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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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.
2003 TJ, 33" BFG AT, 2" BL, 2" BDS spring lift, Truck Lite headlights, Homemade sunrider top.
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.
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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