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Soft Top (softoppper) Durability

Wanted to start a thread for all of you soft top owners out there, particularly those of you who have purchased the softopper product, but others are welcome to post up their experiences as well. What I'm looking at it the overall durability of the product. I'm on my second soft top. The first one that I had was from the defunct STC it lasted for close to 7 years before it the material started getting crunchy.

The most recent top I bought was the softopper. not an inexpensive product in any way. Seemed well put together, but now after going into my second year with it, I've already noticed that the threads in certain areas have separated and it's even broken apart. The other thing I've found is the top gets black mold/mildew streaks after a while..

Here it is when I first installed it..



I'll temper this by saying that my soft top is on year round and exposed 365 days a year to the elements. That aside, you'd figure a product that cost $800 would hold up a little better.

So here is what I want to know.

How long have you had your soft top?
What brand is it?
Type of fabric
Overall condition on a scale of 1 - 5, 1 being poor, 5 being great.
Do you keep it on your rig year round or is it seasonal?
Do you clean it, if so with what and how often?

post up some pics of your tops as well, along with any issues. Thanks.

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Mine is home made. I only run in the summer. 3 years and I am making another to replace it just because I want something different now. I could easily get another summer or 2 out of it is I wanted to continue using it.

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How long have you had your soft top?
What brand is it?
Overall condition on a scale of 1 - 5, 1 being poor, 5 being great.
Do you keep it on your rig year round or is it seasonal?
Do you clean it, if so with what and how often?
Three years
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condition = 4
Late Spring-Summer- Early Fall only (6 months +/-)
Clean it by washing with bucket of laundry soap and hose along with truck

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I remember seeing a thread about your top..cool idea..

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I guess mine never really hits the weather so I can't answer much.

6 years or so?

STC

Still at a 5

Stays on year round but never sees significant weather.

Normal wash when the Bronco is cleaned.

When I bought mine it had a crack/cut about an 1" long in one of the side windows. It's still there and hasn't got any longer.
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Ranger, is yours the older style STC like this one??


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That looks like cloth. Mine is not cloth.

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ok, you have the marine grade vinyl..

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I had to have mine resown and rear window zipper replaced by a boat shop after the rear zipper and seams started ripping out. And I cant see out any of my back windows being all scratched up, been on the truck for uhhh 5 yrs I think and year round in the weather also had to redo some of the rivits in the rear brace but over all been a great top with the unzippable windows

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harley, what brand is yours?

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It was the one you can get through bronco graveyard the previous owner put it on in 2010 just found the thread from it lol its lived in fl and ohio too

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I think that was the Rampage brand..it has the zip out sides.

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I'll be checking back in on this thread. Some good info here for people like myself that are looking at these soft tops.

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once the weather improves here, I'll take some picture of the problem areas. just a side note, I emailed softopper last night about it. Will be interested to hear what they say.

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once the weather improves here, I'll take some picture of the problem areas. just a side note, I emailed softopper last night about it. Will be interested to hear what they say.
Hope they have some good news for you on it man. Like you said above, for the price you would think it would hold up a bit better.

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not sure what they'll say. best case, maybe they'll have me ship it back and resew it..but that would be a royal pain..when it warms up, I may just take it to a local boat top guy and have him throw a few stitches in it..

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question is would you buy another on or would you try another brand? like maybe your first one?

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great topic. I'm subbed' just to hear what STC has to say.
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question is would you buy another on or would you try another brand? like maybe your first one?
Other than the Rampage which I believe is made in China, there really aren't any other options..more than likely I'd stick with the softoppper.

the thing that puzzles me is that there are cars with convertible tops and even look at jeeps where the soft tops are meant to be on the entire time. I can't imagine they have the same problem..

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question is would you buy another on or would you try another brand? like maybe your first one?
Not a lot of choices for a soft top.
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great topic. I'm subbed' just to hear what STC has to say.
This is the email that I sent to them..

In March of 2012 I purchased one of your tops for my '92 Bronco. Great product and I had been very happy with the overall quality and function of it. My top happens to be on my rig year round, so I don't know if that makes a difference or not, but one of the things that I have noticed is that the seams/thread in some areas of the top has started to separate. The thread has actually torn in a couple of spots. Like I said, the top never comes off completely, in summer I'll roll the sides and back up. Is there anything I can do to prevent the seams from separating further. If it would help, I'd be happy to take pictures of the problem areas. Considering how much the top cost this is a little disappointing. any recommendation or suggestions would be great. Thanks.

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