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Unread 05-08-2004, 10:16 PM   #1
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Are Bestop Soft-tops and Replace-a-tops better thank factory?

I was interested in getting a new top pretty soon since the one I have now is starting to rot away. According to Bestop, their sailclothe replace-a-top is 50% quieter and doesn't shrink in cold weather. Can anyone back that up?

Also, are their complete kits (the ones that use different harnesses, not the factory harnesses) easier to put up or down? Are they better than the replace-a-tops or factory tops in any other way?

Thanks in advance!

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Unread 05-08-2004, 10:31 PM   #2
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The factory frame is the best system I have seen, sailcloth is quiter, but it still shrinks in cold weather, sail cloth came standard from 01 up. Just get a replace a top, don;t bother with their whole system replacements.
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Unread 05-09-2004, 12:33 PM   #3
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hmmm my imagination is not working today, what kind of problems does the shrinking in cold weather bring about? Just harder to get on and off???
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Manufacturere specs say to never take down the top while the outside temperature is constantly at 45 digrees or under. You can crack the top.
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Unread 05-09-2004, 03:52 PM   #5
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hmmm my imagination is not working today, what kind of problems does the shrinking in cold weather bring about? Just harder to get on and off???
ALOT harder to get on when it's cold. I notice a HUGE difference between just 60 and 70 degrees. Exspecially trying to get down the clamps over the windshield.

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The factory frame is the best system I have seen, sailcloth is quiter, but it still shrinks in cold weather, sail cloth came standard from 01 up. Just get a replace a top, don;t bother with their whole system replacements.
Does it at least shrink less than the other fabric? Is there a material out there that is better than sail cloth?

Maybe some day, jeeps will have automatic tops...someday.....
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