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From reading prior posts, it appears most prefer cloth as the material for their replacement top. However, I don't see consensus on the best brand. Any help/suggestions are appreciated.
 

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Gahh might be the best brand. I have not experienced their product however. I do prefer cloth for looks and cold weather top moving.
 

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Thanks Carl. Any other suggestions? Or brands to avoid?
I believe that Gahh owns a couple of the popular brands such as Robbins, Sierra and EZ Top. Sonnerland fabric is the prime material.
My personal listing from a post-it I have is:
Gahh
Autoberry
Robbins Top (Gahh)
Sierra Top (Gahh)
Tops On Line
Autopia
Autotopsdirect
EZ Top (not well rated) (Gahh)
EZON (not well rated)

Gahh is a couple hundred more than Autoberry and Robbins.
 

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I installed an AutoBerry top and was not pleased with the fit when using the rear holes that mount the top on the back. I had a shop redo that for a better fit. That shop also thinks highly of Gahh and suggested Ez top when I asked what they used.

There are recommendations here, try using spydersearch.org for research.

Remember there is a difference between best and best value.
 

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From reading prior posts, it appears most prefer cloth as the material for their replacement top. However, I don't see consensus on the best brand. Any help/suggestions are appreciated.
In my opinion, cloth looks better but does not last as long as vinyl. I've had both. The cloth is worse at chafing. Every spot that touches the canvas covering will eventually wear through the threads. Vinyl seems to be more tolerant of chafing, and vinyl never needs to be treated with waterproofing. Dried bird poo is easier to remove from vinyl. Cloth tops don't get as stiff in cold weather. Outside those tidbits, it depends on which feature is more important to you, appearance or longevity.
 

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I have EZon top and I like it for its value. Holes were all spot on and therefore easy install. I've installed a high end (forgot brand) but it had all this extra padding in high wear areas and materials were above and beyond but then on the flip side, it did not install easily (no predrilled holes).

The Robbins that I had died right after the 5 year warranty. It was a vinyl version.

And to throw out another thought to what cyclehead said, I think overall the vinyl will wear worst because its so thick and tough. I agree though that the chaffing will be alot easier than on the fabric tops.
 

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Installed a Gahh cloth top many years ago to replace the stock vinyl top, fit was perfect and love the look of cloth. If my car was an every day driver the vinyl top would be my choice, less trouble to maintain and to clean in my opinion. I put less than 2000 miles a summer and my top rarely sees rain, I just liked the look of cloth. Putting the soft top treatment was a lot easier than I thought.
 

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I noticed there hasn't been any recent information on which top to get. I installed an Autoberry Stayfast a few weeks ago. Overall quality is very good. Some holes were missing, and I had to rivet two brackets to the fabric, not sure why it wasn't done in the factory. Installation took 10 hours (first time for me, no help). Fit is good, with a little slack in the rear window, which should keep the stress away from the window seams. No wrinkles and folds up and down nicely in cold weather. Burgundy on silver :)
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I got mine from from Ebay, Haartz Stayfast cloth top, cost me $550. I'm extremely happy with the quality, although fitment was a bit of an issue.
 

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The cost was about 40 $ and 30 min of work per year of top-down driving, assuming the new top last 18 years just like the old one.
 

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I replaced the top on my '03 Spyder 3 years ago with a Robbins sail cloth cover. The instructions were fairly straight forward and I've been told that it looks like it was professionally installed.
 

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I noticed there hasn't been any recent information on which top to get. I installed an Autoberry Stayfast a few weeks ago. Overall quality is very good. Some holes were missing, and I had to rivet two brackets to the fabric, not sure why it wasn't done in the factory. Installation took 10 hours (first time for me, no help). Fit is good, with a little slack in the rear window, which should keep the stress away from the window seams. No wrinkles and folds up and down nicely in cold weather. Burgundy on silver :)
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A little late to the party but your car and top is gorgeous!
 
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