I've been hearing a lot of things about bestop here lately, especially about outsourcing to other countries. I've also read about lots and lots of fitment problems with their soft tops across the board as far as yj's and tj's go.
However, i am going to college soon and have no a/c and a hardtop, so a soft top would be a GREAT thing to have, and 4wd has the best price i've seen on a bestop, so im greatly considering purchasing one, but i was wondering how all of y'all feel about them.
The deal is a black denim bestop supertop with tinted windows for a jeep yj which is normally $627.99 for $565.19 (10% off) and a $50 gift card. there is also free ups ground. but the deal ends today, so i need all the info. i can get!
Hmmm, hopefully this does not turn into a bestop debate like some of the other threads have morphed.
Nonetheless - My last jeep was a hardtop, so I ran a safari top in the summer and the hardtop in the winter. A safari or bikini top is way less expensive than a full setup. During the summer, you'll be running without the zip in windows anyway. And switching between the two in Oct and May is not that big of a deal.
As far as bestop goes (and that particular debate), I will not pay extra in the future for one of their non-US products. I will most likely go with a less expensive competitor if my only option is non-US. However, I'll still take Canadian and Mexican products over Chinese products, until the Chinese bring up their quality control. By the time that happens, they'll probably have full control of the global market, but that is probably a different discussion.
Bestop is the OEM manufacturer Jeep uses for the Wranglers. However, they make a number of different tops at different price points which may effect the quality or durability. Since you don't have the mounting hardware (more money), you have a clean canvas and might want to look at some of the other kinds of tops that hav been discussed here and on other Jeep sites.
I was in the same boat you are about a year ago I have an all black jeep and no a/c i bought the supertop for full steel doors and tinted windows and love it it leaks a little, but some of my buds are running cheaper brands and they just don't seem to last as long, my supertop still looks brand new!!
I have one, and I know 3 other people that also have one (2 other YJs and a TJ) and a person with a half top on a YJ. None of us have any problems with the fit. I broke a zipper on mine, even though it was my fault, they honored the warrantee, and I had a new window within 3 days.
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I checked today with 4wd and the top is on backorder until late july, but today is the last day for the $50 gift card deal. I have a bikini top, and even with full doors, it doesn't really stand up to rain well. I also need the "look" of having an enclosed vehicle on campus to deter people.
they only thing stopping me is the fact that there is the 4wheel parts truck and jeep show this weekend here in atlanta and i might be able to get a better deal.
Thanks for the help everyone, keep it comming!
Alright, i made the jump and ordered it from 4wheelparts and they price matched with the promo card too. its on backorder until july, but when i get it I will try to post some pictures of it installed!