A review on this top might be old news, but it's not a cheap part so I figure its worth offering my review.
The cost of the top with shipping was a little over $1500 from a distributor. The package was shipped by UPS, where it was not handled delicately. One corner of the box had the fabric exposed on the front passenger corner. Closer inspection was in order and everything appeared to be in good condition without any damage.
The top is packaged in a cardboard box that is roughly 4’ x 2’ x 0.5’ with a shipping weight of 67 pounds. The fabric is mounted to the header and folded inside an unsealed plastic bag. A cardboard divider separates the top from the bows and hardware. All hardware and smaller brackets were in a sealed bag. The bows were in individual unsealed bags with some supporting cardboard and tie strings in a few locations. Overall the packaging was loose and the potential for damage is elevated. I suggest inspecting delivery before acceptance if possible.
Installation of the top did take all of the 4 hours suggested by the manufacturer but this includes time to wash and remove the factory hard top. It was suggested, by others, that hand tools are used to avoid stripping out the self-tapping sheet metal screws that are used throughout the installation. I think this is also good advice to help avoid slipping and getting a screw through the fabric. While attaching the fabric to the bows, it does become apparent that the OEM top has a distinct advantage in that it is delivered assembled. Getting all those screws installed was tedious. This process is helped by small holes in the fabric tabs and opening the top for better access to the screw locations.
The instructions do mention that it is best to install on a warm day. My installation was on a cool 60° day and it made the window installation a lot more frustrating than it should’ve been. I concur that this should not be installed on a day less than 72°F.
Online I had found that there are two sets of instructions available. One set is the same as the other but it includes text that better describe the process shown in the pictures (I forgot where or how I found those directions). It is notable that the included instructions are not the more descriptive version. It may be worth finding and printing the better directions before the installation.
Once installed the fit is perfect. The fact that Bestop is the OEM for the factory top is apparent. There is no obvious compromise in the quality of the top other than redundant warning labels on the header bow and the fabric. The wording on the labels is also a bit awkward and can use some proof-reading. The black twill fabric is stunning. The appearance is a deep black that does give an upscale appearance to the vehicle. The window tint is very dark which helps, a bit, with security and keeping the interior cooler but it also adds to the luxury appearance.
The operation of the top is without any compromise that doesn’t exist with any other top. Since this is effectively a commercial off-the-shelf version of the OEM top there isn’t much to add in this review that hasn’t been said before. I do think adding some zipper pulls to the side windows would be helpful. I also think a bag to store the windows is essential to avoid scratches or loss.
There are some differences to the OEM premium top that are worth considering before purchasing this top. The first is that the rear window has a small (about 1” by 2”) yellow, white, and black ‘Bestop’ logo in the corner. The rear door frame also has a Bestop logo embossed in the plastic. The Bestop does not have the spring assist for closing the top that the OEM version does (not to be confused with the cables and springs that are there to hold the top into the door frames). The rear bows are attached with a spring loaded pin to facilitate removal and installation without tools. The rear bows have multiple positions to customize the fit of the top. And the Bestop includes two additional arch bows for increased support but do not need to be installed. I’m not a fan of the logos, and think the spring assist might be a nice feature so OEM top has the advantage there. However, the remaining features are nice advantages over the OEM top. The black twill top has Bestop’s limited lifetime warranty which is also a great advantage. Lastly the OEM top has a retail value of around $1900 and the Bestop’s MSRP is less than $1600 (street prices vary).
I did contact Bestop’s support to obtain some replacement seals since I had attached mine incorrectly. I used their email address and received a response within 24 hours that replacement seals were on the way and free of charge. Big thumbs up to the customer service team!
Overall I am thoroughly pleased with the Bestop product and give it my full recommendation.