|07-16-2013 06:49 PM|
Installing the Trektop on a 2003 Wrangler
Ive had the trektop on my 2003 wrangler for a year now and I have found the easiest way to install is first move it into the sun so it warms up.. Second, you start from the very top and then work your way around zipping the windows on. Dont start attaching it to the door surrounds untill you have both side, and rear windows completely zippped in ! Then start tucking the side windows into the door surrounds first, and then start tucking the bottom of the windows into the jeep tub. Once I have the top installed, I like to roll up the back window with the doors off, because I have found that if I just unzip the back window to take it out, I cant get it zipped back in without undoing the rest of the top to loosen it up.... I finally just unzipped the back widow most of the way up, and put two small bungy cords in the top window seams and hooked them to a large bungy I hooked up in the back horizontally to the roll cage... If youre still following this thread Geoff 2 straps to just hold that back window up instead of taking it out would be nice ! This is a great softop, I like it!
|05-16-2013 10:58 AM|
I didn't have any trouble. I had read enough to know to leave it sitting in the sun while I installed the frame and I also took it nice and slow when buttoning it up. I'd zip a little, then let it sit. Go from one side to the other. Was in no real hurry, so didn't rush it. Definitely watch Bestop's YouTube video on the install. I used the included instructions (which suck) as a general guide, but had an iPad with the video with me and relied on it. Watch it a couple of times before doing the install and you'll have no problem at all.
Once I had it fully installed, I didn't remove the panels for a week or so. Gave it time to stretch out.
Since original install, I've had the panels out and back in twice. No problems and don't have to wait. It's nice and snug and looks great. Never once considered putting a pair of pliers to the zipper pulls. Fingers were a bit raw following the initial install but that was expected.
Have all panels out now and will put them back in today with rain expected over the next several days.
Like you, I live in Atlanta area and it was high 60's/low 70's when I did my initial install a month ago. My recommendation is to just be patient and know that if you're in a hurry, you'll have problems.
|05-16-2013 09:59 AM|
|01TJ60||Any difficulty installing the top? I've read about the zippers breaking and the top being extremely tight and hard to put on unless it's 90+ deg. I'm considering one of these as I almost always use a bikini top but would like to have the sides available if caught in bad weather.|
|05-16-2013 09:32 AM|
You can remove the entire top, but then you have to figure out how to tote it around in case of foul weather.
I have the Trektop NX on my 2013 JKU. Love it so far. The only thing I haven't figured out yet is a storage solution for the rear and rear side windows so I can carry them with me. For now, I'm pulling them off and leaving them at the house, but I have to play the weather channel game to make sure I'm not going to be caught with my top down. I'm thinking of a large diameter PVC tube that I can roll and store the panels in, then fit in the back, just haven't put any energy into that yet.
The pic below has the Trektop NX with the rear and rear side windows removed and the sunrider open. As you can see, the front folded over the back so that the rear seats are all that's covered. I've driven upwards of 70 mph in this config with no issue. Let me know if you want some pics from a different angle, but the net of it is that everything is open except the top covering the rear seats.
|05-15-2013 11:59 AM|
|04-27-2013 06:09 PM|
|Jeepgirl1983||Kota7x, thanks for answering all my questions! Your feedback was very helpful, I think I have finally made a decision!|
|04-26-2013 10:21 PM|
|2duckhunt||I have to say I expected more from a company with the name Best top has. Mine came missing one of the plastic pieces that slides in the back pocket of the window. So I removed the other to match thinking that the one was some kind of packing. Not until I read about the plastic pieces on here did I realize I had been shorted. Then after getting everything on I noticed the passenger side window had a place pulling away from the seam and it leaks. Saddest thing is I have emailed best top and contacted them on here about the issues and no one has gotten back to me. I sort of wished I had gone with the regular top even though I like the looks of this one. If someone wants one in spice I might put it on them cheap.|
|04-26-2013 02:57 PM|
I dunno why not I have had mine open rollin at 60+ no issues....the piece that folds back is secured with metal pins and the rest is strapped to the roll bars...I don't see anything in the instructions saying you cannot drive over 45 with it open...the only caution I saw was if you remove the side windows in the back you must remove the back window
|04-26-2013 01:48 AM|
I love the look of my Trektop NX but it is not worth the fight every time to put it on/take it off. I have also pulled some of the zippers out of the back window due to trying to stretch it even more than it would allow me. I also have a flapping up by the Drip rails that I am getting ready to put some foam up under the top to try and eliminate. Overall: Unless Bestop stops trying to cut corners with this top and use minimal stitching and fixes all of the weak spots on the top. I will probably go to a Rampage top next or go with a Gr8tops Half Hardtop.
|04-25-2013 10:24 PM|
|Jeepgirl1983||I too am wondering if you can have all the windows out and the sunrider open and drive around without too much flapping and stuff. Also, are the windows similar to putting on as the factory style? I've looked at the "besttop supertop nx" which comes with all new hardware, works like the factory style and has a sunroof feature, seems to be a good option also...? It just needs to warm up here in southern Ontario so I can actually cruise with the top down; so much for global warming!|
|04-25-2013 09:11 PM|
|Goobs63||I also been looking at this top. I was wondering if you can have all of the back windows out but the front part folded back. So it's just covering the rear seat area. I'm guessing you can but I'm not sure.|
|04-24-2013 01:57 PM|
I believe that like anything doing things in the right environment helps tremendously. I have 3 Corvettes and only use the bras for long road trips and they are a pain in the ass to install when cold or after being stored for a long time...if you heat them up in the sun they go on much easier. Also easier if you use them frequently so I have to believe that the more you go through the process the easier it becomes and trust me my middle name ain't "Patience"
|04-24-2013 01:53 PM|
|Chili99||I installed mine a couple months ago when it was still cooler than optimum but I used a hairdryer to help when things got tough and then parked in the sun to get the back window finished. I only had a few issues but considering I am a first time owner and top installer I thought I did pretty well. Now that it has been installed a few months I am thinking about going back and tightening all the straps again since it has loosened up a bit.|
|04-24-2013 01:42 PM|
|04-24-2013 01:24 PM|
Let me just say that's not close to the experience I've had. It's a tight fit - yes. It has to be, since it uses the roll bars as a frame since there isn't additional hardware. I've never had to loosen the sound bar to get the straps tight either. I do agree that it really won't fit in the back of the jeep if you take it off completely, but taking just the windows out and flipping the sunrider back has always been enough for me. Also, the top bar that used to slide around has been corrected in the new design - Bestop added a couple of hooks on either side that hold that bar in place. The new design is pretty darned easy to put together...at least after the initial installation. You have to let it stretch out, then it just gets easier and easier.
|04-24-2013 01:18 PM|
|Jeepgirl1983||Thanks for the info! I think I'm going to take ur advice and stick to the factory style as it is easy to use!|
|04-22-2013 10:12 PM|
|Jeepinb||If you want ease of use and storage I would stick with the factory style top. The trek top nx is a pain in the ass to put back together, it's like a fucking jigsaw puzzle, and I can never get mine completely sealed. I had about a two inch gap all winter from the zipper on the rear window and the zipper on the side window. If you take the whole thing off I doubt it would fit behind your back seat, I'm not sure because I haven't had my back seat in for a few years. Which means I can't take my top with me when i take it off because it'll blow away. Also if you do take the whole thing off, to get the top part back on you have to loosen the sound bar to thread the straps around the roll bar. Lastly there's a bar that goes across the back of the roll bar, it acts as a support, which is cool, except it always wiggles it's way out when driving down the highway with the rest of the top and doors off. Then your shits flying all over the place and you have to pull over and readjust. I was able to find a solution to that problem though, the damn strap that holds the thing down broke so I duck taped the back of the top to the roll bar. I've only had it for a little over a year, so it's real high quality stuff best top is putting out this days. Other than that it's a great top(insert sarcasm). I hope this saves you money and a huge pain in the ass.|
|04-22-2013 07:35 PM|
I've read a lot of really good reviews about the "bestop trektop nx" but I'm having troubles finding much info about storage of the top once it's completely off (does it fit behind seat) and how easy/quick it is to put back on from being completely off. I've been a jeep owner for 7 years and have always had the factory top which I can put on in 5 mins by myself. I'm in need for a new one this summer and need some advice. If I'm gonna bother with taking the windows out, I prefer to take the top right off. Could someone give me some insight if the bestop trektop nx will work good for this or is it mostly just good for people who prefer to take just the windows off or use the sunroof feature?
|06-06-2012 08:18 AM|
|Jeepinb||I've owned a Jeep Wrangler for twelve years now and I think this is the worst top ever. First it's a pain in the but to put up in any weather. The only way I can get the back and side windows to zip together is too take the plastic piece that supports the side window at the back corner. Even if I do this it's still really difficult to get the back and side windows to zip together and then it looks terrible because it doesn't have that support. Secondly if I'm not home and want to take the back and side windows out I have no place to store them, because of that plastic support in the side windows I can't just roll up the side windows and shove them anywhere like I could with a regular tips windows. Thirdly the rear support bar always slides out when I'm driving down the road without the back and rear windows in, I'm just waiting for it to fly out at 65 mph and fly through someone's window. Lastly some a-hole jacked the little hinge pin thing a ma jig that allows the front part of the top to flip back. I called Bestop to purchase a replacement they informed me that I needed to buy a whole new door surround because they don't sell the pins separately. Needless to say I will be going back to a regular soft top when the money allows, for know I'll just cruise around with a bikini top like I've been doing for the last three years. I'm not even sure if I can unload this thing on Craigslist because it's such a POS. I'd genuinely fell bad for selling some one such junk. That's my opinion.|
|02-28-2012 05:37 PM|
|dacritterguy||An answer! Finally! Thanks PM....it was as if people were avoiding the question (no matter how nice I asked it!). And I can work with that, for if I was going to take it all off (the Jeep at least) it'd be for days at a time. Well....I guess I'll be looking to order one!|
|02-27-2012 09:50 PM|
|02-27-2012 05:38 PM|
|dacritterguy||I'm a new Jeep owner....just got my 2011 JK in the fall....so now looking at a soft top for the spring. Seriously considering a Trektop NX, but have a question. How difficult is it to take the whole top off? Go completely naked? If there is a streak of sun in the forecast I'd love to take the doors off and the entire top. Is this tough to do with the Trektop? I have no problems taking it off and storing it in my garage....just don't know if it'll be a PITA eash time. Thanks for the help!|
|08-06-2011 01:02 AM|
My LJ right after I had put the Trek NX on:
|08-05-2011 11:16 PM|
|08-02-2011 08:44 PM|
Update: Replacement is Here!!!
Back story: When installing my Trektop NX, one of the rear straps pulled away from the top taking with it the rear window channel it slides into.
The Good: I received my top today, a week early than they told me (they estimated 4-5 weeks). They sent the entire top section! It was a breeze to put back on the frame since this new top had small slivers to line the holes up with the windshield attachment. It took no time to install back on the Jeep.
The Bad: When I opened the top up to see how it looked prior to installing, I noticed that the texture was different and the overall material seemed lighter than I remembered. When I brought the other,older top in I really noticed! The warranty replacement canvas is 3/4 as thick and a different texture. Not good.
The Ugly: I decided to put the top on anyways since my Jeep was naked to the elements and the sun was going down (more concerned with my neighbors messing around in my ride than the weather). Now I have a new top with old quarter and rear windows. I'd be extremely pleased but now it looks like I pieced together a frame-less top from two different brands. Plus the light reflects different off the new stuff since it has a smoother feel to it.
Check out the pics:
|07-10-2011 10:31 AM|
|07-07-2011 11:49 PM|
|rattycaddy||Just installed mine today as well, by god that was PITA. The instructions were fine, everything went together today. It was just not hot enough, the top was stretching to save my life. On the other hand it is nice and quiet because of that. Got everything done and it did not want latch back down to the windshield. After messing with it for about ten minutes I finally got it to latch. I also was not able to get the tail gate bar in all the way, the window was just too tight. Gonna work on that tomorrow when it is warm again. The weather in WI loves to go from 90* one day to 60's the next.|
|07-07-2011 07:47 PM|
By the way. The top is awesome! I drove around and it's extremely quiet! I thought I had my old hardtop on! I'm hoping the replacement is just as good. Even with the gap at the rear window (see the above post) the rain storm we just had didn't make it's way inside.
|07-07-2011 07:09 PM|
Figured y'all would get the point
|07-07-2011 07:04 PM|
|withay||Referring to actor Michael Douglas (correct spelling) and that he's had a facelift.|
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