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Old 07-19-2014, 04:28 PM   #1
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Bestop NX Softop CLIP PROBLEM!!!!!

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.

Yes I'm going nuts!!!!

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Old 07-19-2014, 04:30 PM   #2
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Can you take pictures of exactly what you are talking about?

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Old 07-19-2014, 04:35 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:42 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:44 PM   #5
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Yeah thanks but I've tried that - and every other possible way to move the pieces around. Here is a picture...
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:47 PM   #6
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Its currently 76 degrees which should be hot enough (over their 72 degrees shown in the instructions). Maybe what they mean by 72 is actually 92.

Is this really a heat thing, REALLY?
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:12 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:18 PM   #8
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Oh my Gawd! It was spreading it out. I thought I tried everything but based on Really's confirmation of that first post I gave it another shot and PRESTO AMAZO....there it was.

Thank you all very much. You made my day! This place ROCKS!
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:19 PM   #9
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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.
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Great, like I said, I was skeptical as well.
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:36 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:54 AM   #12
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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.
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If the sunrider portion of the top is closed, there is no reason the clips wont reach.
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:01 AM   #14
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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.
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If heat is the issue, blast your heater with the windows up for a little while to let the fabric expand
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:02 AM   #16
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Do you have the rear corners attached to the body? Those are the last part to do. If they're not attached, flip the frame up an over, that'll give you more room to work up front.

I'm guessing you're using a Supertop since "Bestop NX" isn't actually a thing.
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:08 PM   #17
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Godholio, I got the Trektop, not the Supertop. I saw the letters NX next to it everywhere so thought that was a model name. I dunno what those mean.

And Really was right too. Today was hot and sunny and it went on like butter. Very strange but thats how it rolls.
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:11 PM   #18
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Here is the installed Bestop Trektop NX
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