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post #1 of 20 Old 10-18-2004, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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How long do Soft Tops typically last?

quick question, quick answer!

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post #2 of 20 Old 10-18-2004, 10:54 PM
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quick question, quick answer!

My first one lasted about 4 years before the zippers corroded and some of the stitching started to give out. The weather plays a big part in it's life, as does how well you take care of it.

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post #3 of 20 Old 10-18-2004, 11:05 PM
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yup. also depends on how often you're putting it up & down. I'm already on my second top and I've only had my jeep about 2years.
The first places I notice going are
a. the posi-lock plastics that hook under the driver & passenger side door surrounds
b. the seams (pretty much everywhere)

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post #4 of 20 Old 10-18-2004, 11:19 PM
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i dunno i have a 97 and i just replaced the top this year, tough i did have minor problems with my pasengerside zipper starting last year. not bad a 7 year life. oh and i had to stich up a six inch gap couple of years ago but that was from a tree branch.
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post #5 of 20 Old 10-19-2004, 04:48 AM
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my 97 still has the original on and it's in great shape although the previous owner didn't take very good care of the windows

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post #6 of 20 Old 10-19-2004, 07:28 AM
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heres a link on how to mantain a soft top , hope it helps.

http://www.autopia-carcare.com/inf-cabrio.html
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post #7 of 20 Old 10-19-2004, 09:53 AM
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I have a 97 and my top worn out. I find that the passanger/driver side plastic holders will wear out. I have had no problems with the zippers, I have found that the window plastic will crack when it is cold.

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post #8 of 20 Old 10-19-2004, 10:27 AM
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i have a 97 and its still going....but its going, down the crapper and fast...

i have a few tears in it, its stretched but not too bad...all hte zipper except the rear sides are messed up in some way..the half doors look like they have some dry rot goin on...the windows themselves are alright....

basically, keep it till it leaks or you cant unzip any of your windows...even then you can replace just what is wrong...though the color will prob. be off due to sun exposure...mine has lightend over the years...plus mud stains, road salt, yadda yadda yadda...i think i can get another 3 years outta of it atleast...


so if i had to give a guess:

10 years if you are good to it and depending on where you live

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7 years on the original top. The only thing we've done is gve the zipper replaced for the back window as well as replaced the plastic as well. Otherwise it's in good shape. We ran that top for the first 4 years in summer and winter (routinely get -40 degrees here) with no problems.

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We're still on our original top on the 94. Just put on the hard top last week and stored the soft top safely.

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I guess it all comes down to how well you take care of it.

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post #12 of 20 Old 10-20-2004, 05:27 PM
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My '98 is looking old. The stitching is blowing out above the doors. the windows are sctatched up bad, and the zipper on the passenger door upper blows open.

I'm determined to get atleast one more winter out of it.
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post #13 of 20 Old 10-20-2004, 09:13 PM
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my 2000 has its factory top still and its been on year round in new jersey from day one. there are some signs of wear like scratched windows and a few places where rain weeps in around the soft upper door windows. i think it will be good for quite a few more years tho.
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post #14 of 20 Old 10-20-2004, 09:39 PM
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I had my origional 97 soft top, just got a replace a top less than a year ago, had to return it twise, first one window crack, zipper broke, second one sagges and was noisy as hell, exchanged it for a sailcloth which should be coming tomorrow. are sailcloths really that quiet?

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post #15 of 20 Old 10-20-2004, 09:48 PM
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yea i just replaced my 98 soft top with a brand new pavement ends soft, and ive been really happy with the new top so far. it was easy to install and fits a lot better than the bestop one that my friend put on his 97 last summer. my old ones zippers were all broken so i couldnt even open my windows and there were tears that let water in so i thought it was high time for the new top
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