|06-01-2013 08:08 PM|
I'm not sure how to address the sound bar question. I have the stock sound bar and the install works properly. If the sound bar is aftermarket, I would hope the dimensions are close enough that the height would be identical to the OEM.
When I put my top on for the first time, I was impatient. I used an electric space heater inside the jeep to help increase the temperature. I connected the top to the sides, and just draped this over the top. I connected the header at the windshield and then worked on pulling the top taught to the rear. Properly installed the rear window. Connected the side windows (after putting the sunrider top back). That releases all of the heat you built up inside, so you have to work quickly.
My other lesson was learning that starting the zippers first and not zipping the windows completely to the top was a crucial step not to ignore.
Hang in there Michael. It's tit at first, but once you get it together, it does get easier. The top is well worth the initial frustration your are experiencing. Post up if you continue to have concerns. We'll help, you get through it.
|06-01-2013 05:05 PM|
With my TJ I ran into the following issues of which I would like your opinion as you did post a well done walkthrough on the install.
1. The long white bowed side window inserts that form a curve on the back to the rear window...do they come out of stay in. I ask as I have spent 3 days now trying to get the zippers for both the rear and the side to zip up your photos show them out or not in the shot but other pics I have seen show them installed.
Measuring the rear window as that is the first to install I can get one zipper in but leaves either side not zipped a distance of 2.1 inches, and even being heated with a heat gun after spending all day inside at 21c (71F) I am sceptical as to what constitutes stretching as over 2 inches I think is asking to much. Additionally the zips on the side windows are tapered from the front to back as they meet the rear window, is this correct as I have seen posts with defects in some models.
But back to the original question: The reason I ask is I removed the white inserts that curve and it all zipped up in seconds without even a sweat.
2. Sound bar issues. I double checked the part number just to make sure there wasn't a different part for those with a soundbar but I predict if the soundbar was removed the 1st issue would take care of itself. Any suggestions?
As much as I would like to test the warmer install it does not get any warmer than 25c (77F) ever where I live.
Any help would be appreciated.
|05-16-2013 11:40 AM|
|05-16-2013 01:30 AM|
that's good to know!
by the way, Morris 4x4 sells it for $549.99 w/ free shipping right now: Bestop® Trektop NX?
|05-13-2013 09:59 PM|
Here is my I had it for ova a year by now n still tight as new love it.
|05-13-2013 09:19 PM|
does anyone have it in "spice"? got any pics? i love "black diamond" but it shows birds' nastiness too much, and my parking spot is under a tree with lots of little birdies living in it.
those of you guys'n'gals that have your trektop for a while now, are you still happy with it? if not, what are the issues?
i'm seriously considering buying the top within the next week or two.
|03-20-2013 06:35 PM|
|03-20-2013 06:20 PM|
|P51mustang||Looking for a good deal on one, i checked with jeep ad ons and it is 586.00 any other ideas?|
|03-06-2013 09:01 PM|
|01-24-2013 02:33 PM|
Installed mine yesterday....have never done this before as this is my first Jeep. The instructions say 3/4 of an hour ..... OK....maybe after you have had it on awhile but first time...no way. Anyway...took my time and got it all done in a few hours working alone. Mind you it has been cool here ( not cold ) Florida so that really made it hard to stretch the top (which I knew) but I parked the Jeep in the sun and let it sit a while and that made a HUGE difference.
In the end the top fits very well and looks great. Very happy with it.
|01-24-2013 10:56 AM|
they have also made a change to the quick relase pin.
Instead of the pull pin you see here.....
They have switched to the same quick release pin you will find on the Bestop quick release pins for the standard soft top frame.....
|01-24-2013 10:16 AM|
|erickpl||Good to see them listening and making updates to make it better!|
|01-23-2013 08:53 PM|
I installed another Trektop NX this past weekend. This was the first one of the bunch that I have installed that had the new addtion where the rear bar slides through. A common issue for some people is that the rear most bar that rests on the rollbar would not stay centered and would slide to one side or the other, allowing the top to 'flop' down.
They have added a clip to each side that flips into the bar itself to keep it from sliding. It is a great addition that is long overdue.
|12-26-2012 08:37 PM|
|11-12-2012 02:40 PM|
|ibrown3005||Been looking at this top since the day I got my 11 JKU. I love the look of it. Have both an OEM soft top and a hard top but I am thinking about selling the soft top to help offset the cost of the Trektop. This write up has been very helpful.|
|11-12-2012 01:36 PM|
Once you install it, remove it, and reinstall it a few times, it doesn't take any time at all.
Like with any brand new top, it will take a few times of working with it to get the kinks out.
|11-12-2012 11:48 AM|
|Snowren24||Looking at picking up this top in the spring as well, though I'm a little turned off hearing that it takes so long to put the top back on. But as someone who only owns the hard top, I'm not sure that there is a better option out there.|
|11-12-2012 11:18 AM|
|11-12-2012 11:12 AM|
You would need to remove everything but the rear clips....just like with an OEM style soft top.
One of the major selling points of this specific top is a push for people that only have a hard top. Since it comes with every single part needed, it's perfect for someone that doesn't have anything.
|11-12-2012 11:03 AM|
I'm looking at getting this top for a summer ride - won't bother until Spring, since Nebraska is already getting sub-30 temperatures and installing would be a trick.
Pretty much every question I had was answered by this thread already - except for one: how much of this hardware needs to be removed to put the factory hardtop back on? I'm assuming the door surrounds and top bar need to go away so the freedom panels can fit back in, what about the rear clips by the tailgate? It won't be a huge deal, since I'll install them as soon as it's warm enough to stretch the top, and I'll leave it until it snows, just curious if the hardware is completely incompatible with factory hardtops.
|08-05-2012 11:37 AM|
Hope this helps do what you're looking for!
|08-05-2012 11:26 AM|
There have been some folks taking the metal bar and tucking it between the roof and the roll bars. Even more creative folks have made elastic lines to hold the rear window up and out of the way. Do a search on the forum for more details. I'm posting from my mobile device which makes it difficult to grab and post links like a tabbed browser would allow me to do at home :-)
|08-04-2012 04:28 PM|
|david95xj||Can you roll up the rear window?|
|07-31-2012 09:01 AM|
|danatkins||They fit like the stockers but the back edge is 3 seperate edges instead of one. If that makes sense|
|07-31-2012 08:53 AM|
Does anyone have this top that has their tub lineX'ed? The reason i ask is mine is sprayed up and over the top rail. There is still the factory lip, just wanted to see how the windows fit down into the rail.
|06-27-2012 12:28 AM|
|TheDesertOutlaw||Thanks for this excellent thread. I am thinking about selling my hard top and going with this top.|
|06-26-2012 09:29 AM|
|tae73||I have had mine for about two months been in safari mode for most of that time. I have not had any issue's with the bar sliding out.|
|06-25-2012 05:01 PM|
A couple of things:
1. Has anyone had issues with the "arms" on the bikini top portion being jarred loose from the door surrounds or the quick release pins getting loose while driving? I've had the arms come loose and solved it by bending the end of the arm a bit with pliers where the pins hold it in place. Additionally, during a 2 hour highway drive the other day I almost lost one of the quick release pins mid drive. Looking for a permanent solution here that does not involve drilling through the other end of the metal on the door surround and inserting a nut & bolt (that would be plan B).
2. I had heard of others having issues with the rear support bar sliding out when in Safari mode on the highway. As a preemptive measure, I grabbed two large binder clips and secured them to each side of the sleeve with the support bar inserted. Removed the silver handles of the binder clips and it looks like it belongs.
|05-26-2012 04:59 PM|
|nissanman1||after reading the original post we bought the trektop. luv it. only draw back is what do to with the windows. so far we just leave them at home and hope it doesn't rain. and the knobs for the door surrounds were a pain for us too.|
|05-25-2012 10:18 PM|
Like my top. Would love it if I could get it completely on. Still cannot engage both sides of the bar over the back gate. Off is quick. Back on takes 20 minutes. :-(
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