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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-06-2005, 03:10 PM
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New soft top

My original soft topo on our 97 TJ is coming apart and I am researching new tops. I've been looking at the Best Top and would like to hear from anyone that has one. My concern is whether the doors seal as tightly as the steel doors we have do now. The steel rods around the Best Top doors don't look like as good a solution as the original plastic boomerang things. Although it could be worth the option of being able to have soft doors. Which is something I have always wanted.

We would probably have our steel doors on for the winter, and then the soft doors for the summer when we would take them off on weekend outings. But I don't want drafty fitting doors on the jeep all winter.

Any opinions on this. My wife uses the jeep to commute to work in. Only a couple of miles each way. So it's her daily driver I am messing with

Still looking at other options too.


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Re: New soft top

I just have this to say, don't settle for a cheaper top, I found that out the hard way, the damn zippers broke, top is rippin, and its only a lil over a year old. But my soft windows seal up quite nicely, lol, thats about all its got goin for it...
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 03-06-2005, 06:43 PM
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Maybe I should ask if anyone has a Best Top and do the doors fit tight? Do soft doors fit tight on a TJ, or are they drafty, or noisier?

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-06-2005, 10:22 PM
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Ok, I've decided on the Best Sailcloth top because it is quiet. I'll stick with my full doors, but I was wondering, if I decided to go with soft doors, or half doors, are TJ tops the same for TJs with full door, and half doors? Do they both have the plastic boomerang piece at the top of the door?

Then maybe someday I will still get soft doors, or half doors and a soft upper. I need to take a trip to my Jeep dealer I guess and have a look.


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Re: New soft top

Well I'm lost here in the TJ/Boomerang Piece world.

Don't know much about anything but CJs... huh OlllllllOCJ... go figure.

Best Top would seem to be the only rag top with good quality that tries to make a well sealing/fitting top. But don't forget that it is a rag top... it will leak... it just might snow through (you likely don't even know what I'm talking about here).

OK, Put a new top on the 1985 about five or six years ago... it is a Best Top... only one complaint and that doesn't apply to a TJ.

Aren't you in AZ ?? [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

You have a hardtop? Or just hard doors and a soft top?

So tell me that it's not about the A/C keeping up while your are running 55MPH plus on the highway...

I like my Best Top... smacked and bent the poo out of one of the bows last weekend... I should fix that.


Edit: Where are my manors??? Welcome to the board! Relax... It only gets better. [img]images/graemlins/neener.gif[/img]
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Re: New soft top

I can't attest to anything TJ related but I can voice my opinion when it comes to Best Top. When I did my CJ build up I bought a Best Top and a couple months later a tooth fell out of the back window zipper. No biggess as it still worked just fine but I mentioned to the sales guy at 4WDH. He made a call and about a week later an entire brand spanky new replacement top arrived in the mail. It's still in the box in my garage as my as yet to be needed replacement.
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post #7 of (permalink) Old 03-07-2005, 12:39 AM
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Now that is customer satisfaction !! i wouldn't buy anything other than a Best Top just because of that.
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Re: New soft top

Yep, Bestop has worked for me a few times.
Can't say about other tops.
When I find something that's good, I stick with it.
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Re: New soft top

I'm a CJ guy and don't know much about TJs either. One thing you might want to check is this: My understanding is that you buy a top that fits hard doors or one with soft doors, that is the top won't fit both. I may be wrong but ask Bestop anyway. I have had a Bestop Supertop on my jeep for years and its held up great. Keeps me warm and dry in the winter. Also be sure to shop around. Prices can vary more than $100 depending who you buy from.
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post #10 of (permalink) Old 03-07-2005, 06:06 AM
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I just sold a Bast Top w/Half doors and the bows all in good no tares and zippers all good only this missing was the rear tailgate rail. for $250.00
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