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Old 03-11-2010, 08:39 AM   #1
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Sunrider question

I have a question about the Bestop Sunrider soft-top (the aftermarket one, not the OEM) for TJ (2001, if matters): can it be lowered completely or not? In the installation instructions it says nothing about lowering/rising it (like in the case of Supertop, for instance) and I have the feeling that the center bow cannot be folded back over the sport cage.
If it can be lowered, is it dificult? Are there any tips and tricks?
Do you have any photos with it lowered and folded on the back of the Jeep?

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I'm pretty sure it works just like a regular soft top, except you can open it partially as well as fully. I'm sure Geoff will chime in and verify it, but I feel certain that it will lower completely as well.

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I'm pretty sure it works just like a regular soft top, except you can open it partially as well as fully. I'm sure Geoff will chime in and verify it, but I feel certain that it will lower completely as well.
Yes. Think of it as a Supertop with a hinge.
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Thanks a lot!
Yeap, it seems laike I've missed a line or two in the "Adjusting the top" chapter. I will see when installing it how it works. I just had this impression, reviewing the instructions, and got in a little bit of panic.

One more question: what do you, generally, do when wheeling in the forests (you know - narrow trails, with a lot of bushes and branches that are rubbing against the Jeep) to protect the soft-top? It happened to me a lot of times, but then I had the hard-top and I don't mind getting the hard-top and the body paint scratched, but I would mind a lot having my (new, green and expenisve) soft-top scratched or ripped.
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I live in Colorado, and most of my off-road adventures are above timberline. Plus I get a good discount on the top. So I might not be the best person to ask.

When I lived in Oregon, I never had a good full soft top - just a Bikini and and a hard top.
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if you're on narrow trails and worried about branches and stuff poking/scratching your soft top and windows, you could always put it down...? the top itself is made of pretty sturdy material, i worry more about my windows getting scratched or torn.
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One more question: what do you, generally, do when wheeling in the forests (you know - narrow trails, with a lot of bushes and branches that are rubbing against the Jeep) to protect the soft-top? It happened to me a lot of times, but then I had the hard-top and I don't mind getting the hard-top and the body paint scratched, but I would mind a lot having my (new, green and expenisve) soft-top scratched or ripped.
Yep folds all the way down.

As for worrying about tree limbs or such...takes 10 seconds to unsnap the top from the hardware...just set in in the back of the tub.

I just take the whole top and hardware off but I made my sunrider all quick disconnect.
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Yep folds all the way down.

As for worrying about tree limbs or such...takes 10 seconds to unsnap the top from the hardware...just set in in the back of the tub.

I just take the whole top and hardware off but I made my sunrider all quick disconnect.
This is what I was thinking: taking the top down. But sometimes (quite often in the mountains), yiou get rainy weather and then...
By the way, your mods could be interesting (the quick disconnect stuff). I think that we, all, could benefit form your experience (and, maybe, some photos)

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