Buying a used Sunrider tonight - what should I be looking for?

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The twill option is the best quality option. You'll know it is twill if it looks more like fabric than plastic. I would be hesitant to by the black diamond used, if over a few years old.

Look for signs of wear in the folding sections. I'd be wary of any discoloration in those spots.

Definitely make sure you have all the hardware. Check out the photo and instructions attached.

On a side note, the top can get squeaky. I've been worried that torqueing bolts behind the driver and passenger too much could break the clamp. I just get them good and snug, and I used squeak tape on any top-on-plastic ad connections. Keeps it quiet.

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This sheet is super helpful, thanks for sharing!
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On a side note, the top can get squeaky. I've been worried that torqueing bolts behind the driver and passenger too much could break the clamp. I just get them good and snug, and I used squeak tape on any top-on-plastic ad connections. Keeps it quiet.
I could really use this. What squeak tape did you use and where exactly did you have to place it? Thanks in advance.
 

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I could really use this. What squeak tape did you use and where exactly did you have to place it? Thanks in advance.
This is what I bought from Amazon.

I'll snag a photo of where I taped it. I have the freedom panels in to keep the cab a little cooler during the Charleston summer, so it'll be a clean photo.

I also used the squeak tape on top of the tailgate so my hardtop window would stop creaking too. It has to be 100% clean or that thing gets noisy. With the tape, there is no creaking at all.


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This sheet is super helpful, thanks for sharing!
I will mention that my velcro strips are almost never (ok, never) used, although I probably should...

Additionally, the nuts will come with it, but I found mine actually didn't need them, as they were built into the door top assembly. Was a nice surprise.
 

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I will mention that my velcro strips are almost never (ok, never) used, although I probably should...

Additionally, the nuts will come with it, but I found mine actually didn't need them, as they were built into the door top assembly. Was a nice surprise.
Yeah I think I have used my velcro maybe once...
 
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Follow up - a few delays as the seller got sick but the more I've marinated over the idea of not getting any warranty from Bestop (thanks @Rhinebeck01 for highlighting), I've decided to just go new.

$500 (she dropped $50 off since she had to delay) now but with no warranty whatsoever vs $900 and knowing it's covered for life is a rough call. I'd already budgeted the full cost though so feel better getting it with warranty.
 

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Follow up - a few delays as the seller got sick but the more I've marinated over the idea of not getting any warranty from Bestop (thanks @Rhinebeck01 for highlighting), I've decided to just go new.

$500 (she dropped $50 off since she had to delay) now but with no warranty whatsoever vs $900 and knowing it's covered for life is a rough call. I'd already budgeted the full cost though so feel better getting it with warranty.
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Only way I would consider buying even a used/mint Bestop Sunrider is if it was being sold for $400 or below... at $400 it would be worth the gamble so to speak....

Guys that buy the Mopar Sunrider for a JL Hardtop they have home, (rebranded Bestop SR) are in my opinion making a mistake.

For a few $ more you buy the Bestop TWILL with a lifetime warranty..... the Mopar offering warranty is only for a year.....

---on the Sunrider the z-clip, if it is going to fail/break (and they do on occasion) is usually just about after 2 years old use it seems..

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