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Bestop Supertop Classic Skin vs. Supertop NX


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I own a 97 Sport. I purchased it with a Bestop Supertop Classic. The PO purchased new hardware but the fabric top has a manufacture date of 2002. It’s still great, but I am looking ahead.

I do love the soft top. My goal is to maximize time with the top down. I also use this as my daily driver, because I love to drive it.

I can get the top down in about 10 minutes. Back up is a little slower.

I will need to either replace the entire top and hardware (Supertop NX), or just get a new skin (Classic)

It seems like with no real door surrounds, (just the bent pole) removal / install would be faster than OEM style hardware.

Can someone tell me pros and cons of the Supertop Classic verses the New OEM Style Supertop? Thank you


Classic:

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OEM:

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I don’t have either product. But, do have an OEM style top. Smittybilt, yeah, I know. It was all I could afford. However, the hardware around the door you’re concerned about hasn’t been an issue. Like you I can do the job in about 10 minutes. It adds the drip rail and side window bit to the equation. Both, very quick to do.


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@ballpark, as far as speed of folding down & putting back up, I don't think you'd gain that much either way. Having had both types, though, I much prefer the factory type with the door surrounds. What type of windshield frame header does your current soft top use?
 
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@ballpark, as far as speed of folding down & putting back up, I don't think you'd gain that much either way. Having had both types, though, I much prefer the factory type with the door surrounds. What type of windshield frame header does your current soft top use?
It’s just the slot that a plastic rib goes into. Just like a bikini top. The hardest part of getting the top up is fitting that rib into the slot.


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I’ve had both on my previous tj. I preferred the classic, it was much easier to use all around. However... the ome is a much more secure fit.
 
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I’ve had both on my previous tj. I preferred the classic, it was much easier to use all around. However... the ome is a much more secure fit.
So maybe the OEM is quieter cause it fits better?

I wouldn’t take the Classic in a automated car wash, can an OEM make it?


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So maybe the OEM is quieter cause it fits better?

I wouldn’t take the Classic in a automated car wash, can an OEM make it?


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The windows would be scratched badly I bet.
 

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So maybe the OEM is quieter cause it fits better?

I wouldn’t take the Classic in a automated car wash, can an OEM make it?


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I took my OEM top through the car wash all the time. Never had any issues. The bristles were foam so it never beat up my top or windows.
 
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Thank you all. Not hearing a huge difference... I guess I will see which one goes on sale first. Thank you


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