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09-02-2013 02:57 PM
billybedford Has anyone gone from the trektop NX for a jku to a hardtop? wondering if all of the metal brackets have to come off, or can some/all of them stay on with the hardtop on?
07-05-2013 01:13 PM
4X4Lady
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Originally Posted by JKrocker10 View Post
It's physics! Like an airfoil(wing of an airplane). Not insulting your intelligence just trying to describe it as simple as possible for all. Basically as you jeep moves through the air. The particles of air that separate at the front of your jeep have to join at the back. The distance to travel over your jeep is farther from front to back than the straight line distance underneath. Therefore, the air moving over your top has to travel slightly faster than the air underneath causing a low pressure situation. This low pressure results in less pressure than inside your jeep at faster speeds causing any slack in your top to be sucked up into the airflow. So essentially it blows up like a balloon. Or at least appears to.
JK, thanks for that explanation....I didn't take it as an insult at all! That really does explain it better. I guess I just figured that when you have the windows up, that the top would get pushed down from the wind, not up, but that makes perfect sense now that you explained it that way

BTW, I just received my replacement top from Bestop the other day due to having pinholes in mine & they didn't request for me to send the other one back. Great customer service IMO.....don't understand why people put Bestop down

Oh, and I fixed the 'clip' problem I was having. The clips kept coming undone & when one of them did it the first time, it scared the crap out of me! I thought for sure something hit the Jeep cause I didn't know what it was....just heard something hitting metal. Took me another week to figure out it was the clips coming loose when it did it again. Anyway, I bought some more of the webbing strap material at JoAnn's, removed the clip & ran the webbing through the hole of the plastic buckle that the clip was in & then ran it through the holes where the hardtop bolts go, around the top of the bar & then through the other buckle. I ended up having to add some velcro to the 2 pieces of webbing to hold them together, but so far, so good
07-05-2013 09:49 AM
JKrocker10
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Originally Posted by 4X4Lady View Post
Thanks for all your help, Billy & everyone else. As far as those flaps go that have the velcro on them, the guy I spoke to at Bestop said that they just recently added them & they are to protect the roll bar cover when you have the windows off....you velcro that flap to the underneath of the roof.

Now I have another question.....when driving around 50 mph & higher, the inside of the roof raises up high & is very tight.....is that normal? I've never had a soft top before, so I wasn't sure if they all do that or not. Just hoping that I have this thing installed right.
It's physics! Like an airfoil(wing of an airplane). Not insulting your intelligence just trying to describe it as simple as possible for all. Basically as you jeep moves through the air. The particles of air that separate at the front of your jeep have to join at the back. The distance to travel over your jeep is farther from front to back than the straight line distance underneath. Therefore, the air moving over your top has to travel slightly faster than the air underneath causing a low pressure situation. This low pressure results in less pressure than inside your jeep at faster speeds causing any slack in your top to be sucked up into the airflow. So essentially it blows up like a balloon. Or at least appears to.
06-22-2013 07:26 AM
billybedford mine does that on my jku and I believe it's normal. I just ordered a jammock for my jeep which acts as a shade for the front of the jeep when I have my trektop open in front, and It raises up like that when you drive as well. was considering a spiderwebshade but decided on the jammock instead.
06-21-2013 11:42 PM
4X4Lady Thanks for all your help, Billy & everyone else. As far as those flaps go that have the velcro on them, the guy I spoke to at Bestop said that they just recently added them & they are to protect the roll bar cover when you have the windows off....you velcro that flap to the underneath of the roof.

Now I have another question.....when driving around 50 mph & higher, the inside of the roof raises up high & is very tight.....is that normal? I've never had a soft top before, so I wasn't sure if they all do that or not. Just hoping that I have this thing installed right.
06-21-2013 08:54 PM
billybedford just make sure they will pay to send old one back, they should be able to email you a return address label.
06-21-2013 03:05 PM
4X4Lady
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Originally Posted by billybedford View Post
looks like a pinhole in top right if photo also?
YIKES....you're right! I didn't even notice that one before I did contact JeepTopDepot & sent them pictures & they are sending them to Bestop to see what they are going to do about it. She said that if it's in stock, they will just send me a new top, but if it's not, I'll have to wait 4-6 weeks to get it replaced & I may or may not have to send the old one back, so we'll see. JeepTopDepot does seem to have excellent customer service, but I guess they have to get approval from Bestop on what to do.
06-21-2013 02:39 PM
billybedford looks like a pinhole in top right if photo also?
06-21-2013 01:36 PM
4X4Lady Hope this shows the pinhole better. I contacted Bestop about it & they said I would have to contact the place I purchased it from, so I'm doing that now. It is indeed along the stitching. Anyone know if there's a way to fix it? I really don't want to have to send the top back & put the hardtop back on while waiting for a replacement
06-21-2013 12:07 PM
billybedford and getting the back sides on, you need to probably have rear zippers undone to get both sides clipped around bottom
06-21-2013 12:06 PM
billybedford not sure on the fabric with Velcro maybe someone who doesn't have an unlimited can chime in. does it wrap around roll bar?
can we see a pic of pinhole from further away?
06-21-2013 12:02 PM
billybedford looks like you got it, just make sure you tuck the little bit of canvas that flares out at bottom of back window underneath the zipper area of side window before you clip side window clip, or u may get a little water funneled into back of jeep. got three days of sunshine comin, so I'm runnin without my rear sides and window for first time.
06-21-2013 11:48 AM
4X4Lady Ok, I got one side of the back part in, but still can't get the passenger side back window part into the rail....hoping it just needs to be heated up more. But while I was out trying to get that done, I noticed a few more things....one being a small pinhole in the roof itself It's right above the door rail area to the back of it where some stitching is. Should I be concerned with this? Is it going to get worse & leak? Notice first picture. Also, on both side of the roof, there's a piece of fabric with velcro on it that I didn't notice before....where do these go? They span from the back near the window to up where I found the pinhole. Right now, they are just hanging overtop the safety bar (roll bar) & dangling on top of it. Are they supposed to be tucked on the other side of the bar & along the side windows? Does this mean I have to take all the windows out to redo it? One more question.....I noticed when I have the rear seat upright, that the headrests actually 'dent' the back window....how do I keep it from doing that without removing the headrests?
06-21-2013 11:13 AM
billybedford back window clip first then side window. tailgate bar kinda rolls toward you a half turn to put it in.
06-21-2013 10:43 AM
4X4Lady Ok, after freaking out because I thought that the zipper pull on the passenger side was missing (didn't realize that the driver's side had the pull on the window & the passenger side is on the roof, lol), I finally got my windows installed Thank goodness it's a pretty hot day & actually, the zippers weren't as bad as I thought they would be But now I have a few more questions (see pics below):

1. When attaching the plastic 'lips' underneath the tailgate bar (I'm assuming that's where they go?), does the back window one go in first & then the side window one? (see first & second pics).

2. Does it look like my tailgate bar is in properly? (see 3rd & 4th pics).

3. This isn't a question, but it looks like I got it on just in time (see last pic).

Please tell me that this DOES get easier with time! Now I'm just hoping for no leaks when we have storms the next 4-5-6-7 days!
06-21-2013 09:22 AM
billybedford yes mine is clipped to the metal part of the support bar, kinda hard to get it clipped. in my second pic u should be able to see the fabric. should be able to download bestop instructions from their website, or even amazon might have the instructions available to read.
06-21-2013 08:40 AM
4X4Lady
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Originally Posted by billybedford View Post
clip goes into hole in support bar, can't really tell how yours are installed. the middle bar the aforementioned staps are to hold down likes to pop up off of its spot on the door surround on mine. been wanting to tie it in place with para cord or something.
You guys are awesome Billy, is your clip in the metal part? Also, it's hard to tell from your picture, but I don't see the fabric in yours....is it tucked underneath the bar?

Mark, I'm confused about the tailgate bar....do you have any close-up pics you can post for me on how it's supposed to go? I haven't started that part of the install yet, but need to do it either today or tomorrow as we have storms on the horizon this weekend & all next week.

Shady, yes mine is a JK....thanks for your help.
06-21-2013 07:19 AM
SHADYDC mine are just wrapped around the roll bar in front of the sound bar and pulled tight. everything is sitting good and tight

edit* after paying lil more attention. it looks like yours is JK, not sure if its really much diff though
06-20-2013 09:18 PM
billybedford feel free to pm me when u continue install, mine is an unlimited but I'll help if I can
06-20-2013 09:17 PM
billybedford clip goes into hole in support bar, can't really tell how yours are installed. the middle bar the aforementioned staps are to hold down likes to pop up off of its spot on the door surround on mine. been wanting to tie it in place with para cord or something.
06-20-2013 08:45 PM
MarkII You waited all day! We feel your pain.

Their video is good but did blow by how to install those straps as well as any info on the tailgate bar. That took me way too long to figure out.

RE tailgate bar
..C-channel of bar accepts dowel of bottom of window.
...Get it in position with both ends of bar in brackets
...C-channel facing skyward and rubber roundish gasket trim facing you
...grab near ends of assembly and roll the whole thing like 45 degrees towards you and downward.
Should satisfyingly roll into proper position.

Thanks 2resa for that pic.

Good luck tomorrow with rest of your install. The top is hot!
06-20-2013 08:08 PM
2resa Hope the picture helps.
06-20-2013 07:43 PM
4X4Lady
Quick Trektop NX Installation Question

I just received my Trektop NX today (didn't come until 6:30 tonight when UPS is usually here by 11:00a.m.....just my luck!), anyway, I have some questions regarding the install. The most confusing part is these straps that go into the center support bar where the speakers are. Do I have them attached right? Somewhere along the line, I lost my instructions, but I've been following the the Bestop video, pausing it, doing a step, coming back to the video, etc. & it's been a HUGE help, except for this part with the straps. I hope these pictures show how I have it attached ok. I hooked the small strap to the strap that is attached to the roof part & then hooked the clip inside the hole, but it just doesn't seem like it's right. The fabric part is also loose....is it supposed to be like this? Can someone take a picture of how you have yours attached? I would greatly appreciate it. So far, I love the top, but then again, I haven't even attempted to install the windows yet since they haven't been out in the sun enough.

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