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Old 07-16-2011, 09:18 PM   #1
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Bestop tonneau cover pools water

I just put on a new soft Half top that has a flat tonneau covering the rear. It rained and I had to push a gallon of water off of it. Has anyone used some sort of bow to make the tonneau raise up in the middle to shed water? I can't find anything to buy online and a search came up blank.

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I just put on a new soft Half top that has a flat tonneau covering the rear. It rained and I had to push a gallon of water off of it. Has anyone used some sort of bow to make the tonneau raise up in the middle to shed water? I can't find anything to buy online and a search came up blank.
there are some out there--think it was an after thought type thing on a support bow type of thing for the noise and flapping of a conventional softop-- I read on Quadratec?--I also have halftop that I run from Nov-March and sometimes my duster that I run in the summer has same issue....Have considered getting a thin piece of wood sheeting (.125-.25) and putting it under tonnaeu for support/cause rain to run off--but Jeep is usally garaged and we don't get that much rain here---so haven't fooled with it.

Let me know if you find a good fix???

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there are some out there--think it was an after thought type thing on a support bow type of thing for the noise and flapping of a conventional softop-- I read on Quadratec?--I also have halftop that I run from Nov-March and sometimes my duster that I run in the summer has same issue....Have considered getting a thin piece of wood sheeting (.125-.25) and putting it under tonnaeu for support/cause rain to run off--but Jeep is usally garaged and we don't get that much rain here---so haven't fooled with it.

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Thanks for the reply! I thought about using wood too but I've been brain storming tonight on an inch wide piece of aluminum thick enough to bend in an arch and hold it's shape wedged on top of the rear fender wheels so that it won't move (the carpet is still in the back so it shouldn't slide).
I've had a lot of problems getting this top to fit tightly. It's a shame that I've had to wedge thin foam strips in the door channels to keep the sides from coming out and it's obnoxiously loud if you open the window... I could go on a rant about other complaints and things I've had to do but it's not worth it, I just expected a better fitting top for the money. I do like the looks of it, reminds me of my old beloved Scrambler, only shorter lol! I'll let you know what I can create... Oh I wish I had a garage!!!
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Alot of people use pvc pipe to make a bow... just a thought.
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Thanks for the reply! I thought about using wood too but I've been brain storming tonight on an inch wide piece of aluminum thick enough to bend in an arch and hold it's shape wedged on top of the rear fender wheels so that it won't move (the carpet is still in the back so it shouldn't slide).
I've had a lot of problems getting this top to fit tightly. It's a shame that I've had to wedge thin foam strips in the door channels to keep the sides from coming out and it's obnoxiously loud if you open the window... I could go on a rant about other complaints and things I've had to do but it's not worth it, I just expected a better fitting top for the money. I do like the looks of it, reminds me of my old beloved Scrambler, only shorter lol! I'll let you know what I can create... Oh I wish I had a garage!!!
on the door channels---if you are referring to above the door I cut a 2" piece of sticky velcro to the surround and attached the other piece to the top itself. I thought it would eventually "fit" but no go.

BTW I have an '04 which the top is not s'posed to fit on any way.

But over all very satisfied--the flip back sunrider part is a waste imo. though.
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To keep water off of my bestop trektop I took a piece of 1 by 1 and cut it so it fit between the front header and the back bar of the roll bar and slipped it in there. Just enough angle that I never had an issue with water pooling anymore.
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Check out Skid Row Products for a tonneau prop... It works like the bow everyone is describing, but will run you close to $50.

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Thanks everyone! I may try a small PVC pipe, wood or aluminum first. I don't how I missed the bow from Skid Row! I like the looks of that kit, I may end buying that if my homemade attempts fail. Thanks!
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Check out Skid Row Products for a tonneau prop... It works like the bow everyone is describing, but will run you close to $50.
I'm totally agree with you.I personally visited there.Contains great stuff.You'r 100% good here it works like the bow everyone is describing.
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If you are looking to make something I might suggest the 3-4" bender board that you can get at Lowes/HD and is typically used in landscaping applications. We have some of that that is very strong and made out of a fiber like substance. It;s very strong, pliable and impervious to water......the 3-4" width would also bode well to support the Tonneau.....I made a bow for my boat cover out of this a few years ago and did a great job when I used to leave my boat outside and carried a longer span than the bed of a Jeep......so would be very good solution IMHO.
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I saw a thread where someone took two 2 inch PVC Tees and cut the bottom half of the 2 inch part off so they would fit around the side roll bars. Then they adapted the center part down to accept a 1/2 inch PVC pipe to run from one side to the other. Cut the 1/2 inch pipe a little long so it will create a bow in the middle raising your toneau up to elliminate it from pooling. Hope this helps!
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or you can check a marine site or boat store,,,,they have all kinds of bows and mounts for boat covers that would work for you
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Here is what I made up just 20 minutes ago.





It is pretty low profile. It is possible I made it slightly too short. I can always just cut two pieces to extend the length in the middle, thus giving more bow effect.

Total cost somewhere around $14 and 30 minutes of work.

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