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Unread 10-03-2006, 07:31 PM   #1
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Differences in soft tops from year to year

I am looking at getting a used soft top from an 04 TJ but was wondering if it would fit on my 97. In catalogs soft tops are being sold for either 97-02 or 03-06. Can anyone tell me what the differences are? Will a 2004 sailcloth softtop and frame fit on a 97?


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Unread 10-03-2006, 07:36 PM   #2
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It will fit, as long as it includes the windows. You can not use the windows from your '97 on the new '04 top because the male/female zipper ends changed. As long as it is the complete top including the windows.
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Unread 10-03-2006, 08:02 PM   #3
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I am not sure about differences but I just installed soft top off 2004 Rubicon onto my 1997 TJ and it fits perfect. New frame and fabric, it all fits like a glove.
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Unread 10-03-2006, 11:22 PM   #4
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i just bought a 03 for my 00. ive been told it will fit fine
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