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Old 05-20-2011, 03:08 PM   #1
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Bestop window skins and Trektop NX

Sorry for the length. This is a bittersweet review. First the bitter.

After a lot of deliberation I bought new Bestop skins for my half doors from 4WPs. I placed the order online for both the top and the skins, I was notified that the top wasn't available yet and it would ship as soon as it was in stock.

So several weeks rocked on and my driver's window zippers finally gave up the ghost so I called and asked to have the skins released "No problem. Those will ship tomorrow". Waited a week-no skins. Called back..."yes ma'am the order was released I don't know why it didn't ship. I'll take care of that for you." Another week rocks on on STILL NO SKINS. Another call..."I have no idea why those didn't ship. I'm releasing them now, here's my extension, call me back if you don't have them in 2 days." Two days later, I've got skins.

Before I even open the box I'm already a bit disappointed-printed on the outside of the box is "Made in China". If I had wanted "made in China" I would have ordered the Smittybilts and saved $50. I thought Bestop was an American company that made their product in America. Nope. According to Geoff most of their product is sewn in Mexico.

So I get them installed-no big deal- and start looking at the details. First thing I notice is the piping trim on the ends meet about a 1/3 of the way up the rear side of the window-very conspicuous. If they had met at the bottom of the frame it would have been almost invisible. And on the driver's door they left the cut end pointing up and unsealed. On the passenger's side the cut end points down.

The next thing I notice is that they darted the corners and when you run the zippers around the darts cause the material to bunch up and you have to work the zipper through it carefully to keep them from derailing.

On the passenger window the front zipper won't zip past about the 2 o'clock position and the rear zipper lacks about half an inch of meeting it because of the way the material gaps.

I originally posted this on my local club forumMidSouth Jeep Club • View topic - Trektop NX and window skins to see if anyone had any experience with these windows and everyone felt like they were defective. So I emailed Bestop customer service on May 11 and still haven't heard back from them. The moral of the story-save some money and buy Smittybilt next time.

Ok, now the sweet.

After waiting almost 2 months my Trektop NX-this is the redesigned top that all of the windows come out of-finally arrived. I really debated on going back with a factory style top and between talking to Kate and a few other people I decided to take a chance.

The instructions were great. It took about an hour to install and most of that was trying to get the windows to seal. Even after sitting in the sun for 3 hours at 80 degrees they were still super tight. It took two people to get the last window zipped in and the tab folded under the tub rail but we got it. The top is sailcloth and I opted for the tinted windows. I didn't think the SunRider feature would be anything I'd get excited about but I love it. The whole front half of the top folds back to make a huge sunroof. When the windows are out you have a Safari style bikini.

But mostly I really like how it looks. Since it uses the roll bars for a frame the back window has a fast back style rake to it. I never like the way the last bow made the top look like it had a spoiler sticking up so this eliminates that. The top is a lot quieter (read as "I can hear my phone") than my factory top but I expect that will change as everything stretches. I really like that the quarter windows are a lot larger and don't have the "bow camo" slash across them. I'm going to leave them in for about a week so they can stretch and then go back to my normal (windowless) summer style.

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