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Old 06-18-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Super tight bestop soft top

I just put a bestop Supertop NX on my 2002 tj, and it is tighter than a drum. It is so tight that taking it off, or putting it back up is a monumental task. The tension adjuster on the side with the 3 positions is on the loosest position.

It is so bad that the plastic "ears" at the end of the bar that attaches to the 3 position flange have splayed out, and actually come disconnected.


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Old 06-18-2012, 07:49 PM   #2
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I'm assuming it's new? Mine was pretty tight when brand new but loosened up a bit after it was on a while. Working with it after it's been in the sunlight for a bit helps a lot, too.

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Old 06-18-2012, 08:00 PM   #3
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Better tight then loose. Just saying...

My new Bestop was tight too and near impossible to put on. I found latching the front the pulling down on the rear top bar and slipping in the plastic blades under the body hooks made it easer for the first few times until the top had some time to settle and stretch.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:06 PM   #4
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Let it sit in the sun for a while. I don't personally own a bestop top, but my seat covers were WAY tight when I got them. I let them soak in the sun for a while and they stretched out. I guess the same is true for most bestop products.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:16 PM   #5
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New tops are tight as a drum. Two hints... 1) let the top warm up in the sun before erecting/installing it. 2) The rear corners should be the last part of the top to be installed. Latch the front first by just inserting the hooks into the slots but don't close the clamps. Then install the rear corners, then close the front clamps all the way.
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