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Unread 03-19-2013, 07:42 PM   #1
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Replace-a-top vs. Sailcloth

I need to replace the soft top on my 87 YJ and I am looking at getting a Bestop Sailcloth but I can only find the sailcloth for the 88 YJ...will this one fit my Jeep? The images show it with the family roll cage and hardware (box), I have the sport roll cage and hardware (angle).

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Unread 03-19-2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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One of the Bestop employees use to hangout here, but I have not seem him here in quite some time.

Perhaps try PMing GeoffatBestop to see if he can answer your questions.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 06:54 AM   #3
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You can always call quadratec they do a good job of know the products!
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Unread 03-20-2013, 07:04 AM   #4
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The difference in the 87 from other years is the CJ-style snaps at the 1/2 door top. If you get the rails from later years, a later top will work just fine. I have a soft top mounted in summertime that came off a 94.

I do not know about the Sailcloth hardware, tho.
probably out breaking stuff.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 01:25 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Beachcruiser View Post
If you get the rails from later years, a later top will work just fine.
Exactly what I did... but went back to the OEM top after I had the SuperTop.

I missed the frame drip rails over the doors!
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Unread 03-20-2013, 04:32 PM   #6
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I ran a sailcloth replacement top for a few years on the factory hardware on my 93 YJ. For the money I paid for it, I did not see the big difference in quietness or insulation. It was noticeably thicker, but was not any quieter at highway speeds. It was however noticeably harder to get installed. It kept getting worse and worse each year. Its like it was shrinking. It got to the point unless it was setting in direct sunlight on a 80+ degree day, you were pretty much not going to get it in the rails and get the snaps over the doors snapped. It was also hard to fold it up when taking it down cause the cloth was so stiff. I eventually got fed up and bought the standard replacement top. It fits so much better, its not any louder, it has not shrunk in the 3-4 years I have had it now, and its still easy to put up and down.

My opinion, save your money and buy the standard replacement top. Do not waste your money on the sailcloth.
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