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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.