against my better judgment (after reading on here and other sites that bestop has really gone to hell in recent years), i bought a new supertop and hardware this week to replace my factory top. i got all the hardware installed with no issues, but when i went to put the main top piece on, it just flat will not go on. i know new tops are a pain sometimes because they havent stretched out any, but if i hook the front of the top into the windshield channel, the top is a full four inches from being able to hook into the back corners. i tried hooking in the back corners first and same thing, top front of the top was a full four inches from the windshield.
i'm going to wait until the sun is out bc i know it will stretch some, but man, i dont think its going to stretch four inches. any ideas? or did i just get one that was cut wrong and need to send it back?
The bars that go to the upper rear corner, leave them loose until you get the top secured on the belt rail. Then slide them up and stick the little tab in one of the holes. This makes it easier to stretch the top out. If you have the installation instructions, it's step 12. If not...here
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FWIW Bestop still makes a decent product. I haven't had any issues with any of their products I own (Supertop, Bikini, Windjammer, Duster cover) nor have I noticed a quality decrease in the last 10 years I've used their tops.
well, after sitting in the sun for a few hours today, i was able to get the main top on by the grace of god and few bleeding fingers and knuckles. it's still too tight to get the windows on, but i'm sure it will stretch out more. my apologies to bestop for all the swearing and shaking my fist i did at you last night!
Check your windshield angle as per the Bestop instructions. If your windshield is not set at the right angle, you'll play hell ever trying to get that top to fit. Leave all the windows slightly un-zipped , and keep the lower trim-tuck plastic flange for the tub molding (that's a technical term ) loose to give you a bit of extra flexibility on assembly.
Yeah, first time it's tight and a hassle, but it makes for a nice snug fit. (Wait, what? )
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