.
If you are looking for a frameless soft top there are two still made:
https://www.quadratec.com/vehicle/19...my_term%3A5974

I'm not sure of the quality as neither is a Bestop.
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If you are looking for a frameless soft top there are two still made:
https://www.quadratec.com/vehicle/19...my_term%3A5974

I'm not sure of the quality as neither is a Bestop.



They do not work with full hard doors
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I thought that fact had bee established in prior posts. The soft tops (all of them) for the YJ are designed to be used with the square corner half door upper. There are after market uppers (if still available) that were designed with the round corners so they could be used with a hard top.

The hard tops came from the factory with full doors with the rounded upper rear corner. The soft tops all came from the factory with half doors and soft uppers with the squared off upper rear corners. YJ and TJ half doors are not interchangeable because the door opening facing is different. The YJ and TJ full doors are not interchangeable because of the facing of the opening and the angle of the windshield. As a result of the windshield angle the hard tops are not interchangeable either.

When Jeep brought out the TJ, they used door surrounds for the door opening on the soft top vehicles that mimicked the upper part of the door opening on the hard top. The half door soft uppers had a rounded curve on the upper rear to match the curve in the upper rear corner of the door opening. As a result the full doors could be used with either the hard or soft top and the half doors with soft uppers could be used with either as a result.

All TJs came from the factory with full doors unless they were a soft top and ordered the half doors (it was a no cost option).

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