06-08-2018, 01:40 PM
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Ventura, CA
MasterTop Bimini for 97-06 TJ issues
Ordered and received the MasterTop Bimini for my 2000 TJ. (Order # W43368010000)
I'm replacing a Smittybilt bimini that I think was made not for my yr TJ, way too big and keeps coming undone in the front and on the sides
Anyway, the MasterTop design is terrible.
I followed the directions, attaching the straps as indicated. However, as soon as I reach about 45 mph the top starts flapping against the rear roll bar and is extremely loud.....right above my head!!
I have tried numerous ways of strapping it down with the same results. Best I can tell it is a design issue. Top has 5 rear straps- 1 center, 2 on each side. The side straps are about 6" apart with 1 right at the edge, the other 6" inward. The problem is, the inside strap is angled and you pull it over to the far edge and loop it through the same buckle as the very outside strap. What this does, it leave a large space between the side straps and the center strap, which is where the fabric slaps against the roll bar.
The one I removed was a Smittybilt and it too had 5 straps, but the two outside straps on each side were spaced out about 10" and connected separately. Never had the slapping problem I'm getting now.
I'm assuming I can return this one. But that leaves me in the same situation as before. Can you suggest one that you sell? Specifically, I'd like to see the straps much more evenly spaced in the rear to avoid the issue. Thanks
2000 TJ Sport 4.0L A/T
31" BFG KO2s