Me and My wife are in the market for a soft top. It is just her and me, and anytime we want the hard top off, I have to ask a friend because she can't help. Does anyone with a LJ have a Bestop Trektop? Is so, how is it?
Damn, If you had a regular TJ...I was goin to recomend somethin better for ya (the viking fastback top)
but If i were you, I'd look into other options (if you like bein able to have those rear side windows out)
You've already figured out the advantage to this style of top? The lack of hardware means it's lighter and easier to deal with. It follows the sports bar, and uses them for support, instead of separate metal bows. It does have fewer options - fixed rear windows being the big one. But it's easy to put up and take down. It does now have a tailgate bar (the first ones didn't), so you can open and close the tailgate with the top on.
This is the only LJ image I can find:
Here's a fun one my boss took at King of the Hammers last week. Lots of the JK's were sporting Trektop's. Not LJs, but still...
The back panel is removable. Zippers on both sides, and a channel along the top - so you can zip up sides and roll it at the top, or take the whole panel out.
And you can definiiely open the tailgate with the top on. There's a bar that goes over the tailgate, and the top attaches to that. It leaves the tailgate totally free.
The tailgate bar pops out really quick - same thing we do on all our tops.
I was looking at the install paperwork and had a question. How does this top operate with full doors? Sorry for all of the questions but I intensely research anything that I am about to buy, that way I can assure my wife that the money is "well spent"
The Trektop comes with door surrounds, so the doors have something to shut against. (basically it keeps the top and the doors tight together). On the Trek, they're pretty minimal square metal tubes, so you can leave them on when the top is down without destroying the "look."
You can see it on full doors in the picture above. Works fine.
Well, I did it. It was the economical way to get a soft top. Here is my initial review.
First, I ordered it from 4wheelparts on a Saturday (in store) and it got to my house on Tuesday. I thought that was awesome. Big thanks to the people at 4WheelParts in Marrietta, GA.
Putting in on was a very testy experience. I got it on an rolling in 4hrs. There are not many parts, it is more pulling the thing on and figuring out if you have it on right or not.
Riding. Taking it on and off can be a chore, but it can be done with one person (that is what i wanted). It flaps alittle with the windows down or off, but is ok for high speed with the windos up. This is my first soft top so I don't really know what to compare it to. I like the look and it is a good investsment.
Notes: I still don't know if the door situation is right. It seems like it was made more for half doors rather than full. The rubber seal is on the outside of the top and it closes really tight. Maybe that is the design.
Another note: Remove small children and innocent adults from the area that you are installing the top in. Making the zippers for the rear window line up may cause the user to curse violently in a fit of outrage. Lets work on the Bestop.
Good points, and an informative and balanced review.
The doors are designed to fit on the outside, and they do use that "positive pressure" seal. So you did that right. It will be less pressure after it's been on for a while.
We put estimated time to install on our install guides. I think we should list them as "number of beers recommended." The JK Lockbox? Easy. One beer.
The PowerBoards? That's at least a case. The Trektop? This should take you one hour and three beers.
(for some reason, many of my ideas never make it past my bosses email box, and he has totally stopped talking to me).
Seriously: we did a video the other day for Replace-A-top, and spent several minutes talking about tricks to lining up the windows correctly. We know it's a Pain in the Posterior. It just works better than the alternatives.
I'm an AVID 4-door JK hater. That is, until I saw the TrekTop on one earlier in this thread. It brings back some memories of the HumVee slantbacks we had in Afghanistan. Good memories. Now, if there was a way to get rid of all the plastic and the crappy engine, those 4-door JKs could possibly grow on me......
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I put the trektop on my LJ and love it. It's a sweet look, and now that It's been on there for a little while, is MUCH easier to take on and off.. Part of this is just like any new jeep owner that hasn't worked with the top much, that you will get faster and know the little tricks to get it to work just right.
Since I posted last, I have taken my top on my twice weekly commute to school. It is a two hour trip. I had doors on and everything up. It was nice. It didn't buffet at all. It was more than I expected to be honest. Now, with the windows down, there was alot of flapping and buffeting. It was quite loud. However, on my 4 hour trip to St. George Island Florida for some surf fishing, we had the doors off, top up, but with the rear window removed. It was quiet. No problem. I love the top now that I have been on longer trips. At first, I had some doubts about the performance, but those have all faded in to that wonderful saying... its a jeep.