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Old 04-12-2011, 10:59 AM   #1
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Bestop Bikini CONFUSION

No now seriously, I could build you a nuke with a coat hanger, some baking soda, and an old mylon stocking but a bikini top has me bound up?

So it's a Bestop strapless bikini top for a 2010 Wrangler 2DR (mine)

I install the header as directed and everything seems to go ok BUT, is this thing designed to be used with the door frames still installed? WITHOUT the door frames, it looks a bit odd but fits well.

I installed the door frames and with some muscle managed to pull the top over them so it looks neat - the trouble is now the two wrap around velcro pieces directly above each door opening that wraps around the sport bar is now impossible to hook up.

Am I missing something major here? I looked on youtube but all the bikini install videos were for earlier jeeps. Is this supposed to be used with door surrounds or not, and if the answer is yes, why am I having a problem wrapping the forward velcro sleeves around the sport bar?

Does anyone have a picture of what their rig looks like with this thing installed so I can do a stare and compare?

Sorry for being a dumbass

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Old 04-12-2011, 11:12 AM   #2
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OK I am apparently not alone - they did what I already did yesterday so we are good - unless there is another option outside of this one

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Old 04-12-2011, 11:47 AM   #3
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Bestop Bikini Confusion

Does anyone know a good place to find the door surrounds. They sell you this crap and then expect you to just know what else you need, they told me about the header channell (got it) but what about the door surrounds?

Also, is there a difference in the surrounds from year to year model to model?

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Old 04-12-2011, 11:56 AM   #4
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Dude you can run it without the surrounds, but it seems to be much tighter and cleaner looking with them

Search Results - Quadratec

Looking at 90/per side and you need to get the knobs which are 20/ea - you need 4 knobs total

I'm laughing - what a RIP OFF Quadratec!
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:54 PM   #5
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Door surrounds are optional with bikini tops. If you would like to add them, there will be more options on the market in a month or so. Right now, places like Quad only have the Mopar brand to sell, but Bestop will soon start selling their own brand of "factory-style" door surrounds.

The door surrounds are the same for all TJ models, and for 2007-2009 JK. The 2010-2011 JKs have a slightly different door surround.

The confusion on the JK Bikini set up comes from all the options: we need to have flaps and straps for people with door surrounds, and for people without them. It definitely gets confusing.
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Old 04-12-2011, 02:01 PM   #6
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OK Geoff so the quick and dirty is with door surrounds, I can just tuck the flaps up out of the way and the door surround provides the support? it seems to work well, though I have not gotten it on the highway just yet - I dont anticipate any issues however, I have purchased a few things from Bestop and have always been happy with the product
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:18 AM   #7
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I feel for you dude! I had a Bestop Bikini top too for my Jeep and I ended up just giving it away. I couldn't get it to fit at all. I even called Bestop to see if it had been made wrong... And, I can put a HEMI in a Jeep so you'd "think" I could put on a bikini top...

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Old 04-13-2011, 10:25 AM   #8
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Well in all fairness, it took watching a youtube video for me to realize the left and right hand brackets were reversed. I have NO issue with Bestop but will say the instructions as provided were vague. The illustrations should probably be clear pictures. I felt like a meatball trying to put this together properly, and yet, like you, I could rebuild a small block in my sleep.

So it is on with the door surrounds - I popped the doors back on because it was going to rain today, and no leaks - the open back reminds me of my old Bronco with the half top off. I like the product, it was just confusing as to whether you could use it with door surrounds. Now I know you can
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Bump, Glad I'm not the only one who couldn't figure this out. I just installed my Bestop bikini combo and damn the top fits like crap. I was thinking maybe if I take the door surrounds off it would be tighter. hmmm... I guess I'll keep researching.
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Nevermind my last post, I read the instructions again and also did it in hotter weather. If you do it right and in the right it should fit fine.

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