I bought a Bestop NX for my 2 door and those dang metal clips that keep the front on are too short.
They do not reach the hooks that are stock on the Wrangler. they are supposed to clip right in but do not. I made certain to position the top properly and have pushed and pushed but it just simply wont hook on. they're too short.
Has anyone here had this issue? Is this a known manufacturer defect?
This has nothing to do with temperature because its not the stretchy part. This is connecting the metal clips to the metal hooks in the front.
Did you take the latch and spread it all the way open? The clips will be too short until you take the latch and spread it all the way apart from the hook, then keep the hook in place on your windshield header and close the latch with the other hand.
I had the same problem with my factory soft, fortunately I had gone to a friends house who has has had several Jeeps. He said park it in the sun for 10 minutes, the top will soften up and it will reach no problem. Sure enough he was right on. I know you said it is not temperature but don't forget the top is still limited but the material and if the top gets warm it will stretch.
All I can say is it was for my top. I wall skeptical as well. I figured, what have I got to loose and he has learned by experience. Try it and see, if it works great. If not, you tried it. Also, another post mentioned about extended it by holding the clamp a certain way. I will post a couple of pics.
If you pull the latch all the way up, like you are trying to touch the soft top it extends the hook part as far as it will go. Not sure if you can tell from the pic or not. Then you being it down and the part that catches will hook on and tighten down.
Alright so my happiness was very short-lived. The clips hooked on until I attached the springs. Now they dont reach again. I think the problem is a combination of opening the clip properly AND the heat. Kinda sucks actually. Bestop should make it clear you have to be in direct hot sunlight when doing this. 76 degrees and cloudy just doesnt cut it.
I don't know the exact terms for each of the parts but there are two main pieces, the header latch which is part of the soft top and the U shaped immovable piece attached to the frame around the windshield. Once you get the hook part of the latch to reach the u shaped piece on the windshield and then clamp the latch down there is no possible way it should come undone until you pull back up on it. I am not sure what you are calling the springs. If the header latch comes undone something is wrong with the top. Another helpful hint he gave me was to get the top latched down in front then you can finish getting the back part on each side of the tailgate.
If still does not work, let me know and you can call me.
Take a look at where the sun rider portion of the top attaches to the door surrounds. This attachment point is oval shaped. I would imagine that you will need to add a washer under the hand bolt here to keep the top from sliding back when you flip the sun rider portion of the top. I could not keep the top from sliding back no matter how tight I had that bolt, until I added the washer. Also be sure you have your springs in the loosest position. These tops are very tight when they are new. I have had mine for 3 years now and it is a breeze to put on now.