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Unread 04-14-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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Will an 06 soft top fit on an 01?

I own a 2001 Sahara and found a soft top on craigslist that came off of a 2006. Its a good price so I want to buy it but will it fit?
I've seen the technical threads on this and there doesnt seem to be too much differences.
"Soft Top
* 97-00 - standard material
* 01-02 - 4-ply sailcloth
* 03-06 - 3-ply sailcloth - NOTE: Change in driver's side window: male zipper is now on window, female zipper on the top, previous years (97-00) were vice-versa."
From another thread.

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Unread 04-14-2013, 04:43 PM   #2
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Yes it fits. I put an 05 soft top on my 02 no problem.

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Unread 04-14-2013, 05:00 PM   #3
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Thought so. Just wanted to make sure thanks for confirming
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I have an 06 top on my 97.
Always been happy with it but wondered if the fit could be a bit better - my top seemed a bit more 'relaxed' than 06 tops I've seen on 06 TJs.

So I took off my 97-02 rollbar brackets and put on some 03-06 rollbar brackets.
The later model brackets stick out a bit further - this has resulted in the top being really taut. The sail panels now feel almost solid and the rear windows are less prone to flapping.

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Unread 04-15-2013, 06:08 AM   #5
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So I took off my 97-02 rollbar brackets and put on some 03-06 rollbar brackets.
That seems like an easy fix. Where did you find the 03-06 rollbar brackets? If not in a store there's probably some in a junkyard somewhere.
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That seems like an easy fix. Where did you find the 03-06 rollbar brackets? If not in a store there's probably some in a junkyard somewhere.
They are around but the sellers seem to think they are made of gold.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 07:12 PM   #7
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Just put on my top today. It actually fit very well. Actually seemed tight to me. Although I've never put a soft top on before so maybe that's just how they are. Only piece I'm missing is the tailgate bar. Which I realized wasn't there after buying it
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Unread 04-16-2013, 05:00 AM   #8
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I got my late model rollbar brackets here - but you are good to go without them.

http://www.jeep4x4center.com/mopar/j...p-hardware.htm

Like I said, I was always happy with the fit - only noticed the difference when I was up close and personal with an 06 TJ.

You will find tailgate bars in that link too - I'm sure there's cheaper alternatives if you have time to look for them
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