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Old 06-19-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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Trektop NX Softop HELP!!

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I'm a new guy in the forum. Just bought a Trektop NX for my 2 door 2012 Wrangler Sport. I have a Hard/Freedom Top and am sick of taking off the 150lb back to have the whole top open. I wanted an inexpensive option just for summers and bought the Trektop NX. It is still being shipped to me, so I do not have it yet. But I feel I got a bit of false advertising because after doing more research it looks like I cannot take the whole top off easily (or fold the whole thing down) on the trail????? Is this true?
It looks like only the sunrider section flips up and I can take the windows off for a Safari look. I'm reading other threads where people are saying the Trektop NX was not made to be taken all the way off completely? Why would you make a softtop that can't be easily taken off all the way on the trail?

If I do take it all the way off, can I easily store the cloth/windows/components behind the seat of in the tailgate storage section??
I'm feeling like I should just send it back right away. Your thoughts are much appreciated.

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Sorry, bro, but it sounds like this top isn't what your'e looking for. I have the Trektop NX for my JKU, and I bought it specifically because it converted easily into a 'bikini-style" top, and I really have no desire to put it all the way down. I imagine the 2 door version is similar to mine, and I don't think it would be an easy thing to pop the top totally off, and even if you did, it would be an awkward fit to put it in back. The whole header comes off with the top, and this would make taking on and off completely cumbersome.

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Exactly what I thought. I called Bestop also and she walked me through the engineering of the top and you are correct, it isn't the right top for me. I like the Safari top idea and it is really cool that way, but I'm more interested in getting the whole top down on the trail or offsite with little hassle and/or storage. Thanks for the advice!
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Exactly what I thought. I called Bestop also and she walked me through the engineering of the top and you are correct, it isn't the right top for me. I like the Safari top idea and it is really cool that way, but I'm more interested in getting the whole top down on the trail or offsite with little hassle and/or storage. Thanks for the advice!
Check out Off Road Heros. It's the best top available if you can get one. Maybe by next year.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:10 PM   #5
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Check out Off Road Heros. It's the best top available if you can get one. Maybe by next year.
Only one problem....the guy doesn't make them for 2 doors yet I just called to check.

I'm having the same problem trying to decide if the Trektop NX is for me. I don't really offroad (at least not yet), but I do want something that's easy to remove if I want to remove it. Is the Trektop NX easily removed if you just want to take it off for a day or 2 & store it in your garage?
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Taking it all the way off is fairly easy, putting it all the way back on is a pain in the butt to say the least. The safari top isn't a easy task to put back on. It can but done but takes time. The windows are not easy to put in either, well I should say the rear window isn't easy. The side windows are very easy to put in.

Saying that, I really like mine but I like the safari top only look with the option to open the sunrider. I only run mine two ways. Winter complete, Summer just Safari with a duster I keep behind the seat just in case of rain.
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Taking it all the way off is fairly easy, putting it all the way back on is a pain in the butt to say the least. The safari top isn't a easy task to put back on. It can but done but takes time. The windows are not easy to put in either, well I should say the rear window isn't easy. The side windows are very easy to put in.

Saying that, I really like mine but I like the safari top only look with the option to open the sunrider. I only run mine two ways. Winter complete, Summer just Safari with a duster I keep behind the seat just in case of rain.
Rics, will the duster fit with the tailgate bar that comes with the Trektop NX? Which brand of duster do you own? Also, can you run the NX without the back window & just the side windows in? Thanks.
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Rics, will the duster fit with the tailgate bar that comes with the Trektop NX? Which brand of duster do you own? Also, can you run the NX without the back window & just the side windows in? Thanks.
Yes the tailgate bar can be used with the duster. I have a bestop duster. Actually have a windjammer too that can be used also. I use it sometimes when I first take out the windows for the summer but a cold morning still hits. If running a duster you need to move the rear straps to the side rails so you can wrap the duster around the roll bar at least on the 2dr. Also I use a bungee to help hold up the back of the duster in rain so it doesn't let the water run between the seats in a hard rain.

You can run without the rear window only

Here is a pic with duster and one with windjammer with the Trektop NX Safari top.



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Yes the tailgate bar can be used with the duster. I have a bestop duster. Actually have a windjammer too that can be used also. I use it sometimes when I first take out the windows for the summer but a cold morning still hits. If running a duster you need to move the rear straps to the side rails so you can wrap the duster around the roll bar at least on the 2dr. Also I use a bungee to help hold up the back of the duster in rain so it doesn't let the water run between the seats in a hard rain.

You can run without the rear window only

Here is a pic with duster and one with windjammer with the Trektop NX Safari top.



Thanks for all the info & your Jeep is awesome! Love the wheels you have! My Trektop NX is going to be delivered today & I'm still having second thoughts about it, but we just removed the hardtop last night, so I need something FAST since we're supposed to have some storms this weekend. You mentioned that the Safari top is hard to put back on....do you have to remove everything when you take it off? Or is there another reason why it's hard to reinstall? Thanks again for all your help....I truly appreciate it & hope I don't regret my purchase of the NX.
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If I do take it all the way off, can I easily store the cloth/windows/components behind the seat of in the tailgate storage section??
I'm feeling like I should just send it back right away. Your thoughts are much appreciated.
It isn't that bad. I can have the whole top down in less than 5 minutes. Putting it all back up in less than 10. The windows and top will fit behind the rear seat.

The best thing I've seen so far (and started doing), is to leave the safari on, and roll it all the way to the front and just secure it with a bungee. Like this: http://imgur.com/a/37QLE#7

I have no complaints with the Trektop NX other than do the initial install in warmer weather.
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The best thing I've seen so far (and started doing), is to leave the safari on, and roll it all the way to the front and just secure it with a bungee. Like this: ACE Engineering 6-14-13 - Imgur
Bucky, when you roll it up like that, do you remove the support bar? I like that idea Is the bar easy to remove & reinstall?

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