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Unread 02-27-2011, 09:56 AM   #1
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Soft Top recommendation for 1993 YJ Sahara

Hi all,

Having never owned a jeep with a soft top I'm looking for recommendations.

My recent purchase has been a 1993 Hunter Green Sahara YJ with Full Hard Doors and Spice Hard Top

Looking to go soft in the next couple of months and very interested in thoughts and recommendations.

Based on what I have read there are two schools of thoughts:

Bowless and installing Bows

I've seen something form Softopper that looked quite nice which is Bowless but would like to hear from others.

Is the new Bestop Supertop NX worth a look? I think that uses Bows

Any and all thoughts would be welcome

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Unread 02-27-2011, 10:12 AM   #2
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I just bought a Bestop and the material is very nice. Im using a frame (bow) system, which is what I had from before. Keep in mind that if you dont have the frame hardware, you'll have to buy a soft top kit that comes with it (or youll have to buy it separately). This will add a significant amount to the cost of your soft top.

I dont have any experience with bowless systems, but they look good. Soft topper makes a kit for your jeep, they dont for mine, which is why I didnt go with it. Otherwise, I would have, simply for price.
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Unread 02-27-2011, 10:29 AM   #3
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If you decide to go with Bestop (I like their products) PM GeoffatBestop, who's a member here & works for Bestop. He'll be able to inform you of all the options Bestop offers & hopefully point you toward getting a good deal.
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Unread 02-27-2011, 10:33 AM   #4
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Oh, I almost forgot to mention....if you are interested in a Viking product, http://winchline.com/soft-tops.html contact my friend Jon @ Winchline.com (or his brother Thor) & tell him I sent you his way. Viking is currently working on some new YJ products.
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Unread 02-27-2011, 12:26 PM   #5
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I don't think anyone makes a frame-less soft top for a YJ. But if that Viking would fit my YJ, I'd have one. I'd love to carry the windows inside the soft top like that.
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Unread 02-27-2011, 12:29 PM   #6
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I love my Softopper. Just need to get my door situation figured out. It's meant to work with full hard doors and I don't have those. I need to get my hands on some TJ uppers and mod them to fit. I think it's worth looking into. It's really nice to be able to unzip my rear windows, store them overhead, roll up the back window and continue on my way with a safari top. Or on the other hand, when it rains I can button it up quickly and easily.
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Unread 02-27-2011, 12:31 PM   #7
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I have a BestTop Supertop. Love it, Its alot easier than the factory top, and seems to be holding up well. I have nothing to say about Viking as I have never seen one in person.
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Unread 02-27-2011, 12:32 PM   #8
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Can't beat bestop. I just got a supertop and it was very easy to install and seals very nice even with soft upper doors. I'm not very familiar with bowless tops but they seem like they might not keep their shape after a few years of stretching. Also I'm not a fan of how they look but many people seem to like them. Its all preference I guess.
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Unread 02-27-2011, 03:05 PM   #9
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Thanks everybody for the info.

I'm going to make three inquiries on Monday.

One to Softopper

One to the fellow who comes on the board from Bestop as the Supertop NX does look nice. Just wish they made a Trek NX for the YJ.

Last but not least to Viking/Rampage as a possible alternative to Softopper.


Anybody out there have a good review on Softopper or the Bestop Supertop NX?
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Unread 02-27-2011, 07:00 PM   #10
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my first post so if i dont do it right just tell me. thanks

my problem is i have a 1987 jeep wrangler that had a hard top i installed 4 years ago. the jeep actually came with a factory soft top with soft doors. i located some steel full doors and a hard top and was pleased.

now i have wanted to go back to the soft top, and my wife purchased one for christmas from smittybilt for the 87 wrangler. all is well as i have the factory bow hardware but i do not have any door surrounds for the 87 since it was built as a soft top with soft doors. i know i dont have all the hardware for completion of my soft top install with the problem around my full steel doors. any and all help would be appreciated
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I have a BestTop Supertop. Love it, Its alot easier than the factory top, and seems to be holding up well. I have nothing to say about Viking as I have never seen one in person.
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Unread 02-27-2011, 08:22 PM   #12
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I know a lot of guys like the Bestop but I have to say I'm not too impressed with mine. The window zippers failed after a year, the rail snaps don't stay snapped, the side windows don't stay fastended to the frame, the plastic windows seem to scratch a lot easier, and overall the fit and finish was nowhere near factory standards.

Just another opinion to consider.
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