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Old 02-13-2014, 09:33 PM   #1
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Question Bestop Door Surround Side Bow Latch

Just a quick question for those of us with a Bestop softop (in my case a Twill Supertop NX). The Side Bow latch on the door surround doesn't seem to have much a spring load on it to keep the pin retained on my driver's side. It will pop out allowing the top to slide towards the rear of the Jeep some even though it's secured by the header latches. I think this may be causing, (or part of the cause of), a left side window zipper misalignment issue.

Bestop/Quadratec have been awesome to deal with. They sent me a new left side window in case the zipper was sewn in wrong. That didn't help. Now they've sent a new deck/header assembly which I just put on today. When pulling off the original top I noticed the latch was very loose and not doing a good job of holding the side bow down. When putting the new top on the latch didn't even want to hold the top/side bow in place at all and it was a real pain in the rear to keep the pin in while getting the header secured. I had to hold the latch shut so the pin wouldn't release. I have yet to put the window in to see if the problem is fixed...giving he top time to stretch first.

So the quick question is: Do other owners of the door surrounds notice the latch on the door surrounds to be loose and the pin will sometimes just pop out of the side bow with enough tension? The latched just kind of flap around and there doesn't seem to be much spring tension built into them to hold the pin in.

I've had my top for about 8 months now and its awesome but this problem may be causing the left side window "angle strip" that fits into the door surround to pull out slowly from the top deforming the strip as the top is pulling towards the rear. Also makes it very hard to get zippered up.

Thanks for any feedback on the door surround side bow latch. I might have to get a new one but just looking to see if this operating normally or not based on others experience.

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Old 02-15-2014, 07:16 AM   #3
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The spring on my 13 JK does not have much tension but it works fine. Sometimes it appears to latch but doesn't.
It sounds like the pin is not actually in the retainer or only part way in.
When you put the top up keep the rear sails completely out and pull the top forward until the bows latch. Then push up on the bows to confirm they are latched, if they are then latch the front.
Another thought would be to make sure the surround is secure with no movement.
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Just a quick question for those of us with a Bestop softop (in my case a Twill Supertop NX). The Side Bow latch on the door surround doesn't seem to have much a spring load on it to keep the pin retained on my driver's side. It will pop out allowing the top to slide towards the rear of the Jeep some even though it's secured by the header latches. I think this may be causing, (or part of the cause of), a left side window zipper misalignment issue. Bestop/Quadratec have been awesome to deal with. They sent me a new left side window in case the zipper was sewn in wrong. That didn't help. Now they've sent a new deck/header assembly which I just put on today. When pulling off the original top I noticed the latch was very loose and not doing a good job of holding the side bow down. When putting the new top on the latch didn't even want to hold the top/side bow in place at all and it was a real pain in the rear to keep the pin in while getting the header secured. I had to hold the latch shut so the pin wouldn't release. I have yet to put the window in to see if the problem is fixed...giving he top time to stretch first. So the quick question is: Do other owners of the door surrounds notice the latch on the door surrounds to be loose and the pin will sometimes just pop out of the side bow with enough tension? The latched just kind of flap around and there doesn't seem to be much spring tension built into them to hold the pin in. I've had my top for about 8 months now and its awesome but this problem may be causing the left side window "angle strip" that fits into the door surround to pull out slowly from the top deforming the strip as the top is pulling towards the rear. Also makes it very hard to get zippered up. Thanks for any feedback on the door surround side bow latch. I might have to get a new one but just looking to see if this operating normally or not based on others experience.
I had that issue on my '08 jk factory soft top. The dealer just had to relocate the receiver clip on the underside of the frame arm. It's just two small screws and they only needed to move it like 1/8" and worked perfectly from then on (5 yrs and counting).
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