Come August I decided I wanted to add a soft top to the mix and specifically one with the Sunrider feature. For anyone else looking for a soft top the Sunrider is standard on all LJ soft tops (I have yet to see one without it).
I found no shortage of LJ soft tops for sale and all at reasonable prices. Unfortunately, they were all out of state (Mostly on the east coast) and no one was willing to ship. Out of curiosity I inquired with my local dealer. For ~$1,500 I could bring home a brand new soft top
Continuing to check the JeepForum Classifieds, Craigslist and eBay at least once a day I finally found one on eBay in Los Angeles. The seller advertised it as being brand new (including the frame, top, windows and door surrounds) and was asking $600. With no other bids I offered $300, we negotiated and settled on $400.
It was not until I got the top home and tried to install it I discovered I was missing a few pieces. After searching around on JeepForum I discovered I need the bow knuckles and the soft top roll bar bow brackets. After a little research I ordered a set of Bestop Quick-Release Bow Knuckles (P/N: 51290-01) from Summit Racing. I turned to Quadratec and ordered the soft top bow brackets (Left: 55395225AC, Right: 55395224AC).
With all the right parts in hand we got it installed. Being the first time I had ever worked with a soft top I thought I was doing it wrong as the cloth was so tight. Make sure to let it sit in the sun to loosen up.
This warning always gives me a good chuckle.