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Unread 06-02-2008, 10:26 AM   #1
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How long did you stay tear free?

My high end best top has held up pretty well.. not tears yet but I can see where I'm eventually going to get one. I'm getting that little "white" line in a stress point where the top bends between the two plastic drip guards. I think this is the 3rd year I've had my top. Is that about normal? It won't have to be replaced for quite some time.. what's the average life span of a top?

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Unread 06-02-2008, 10:31 AM   #2
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I have a 1998 with the original white top. It has the small tears where you said. The biggest problem is the thread. Most of the zipper seams have separated and I had to hand stitch them back in place. Otherwise, it just keeps on going.
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Unread 06-02-2008, 10:34 AM   #3
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I hear the general rule is a top will last about 5 years
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Unread 06-02-2008, 10:38 AM   #4
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I believe that most tops will start to tear/leak after about three to five years. I remember reading that somewhere but not sure where. However, my soft top on my Wrangler lasted about 8. At the time of me putting it down though, it was barely keeping my dry when it rained.
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Unread 06-02-2008, 12:15 PM   #5
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Mine lasted 3 months due to a tornado
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Unread 06-02-2008, 12:40 PM   #6
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^^ that might cause some least your okay
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Unread 06-02-2008, 12:41 PM   #7
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Still have my 98' original with no leaks.but my girlfriend crys whenever I spend money on my jeep.Was that tear free or tear free?Rips in the top causes both.

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Unread 06-02-2008, 08:31 PM   #8
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I hope mine will last longer. It has been sitting in my shop since day 2 of owning my jeep. Louisiana has about 3 weeks of winter a year
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Unread 06-02-2008, 10:43 PM   #9
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I have a 94 YJ, my tops is still factory. Im now starting to have small issues with the zippers.

No leaks though.
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Unread 06-03-2008, 12:01 AM   #10
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ive never had a tear but i always seem to have problems with the stitching coming out on the passengers side
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