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Old 01-27-2013, 07:56 PM   #1
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Bestop wraparound windjammer?

Anyone have one have one ?? If so what do you think??

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I had one on my last TJ & it does block wind from hitting the back of your head & it also seals off the passenger compartment a little more to help keep it warmer or cooler as needed.

But it has a several inch gap all the way around it so in no way is it weathertight or windproof. It's also a bit of a PITA to install so it's not something you'll be wanting to install/remove on a whim.... lots of straps hold it in place.

Since mine was on my previous TJ that was stolen two years ago, I no longer have one and it's not on my short list of items to buy a replacement for.

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Old 01-27-2013, 08:33 PM   #3
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Well I was planning on getting one and having it customized by a boat canvas shop and have a screen added and a zip down rear window. And I believe this is a newer style than the one you had because it attaches to the factory door surrounds so there is only really a gap at the top. Or should be. But thank you for the insight. As of now I have a bikini top and a duster cover, but I still get quite damp if it's raining hard here in Florida
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:38 PM   #4
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Is this what yours looked like Jerry?
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I understand what you are saying...I run the 3piece set up myself in the summer.

The screen net idea I stole from my halftop. Suggest 2inch wide velcro to be able to drop window just have the screen........ tried zipper wasn't as happy with it.

Also wish I had a Safari top as the rain will follow strap on bikini that goes to footman loop above windshield....only about 40-50 days till I go back to my 3 piece for summer!!

It does restrict amount that seat reclines and a small blind spot by the door surrounds.

Need to modify (maybe) the flap on the jammer to meet better with the duster...mine is 4years old.
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Well I was planning on getting one and having it customized by a boat canvas shop and have a screen added and a zip down rear window. And I believe this is a newer style than the one you had because it attaches to the factory door surrounds so there is only really a gap at the top. Or should be. But thank you for the insight. As of now I have a bikini top and a duster cover, but I still get quite damp if it's raining hard here in Florida
Look at the Bestop Half Top. It is a windjammer, duster and bikini all in one. The front also flips back to open up the front seats.

I have one that I use early spring and late fall, when it's too warm for the hardtop and too cold for no top.
Bestop 53809-15 - Bestop® Halftop™ in Black Denim for 97-02 Jeep® Wrangler TJ with Factory Soft Top Hardware - Quadratec
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:46 PM   #7
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The halftop is about 2 or maybe 3 times the price of the 3 piece combo..and having both... it is not as versatile...I do like mine for the winter though.

Here is mine in winter mode
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:50 PM   #8
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I would look into that Miz. But I allready have the other 2 parts. And the about the zip out window. I really want it for dual purpose. One so I can zip it up when I'm parked to stop wind driven rain from getting In to bad. 2 I would like to be able to hear my sound pods with out going thru the hassle of relocating them.... I have components with drivers on the pods and tweeters in the roll bars. I really don't feel like moving them.... I know I'm lazy!
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Jp that's pretty sweet! I'll post some pics when I get it installed and And some before shots
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I would look into that Miz. But I allready have the other 2 parts. And the about the zip out window. I really want it for dual purpose. One so I can zip it up when I'm parked to stop wind driven rain from getting In to bad. 2 I would like to be able to hear my sound pods with out going thru the hassle of relocating them.... I have components with drivers on the pods and tweeters in the roll bars. I really don't feel like moving them.... I know I'm lazy!
Speaking from experience....You won't be able to hear them with the wraparound jammer...even with the net/ screen and having the window out.

As I mentioned I did this last year the screen zipper part...and have had it in the shop to be switched to velcro all the way around....like the halftop has on the bottom. It would be different if I thought it was going to be dry in there but since it is not, the velcroed window is enough.....I replaced sound pods with a VDP 6 speaker sound bar over the front seats,,,have 17 total speakers in the TJ
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Not saying your wrong.. But of I can hear everything fine now. Why would I not be able to hear it after. I do plan on having the opening enlarged.... I've got Infinity kappa components front and back. Running off a pioneer head unit. Can crank it up well past 40 on the volume dial with no distortion and can hear it clear as day on the highway
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Is this what yours looked like Jerry?
Oh whoops no, mine didn't wrap around like that. I hadn't looked at a catalog in so long that I didn't know they had a true wrap-around Windjammer like that now. My older style Windjammer was like this one...

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I did not allow for enlarging the opening...on mine I took it to an upholstery shop and had them take out the window put in a zipper and net/ screen like on a tent or camper. After rereading this want to make sure the zipper is to remove plastic back window...the screen is permanently fixed.

Not sure if it was the shop but the zipper was not satisfactory...had zipper replaced with velcro so that I can reach back and peel it down, stuff under the duster from the front seat...could even do it at a stop light. Much better fix...but I am only dealing with the window...I also gained the "security" of having speakers inside under cover...with upper doors on and all 3 pieces I can "lock it" and feel safer than with a regular softtop...no one knows what is under the duster...but you can see in a softop.

However the opening being no bigger than it is, most of the sound was blocked by the fabric...so I moved/ replaced speaker pods with sound bar mounted above my head.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:15 PM   #14
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Ok understood and yes I plan on taking it to a boat canvas shop and haveing the screen permanently fixed and a high quality zipper, as good or better than the ones on a soft top window. As far as the speakers being exposed to the elements. I've accidentally left it put during some seriouse storms here in southern Florida and they have held up fine. So that I'm not to worried about. Ohh and as far as opening size. I'm gonna try for at least as big as the opening on the half top. That's a pretty big hole. I think I'll be good with that
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Post up Pics I hope it works for you...I just have my doubts based on my experience...but my speakers were cheaper and may not put out the sound and clarity yours do.

But now on the highway at 70-80mph I am good to go.....
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Ok I'll Post the before pics tomorrow and I'll post the afters when I get the wind jammer and the alterations done!!
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Is there enough room to have the front seats slide back as far as they can go and still have a windjammer?
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I don't think so .... I have the duster cover on right now and the seat has to be probly 3 notches up from all the way back and the seat is near verticle. Not the most comfortable but a small price to pay for dryness
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Yeah, that's what I suspected
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Yeah I'm 6' 1" so it's a bit of a pain. But ohh well. I'll live plus I like the look so it's all good
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Yeah, that's what I suspected
I understand what people are saying about losing the adjustment...but I don't really recline my seat that much....I do have my Jammer "stretched" where the seats hit it......but it works for me from March to Nov...30 days til the switch!!!
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Well I just made the purchase and received my windjammer. Im 6 1 and my seat is back as far as it was before but I had to position it more upright by a single click, not a bad driving position for me. Im hoping the material will stretch a bit over time. Bottom line, dont expect (atleast when you first install it) for your seat back to be more than 1 inch or so behind the roll bar)

Also did anyone cut holes where the original soft top bows mount to the roll bar? If so any advice? I hav ea 1/2 grommit press that will make a round hole. Mostly Im concerned with tearing down the line in the fabric. Someone advised to heat the material a bit to let it melt and seal it but I dont know.

Here are some pictures. It seems to fit well and so far Im satisfied with everthing but the price ( I paid 114 for it). Ive been considering it for a few years now and finally just decided to buy it.

(For anyone who is wondering even with the soundbar you can get all 4 top straps on)
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IMO even though it is a PIA I would remove that hardware and reinstall when you need the brackets for your frame......I have an "older" one of the first ones and it has/ had holes made for the brackets....but since I no longer have the brackets it doesn't matter.

Have a frameless I run most of the time now but MAY use the jammer later this summer after I finish "tweaking" it a bit....gonna cut off the bottom that goes the Z channel...and the velcro window attachment I mentioned before......Had the sun rider open today on the NX and it was pretty nice
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IMO even though it is a PIA I would remove that hardware and reinstall when you need the brackets for your frame......I have an "older" one of the first ones and it has/ had holes made for the brackets....but since I no longer have the brackets it doesn't matter.

Have a frameless I run most of the time now but MAY use the jammer later this summer after I finish "tweaking" it a bit....gonna cut off the bottom that goes the Z channel...and the velcro window attachment I mentioned before......Had the sun rider open today on the NX and it was pretty nice
Wow thanks for the advice I took like 5 minutes and just took them off, for some reason I Was under the impression they were welded. It fits great now and I even got another notch back on the seat!!
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more recent Pics Jammer and Bestop Frameless used with duster for anyone interested.
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jp2611- Did you cut a slit in the duster for the strap on your top? Or how did you modify that?
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jp2611- Did you cut a slit in the duster for the strap on your top? Or how did you modify that?
Yes I did...that Duster in the Pic is about 4 years old and the belt rail part is starting to crack...so wasn't too concerned......but I will "modify" the new one that is coming the same way...I feel better about cutting it since I see where and how to cut with the trial and error on the old one...old one will be for off road now.
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Yes I did...that Duster in the Pic is about 4 years old and the belt rail part is starting to crack...so wasn't too concerned......but I will "modify" the new one that is coming the same way...I feel better about cutting it since I see where and how to cut with the trial and error on the old one...old one will be for off road now.

Thanks, I have been wanting to do the same with my old duster but afraid I will just end up screwing it up. May be a good project for me one day, I miss having the duster more than I thought I would. I like the way it looks and even though it is not "secure" I felt better hiding things under it than leaving them out in the open when I have to run in the store.
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Thanks, I have been wanting to do the same with my old duster but afraid I will just end up screwing it up. May be a good project for me one day, I miss having the duster more than I thought I would. I like the way it looks and even though it is not "secure" I felt better hiding things under it than leaving them out in the open when I have to run in the store.

FWIW I am of the opinion out of sight out of mind.....I always keep the tailgate locked and yeah someone could cut it or even (untuck the belt rail) but if they really want in that bad it doesn't matter. I just try and keep honest folks honest...
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