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Unread 09-08-2013, 05:45 PM   #1
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Soft Top Recommendation

I currently have a 2001 TJ with a Bestop Supertop that is showing some age. I'd like to replace it in the near future but wanted to get some input "from the field" as i haven't been too impressed with the Supertop.

One thing I dont like is the windshield header latches as they are the bolt kind instead of the quick release kind.

Another issue is the corners around the windshield have never fit snug and i occasionally get a leak around those edges when it rains. Yes, i've seen the video instructing to ensure the header is turned appropriately and there is no gap.

So, i guess the question is, are there top options where i could use the same hardware but also replace the latches or is the latest generation of the Supertop better than previous ones?

thanks for your input!
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Unread 09-08-2013, 07:27 PM   #2
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That was a top & PITA support mechanism that Bestop was forced to sell in the retail marketplace because a contract in effect between Bestop & Jeep forbade Bestop from selling the better mechanism Bestop was providing Jeep to be installed into new Jeeps at the factory.

So until a couple years ago, you could only buy the better Bestop-made factory style frame from the dealer. Bestop was forced by Jeep to sell the crappier PITA mechanism like you have.

That contract finally expired a couple years ago so Bestop can now sell the much better OEM style frame with the better factory-style latches with the same Sailcloth fabric that came on new TJs. Look for their Supertop NX, that kit contains everything needed including latches, new door surrounds, frame, etc. Everything you need to install it, you won't reuse any of your existing parts.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 07:37 PM   #3
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trektop NX from bestop... i just bought one and love it. the price was right and you can fold the driver and passenger top back for some sun. acts as a safari top too. Look into it...
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Unread 09-08-2013, 08:40 PM   #4
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Look for their Supertop NX, that kit contains everything needed including latches, new door surrounds, frame, etc. Everything you need to install it, you won't reuse any of your existing parts.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 09:56 PM   #5
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That was a top & PITA support mechanism that Bestop was forced to sell in the retail marketplace because a contract in effect between Bestop & Jeep forbade Bestop from selling the better mechanism Bestop was providing Jeep to be installed into new Jeeps at the factory.

So until a couple years ago, you could only buy the better Bestop-made factory style frame from the dealer. Bestop was forced by Jeep to sell the crappier PITA mechanism like you have.

That contract expired so Bestop can now sell the much better OEM style frame with the better factory-style latches with the same Sailcloth fabric that came on new TJs. Look for their Supertop NX, that kit contains everything needed including latches, new door surrounds, frame, etc. Everything you need to install it, you won't reuse any of your existing parts.
This, I have also had good luck with the Rampage frameless, just my luck??*shrug*
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Unread 09-09-2013, 01:04 PM   #6
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Go frameless.... Bestop or Rampage. (that same channel-header you already have will work with either.)
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Unread 09-09-2013, 03:51 PM   #7
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Supertop NX

Got a Supertop NX this summer. It is pretty nice and has all the hardware with it and clamps to the top of the windshield like the hard top does. Has a nice flip back top and I like to run it with the doors off and windows out but top still up(see pale bald guy). I have broke one of the knuckles and they sent me a bag of them incase it happens again.

Overall I am happy with it but would be intrigued by one of the frameless options as I am not sure what the "carriage" really does. I guess it depends on where you live and if you run a hardtop in the winter(Iowa here)good luck.
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Unread 09-12-2013, 09:14 PM   #8
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Anybody heard/seen reviews of the QuadraTops by Quadratec? I've always been happy with their customer service but didn't even know they had their own soft top line.

And what does frameless mean? No hardware?
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Unread 09-12-2013, 09:20 PM   #9
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Get the Bestop.
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Unread 09-12-2013, 09:20 PM   #10
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I have had my Bestop Trektop NX for about a year now here inColorado andlove it with zero problems and the sunrider feature is fantastic. I uses a factory type header and take seconds to flip back the sunrider.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 08:21 AM   #11
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I am a fan of the Supertop NX, been running mine for over a year .
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Unread 09-13-2013, 09:35 AM   #12
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i didnt like the older supertop i had either. it bought it probably 5 years ago. i went back to using the factory replacement tops from besttop. these seem to be about the easiest to operate and seal up nice. im not a big fan of the windsheild header on those supertops. my jeep is just way to high to be messing around trying to fit that plastic front edge into the header bar in the front. i would rather just pull it up and latch it down. never tried the supertop nx though so i cant speak for it.
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