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Old 06-26-2009, 04:10 AM   #1
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Besttop 3-piece combo top

Does anyone have the Besttop 3-piece combo top package installed? (Safari Bikini top, Duster Deck Cover and Windjammer) Really like the look and wondered how effective it was keeping rain out etc. I'd be installing on a 4-dr.

I want to take the top off for the summer and evaluating the options. I have a chance to buy a factory softtop for $450. Or I could buy the 3-piece combo from Besttop for about $400.

Any input is appreciated...

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Old 06-26-2009, 09:19 AM   #2
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Save yourself some money and get a Brute kit.

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Old 06-26-2009, 09:19 AM   #3
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I can't speak for the JK, but I had this combo on my 90 YJ before I sold it....

you will get wet. Its not so bad when you're driving in the rain, the worst is when the jeep is sitting in the rain...water will pool on the bikini and deck cover and as soon as you pull away you'll get a back full of water...the windjammer isn't sealed by any means.

They look all nice and taught in the pictures but once you've had them on for a month or two and they've sat in the sun and stretched out they get pretty loose and flappy...

Honestly if you can get a factory sunrider soft-top for $450 I would jump on it, not only is that a great price, but with a little bit of practice you should be able to easily put the top from 100% fully up to all the way down in about 7 minutes...and for those days when the skies are omonus you can just pull the top back over the doors and leave the rest up in about 1 minute or less....
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also, i'd make sure that the soft top is complete (included windows and the rear retainer bar for the rear window...450 sounds like a steal, especially if its new
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:38 PM   #5
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also, i'd make sure that the soft top is complete (included windows and the rear retainer bar for the rear window...450 sounds like a steal, especially if its new
Thanks for the input on your previous post. I'll pass on that arrangement

It's not new, it's from an 07, and they recently had the dealer put a hardtop on. It appears to be in nice shape.

Since it's from an 07, that's my only big concern since I have an 09. Hoping all fits but it seems it will from what I've read here and there.
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according to the MOPAR catalog all tops are the same 07-09
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according to the MOPAR catalog all tops are the same 07-09
That may be the case however I know there are a few "design differences" amongst the soft tops. I have an 08 (purchased 7-08) and I had the sun-rider top replaced in March 09. They only replaced the fabric, not the supports or header, due to some pin holes along seams in the back.

These are the differences I noticed:

The rear sail panels on the old top had stiff plastic "inserts" while the new top was just sailcloth. The old ones used to blow out from the wind when running the top up with no side or rear windows while the newer design evidently gives enough so they don't. Also with the stiff plastic inserts there was no way you could ever roll em up and use a cloverpatch or similiar product.

Along the zipper at top of the rear side windows were cut a bit differently. Flaps less at highway speed with no windows.

Notches in the plastic channel at the bottom of the sail panels that let you fold the inside corner of the sail panel out and away so insertion of the rear window bar no longer scratched at the inside of the top. Early on I had to file down the sharp corners of my window bar because it was wearing a hole along the inside edges of the sailpanels

All in all the newer version of the top looks nicer and is better designed.
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That may be the case however I know there are a few "design differences" amongst the soft tops. I have an 08 (purchased 7-08) and I had the sun-rider top replaced in March 09. They only replaced the fabric, not the supports or header, due to some pin holes along seams in the back.

These are the differences I noticed:

The rear sail panels on the old top had stiff plastic "inserts" while the new top was just sailcloth. The old ones used to blow out from the wind when running the top up with no side or rear windows while the newer design evidently gives enough so they don't. Also with the stiff plastic inserts there was no way you could ever roll em up and use a cloverpatch or similiar product.

Along the zipper at top of the rear side windows were cut a bit differently. Flaps less at highway speed with no windows.

Notches in the plastic channel at the bottom of the sail panels that let you fold the inside corner of the sail panel out and away so insertion of the rear window bar no longer scratched at the inside of the top. Early on I had to file down the sharp corners of my window bar because it was wearing a hole along the inside edges of the sailpanels

All in all the newer version of the top looks nicer and is better designed.
Great info ... thanks for taking the time. I was tentative about getting an 07 top anyway, now I won't consider that an option any longer.
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the worst is when the jeep is sitting in the rain...water will pool on the bikini and deck cover and as soon as you pull away you'll get a back full of water...the windjammer isn't sealed by any means.

They look all nice and taught in the pictures but once you've had them on for a month or two and they've sat in the sun and stretched out they get pretty loose and flappy...
This is disappointing. I want something really versatile and have been sitting here figuring my options, and deciding whether I should sell my hard top or not.
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I have the 3 piece set and really like it. It is very easy top undo the duster sides and tuck it in the back and raise the back seat. Also I have a couple straps for the windjammer, so I can just roll the windjammer up and hold it up with the straps that I installed around the sound bar.
Also if you get the door frame rails, you will get very little to almost zero water into the cab area. I have not got them yet, but they are on my list.

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I have the 3 piece set and really like it. It is very easy top undo the duster sides and tuck it in the back and raise the back seat. Also I have a couple straps for the windjammer, so I can just roll the windjammer up and hold it up with the straps that I installed around the sound bar.
Also if you get the door frame rails, you will get very little to almost zero water into the cab area. I have not got them yet, but they are on my list.

This looks pretty good. I've gotten rid of the fabric and padding around my bars so I wonder if that would cause me trouble re. making a good seal with the deck cover around the bars in back.

You mentioned that the door frame rails keep most water out of the cab; is this something you've read and know first hand from someone?
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Quadratec shows a TJ with the door frame rails, but I can't seem to find a link or info on these. Maybe I'm not using the correct keywords to search for..

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This looks pretty good. I've gotten rid of the fabric and padding around my bars so I wonder if that would cause me trouble re. making a good seal with the deck cover around the bars in back.

You mentioned that the door frame rails keep most water out of the cab; is this something you've read and know first hand from someone?
The door frame rails are the same ones that the oem soft tops use. They will seal the door when it is closed, and the bikini top stretches over it for a tight fit. Now I have not got them yet, so I can not give you first hand knowledge of them, only stands to reason or what would be considered obvious. I would say if you have removed the padding that you will definitely be losing some of the sealing capabilities.
Oh, I have had my duster now for about 4 months and it is still very tight.
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Okay, got it. Thanks!

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