When deciding on the right top, you should really ask yourself three questions: Do you currently have a soft top? Do you want to change the look of your Jeep? Do you currently have a hard top and want to switch to a soft top? That's because choosing the right soft top for your vehicle isn't quite as easy as it used to be. Manufacturers today use all kinds of different materials, fitment methods, and even colors in their products. Some use new framework, while some require you to reuse the existing OEM hardware. Others even do away with hardware altogether.
If you currently have a soft top, you may want to consider replacing just the existing fabric and re-using your soft top frame as long as it is in good shape. Today's soft tops use a variety of fabric materials to attach to your hardware such as 30oz triple-layer twill or 28oz Sailcloth which provide superior durability, a nearly whisper-quiet ride, and are perfect for those who generally use the vehicle everyday - or a lighter-weight multi-layer 23 or 24oz fabric which generally are more economical and work well for those who do not use the vehicle as a daily driver.
If you are out to change the look of your vehicle, frameless soft tops and 'summer style' tops are a great options. Frameless tops eliminate all hardware, and instead utilize door surround channels and a rail system to help attach the top to your vehicle, while employing a sleek fastback look that definitely stands out. Summer style tops are ones that employ a bikini top, windbreaker, and tonneau cover to seal up the cabin - mainly for the summer months.
Should you have a hardtop and want to switch over to a soft top, you can still choose from that variety of fabric such as Sailcloth, Twill, or multi-layer, but the top kit comes inclusive with all the hardware needed to attach on your Jeep. You can also look to the frameless top option as well because both work great, while 'summer top' solutions also are popular with hardtop owners who want to remove the top for just a few months out of the year.
For more information, check out our popular Soft Top Advisor.