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post #1 of 4 Old 07-01-2020, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Soft top quality

I just acquired an 05 LJ . I really like the top that's on it but it's in need of replacement. Near as I can tell it's a Bestop frameless. Pricey sucker. I've looked online at a few other brands with quite a difference in price. Anybody have some actual ownership experience they'd like to share as far as quality, longevity, and whether you get much for the extra cost? I don't really mind spending more for a top but I want something for it at least. Thanks for any meaningful input.

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-02-2020, 07:32 AM
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With soft top more than most things, you get what you pay for.
Lower cost tops are almost all made in China with lesser quality materials, thread and zippers.
Specifically avoid Smittybilt, they are well known to not fit out of the box and wear out prematurely.
Quadratec brand tops are made by Bestop overseas using lower quality materials. I got one of their bimini tops and windjammer that do well for their price but were obviously deteriorating after just a couple years. Decent low cost option.
Bestops are pricey because they are the highest quality, made in America (Colorado to be specific) and also happen to make the factory tops for Jeep. Most of their stuff is directly compatible with OEM. They are the industry standard everyone is compaired to. If you want the best fitting, longest lasting top, this is the brand to get.

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post #3 of 4 Old 07-02-2020, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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That's helpful. Thank you.
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-05-2020, 08:53 AM
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Since you are currently running a frameless, another option is the Rampage frameless. Iíve run one for years and itís been reliable, convenient, and I love the look. But go with the more expensive sailcloth version - it is the same material as the OEM top.

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