I have a jk wrangler unlimited with a factory hardtop. I am debating on which soft top to purchase! There are so many options. I really like the look of the trektops however I am unclear if the back windows come out of the classic model. But then the NX model only has a sunrider option rather than rolling all the way back to uncover the back seats.. I think? - anyway is that the only difference between the two tops? Thanks in advance!
I have been debating between the Supertop NX and Trektop NX for a bit now as well. I love the fastback look, but am curious as to how hard it is to remove the back half of the top to have the entire top open. I knwo the initial install takes a bit, with the door surrounds, tailgate bar, etc. But how long does it take to put on / off the entire top ?
i love my trektop nx. the windows come out fairly easy and youll figure out the tricks for getting them all back in after a couple cussing fits.
its actuall kind of a pain if you want the "whole" top off. i run mine in safari mode for the shade and only ever pull the doors and windows. the supertop would be better if you plan on any truly topless days.
I have the trektop for my 2dr. I sometimes wonder if I'd be happier with the factory softtop, but after using it for a year, it's grown on me.
Installation is pretty simple. Like everyone suggests, just lay it out on lawn in the sun while you get the hardware figured out so it "softens" a bit. It is a really simple top. That's why I got it. The rear window is pretty easy to take off. The tailgate bar just fits in a channel on the rear window.
Removal is super easy. Two header knobs, some velcro, and you can just fold in the windows and roll it up. To put it back on, just unroll it back over the Jeep. You do have to be patient and take your time when installing the header knobs so they thread true. And for a good leak free fit, use your off hand to "punch" the header bar while tightening to help stretch the top and keep it leak free. If you try to just muscle the knobs, they can and will strip , but thanks to good customer support, replacement parts are a phone call away from Bestop.
Like any top, it's easier with two people to install and remove, but it's doable by yourself. I'm guessing the JKU would be just a little more cumbersome.
I like the Trektop NX myself for the Safari top. Run just the Safari 7 months out of the year. Top was nice so I just opened the sunrider and drove around but it suppose to be near 100 this weekend so the Safari will be good sunblock.
Sometime wouldn't mind a full fold down top but you still have to remove the windows for that too so the main difference is do you want a Safari with a Sunrider or a full convertible. Have considered trading my Hardtop for a factory soft top though but not sure why.
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If it were not for the Safari top, I'd likely not purchase the NX again.
I LOVE the safari top. Great for shade, yet open feel with the windows out. And the sunrider is so simple. It's really brilliant.
Top up, windows on... I love the look.
The initial install was a bastard. It does loosen up, but you will likely hate the first time you put on.
Putting the windows back in is a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, I've not been in a position where a heavy downpour was the reason to put them on. It takes more time than it should.
The rear window design is bloody awful. The tailgate bar is junk. I ended up buying an OEM tailgate bar and latches and threw out the Bestop bar. The rear window would also be a snap to install if the top of the window was a zipper versus the channel to secure. Bestop, if you are listening, the rear window should be a zipper on the sides AND top of the window.
Thanks for all of the info everyone!! I like the look of the safari option of the trektop however, I live in buffalo,ny and we only get a few months to drive with the top down so maybe the classic trektop is better for me since It actually rolls all the way back? Instead of the NX with only the sunroof option. Hmmm, I would get a supertop NX if I had the money at the moment unless I find something used somewhere with all of the hardware. Ah jeez good luck finding that right?? Lol
Thanks again for all of the info, I still haven't decided yet so keep all of the comments coming!!
I am only one season in, and it does not appear to be getting loose. With all the windows out, you will get a bit of flap at the rear section, but its not terrible. Some folks have created a DIY to eliminate it (does not bug me though).
There are two bows on the JKU NX top. They prevent the top from sagging as well as help with water or snow pile up. There are also tensioners at the back of the top that that will allow you to tighten the top up over time. I am still on the loosest setting.
The top has only been on for a week but its hard to believe that it would be too loose as hard at that sucker was to get on, lol. It is not as quiet as my hard top but is not noisy either. Thanks for the compliment on my jeep. Its pure stock except the Safari staps and Trecktop NX. I do have a Warn 9.5 Cti winch thats coming this week and thats all i plan on doing to it.
Originally Posted by Apbiond
Does it get loose ever and make tons of noise? I have heard it gets stretched out since there aren't any tracks and it just rests on the rollbar.
Your jeep looks awesome by the way! I just got mine so working on customizing it but it's a slow process ha ha!
I was going to order the trektop NX but decide on the Trektop only because I have a congo cage on my jeep and most often it has a surfboard attached and with the trektop rollback ability I don't have to lift the cage to create open air driving. I am giving up the ability to remove the read corner windows but the rear window does come off and the top rolls all tge way past the rear seats thus creating a total open feeling. I do have a hard top for the winter and a safari top, tube doors and torneau cover for the Summer. Part of the fun of owning a JK is that it fits all 3 kids and is interchangeable throughout the year to suit the conditions, as long as you don't mind a litttle tinkering from time to time. Once I have the top installed I will post pictures.
Keep Jeeping my friends.