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need first hand reviews on aftermarket soft tops

My rear window zipper is ****ed, and no one want to fix that around town, so I'm down to replacing my entire top.. I don't have a bunch of money to throw on that right now, so the cheaper the better, BUT, I still want something that has a minimum of quality.

If the majority goes towards bestop with a replace-a-top sailcloth, then that's what I'm going to buy. I know I wouldn't be disapointed with this one, but its still a little too much for my current budget.

I have been searching for reviews for a couple brands, like Rugged ridge
Rugged Ridge 13737.01 Sailcloth Soft Top, Black Diamond, 10-15 Jeep 2-Door Wrangler

Rough country
Rough Country Replacement Soft Top for 10-15 Jeep JK Wrangler (2-door) | Rough Country Suspension Systems®

and smittybilt
Replacement Soft Tops - Smittybilt

I want a factory style soft top, no frameless, trektop like tops. From what I have read, some people liked their top and some didn't. As its based on personal experience, I want to ear from guys who had them on their jeep!

My criterias are simple, As quiet as possible, as tight as possible (anything in the acceptable range), and fukin tough zippers!!!

For the moment, I feel like the RR would be the best in the cheapest..

Another option I have is a 2008 factory top, to fit on my 2012. It comes complete with door surrounds, tinted windows, and seems to be in good shape. The only down side is that it is khaki, would look funny on my red jk.. but could have it for 300$.

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post #2 of 21 Old 07-07-2015, 08:10 PM
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I don't think a khaki top on a red jeep would look bad at all. But what you think is all that matters.

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http://www.bestop.com/component/prod...product&id=137

This is what I had on my 2 door and it was bad ass quality

Oh and you can paint the hard top easy enough

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Did you try shoe repair places for the zipper? That's where i got mine done. cost like 15 bucks for 3 windows.

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I have the Rough Country top, spice color like you posted a link to. I have had it on for a couple months now. No complaints so far. Its tight as a tiger. before buying it I did read somewhere on the interwebz that the windows are not as thick as the factory ones which I will agree with. Its nothing you would notice unless you have one of each in a hand.

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I would go with Rugged Ridge among your list, one guy here have them and never heard a complain. Or this Pavement Ends been on my cousin's '11 2-door since 2013 and still fits perfectly, you may want to check them:
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I have a bestop Sailcloth replace a top and i love it. Fitment is a bit loose bit its tightening up

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Save your money and save more, and get the Bestop. Good quality and well made.
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Just keep in mind, you get what you pay for, especially with tops. Zippers, seams, windows, are pretty common failure points for cheaper tops after a year or so.

I think the khaki would look good with red.

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I helped a buddy pick up a factory soft top off of craigslist one time. It was in like new condition and he got a decent deal on it. You may watch craigslist.

If you are curious about trecktops: IMO I didn't like them one bit! I pre-ordered one at a 4wp show when they first debuted. I had issues with it leaking at the tail gate, and getting the door seals to seat right was a total PITA! I'm sure others had better luck, but not me!

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I'm on my 2nd Bestop TrekTop and obviously I really like it. Only replaced it because hail put 3 holes in the first one. And that was the 2nd time it had been hit. The first time it got hit, the top was about 9 months old and withstood softball-sized hail! No damage to the top itself of the windows. I did have a zipper on the rear window finally break near the end of 2013, but just the pull itself. Could've replaced it myself I think; just never ended up putting the rear windows back on. I actually just put the replacement top on my Jeep in May of this year, so it went for over a year with just the Safari section of the top installed, even after being damaged by hail. Covered up the biggest of the holes with black Gorilla tape.

Maybe to save costs, don't look at the sailcloth top. Those are obviously more expensive. Get the regular Bestop replacement factory top and call it a day. To my knowlege, the OEM top is made by Bestop anyway. But I could be wrong.

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Another option I have is a 2008 factory top, to fit on my 2012. It comes complete with door surrounds, tinted windows, and seems to be in good shape. The only down side is that it is khaki, would look funny on my red jk.. but could have it for 300$.

In not sure you'll like the way the 2008 soft tops work compared to your 2013 top. They snap in a groove along the top rails where the new ones have a cable system and just flips down and is held tight. That's a fairly poor explanation of the two but maybe you already know this or, maybe my weak explanation is enough for you.

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Revisiting an older post
My 08 soft top is breathing it's last breath as we speak. The dealer replace the top in 2010 as it was leaking where it seats in the door surrounds. This one leaks sometimes, it can be a bitch to get it to seat right. I am looking at the Best top complete with new hardware and door surrounds. Quadratec has their version which has thicker Windows fora a little less. Anybody out there have any experience with either of these? I want something that will last and above all not leak. Don't mind saving up a little extra coin if need be
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I have the Rough Country top, spice color like you posted a link to. I have had it on for a couple months now. No complaints so far. Its tight as a tiger. before buying it I did read somewhere on the interwebz that the windows are not as thick as the factory ones which I will agree with. Its nothing you would notice unless you have one of each in a hand.



it's a little 'after-the-fact' ,but wanted to reply that this is a unique look/combo that I have only seen 1-2 JKs/JKUs running ( a dark body with a spice/beige top) & I think it looks great.


I would also add that, whomever is quoted from this as saying, " ya get what ya pay for with soft-tops" is spot-on 100% accurate. Can't skimp on 'em or you'll just get peeved and wind up buying the quality top after the elCheapy gets eaten after first season or two. just fwiw.


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I have a bestop premium super top. It's awesome! Great quality and quite a bit quieter than the sailcloth a few of my buddies run. It's very easy to take off and put on.

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just installed my Bestop NX this weekend after my factory one went kaput.

i am very happy with it, instructions are clear, everything fit the way its supposed to. i think its a great product for the price

nevermind, just read your WHOLE post lol. disregard

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I have the original Trektop on my '08. Been on there almost continuously for 5 years. Still ok apart from a bit of stitching on a pull tag coming out.

How does the NX seal around the top? The original came with some metal frames that blend in with the roll bars when using tube doors. Do the frames for the NX look too chunky without OEM doors on?

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I have the original Trektop on my '08. Been on there almost continuously for 5 years. Still ok apart from a bit of stitching on a pull tag coming out.

How does the NX seal around the top? The original came with some metal frames that blend in with the roll bars when using tube doors. Do the frames for the NX look too chunky without OEM doors on?
there is no frame for the NX. i dont know how it seals. to be honest, im not bothered much by bad seals since i have soft doors. the floor of my JK is puddled when it rains anyway

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Look on craigslist for a factory soft top. I just picked one up, almost like new, with surrounds and everything for only $150.

I had a Besttop, it was nice, but not as nice as the factory one.

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Bestop has been making the factory Wrangler tops, since 1986. They have come along way since then.

They come in 2 different materials, and with them, you know the quality is there. The sailcloth is the thinner material, where the black twill is thicker, and heavier. Its more similar to the material you would find in a higher end convertible car.


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there is no frame for the NX. i dont know how it seals. to be honest, im not bothered much by bad seals since i have soft doors. the floor of my JK is puddled when it rains anyway
Fair enough. I was asking about frames as I use tube doors as soon as it warms up. (They went on last weekend.) I don't have the surrounds that came with the factory soft top.

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