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07-11-2010 09:54 AM
OverLander Roxy, if have an Unlimited and have the full steel doors, if possible, could you tell me if you and your husband are noticing some weather-stripping wear-and-tear problems at the upper corners of the doors with this top?

Just another pic but with the hardtop.

07-11-2010 09:52 AM
OverLander Hey Roxy,
Well, not necessarily a two-person. I've done it alone. Yeah, I installed mine in 80F temps but then fine tuned it in 90F plus weather. I've unfurled it back once and and installed the header a second time.
Here's a little tip. If you insert the knob screw through to that fixed-in-place nut, not necessarily catching the threads, you can push the knob towards you thereby using some leverage. While you're doing that with one hand the other hand bears down on the header. Keeping the leverage while bearing down, begin to screw in the knob. That works for me.
I've taken it to highway speeds and heard those sounds. I think it's normal though. I'm in south-eastern New England. We've been waiting for heavy tropical downpours as of 07/10/2010. They got it further inland from me. I want to see how it does in heavy rain, too.
Yeah, it is a sharp looking top. I have the Cargo Master Congo Cage with Yakima crossbars so I can carry my kayaks. This was the most sensible soft top for me. The picture explains it all.

07-10-2010 12:51 AM
Roxy The Rockstar Yeah, it's definitely a 2 person job to install, especially that front part. My husband had a friend help him out and we're not sure if it's done right either. Brute force was a must and we now have wind noise at the front driver and passenger sides when you take it out on the highway.... We are going to try to reinstall it and see if we can get rid of the noise, fortunately we have not noticed any leaks although there hasn't been much rain so we'll keep an eye on that. One factor that helped during the install was outside temp, the top really needs to stretch to fit and the warmer it is, the more it will stretch. It took about 2 weeks to relax after that too; you can actually see some slack in it now that it's had a chance to stretch. We haven't attempted to roll the top or back up yet in fear of not getting it back in place....maybe after we reinstall. If it works, we'll try to post a few pics too. It is for-sure, the best looking soft top around so hopefully we can work out these bugs!
07-07-2010 12:02 PM
Jeeperpd I ended up sending the top back - it apparently does not fit my 2009 either - and I too experienced the "massive brute force" and stripping of short threads on the header knobs. I too draped the top over the Jeep to see how it "fit" (in case Bestop had a "solution" to the header bar). I too saw the "tight fit" where the full steel rear door met the top, thus, another reason for my return. It's sad, I really wanted to have that cool top! Perhaps they will redesign it in the future!
07-07-2010 11:50 AM
OverLander Hey Jeeperpd,
I recently purchased and installed the TrekTop. I had to apply as much force as I could muster to get both header knobs threaded. I had to loosen the first one to get the other through - and even then it came down to massive brute force.

This top has a design flaw in another manner in my opinion. My JK Unlimited has the full steel doors. I noticed upon repeated openings and closings the rear door weather stripping where it meets the door surround at the forward top corner became torn. On one door it actually bit off a bit of the stripping. Anyone else have this problem?
06-25-2010 03:52 PM
Jeeperpd As a follow up, I've sent pictures to Bestop and they are offering to send me new knobs to try. I managed with MUCH FORCE to get one side of the header plate to connect with one knob, but the other side would not thread all the way. The problem appears to be with the header plate itself being too high above the knobs - due to the fact that it "sits" on the front door surrounds where the plate goes on the windshield. IF I am ever able to get the top installed, it will be a PITA to fold it back to the sunroof option and then fight to get the header plate installed again.

If anyone has any suggestions/tips/tricks for what might be the problem with installing this top, I'd love to hear it. Thanks!
06-22-2010 10:22 AM
Jeeperpd Can any of you trektop owners that had success post a pic of what the header should look like where it attaches with the knobs?
06-21-2010 03:53 PM
Geoff@Bestop I forwarded your message off to customer service.

I'm guessing you may not be putting the header on correctly, but I'm not sure what's going on with a JK Trektop. I've never installed one.
06-21-2010 03:09 PM
CruserBruiser
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Yikes! This is for a NEW Jeep (came with hardtop), so I really don't want it to be leaky! I PM'd Geoff....so we shall see what he says!
my leak is over the passenger side front door. The amount of water that comes through is probably less than opening the door when its raining but thats just something I came to terms with when I got my first soft top jeep a long time ago, It's gonna eventually leak somewhere...
06-21-2010 02:48 PM
Jeeperpd Yikes! This is for a NEW Jeep (came with hardtop), so I really don't want it to be leaky! I PM'd Geoff....so we shall see what he says!
06-21-2010 01:56 PM
CruserBruiser
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Thanks for the suggestion, but this is an initial install - so the back is not fastened at all! Surely you don't have to have two folks to help install the front header! What about when you want to fold the top back? I'm hoping to hear from Bestop...I sent an email to them too earlier today! Looks like a simple latch design would have been better!
ah... yes I agree completely on the latch design, more like the factory top would be great. When I was installing the header for the first time it was a total pain in the ass, me and my dad worked on it for about an hour we kept putting in backwards. After the install and I really wasnt impressed with the top at all, It really doesnt fit, it leaks some times, and its way louder than a factory top. If it wasnt for the looks then I probably would have sent it back.
06-21-2010 11:31 AM
Cons_Table
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I'm hoping to hear from Bestop...I sent an email to them too earlier today!
Ya we have a member on here who is from bestop. Hopefully he'll chime in. If not, look him up and shoot him a PM.
06-21-2010 11:14 AM
Jeeperpd Thanks for the suggestion, but this is an initial install - so the back is not fastened at all! Surely you don't have to have two folks to help install the front header! What about when you want to fold the top back? I'm hoping to hear from Bestop...I sent an email to them too earlier today! Looks like a simple latch design would have been better!
06-21-2010 11:10 AM
CruserBruiser try unfastening the rear so it doesnt have any tension on it when you go to thread the header nobs and really bare down on that header plate.
06-21-2010 10:17 AM
Cons_Table Im sure Geoff@Bestop will chime in any minute with a good answer to this
06-21-2010 10:09 AM
Jeeperpd
Trektop Install Problem

Greetings! I am having trouble with the header/header knobs lining up when attempting to install the trektop on a 2009 Jeep Unlimited. I believe everything is correctly assembled, however the knobs barely fit through and are long enough to even attempt to thread into the holder for the windsheild. Any suggestions from Trektop owners????

Thanks!

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