The Bestop Replace-a-top is the only replacement top featuring American fabric specially constructed to stretch for easy installation then return to its original shape for tautness. The Replace-a-top also features factory-spec Velcro, thread, webbing, and door seals. Plus oversized zippers, DOT approved windows. The Replace-a-top consists of fabric only and fit only factory-original hardware. Replacement top only fits on factory OEM hardware. The doors must have black plastic door handles and a Jeep label sewn into the top. This top will work on steel or fiberglass bodies. If you are installing this onto a fiberglass body you will need to purchase snap kit part # 93002. Tops go on like the factory top. You must use factory door frame and cut off the old skin. The new door skins stretch over old frames and attach with Velcro and snaps and reuse your original door handles.
The Bestop Replace-a-Top with Clear Windows in Black Vinyl is a great top for the restoration or budget minded person. It uses factory hardware and uses snaps to hold the top to the body. It is a high quality top. The windows can roll up for the safari look and the door skins are included.
Had to relocate a couple of snaps on the rear window flap but otherwise a pretty good fit. One of the Velcro retaining straps on the drivers side that helps secure the doorframe hardware was not long enough to make the connection in this cold Michigan weather so we will see if it will stretch once it's warm again. Nice being able to see out the back window again
Sadly, this appears to be your only option when in need of a new top for your older Jeep. I just bought one for my 1984 CJ-7 which I have owned since it was new (I bought the same product about 10 years ago and it was a MUCH better product than it is today).My biggest complaints are:1. The placement of the snaps (one is not attachable and a few other are off enough so that there are large loose areas where top beets body (the last one I bought fit the same snaps on my Jeep body perfectly).2. The direction of the zippers on the side windows is reversed (so you have to zip from rear-to-front to close the window instead of front-to-rear, like it was originally made (and like my last Replace-A-Top was made). Also the zipper was sewed poorly on the passenger side so the zipper always kinks when it glides past that one spot where it's not sewed correctly.I called Bestop figuring they would stand behind their product but had not luck - even after emailing photos. The customer service Rep, Crystal, seemed like she just didn't want to be bothered with my questions and kept telling me the top and zippers are correct when she has no idea if irt's correct because she never asked me to measure snap placement so she could check the specs, nor does she have any IDEA how the windows are supposed to zip... but she acts as if she does and like I have no idea what I'm talking about even though I've had this Jeep for 27 years and even have photos of the original top and how things are supposed to be.Who is doing quality control on these tops [*].?I put in a call to my sales guy at 4wd.com today (October 19, 2011)and hope he can help somehow.
I currently have a Whitco soft top on my '86CJ7. Do the snaps along the body align with your top (viv-a-vis the Whitco original top)?
Asked by Michael from Rio Rico, AZ on
Hi Michael, This Bestop Replace-a-Top with Clear Windows is specifically designed for the OEM bow bars, snaps and hardware so if your CJ has the original location snaps this top should fit great. Thank you for your inquiry.
Answered by Jim G Ext 4806 from Rio Rico, AZ on
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