Sunday, September 11, 2011

Jeep Soft Tops

When it comes to choosing a Jeep soft top, the first step you will always take is determining your hardware situation. Generally, you will fall into one of 3 categories. Once you have determined which category you belong in, you are well on your way to getting the top that is right for you. To help you with this decision, here is an overview of the 3 categories and some Jeep soft tops to consider for each one.

1. You Have No Hardware

The only reason you would have no hardware is if you do not currently have a top (unless you decided to duct tape it to your Jeep). You get the benefit of coming in brand new to the soft top game. Basically, you will be able to choose from a myriad of tops depending on which fits your model.

Recommendation: There are some Jeep soft tops that are sold as a kit. These kits include the top and all of the hardware you need to install it. If you invest in a kit, rather than buying the components separately, it will generally be cheaper. The Bestop Supertop is a great choice.

2. You Have Old, Rusted, Broken Hardware

If your top is worn out and ready to be replaced, there is a good chance your hardware has seen better days too. Jeep soft tops do need to be replaced more often (every 3-5 years) than their hardware, but that does not mean the hardware will last forever.

Recommendation: If you have come to that point of no return with your hardware, it would be fiscally smart to get one of the aforementioned kits that include both the top and the hardware. In this case, we still recommend the Bestop Supertop as a solid choice. If, however, you are looking for some added features after your first go-around, consider the Sunrider and the Tiger Top as well.

3. You Have Hardware That Is in Good Condition

Congratulations! Unlike the previous two categories, you have a chance of saving some money by just purchasing a Jeep soft top and not the corresponding hardware. Of course this is not the only option. If you decide to upgrade, it most likely will not work with your current hardware and you will have to replace it. But if you have been perfectly happy with it, then you can definitely take the easy route.

Recommendation: Did your top come with your vehicle when you purchased it? Then there are plenty of direct replacement Jeep soft tops available to you. You can choose from any number of brands including Bestop, Pavement Ends, and Rugged Ridge. Each one will work with the hardware you already have. If your current top is a Bestop Supertop, you can simple get the Supertop replacement skin and be done with it. For any other Jeep soft tops, you can either replace them with the same one or upgrade to a Sunrider, Tiger Top, or any number of other options.

From here on out, which Jeep soft top you choose is a matter of personal preference. But at least now you know what you need to look for, so you can focus on what you want.

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