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post #1 of 8 Old 01-11-2010, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Will my Bestop still fit snug if it is removed?

My TJ had a brand new Bestop (Replace-A-Top, I think) when I bought it last December. It fits snug and there is no flopping or leaking, and it's very quiet. I've found a good deal on a factory hardtop and I'm considering buying it to run during the 4-5 months of cold weather.

Will my Bestop still perform this good if it is removed and replaced each year?

Would I be better off just taking care of my Bestop and not messing with a hardtop at this time since I don't really have an ideal place to store the top that I'm not using at the time?

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-11-2010, 12:54 PM
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It seems to me that the Bestop will actually be more snug if it doesn't stay stretched on your Jeep all the time. As far as storing the hard top, that is up to you. I originally wanted a hard top, but didn't really want to store it most of the year. The only time I wish I had a hardtop is when I have a long highway trip.

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I bought dual tops when I bought mine as I thought I would need the hardtop for winter. Turned out I never used it. Soft top was perfectly fine. I too did not have good storage for the hard top which made it a complete hassle. Recently sold the hard top. Not sure about the Bestop top, but the OEM soft top when off for awhile shrinks up and becomes more snug. Have to try to get it warmed up a bit so it stretches better to get it back on.
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x2-- it'll be tighter. i took mine off for a week and it was tighter

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post #5 of 8 Old 01-11-2010, 07:43 PM
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Storing a soft top and parts is easy. It does not take up much room and pretty much is flat. It may fit under some beds. Your soft top will last a lot longer if you swtich it with a hard top for the winter
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I just bought a new replacement sail cloth top for my Jeep. I was amazed how compact it is when all folded up. I believe there would be no problem fitting it under a bed.

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post #7 of 8 Old 01-11-2010, 08:40 PM
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I also have the Bestop Replac-atop and it's a great replacement. I take the top off in May and don't reinstall until October. I fold it up and put bungee straps around it and stand it up in the garage. I had a hardtop but it took up too much room when I wasn't using it.

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post #8 of 8 Old 01-12-2010, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the help guys. I had thought about putting it under a bed.

I have decided to pass on the hardtop at this time because I couldn't get the guy to come down to my price, plus hardtop season is only a couple of months from being over.
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