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Old 10-03-2009, 03:44 PM   #1
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Time for the Bestop

Well im excited to get my new top on but as you know something always goes wrong. I just started and im off to a good start. The torx bolt is stripped. Always something! LOL. Will post some more pics as i go. Will start up again in the morning.
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Old 10-03-2009, 04:16 PM   #2
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let me know how you get it out. I am in the same situation

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Old 10-03-2009, 04:37 PM   #3
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Does anyone know where to find the installation video on-line? I am not sure how to line up the side belt rails because there are already holes in my jeep and im not sure which ones to use? I have the video but no vcr (only dvd). Thanks
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Old 10-03-2009, 06:51 PM   #4
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you might need an easy out to get that torx out. don't know if parts houses carry them. if not, try sears.
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Old 10-03-2009, 07:08 PM   #5
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start at the tail gate. the two short bars/rails go there. then the two curved corners. everything else will line up correctly.
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Old 10-03-2009, 07:32 PM   #6
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is there an alternative to replacing it with a torx bolt?
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Thanks navy. Im going to go to lowes or home depot tomorrow and see what i can find. I understand what you are saying about the rear corners, but are the side rails supposed to touch the rear corners? Thanks
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Let me know if your top fits snugly or not. My top is loose, but I think it is because it is so friggin' hot here in NM and the fabric really stretches. I've maxed out the adjustment on it and it's still loose in the back. The little tabs on the rear don't even fit in the rails. Now that it is cooling down the fabric seems to be tightening up and the top fits well. Just curious and good luck w/the install. I have pics from when I installed mine in Jul if you want them...let me know.

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Old 10-03-2009, 09:02 PM   #9
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yepper,moneypit. they all butt up to each other. and actually, about the bolt,splash, anything should work as long as the threads and length match up.
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well those bolts have a conical shaped head to fit in the indentation so thats what i was wondering.
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Yeah, you can even get phillips heads that are for counter sunk holes that should work.
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Yeah, you can even get phillips heads that are for counter sunk holes that should work.
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ouch, that happened to the torx bolts on one of my window brackets
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Well the bolts fixed and the top is on but it is so F###ing tight. The rear window is so out of alignment it will not even zipper. So frustrated. Everything is tight on the whole top. Im trying to think it will stretch but i dont know
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lossen the top, get yer top aligned. on yer pic, slide the window tabs left and pull the rounded corner left. then you'll have to pull the rh side piece toward the rear. to loosen, just pull down on the spreader bar. realign all fabricc then push spreader bar up. that should do it. do you have a lh pic from the rear?
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I believe i have tried everything. I have been out there for 4 hours. Everything is just too tight and there is too much to make up for and the corners are sooo tight.
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I tried taking the spreader bar completely down and then there is like no way it will go back up when the top is where it is supposed to be. I was hanging on the rear roll bar like a monkey trying to get it, Because at that point i did not give two shits if it ripped. LOL
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take frame #5 and slide forward,frame#4 and slide rearward.align all canvas and push #4 &5 back to the full up position. then push the spreader bars back up. how cold is it where you are?oops. wrong pic. itt looks from that pic that the top is too far forward.
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slide the corner pieces forward to meet the long side piece.
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slide the corner pieces foward to meet the long side pieces.
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It looks like its being pulled forward. just wondering, do you have all the button snaps that connect the top the the hardware on in the right direction?

And are you trying to put the hardware fully up then hook the top to the body or vice versa?
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Well i tugged and finally got it on somewhat. I know what your saying navy and thats what i did. But when i undid everything and moved the the spreader bar forward then connected everything, it was way too tight that i could not move it to the rear and connect the snaps again. I hope its a little warmer tomorrow so i can see if the temp will stretch it.
Just a side note, i should not be too frustrated i found this top with two piece doors on craigslist for 700. I talked the lady down to 500. When i got there and checked everything out i saw that a mouse had eaten a maybe 3''x3'' hole in the rear window. The lady was upset and so was i, i didnt really want to pay 800 or so for a new top. The lady was frustrated at the whole thing. Make a long story longer i took it home for 100.00 It was brand new minus the hole in the rear window. I sent geoff at bestop a message about the part number for the new window.
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put the snaps on loose then tighten. should work. also, on the inside of the rear cross bow it must be seated correctly in the upper corners where the zippers connect. don't worry, you'll get it.

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