Please take a minute and view these pictures and choose a style. I personally like the (A) retainer but maybe i am missing something. To me it appears the change was to save money on the extruded plastic and ease of assembly. I could be wrong.
The A style does show a raw edge which i would eliminate by sewing in a hem.
I want to thank everyone who is participating in my threads about the tops. This is to find out what the CONSUMER wants not what is just available. When i get this started I want the design to be perfect and of the materials the highest quality.
In this picture we have
A- my old soft top with the a 1/8 plastic tapered retainer and the fabric stitched so it is already pointing towards the rear of the jeep and the outboard edges are trimmed and rounded. I find style is easier to fit in the track and a cleaner look.
B- this is a pre chinese safari best top. This retainer is .060 (1/16th) and the fabric os wrapped around it and stitched. They do this to make up the thickness of the plastic. I think it looks lazy.
C- WTF, this chinese POS is the .060 plastic wrapped, stitched and then cut an inch from the end. When i try to install it I can not get the ends to fit in the trac because of the binding and I end up leaving the last inch flapping in the wind. If i am missing something about this top, someone please provide the answer. Does it fit the newer jeeps? I confess, I have never owned a Jeep that was not AMC.