When you bought your Jeep it certainly came with a top of some kind – very much likely with a hardtop, but possibly you got it with a soft top. Usually, one doesn’t really get into this discussion of tops unless they want some variety. If you live in the area, where the winters are cold, a hardtop is a must have for the cold months. On the other side, quite a few Jeep owners purchase a soft top of some kind, to turn their Wrangler or Sahara into a stylish ride, where you could enjoy the sun and the air.
Jeep tops come in a variety of styles, ranging from fully covered hardtops to semi open tops, known as bikini tops. It is very common to have different tops for different seasons. Hardtops are known to provide the best protection from wind and rain; however you would need a hoist to take a hardtop off, if you do it by yourself, and also a place to store it. Soft tops, on the other hand, are very easy to store or to remove, but they’re not as secure as hardtops. Bikini tops represent a nice variation, allowing one to drive, basically, with the top down, while not being scorched by the sun.
If one is looking to replace an already existing soft top, it is a good idea to see the make of the top, in the first place. Some soft tops were designed to fit over the original hardware, while other will come with their own hardware that you would need to install. When opting for a top, and the tops are not that cheap, if you haven’t already noticed that, it is very important to go with trusted names that had been in a business for a long time, those that earned their reputation for consistent production of quality products.
One of the companies that have long been supplying Jeep Corporation with high quality tops is the Bestop. This company works hand in hand with Jeep and understands very well Jeep specs. The other ones that are also known for their craftsmanship are Rugged Ridge, Pavement Ends and Mopar.
And once you defined the brand that you wanna go with, it is very important to choose the right model. There is quite a lot of variation in the tops, for instance you have the standard soft top, the flip-top, the bikini top and the additional accessories, such as the windbreaker and the duster, which are aimed to give your Jeep different appearance and looks, while keeping away the wind, the dust and the debris.