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Old 02-22-2011, 11:00 AM   #1
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Bestop's new Supertop NX... letting the cat out of the bag

Yesterday I gave a few "definitive answers" on Bestop's new Supertop NX so after checking with Geoff at Bestop earlier this morning, here's the scoop on how I knew the answers before the top has actually shipped.

Back in December, Geoff contacted me and asked if I would allow Bestop to use my 2004 Rubicon as a test mule for a prototype version of the Supertop NX and, naturally, I jumped at it. Then he added that he wanted to take photos and videos of it on the beach here in San Diego. Wow, that sounded like fun and it was.

The biggest thing that the new NX brings to the market is not the top itself which is pretty much a standard Sailcloth top, it's the fact that Bestop can now sell the complete OE-style softtop support mechanism. Before now, Jeep had an exclusive contract with Bestop so only Jeep's dealer network could sell the soft top support mechanism. That contract has expired so Bestop has come out with the OE style mechanism, but it has been improved in several key areas.

It is adjustable for soft top tightness, the old torx screws that held the mechanism to the rollbar have been replaced with spring loaded releases, it flips back to give you a sunroof, and there is a new aluminum top support that makes the soft top even quieter on the highway.

Without further delay... our very own Geoff and his lovely marketing department partner Britta with my Jeep.



Britta, you can sit in my Jeep anytime!





The cool quick release pieces that replace the torx screws we all love to hate. Notice in the photo just below the extended piece on the bracket. That, for the first time, allows for adjustability in top tightness. Nice!




This shows their new aluminum support piece, on the right, that is positioned against the Sailcloth soft top to make it even quieter. Nice and innovative. The bar on the left is the support for my ham and CB radios.



I was there with one more Jeep too, a nicely restored Scrambler. Sweet Jeep!!



You guys should have seen Geoff and Britta in front of the video camera, they were great and it was fun watching them play off each other. I could never do that.

Anyway, that was a fun day on the beach. I expect Bestop will have their photos and video up on the Bestop website pretty soon.

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That's very cool. Your not only famous in type, but now you're a star. The video was posted here by Geoff last week.

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Any idea on release date?

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lol Jerry I like how you scribbled out jeep forum. The new jeep is kick butt (I have something else in mind to say besides kick butt, I'm just trying to keep it PG).
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Hey Jerry, you got me... i was opening this bc im interested in the new trektop... and you talked about the super top... can you change the title please?
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Lol you marked out the "jeepforum.com" sticker on your jeep in the first photo.
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lol Jerry I like how you scribbled out jeep forum. The new jeep is kick butt (I have something else in mind to say besides kick butt, I'm just trying to keep it PG).
Dang you beat me to it
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Thanks for posting the link to that video, I had not yet seen it. Heck the cat was already out of the bag!
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This is awesome! Thank you for sharing.

I can't share with my friend who just got a new Bestop soft top... lol... but I just put it in my wish list for when I get my TJ.
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I'd like to see how that aluminum support piece does. I have a fairly tight fitting 01 4 ply sailcloth top that I picked up a couple years ago. There was some "thundering" going down the road from the front section so I picked up a Skid Row Top Prop Top Prop™ and Tonno Prop™ - for Jeep CJ, YJ, TJ, LJ, JK - Skid Row Offroad to see if it quieded it down. It's pretty much like the Bestop bar. It did quiet it down at first but the top fabric eventuall stretched out some and the top began making a tapping against the Top Prop which got anoying fast. The Rampage top has rods from the header to the roll bar for top flapping and early posts were that the top tapped against them. Bestop may want to look into some padding on the aluminum bar.
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Bestop may want to look into some padding on the aluminum bar.
It has a layer of foam over the top of it.

I've only seen prototypes so far, to be honest, and haven't had the chance to drive any distance with them yet.

Here's something Jerry is being nice enough not to mention: the Top Arch in his was custom made by our engineering team at the last second, and one of the pop rivets was loose inside it. It sounded like a rain stick in his Jeep. I've promised to get him a real one ASAP.
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Holy crap Jerry, real hater out there!!!
Don't read the comments.
I deleted the hateful comments on the YouTube video. My apologies for not policing them as carefully as I should.

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Ha to be honest Geoff I can't hear it because my tires make my Jeep so noisy inside that I cant hear a soft rattle like that.
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Geoff,

Will the factory style header trickle its way down to say the safari top any time soon?
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I've discovered a way to get people to realize that I too am in these videos.
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The Jeep looks great Jerry and the soft top looks awesome. Something to look forward to once my factory soft top wears out. I've always wanted a top like this. Nice advertising on the seat covers as well. lol
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Yeah, but look at that butchered front wheel-Look at it!!

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I deleted the hateful comments on the YouTube video. My apologies for not policing them as carefully as I should.

If you want to lose hope in your fellow man, if you want to despair over the human race, if you want to worry about the future of the world, just spend a few hours reading Youtube comments.
Only on products, I personally do not read comments on random people that think they are the next American idol... Can't wait for the top Geoff : )

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Soooo no guesses on this?

Will the factory style header trickle its way down to say the safari top any time soon?
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Hey don't let my wife see that photo of me and Britta.
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Here's one of you Geoff doing a magnificant job in front of the video camera. I will admit my camera naturally kept wanting to drift over to Britta.

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Jerry your rig looks great so does the Top. This will be my next top. Can you give me your wheel specs? Thanks.

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