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Old 05-10-2017, 09:30 PM
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Bestop Trektop NX... I want to like it...

Installed last week, which was the expected level of difficulty. Even with laying the parts out on a hot day.

I ran it fully installed for a few days to allow it to stretch out a little. Then took out the windows and rode with the sunrider back, a la bikini mode, for several days. That was fun.

Now that I've put it all back together, which was still very difficult... in fact one of the zips is about four inches short of being fully zipped, I've noticed a few things.

Getting it completely around the door frame is nigh on impossible. I still have a little stitching showing at the top. And, should I still be able to see that routing screw?

Then, there is some wear on the inside, near the footman loops, both sides, where it must have been rubbing on something (haven't checked what, yet) when in sun rider mode. I could put some protection there, like some leather patches, but this after a few days?

Then the center straps on the sound bar. Is that really how they go? That's how all the pics look. Had to thread the thick part of the strap through to get it tight enough. If I keep this top, I'll probably do something different there.

Lastly, those marks on the front cross bar were like that out of the box. There's more, too. 😞

Haven't contacted anyone, and not sure if I want to keep it. It's still early days. Thought I'd check with the WF brain trust.

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yep zippers stink
i just upgraded to the trek top pro... glass side and rear windows , zero zippers.
loving it.
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yep zippers stink
i just upgraded to the trek top pro... glass side and rear windows , zero zippers.
loving it.
Hmm. Ok. I had heard so much good about the NX that maybe I set my hopes a little high. I may start looking at the better options. Thanks.
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Yes, mine looks the same at the top of the door (2 door), especially on the driver's side. I bought a gazillion bungee balls and use two to secure the flap instead of trying to place the hooks in the screw holes. I push the loop up through the screw holes, wrap over the back of the bar and loop the hooks through the loops. Keeps it more taut and less flapping on the roadways. There are some marks on my front windshield bar as well though I haven't noted the fabric marking that you point out. It WILL get easier to put on/off as time goes by. My zippers for the back window/sides never come completely to the bottom and stay spaced about a 1 1/2" open. I had my windows back on night before last in anticipation of rain within 20". I had rolled the top and tucked under the sunrider feature. No leaks with rain. Give it a little more time weather wise and you won't have any trouble getting the windows in, etc.. Take it from a fellow lifelong Texan who is used to the summer heat and has the top. Parachute cord through the zipper pulls can help but probably won't be necessary.
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Your first picture is normal and installed correct. You will see that screw. In my three years, I have not had a leak form that area. Just don't direct a hose to that spot.
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Yes, mine looks the same at the top of the door (2 door), especially on the driver's side.
Ok. That's good to know. Mine is the passenger side. I'm figuring that there needs to be a perfect alignment and seating, which is nigh on impossible, but close enough works for me.
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Brilliant, and simple. Thanks. I was overthinking that. Will definitely do the bungee balls.

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There are some marks on my front windshield bar as well though I haven't noted the fabric marking that you point out.
Ok. I'm not tooooo bothered about the marks on the bar, but may take a sharpie to it one day.

Just checked what could have been rubbing those spots on the fabric, and there's absolutely nothing that could have caused it. Only explanation is that it came that way and I didn't notice it.

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It WILL get easier to put on/off as time goes by. My zippers for the back window/sides never come completely to the bottom and stay spaced about a 1 1/2" open. I had my windows back on night before last in anticipation of rain within 20". I had rolled the top and tucked under the sunrider feature. No leaks with rain. Give it a little more time weather wise and you won't have any trouble getting the windows in, etc.. Take it from a fellow lifelong Texan who is used to the summer heat and has the top. Parachute cord through the zipper pulls can help but probably won't be necessary.
Great to hear. Good idea on the paracord through the zippers. May well do that. There are very few reviews on two door NX tops, and your input has encouraged me. Really appreciate it. Thank you.
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Your first picture is normal and installed correct. You will see that screw. In my three years, I have not had a leak form that area. Just don't direct a hose to that spot.
Good to know. Much appreciated!

Have yet to test it in the rain. There have been several threats... including the one that made me put everything back on a few days ago. Time will tell!
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Don't forget that you can roll/tuck top/windows and put under folded back sunrider. To reattach, unfold top, drop windows down to side/back, tuck under tub edges and your done. No zipper concerns.
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Don't forget that you can roll/tuck top/windows and put under folded back sunrider. To reattach, unfold top, drop windows down to side/back, tuck under tub edges and your done. No zipper concerns.
Hey if you've got a pic of that I'd like to see how it works. I bought a wind screen and tonna cover so I don't have to worry about surprise rain. I still get a little wet in the jack area and cubby hole. I love my NX. Couldn't wait for fair weather to get it on.
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Pics in another thread. Maybe the Glide thread?

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Yep. Post 892. Cant see photos on my network internet.

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Hey if you've got a pic of that I'd like to see how it works. I bought a wind screen and tonna cover so I don't have to worry about surprise rain. I still get a little wet in the jack area and cubby hole. I love my NX. Couldn't wait for fair weather to get it on.
Oooh. Do you have a pic of yours with the screen and tonneau?
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Don't forget that you can roll/tuck top/windows and put under folded back sunrider. To reattach, unfold top, drop windows down to side/back, tuck under tub edges and your done. No zipper concerns.
Apart from the rear window zipper? Or do you keep that connected?

I've read differences of opinion on rolling the windows, with a suggestion of rolling in a towel to prevent creases? I'll check out your pic on the other thread...
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Oooh. Do you have a pic of yours with the screen and tonneau?


The weather has been perfect here, but as soon as I put it all back together I'll send you some. Going as bear as possible now.


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Apart from the rear window zipper? Or do you keep that connected?

I've read differences of opinion on rolling the windows, with a suggestion of rolling in a towel to prevent creases? I'll check out your pic on the other thread...


I unzip the rear zippers disconnecting back from side windows. Remove side window tabs from under tub and untuck from door frame and side windows should be free. I place them up on top of cover and can place towels over each of the three before rolling. I do remove the rear corner plastic sleeves before rolling.
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Ok. I will experiment this weekend. Thanks!
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Mine has that screw showing as well. Hasn't leaked yet and it has rained and rained and rained since my install a couple weeks ago. Every kind of rain you can think of and it hasn't leaked.
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Mine has that screw showing as well. Hasn't leaked yet and it has rained and rained and rained since my install a couple weeks ago. Every kind of rain you can think of and it hasn't leaked.
Sorry about the rain, but good to know it's holding up. Was reading another thread about the "leak specialist" at Jeep dealerships. Lol. Doesn't instill much confidence.

I put the windows back in this week, due to expected rain and haven't seen a drop. Forecast looks awesome now, for several days.

Time to strip off again! I need the experience. 😉
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Mine looks just like your in the door surrounds.
I had a love/hate relationship with mine at first, now I like it.
It's awesome in bikini mode, and rolled up under sunrider.
I throw my soft doors in the back, and don't even carry the windows with me anymore unless we're going on a long trip.
Storm blows up, pull over, bikini mode, and throw the soft doors on.
When you do need to get the top back on, get it installed as far as you can, then start Jeep, aim air conditioner ducts up towards the top and back, and run heat full blast through air ducts for 3 to 5 minutes, the top will zip right up!
Good luck, you will learn to love it.
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Bestop Trektop NX... I want to like it...

I need to roll my top less right so that it flattens more.

Ugh. TIGHT, not right.
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@CoachLynda :

Pic one - that appears to be normal (I seem to remember mine like that, even a FULL MORNING in the Phoenix May sunshine last year). It will work its way around. Soon, say 6 weeks in warm spring/summer sunshine, youll be good.

Pic two - that appears to be the latch bouncing up and down on the top, I havent had that problem on mine (that Ive noticed). I dont have a suggested remedy to that, other than make sure the latch is laid back against the header vs laying on the cloth.

Pic three - yes, thats correct. I dont have my straps installed as I have a full cover SpiderWebShade. I keep trying to think of ideas to hold the cross bar in.

Pic four - just a bum deal, looks like some parts rubbed together. Can you get some compound or polish on a rag and see if you can buff it out?

It gets better, I assure you.
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I had the Trektop NX on my 2013 JKU and for the short time I owned it loved it. I am putting a full Genright cage in and could not use the Trektop NX but it was very quiet and did not leak at all.
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I just got the trektop NX installed brand new, in 4 days I opened the sunrider and drive around a bit. Damn rain comes from nowhere. Now Ian trying to put the latch back on and it just wouldn't reach the hook. I am about 1/4" short . Any idea folks how to get this closed.
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I just got the trektop NX installed brand new, in 4 days I opened the sunrider and drive around a bit. Damn rain comes from nowhere. Now Ian trying to put the latch back on and it just wouldn't reach the hook. I am about 1/4" short . Any idea folks how to get this closed.
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You may have the tension wires too tight. If it is brand new the wires should be on the outside hole. You can also loosen the middle door surround screw and slide it forward a 1/4 inch. Then tighten it back down.
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Thanks bud .. it's a 2 door forgot to mention that . Wondering if I should in that case loosen the tape around the sound bar
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Mine looks just like your in the door surrounds.
I had a love/hate relationship with mine at first, now I like it.
A couple of weeks in and I'm used to the louder road noise with it on, so that's progress. Tomorrow I'm going to tinker with it on my own, without my poor, patient son helping me. The more I take it on and off, the more accustomed I will get.

Running the heat is a great idea. However, it was 95 this afternoon, so we may not have the to. 😂 I was actually impressed with how quickly the cab got cold and stayed cold for my commute. We will probably get some 105+ days in July/August, but I don't doubt the ST will be just fine.

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I throw my soft doors in the back, and don't even carry the windows with me anymore unless we're going on a long trip.
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@CoachLynda Pic two - that appears to be the latch bouncing up and down on the top
Right. That's exactly what I thought, but it doesn't reach that far. It's really quite bizarre. I've checked the sunrider in all positions and there's nothing that can rub those spots. It's making me wonder if it came that way and I didn't notice.
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Pic three - yes, thats correct. I dont have my straps installed as I have a full cover SpiderWebShade. I keep trying to think of ideas to hold the cross bar in.
The one above your head? Right now, there's basically zero contact of the fabric against that bar on mine (if that's the one you mean). I've read that people take it out because it's in the way? Was thinking about that. I'm sure it comes in handy if it's raining and prevents puddle sag.

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Great idea. Thank you. I have some Meguiars #7 that I used to take the pinstripes out of the paint and HT. I bet that will work.

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Thanks bud .. it's a 2 door forgot to mention that . Wondering if I should in that case loosen the tape around the sound bar
You may have already done this, but did you make sure the latch was fully open backwards before engaging the hook? I'll put my fingers under the cross bar to help pull it down when engaging the latches.
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Installed last week, which was the expected level of difficulty. Even with laying the parts out on a hot day.

I ran it fully installed for a few days to allow it to stretch out a little. Then took out the windows and rode with the sunrider back, a la bikini mode, for several days. That was fun.

Now that I've put it all back together, which was still very difficult... in fact one of the zips is about four inches short of being fully zipped, I've noticed a few things.

Getting it completely around the door frame is nigh on impossible. I still have a little stitching showing at the top. And, should I still be able to see that routing screw?

Then, there is some wear on the inside, near the footman loops, both sides, where it must have been rubbing on something (haven't checked what, yet) when in sun rider mode. I could put some protection there, like some leather patches, but this after a few days?

Then the center straps on the sound bar. Is that really how they go? That's how all the pics look. Had to thread the thick part of the strap through to get it tight enough. If I keep this top, I'll probably do something different there.

Lastly, those marks on the front cross bar were like that out of the box. There's more, too. 😞

Haven't contacted anyone, and not sure if I want to keep it. It's still early days. Thought I'd check with the WF brain trust.

Your door surround tuck looks fine; even on my regular top they pull away a little. Sucks about the marks though.

You'll never get that the sound bar flap tight. I used a few bungee balls on mine. Tied a knot to shorten the bungee loop, stuffed it up through the sound bar, wrapped it around the back, and clipped the hook to that then tightened.


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