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KBR97 06-01-2008 08:41 PM

Anyone hate their safari top?
 
I got my new bestop safari top in yesterday. Struggled with it this afternoon to get it on, Removed the complete soft top assembly, Jeep looks great.

Go out for a ride, and notice that any speeds over 30mph and the back of it flaps and is real abnoxious. The straps and everything is snug. I cant see the material lasting very long either taking all that abuse from flapping.

The only reason I bought the damn safari and not the regular bikini top is so that my soundbar is covered.

I might return it.....IDK:doh:

[TheYJGuy] 06-01-2008 10:21 PM

You can use thin strips of wood, say...1 inch wide, 1/4" thick, and the length of distance between the top of the roll cage. Wedge them under the rear of the safari top until it's tight, and it wont flap anymore.

Its the same principle as using strips of wood or metal under a boat cover so that watter doesn't pool in when it rains and so it won't flap whilst driving.

KBR97 06-01-2008 11:05 PM

hmm...ill have to see what I can come up with.


btw.. that cartoon is the coolest thing Ive seen.

[TheYJGuy] 06-02-2008 06:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by g0tink87 (Post 234011)
hmm...ill have to see what I can come up with.


btw.. that cartoon is the coolest thing Ive seen.

:D Thank you!

I had a buddy of mine sketch me sitting at my computer desk
while on WF, then we animated it. That was 2 weeks ago,
and my head still hurts.

:rofl:

dj_chizzle 06-02-2008 07:44 AM

had mine for 2 years and no complaints. yeah the material flaps and makes noise but not a deal breaker for me. as far as durability, i can see areas near the buckles where the stress points are when you tighten it down have a little bit of wear and i see myself replacing mine in another year or 2. still, i love it because i run it all spring/summer long and is extending the life of my soft top which is MUCH more expensive to replace.

crafty 06-02-2008 09:31 AM

Did you retighten it after the sun had warmed it up?

KBR97 06-02-2008 03:38 PM

yeah its pretty much as tight as it will be. i think I can get used to it thought so, we'll see. Im gonna try that thing with a piece of wood or plastic if I find a nice one.

Now its time to order the deck cover and windjammer...ooh baby.

KBR97 06-02-2008 03:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dj_chizzle (Post 234043)
had mine for 2 years and no complaints. yeah the material flaps and makes noise but not a deal breaker for me. as far as durability, i can see areas near the buckles where the stress points are when you tighten it down have a little bit of wear and i see myself replacing mine in another year or 2. still, i love it because i run it all spring/summer long and is extending the life of my soft top which is MUCH more expensive to replace.

so after 2 years of use it didnt fray at the back where the wind beats it up?
thats good then, thats what im mainly worried about,

Unlimited 06-02-2008 04:09 PM

I built a stay for mine out of a piece of 1/2 inch copper pipe. I'll try and post a picture when I get home tonight. I cut a piece long enough so that each end will wrap a quarter way around the roll bar. I flattened the ends and bent them to fit the roll bar. I cut three holes in the back edge of the top and secure it to the tubing with velcro straps. The straps at the back corners of the top hold the bar in place.

1BLKJP 06-02-2008 06:34 PM

Do you still have your rear roll bar padding on? I've never been able to get mine tight either, until I took that junk off and used some heavy duty zip ties thru the material loop on the top itself. Then just wrapped the strap around it and tied it. That thing will not slide for nothin now. :D

Only problem with mine is the damn rocks keep gettin in the fawkin way and ripping it. :D

KBR97 06-02-2008 10:58 PM

no theres no rollbar padding.

[TheYJGuy] 06-03-2008 02:26 AM

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Originally Posted by g0tink87 (Post 234328)
no theres no rollbar padding.

You will need the rollbar padding to use the strips of wood, otherwise there is nothing for it to hold on to, if you understand what I'm trying to say. The wood will slip right off the metal bar.

ygohome 06-03-2008 08:55 AM

post a picture. I'm wondering if you have the rear straps sinched correctly. I tighten mine down and there is no flapping. After a day or so of freeway driving it may loosen some and flap but not bad like your describing and I can retighten and its fine again.

The rearmost straps loop under the seatbelt retractor bracket bar.

If youve done that then you should only get some minor flapping at most.

whiteyj 06-03-2008 03:10 PM

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Originally Posted by ygohome (Post 234382)
post a picture. I'm wondering if you have the rear straps sinched correctly. I tighten mine down and there is no flapping. After a day or so of freeway driving it may loosen some and flap but not bad like your describing and I can retighten and its fine again.

The rearmost straps loop under the seatbelt retractor bracket bar.

If youve done that then you should only get some minor flapping at most.

X2 I have been using my Bestop one for three years now. No flapping and no noise. Worst I get is the end of the straps coming untucked along the sides of the sports bar occasionally.

KBR97 06-03-2008 03:39 PM

well i took it of today but It'll be back on by the end of the week. I'll take some pics then.

KBR97 06-07-2008 07:17 PM

heres some pics of the rear straps....whatta ya think?
Its on right..no?


http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i7...606081818a.jpg
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i7...606081817a.jpg
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i7...0606081818.jpg
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i7...606081818c.jpg
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i7...606081818b.jpg

Joel 06-07-2008 08:55 PM

I ran mine for a summer before getting tired of it. The thing I hated was the dew blowing back onto the windshield on the way in to work at 80mph in the morning. Now I just run the soft top and remove the windows. Just as good as the safari top and no dew blow-back in the mornings.

KBR97 06-07-2008 09:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Joel (Post 235721)
I ran mine for a summer before getting tired of it. The thing I hated was the dew blowing back onto the windshield on the way in to work at 80mph in the morning. Now I just run the soft top and remove the windows. Just as good as the safari top and no dew blow-back in the mornings.

yea well I knew that I could do the remove the windows thing....but for some reason IDK i still ordered the safari top.....must have had a brain fart that day.:rolleyes:lol

Joel 06-07-2008 09:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by g0tink87 (Post 235732)
yea well I knew that I could do the remove the windows thing....but for some reason IDK i still ordered the safari top.....must have had a brain fart that day.:rolleyes:lol

I did the same thing kinda. I got mine used for $50 and sold it for the same amount. :)

[TheYJGuy] 06-08-2008 04:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by g0tink87 (Post 235704)
heres some pics of the rear straps....whatta ya think?
Its on right..no?

Thats how I'd do it if I didn't have the padding...rollbar padding would help, but it should be fine if you tighten it after each drive. It'll only will take a few minutes.

KBR97 06-08-2008 10:37 AM

im starting to get used to it...not as bad as I thought.
I realized a crapload of the flapping noise is coming from the rear seatbelts.

[TheYJGuy] 06-08-2008 11:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by g0tink87 (Post 235804)
im starting to get used to it...not as bad as I thought.
I realized a crapload of the flapping noise is coming from the rear seatbelts.

Yea I've noticed that on my friend's YJ. Just buckle them in and it'll be fine.

Joel 06-08-2008 03:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by g0tink87 (Post 235804)
im starting to get used to it...not as bad as I thought.
I realized a crapload of the flapping noise is coming from the rear seatbelts.

I used some small bungie cords at the top and bottom of the rear seatbelts to keep them quiet at road speeds.

ygohome 06-11-2008 09:55 AM

the pictures show your installing it correctly. Yeah, the rear seatbelts flap alot and make alot of noise.

whiteyj 06-11-2008 10:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by g0tink87 (Post 235804)
im starting to get used to it...not as bad as I thought.
I realized a crapload of the flapping noise is coming from the rear seatbelts.

I buckle mine and have a couple of small velcro straps that I use to snug the belts to the roll bar. No more flapping. Most I get is the passenger front now.


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