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06-09-2013 06:51 PM
Jeepster269
Made in the u.s.a. "not"!

This msg. pertains to "BESTOP" for 1 so called "AMERICAN" Co. who outsources their "MADE IN THE USA" BS. All the labels on the cartons from BESTOP say "MADE IN PR. of CHINA"?!?!? PEOPLES REPUBLIC of CHINA!? WTF!?!? It's no wonder why these tops are all a "PISS POOR FIT" and we have nothing but trouble installing them and having them fit and not leak...What is this country coming to... Or who are we being sold out to? Check B4 you buy "MADE IN USA... "UNEMPLOYMENT" MADE OVERSEAS!
02-27-2011 11:34 AM
Ecker786 How about the rampage bowless soft top. You can take all the windows out and it turns into a full length bikini top and if it rains you can easily zip the windows back in. They look sweet too!
02-27-2011 11:18 AM
Wordgie I have a safari top and love it. Keeps me from getting baked, but still affords me some feeling of open air, especially with the doors off, too. Also helps with the sudden Summer showers so prevalent in FL. What I found with the biki I had on my old Jeep is the water pools up, so once you accelerate it rolls to the back, over the roll bar and down your back. The safari does the same thing to a degree, but it ends up behind your back seat. Plus my 5 year old is usually with me and she is so fair skinned she needs the extra shade.
02-27-2011 11:04 AM
BuckNutz1070 Great discussion everyone!! I'm diggin' the info. I'm kinda feelin' what CapnDean is saying!! Honestly...I don't mind the rain, sun, or the wind, but the wind drives my wife insane!! You know...Auto Companies spend millions, and millions of $$ to engineer their vehicle to stay quiet at all times. Jeeps do not. Why? Because it's a Jeep, and it's supposed to be Noisy, Windy, Hot, and Wet. Hmmm? Did that come out right?? ROFLMAO!! I know it's not the purchase of a life time, but if I'm not inclined to use it, then I need to consider everything!!
02-27-2011 10:20 AM
CapnDean In the summer I take off the doors and the top and stick on the Bikini top. Love it.

It keeps the sun from killin me. It's not like having the soft top on. But I have a garage too... so I don't have to worry about upsies and downsies when it rains.

I just keep a weather eye out when I go somewhere.
02-27-2011 10:10 AM
Hosep
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Originally Posted by jp2611 View Post
Where the 3 little snaps were available to snap the 2 pieces together-I made 4 holes and attached the Buttons like you have on a pair of jeans,(actually called Jean repair kit) to the front or leading edge of the deck cover.
That is a great fix! those 3 snaps that come with the top are so weak that I can't get them to ever stay snapped.
02-27-2011 09:37 AM
jp2611 If you are familiar with the mounting of the wraparound jammer and deck cover-in relationship to a standard jammer, you realize that the straps that attach to the rollbars on the front edge of the deck cover are useless once a wrap around jammer is installed.

Both of the jammers that I purchased (standard and wrap around) have a flap that has 3 "optional" snaps to hold the 2 pieces together. However with out the snaps, even on the standard windjammer if you get some rain, It will most likely roll to the front of the deck cover, and than run into the Jeep and along the back of the jammer. With the standard jammer you have the ability to "cinch - Up" the front of the deck cover so that it slopes toward the back of the Jeep and LESS chance of water/rain coming into the cab.

As I mentioned before once a wraparound jammer is installed in the door surrounds you are no longer able to use those 2 straps on the front of the deck cover.

My "fix" was to install the wrap around jammer as high or tight to the roll bar as possible.
Where the 3 little snaps were available to snap the 2 pieces together-I made 4 holes and attached the Buttons like you have on a pair of jeans,(actually called Jean repair kit) to the front or leading edge of the deck cover.

I reinforced my "holes" with a wax coated thread. And I moved the leading edge of the deck cover "up" as far as possible on the flap of the wind jammer, so that there is a natural slope towards the back of the Jeep.

I tried using large velcro across the flap but that didn't hold at highway speeds.

The buttons and thread came from Walmart along with the needles and a palm piece to sew the heavy material. I think my total cost of supplies was less than $15. It took me an hour or 2 to fit figure cut sew and install everything exactly right. I am a little slow......

Sorry for poor pics but no digital camera here, and Jeep has halftop on right now. Give me a month and these will be back on the Jeep!! May be able to tell better with those pics. If anyone wants to see them on let me know.

Good Luck!!
02-27-2011 08:54 AM
ReconBubba6
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Originally Posted by dstacy

Yep I'd like to see what you did
X2 I would also like to know seeing that I'm bout to order one as well
02-27-2011 08:45 AM
JDsDream I have all 3 pieces and have used them a grand total of 1 time in 4 years. Like you , I run topless and doorless from the first sign of spring until November. It would be nice to have something to cut down on the heat of the sun, but the bikini top to me is like having the top on. I have a trail cover I use when it's parked and I will be purchasing a spiderweb shade soon.
To keep things dry I have three options.
1) Trail Cover when parked
2) Underpasses
3) keep moving
They also make an emergency cover that you can use while driving.
02-27-2011 08:28 AM
dstacy
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Originally Posted by jp2611 View Post
There is a little modification that needs to be done to "seal" the wind jammer to the deck cover I think it is something that Bestop should have done to start with. If anyone wants to "see" what I am talking about let me know.
Yep I'd like to see what you did
02-27-2011 07:59 AM
jp2611 The bikini top with a wrap around jammer and a deck cover will keep about 85-90% of rain out of your Jeep IMO. The weak point is the couple inch gap at the top of the windjammer where it attaches to the roll bar and the bikini top ends. I know this from my experience from April till Oct of last year with these 3 pieces. My solution was to remove carpet behind the front seats and pull drain plugs.
I almost think that if I get a safari top this summer the extra length will eliminate that weak point. Still thinking about that.

There is a little modification that needs to be done to "seal" the wind jammer to the deck cover I think it is something that Bestop should have done to start with. If anyone wants to "see" what I am talking about let me know.
02-27-2011 07:48 AM
Beachcomber I have also been thinking about a bikini top. I have a soft top but when it gets warm I take the top off and keep it off till fall. I wanted something I can quickly put on if I get stuck in the rain. I know it won't keep us completely dry but could help. Are they quick to put on and can it be stored in the jeep when not in use?
02-26-2011 11:28 PM
AtcoTrailsINC i think the only time i use mine is on the trails when everything else is off and the beach just to keep the sun from baking me. The wind jammer though i use all the time as it really helps keep the wind down while cruising keep in mind the bikini,wind jammer, duster cover arnt going to keep you very dry if it rains

it might just be more beneficial for you to invest in soft top, perhaps a trektop? I know its pricey but it might be a better option unless you like getting a little wet lol i personally enjoy a rainy day with the doors and top off
02-26-2011 11:12 PM
BuckNutz1070
Bikini Top (Header)

Just curious how many Jeepers out there that have the Bikini Tops really use them, and if so...how do you like them? I do not currently have a Soft Top for my Jeep, and as soon as the weather warms up...the Hard Top comes off, and stays off until late around mid/late October!! I have been looking into the Bikini Tops with the Dusters, and the Wind Jammers. Would like some opinions from some of you that have them...and are they worth it having? The longer I can keep the top of of my Jeep, the happier I am!!

Matt

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