Soft tops, door surrounds, and safari tops
I currently have a hard top, but I would like to get a safari for the summer and possibly a full soft top eventually. I've heard that the bikinis and safaris leave a gap between the full doors and the sport bars where they would attach without door surrounds. Looking at the Bestop Supertop, it doesnt come with door surrounds. Is this an OEM thing only? Is it worth getting the surrounds for use with a bikini or safari to get a real seal between the full doors and the top? I live in Oregon, and though I know partial tops are just that, partial, it would be nice to keep any unexpected rain out of the front of the rig. Thanks.
Actually yes, it's an OEM thing. I'd actually go for the OEM set up before I'd consider the aftermarket. Depending on what you want to do. And a friend of mine is actually selling her soft top because she doesn't own the Jeep anymore.
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You would want the door surrounds with a bikini or safari top. The safari will help keep out more rain simply because it covers the rear seat area as well. Without the door surrounds, you would have about a 2 inch gap between the roll cage and the top of the door.
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Ya the Safari is the way I want to go, I removed the backseat, brackets and seatbelts within a few hours of owning my Jeep, but I like the idea of a little more shade/protection for the front. So OEM it is for the full top. I think I read on here that the OEM frame is better then aftermarket as well. Thanks everyone.
Originally Posted by Rigger007 View Post
My setup is the duster, windjammer & the safari bikini & was running that without the surrounds but it left a large gap & rain would run off the bikini top down INSIDE the door. Priced out surrounds at the local dealer & he quoted me $290 each, then checked ebay & ended up with jimfranciswholesale who arranged a purchase thru PAYPAL but not thru ebay. Got them (not new, but perfectly fine) a week later for $95 plus $35 shipping = total $130. Makes a BIG improvement, simple to put on & really helps sealing up the **** pit. Also makes it much more difficult to unlock the doors thus breaqking in to the jeep. Very glad I did it.
Yep I practically gave away my soft top on craigslist! (no frame or anything) I found some locals that were selling a used OEM soft top with all hardware for $125. It was grey, so I didn't buy it. It was a great deal though. Keep your eyes open and stick with oem if possible.
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I pulled the hardtop off for the first time yesterday. My girl friend and I carried it up a narrow staircase to our apartment and stashed it in our office. It's a little awkward but not heavy. I'm going to get door surrounds right away, the gap left at the back of the hard doors is goofy looking. I saw some on ebay, but they are listed as fitting 97-06, which if I remember from posts on here is incorrect. I'm going to check here in a sec, but I thought someone had listed different part numbers for 97-02 and 03-06.
Originally Posted by jeepin79 View Post
After checking the post I had seen was talking about the LJ sunrider tops. Can anyone confirm that the door surround part numbers are the same from 97-06? Ebay listings have 97-02, 97-05, and 97-06, I'm assuming this is because they are not very knowledgeable about what they have. Jeepsrus lists the parts as 97-08, lol.
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