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Old 08-01-2013, 05:09 PM   #1
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Bestop Trektop NX-Top Leaking

Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum so if I posted this in the wrong section, I apologize in advance.

I've had the top on my 2013 Jeep Unlimited for about 3 weeks and its leaking at the passenger rear door surrounds at the screw and cable (probably not the right terms, sorry). At first it was really bad, like pouring in, which made me pretty hot considering Iíve had the jeep only 4 months and the carpet and seats were soaked. I waited until it was really hot outside and pulled and stretched the the top for additional coverage over the screw/gap. It helped a lot, but not completely. Water is still coming in and running in between the door surround bracket and actual cover. Iíve tried moving the cable to the second hole on the bracket and again, it helped, but itís still leaking. I thought about moving it to the third hole, but Iím worried that over time it will stretch and I will be stuck. Itís a small leak compared to what it was, but I donít think it should leak at all. Any ideas?


Below is a picture of the access point that I am referring to. Thanks!
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:12 PM   #2
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How do the sides tuck into the door surround. Looks loose in the pic?

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Old 08-01-2013, 05:16 PM   #3
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welcome to the forum... no your top shouldn't be leaking like that... i have the same top (for a 2DR), but the side of my window sits in the door surround a lot better than yours is looking...

here's a thread that might help you out: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/lea...nx-249209.html



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Old 08-01-2013, 06:25 PM   #4
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Here's a better view of the door surround. I tried to tuck it more, its a no go! As you can see, the top gaps and i'm not sure thats supposed to happen.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:32 PM   #5
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I had to get a new deck sent to me because the zipper was sewn too far back on the drivers side. I haven't got it yet, but I hope it fixes my issue. Mine wouldn't pull anymore similar to yours. I'm not too impressed with my twill NX so far.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:26 PM   #6
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Mine looks the same. When I first got the top it fit fine. But after taking the side panels off and on, it doesn't fit well anymore. It doesn't leak, but there is definitely a large gap at the same location on both sides.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:40 PM   #7
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There definitely should not be a gap like that. When I first got my 12 JKU it was a PITA to get windows in after some sun and stretching it fits good. The key for me is to start by zipping window 1" then wrap the edge around starting at the top so no gap. From there zip the window to the top corner by the back of jeep and fold the bottom flap under the edge and zip rest of window closed. Tuck your Velcro secure and done.
Hope this isn't to confusing. I'll try to post pics.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:10 PM   #8
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Try looking at the stitching that starts on the top (roof). Where the rear door surrounds make the 90 degree bend, my stitching in top pulled apart into a row of holes... I returned the first one only to find the problem existed on the second as well. Try looking between the roll bar and surround when the sun is out, if you see sunlight, that's your problem. My back seats were soaked and my entire trunk area. Bad stitching!
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There definitely should not be a gap like that. When I first got my 12 JKU it was a PITA to get windows in after some sun and stretching it fits good. The key for me is to start by zipping window 1" then wrap the edge around starting at the top so no gap. From there zip the window to the top corner by the back of jeep and fold the bottom flap under the edge and zip rest of window closed. Tuck your Velcro secure and done.
Hope this isn't to confusing. I'll try to post pics.
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that's exactly how i reinstall mine windows when i take them off... zip the top about half way... then do the side... zip it the rest of the way then i do the bottom flap.

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Old 08-02-2013, 07:50 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions, Iíll play with it this weekend and see if I can get the fit the way it should be. Iíll check the stitching as well, never thought about that.

I want to love the top, itís really cool design, but so far Iím not impressed. I hope my mind changes after I get all the kinks worked out and get a better idea of how things should fit and whatís considered normal as opposed to being anal. In the meantime, Iím freaking out worried that my Jeep smells like mildew from all the water that leaked in. I live in Texas and its hot as hell! I left for Vegas for a few days not knowing the back was soaked and my Jeep stayed closed up in the hot sun until I returned and discovered the issue. Let me just say, I was a TINY bit angry and some obscenities might have flown from my mouth that may not have been very lady like. LOL! Iím sure my neighbors think Iím psycho! At 35 years old, Iím positive Iím now known as the crazy lady with all the cats that everyone is scared of. Thereís always one on every street Ö. kind of proud of it actually. (Kidding about the cats, I hate cats!)

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Old 03-15-2015, 03:38 PM   #11
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I know this is an old thread, but I just recently put on my trektop and have the same leaking issue. I was curious on if you were able to find a solution or if you just couldn't stop the leaking and took it off? I have the spring on the first hole and am going to move it to the second to see if that helps. Any other advice will be much appreciated!

I am also new to this forum, so bare with me going forward.......I am learning
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Old 04-13-2015, 07:59 AM   #12
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mine just did it, rained last night so the rain channels in door surrounds had water in them, drove out onto street and that water and the stuff on the roof ran back and poured into that little opening as was pouring all over the rear inside right. Behind the right back door. Guess ill take my window off tonight and see if i can get it snugger or more closed.
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:09 AM   #13
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I had to take it off. Bestop sent me new pieces and we tried different different things, but nothing helped. For whatever reason water got in and would leak (or pour) down the inside of the door surrounds. It was so bad at one point that that I ended up taking my carpet out (still haven't put it back in). It's a shame, I loved the top and the convenience of flipping it back when it was pretty out, but it wasn't worth the fear of being caught in a rainstorm and water standing under my seats and in the trays (whatever they're called) in the back. My jeep was brand new at the time and it really took the new out of my vehicle fast. Hope you have better luck
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I'm doing a test with some stick on weather stripping from the auto parts store. I cut out a square and placed it where i suspect the leak comes from. It lays over the "step" in the plastic and butts up against the spring wire screw. When the top of the side window lays over it, it seals much nicer now and I'm hoping this solves it. I'll report back, I love in Orlando so it should be raining anytime! Attaching a quick pic, the red square is my weather stripping and the yellow line is the "step" in the plastic, just a guideline showing that i layed it over it. Once installed i let the wire lay over it. You can see some of the weather stripping in the photo.

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Old 04-21-2015, 07:18 AM   #15
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Not a single leak on the last two rain storms. Some driving in it and some driving after it.

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