Identifying Your Jeep Soft Top Hardware

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Why is knowing your hardware important?

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When searching for an aftermarket Bestop Jeep soft top, identifying the existing hardware on your vehicle is an important step in deciding what kit to purchase. Some Jeep soft tops are designed to fit over your factory-original hardware, some over previously-purchased aftermarket hardware and some come with all the hardware required for the installation.





Identifying Your Hardware for 1986 and Newer Jeeps

Examine the following pictures for your specific year, make and model to determine if you have the factory-original hardware, Bestop aftermarket hardware or hardware from another manufacturer. If your hardware does not match any of the provided pictures, it is not a Bestop or factory-original system, and installation of a Bestop aftermarket top may require the purchase of an entire soft top kit, rather than just a fabric replacement.





For Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-current) models with 2 doors

highlighted view of JK factory hardware

Factory-Original/Replace-A-Top Hardware

Factory-original hardware is sufficient to install a Bestop Replace-A-Top or Sailcloth Replace-A-Top.

highlighted view of supertop hardware

Bestop Supertop Hardware

Bestop Supertop hardware is an aftermarket application. To replace the fabric soft top, purchase of a Supertop Replacement Skin is required.





For Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited (2007-current) models with 4 doors

highlighted view of JK factory hardware

Factory-original/Replace-A-Top Hardware

Factory-original hardware is sufficient to install a Bestop Replace-A-Top or Sailcloth Replace-A-Top.

highlighted view of Supertop hardware

Bestop Supertop Hardware

Bestop Supertop hardware is an aftermarket application. To replace the fabric soft top, purchase a Supertop Replacement Skin.





For Jeep Wrangler TJ (1997-2006) models

highlighted view of TJ factory hardware

Factory-Original/Replace-A-Top Hardware

Factory-original hardware is sufficient to install a Bestop Replace-A-Top or Sailcloth Replace-A-Top. Bestop Halftop soft top applications are also available for TJ models 1997-2002.

highlighted view of TJ supertop hardware

Bestop Supertop Hardware

Bestop Supertop hardware is an aftermarket application. To replace the fabric soft top, purchase a Supertop Replacement Skin.

highlighted view of TJ sunrider hardware

Bestop Sunrider Hardware

Bestop Sunrider hardware is an aftermarket application. Fabric-only replacement tops for Sunrider are not available.





For Jeep Wrangler YJ (1986-1995) models

highlighted view of YJ factory hardware

Factory-Original/Replace-A-Top Hardware

Factory-original hardware is sufficient to install a Bestop Replace-A-Top or Sailcloth Replace-A-Top. Bestop Halftop soft top applications are also available for YJ models 1992-1995.

highlighted view of YJ supertop hardware

Bestop Supertop Hardware

Bestop Supertop hardware is an aftermarket application. To replace the fabric soft top, purchase a Supertop Replacement Skin.

highlighted view of YJ sunrider hardware

Bestop Sunrider Hardware

Bestop Sunrider hardware is an aftermarket application. Fabric-only replacement tops for Sunrider are not available.





Other Hardware

If the hardware on your Jeep does not look like any of the above pictures - and is 1986 or newer - then you do not have factory-original or Bestop hardware installed. Kits for owners without factory-original or Bestop hardware include Tigertop for models 1941-1986, Supertop for models 1955 and newer, Sunrider for models 1976-2006 and Trektop for models 1997 and newer.





Questions and Comments about this Article

Rocco B.

Looking for some frame part my son misplaced for a yj 89 79200

Reply from Chris R.

Can you tell me what particular component are you needing? In the meantime I went ahead and linked our full selection of products and parts we have available for your 1989 YJ below. 64162

Branden W.

Ive identified my hardware as bestop supertop on a 99 wrangler. I traded my half doors for full steel several years ago. Its always Leaked like a sieve in even moderate rain, i decided to buy some of the door surrounds to see if i can stop the leaking, but the bestop hardware appears to be in the way of mounting them. Did i buy the wrong surrounds factory or does bestop make surrounds to accomodate their hardware? Thanks 73446

Reply from Chris R.

Bestop does have the Door Surrounds # B5501201 that are a fit for your 1999 Wrangler. I'm not sure if these differ from the ones you already tried, but they're designed to be compatible with both the factory soft top and the Bestop Supertop NX. 59939



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