Soft top suggestions

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  1. h2oluver2k2

    h2oluver2k2 Farmall Cub

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    I'm looking into getting a soft top for my Scout ii. I know that Softtopper and Rhinyl both make tops. Is there any other manufacturers that make soft tops? From what I can tell Besttop used to make one but no longer does.

    Also, if you have a soft top I'd like to hear your opinion on which version you like better and why. Also if you have some pictures of your Scout with the soft top on I'd like to see them.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Terry W

    Terry W Farmall Cub

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    I had a Softtopper on my '79 Traveller. I installed it by myself in a couple of hours, maybe a half day, I was in no hurry. The install went well and as I recall the instructions were pretty good. I was very happy with the top, the rear sides and tailgate window all rolled up for summer use. There were one or two VERY minor water leaks around the top of the windshield pillar. The pillar attaching points were kind of funny, for lack of a better word. FWIW it leaked a lot less than the soft top on my POS Wrangler JK that I bought when I sold my Scout. Damn, I wish I had it back!!
     
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    h2oluver2k2 Farmall Cub

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    No one else have any input on soft tops?
     
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    I have had one Whitco OEM SSII top. At least 2 Kayline on two different SSII. One Besttop on a 72 Scout and 1 STC top on the SSII now. Rhinyl is the closest thing you can get now to the Whitco, Kayline, STC, line. It is a vinyl type top and the windows are welded. You will need to drill holes in the windshield frame for the top rail and the side snaps. My bikini fits in the same rail, so no extra work to install it. I am happy with the material and the quality of the Whitco, Kayline and now STC. They will keep you dry, but I will get a drip now and then around the rag door frames. I would assume that the Rhinyl would be similar or better and according to Super Scout Specialists, they can match the snap pattern and I can use all my old Kayline stuff on the Rhinyl. As it is I have always used the OEM factory rails. Snap pattern matched.
    The one old Besttop I had on a Scout II used a three piece (I think ) windshield rail. It bolted to the hard top holes. I picked it up dirt cheap from an IH dealer around 1985. That was the wettest ride I ever had. Every single seam leaked and the windshield rail was not all the good either.
    I have no experience with Softtopper, but the price is appealing. The material from what I understand is not vinyl but more like what you see on a lot of newer jeeps. It also has the advantage of being able to unzip and remove the side and rear curtains.
    If I had to get a new one now I would go with the Rhinyl. Mainly because all my old hardware would work and I try to avoid drilling new holes when possible. If I was starting from scratch, I think I would take a look at the materials used and just pick whichever I liked best. I would avoid the Besttop. Because of that one leaky top I have avoided anything and everything they make for the last 30+ years.
     
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    h2oluver2k2 Farmall Cub

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    Thank you for that very informative and detailed reply.
     
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    I've had a Softtopper for a few years and like it. I'm starting to get some shrinkage and don't have a good seal at rear corners. If I was ordering one again, I'd try to get them to make it about 1/2 inch larger and make the drip flaps above the Windows a bit larger. If you order one, you a couple spar parts, get extra rivets and a couple of the black plastic inserts that hold the vertical piece in place right behind the front windows. I seem to break one one a year thought not the fault of the top. Softtopper has sent them right at no charge.

    They rails are aluminum and some of the snap screws have loosened due to tension on them and the hole opens up. A shot of gorilla glue on the threads solves that issue.

    I'd get another one when this one wears out.
     
  8. h2oluver2k2

    h2oluver2k2 Farmall Cub

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    I went ahead and ordered a Softtopper, soft top. Once I get installed later this spring I'll update this thread on how I like it, etc. Thanks everyone for the good information from your personal experience with the different brands of tops.

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    I was just taking a look at the softtopper site as getting a soft top has been on my 'to do' list for a while now too. I've just been putting it off until I replace the rockers. I could be mistaken, but it looks like they've changed their design substantially. The old version had rectangular windows and the sides and back could be fully zipped out, whereas with the new version the windows are scout hard top shaped and the sides and back can only be rolled up. No idea if the new version is an improvement, maybe not for me anyway as I was planning to use it mostly as a 'safari top' with the sides and back removed, but thought it was interesting they would change it.
     
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    I liked their old version better (although I like the windows on the new one). The zip off sides were a huge selling point for me, although my old STC top had had roll up sides and I liked it just fine... just didn't look as clean as the original soft-topper version does. I fully intend on getting one of the soft-toppers and ditching the hard top. I love the hard top, but miss the soft top too much.
     

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