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Old 03-09-2012, 02:25 PM   #1
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Put on a Bestop Trektop NX on in 70 degree weather?? It's now 58 here in Raleigh. Any suggestions? Have you ever heard of anyone putting in a space heater inside the cab to help the fabric stretch? Suggestions please!

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I did just a regular bestop back in december and it was probably 60-70. Idk space heater posinnly would work wouldn't want it blowing directly on the fabric. Could sit it in the back and point it towards the front maybe

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Put on a Bestop Trektop NX on in 70 degree weather?? It's now 58 here in Raleigh. Any suggestions? Have you ever heard of anyone putting in a space heater inside the cab to help the fabric stretch? Suggestions please!

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I got a new soft top right before winter, so I HAD to install
It. It was about 50 outside, so I heated the garage up to about 80 degrees. It was still a pain. I think what they mean is a sunny day of atleast 70. It's the sun that heats up fabric, making it easy to stretch. I'm leery to take my top down right now as it is barely in the 60's outside.
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Put on a Bestop Trektop NX on in 70 degree weather?? It's now 58 here in Raleigh. Any suggestions? Have you ever heard of anyone putting in a space heater inside the cab to help the fabric stretch? Suggestions please!

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I would wait. I just put on a Supertop NX and I had no choice....it was 60 outside and the fabric was in the house close to the floor vent. It stretched a little, but was a pain in the rear to put on. I would wait to a nice warm sunny day.
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I would wait. I just put on a Supertop NX and I had no choice....it was 60 outside and the fabric was in the house close to the floor vent. It stretched a little, but was a pain in the rear to put on. I would wait to a nice warm sunny day.
Woke up this morning, Rain! What are the chances huh? And they forcasted it too!! In the rain, I took off the partially installed trektop nx and put the hard top back on. Which I did not want to do. Oh well..........
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electric blanket with a quilt over it if it is not raining.
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Just got mine in the mail about 3 hours ago... gonna attempt to put it on this evening. I have to! I drove to class yesterday with only the part of the duster that covers the front 2 seats... Not fun lol. Looks great though. I can't wait to put it on. It's sitting in the next room now and it's 72 in here, but cold outside... we'll see!
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Just got mine in the mail about 3 hours ago... gonna attempt to put it on this evening. I have to! I drove to class yesterday with only the part of the duster that covers the front 2 seats... Not fun lol. Looks great though. I can't wait to put it on. It's sitting in the next room now and it's 72 in here, but cold outside... we'll see!
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electric blanket with a quilt over it if it is not raining.
Seriously? You know this will work?
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I used a small electric ceramic heater ,, put the top on where i could , then shut the doors and let it sit for 45 or so minutes, with the heater on the back seat .
worked great for me
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I know it's not easy for easy one but I work for a body shop I did one a few months ago put it in the paint booth for about 20 min and it fell on the rig. If u know someone with a paint booth see if u can pull it in let it sit on there with the bake cycle and then get to it. Sorry if my reply seems out of the norm but it works.
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I know it's not easy for easy one but I work for a body shop I did one a few months ago put it in the paint booth for about 20 min and it fell on the rig. If u know someone with a paint booth see if u can pull it in let it sit on there with the bake cycle and then get to it. Sorry if my reply seems out of the norm but it works.
I don't know anybody with a paint both, but I think I will try the ceramic heather thing. It's driving me crazy top have this top, and it not be on my jeep.
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[QUOTE=kip;2122818]I don't know anybody with a paint both, but I think I will try the ceramic heater thing. It's driving me crazy to have this top, and it not be on my jeep. 11[/11QUOTE]
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:40 PM   #14
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If you have a buddy it's easy to put the tops on down to around 50. I do mine at around 55 by myself but it takes some technique. Lol
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Ok, this thing is insanely hard to get on

Been workin at it for about 5 hours and the back window is not even close. Tried the ceramic heater... ran it till the heater shut off. Still no bueno.
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How does the trek top fit? Is there a frame. I can't keep all these different names brands and styles separate in my head.
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A heated garage will NOT cut it. My buddy and i spent half a day and then some putting the stupid thing on. The back window was our main problem. There was a good 4 inches of space between the zippers. Put a head gun in the cab. Stretch, stretch and keep stretching. It took two of us to pull and stretch for at least a half hour. You have to be rough with it, it didn't break on us. Stretch and heat. Patience is your friend hah. Now that it's all on it looks great, a great looking top. I'm afraid to take that on in the summer though, hopefully it's well fitted now.

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It does have a frame. It's just like the old top except it has a sunroof option, and the side windows zip into the back windows. When you take all the windows out there are no sails, it acts like a canope. Very cool, but I'm not impressed with the window set-up they made. All in all though it looks very sleek. As you can see though, installation is rough to say the least. We also had some cheapy broken parts, it's all functional but it's definately chinese BS :/ My buddy didn't have time to call for replacements yet.
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Ok guys the first time I put mine on I had similar issues. Now that I know how it's a breeze. First off don't attach any molding clips to the door surrounds or the windshield header just lay the top on top loose the only attachment should be to the roll bar if you have speaker pods but loosely attached at that. Start with one side window, zip it to top leaving molding clip loose, Then zip other side to top. Take back window and start zipper about 2 inches to one side the about 2 inches on the other. With every thing loose you should be able to get it to reach. attach back window to top, place tailgate bar. Only after these are started should you start to tackle the side clips to the door surrounds the hardest part will be the bottom curve off door surround. I slowly work a few inches to each side, then the other till you get to back window. Make sure the top off back window is attached to top then finally finish zipping back to sides . The last thing I do is attach the top to the windshield and tighten the roll Barr strap. I hope this helps.
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Interesting. I agree the frameless are pretty cool looking. Technique is still kind of the same. Like mentioned above. Kinda get everything started first. Then do the harder parts and finish with the easier.
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I had forgot to velcro the center of the top to the frame...I had to start the Jeep and leave the heater on...took forever but I eventually got it. I still have to replace the header bar, the one I got with the top only seals tight between the latches. It is definitely a pain in the butt for sure!!
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On this morning at 56 degrees

I put a small heater inside the jeep, put the top on, tied it down, and just slowly zipped. Took about 2 hours. It's on now, looking good. Flipped the roof back today, but it's still chilly here. I love it though.

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I let my jeep sit outside all day today in the sun at over 70 most of the day. Still no good. I tried about 10 different ways for about two hours. Getting frustrated as ****.
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Could sit it in the back and point it towards the front maybe

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Old 03-13-2012, 01:49 AM   #24
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I let my jeep sit outside all day today in the sun at over 70 most of the day. Still no good. I tried about 10 different ways for about two hours. Getting frustrated as ****.
I think the secret to it is, not being a "SA", follow the instructions when installing. This is where I was messing up. Install the quarter windows, zip about an inch, same with back window. Go on and close the sun roof if it's cool. I put a small cheap heater in the back. Sit on the seat if need be. Once all the windows are zipped about an inch, and you have the side windows around the door surrounds, start zipping. Zip as much as you can without damaging the top. The more you zip, the more the heat from the heater will make the fabric to relax. Drink a beer, wait about 30 minutes depending on how hot your heater gets, zip some more. Then follow instructions on locking the window tab things in. You will more than likely have it zipped up 95 percent where if it rains, inside won't get wet. I did this in 55 degree weather. Hope this helps. The secret is in how steps you install the back and quarter panels. I'm sure this is the way to install when your top has been on a while and you won't to take the panels out.


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Finally got it all the way on today... Instructions say it should take about 3/4 of an hour. Damn near took 1/2 a week lol. Just have to let it sit in the sun for a good bit. Looks great on though, I'm just scared to take it off.

On another note, this thing is QUIET for a soft top... when the windows are up. When my windows are down though, damn this thing is loud. It's louder than my cheapo pavement ends soft top that came on my YJ. The middle of the top slaps against the middle bar of my roll bar SO loud it's almost unbearable, and like I said, I used to drive a YJ. Anyone else have this problem? It is insanely loud with windows down.
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I hear noise at around 30 after that, the top floats up above that bar that goes over the sun roof and the roll cage. I think it's pretty quiet! Oh, and you can always turn the music up!

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