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Bestop - Trektop NX for 97-06 Wrangler

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MSRP: $500.00
Average Price: $597.12
Manufacturer: Bestop
Recommended?
Yes: 13 / No: 4
Company Website: http://bestop.com

Took almost 2 hours to install even though i had a person assisting me. It is a little different from the regular set up. The side windows actually zip to the back window and top rather than just the main body/top which makes it a little more difficult. I must say though its as tight as a drum and looks SHARP! Yet to drive it so will add more info later on sound, visability, etc. Really like the tinted window look and the standard sunrider option. Doubt i will take the top completely off much since it is so hard to get everything connected. Of course the factory top was hard at first too so .....So far though

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Habsfan124
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Habsfan124's Reviews

07-15-2015, 12:06 PM
Price: $749.00
Pros: Flexibility of different configurations
Cons: Back Window installation
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I am not going to add to the product reviews previously posted, as they are the same as my experience. Overall, a very good and innovative product, with some difficulties and a lot of positives. However, I would like to comment on the great customer service at Bestop. I bought my Trektop in 2011 for my 2004 Rubi. A year after, a wind gust took the top, which was half open (front part lying on the back part, as it was meant to be) and slammed it closed. It completely bent the spring bolt that held the control/pivot arms in place. I called Bestop, and they sent me TWO new door surrounds (even though I told them only one was bent), at no cost (it was under warranty). Now, 4 years later, the passenger side spring loaded bolt keeps sheering off. The first time, I replaced it with the door surround bracket and spring loaded bolt from the extra door surround they sent me in 2012. That one also sheered off. I called Bestop to find out if I may have nudged something to make this keep happening, or if there was something I could do to stop this from happening. Instead, they are sending me new door surrounds. However, I guess they have changed the engineering, and the spring-loaded bolt attaches somewhere else....so that is what they are sending me....AT NO CHARGE. This is the way customer service should be like with all companies, backing their products up with true action. I guess they recognized a flaw, made a change to the design, and are allowing customers who are affected by the flaw under the old model to get rectified. Bestop, you are a great model for a company and how customers should be treated. Thank you!!!


Dirty Backroads

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Dirty Backroads's Reviews

06-24-2015, 08:37 PM
Price: $650.00
Pros: Very versatile. Love the Sunrider. High quality, factory-like materials. Easy install. Looks great.
Cons: Rear buckle/strap should be heavier duty. Should use 14 screws in headliner, not 8. Am concerned about ease of taking windows in and out.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I bought the Trektop NX in Black Diamond to replace my 2005 TJ stock factory soft top mainly for the Sunrider roof. I love the idea of just flipping the top back and letting in the sun/fresh air without the hassle of taking the windows out, lowering the roof, etc. I don't think I will even miss or care about taking the entire roof off because I never have anyone sitting in the back seat anyway and like the idea of having the Safari roof, which looks incredible and is pretty much how I ran with the factory soft top.

Everyone is commenting about window storage but if you take the plastic inserts out of the side windows you can indeed roll them and the rear window up or put them in a window bag (Bestop sells the Window Storage Portfolio, and specifically says the Trektop NX windows will fit in it). After removing the plastic inserts (which is extremely easy), I was able to lay them in my Cloverpatch bag and roll them up same as the stock windows. It helps if you lay them out in the sun for a few minutes to soften then up. So no issues with window storage as far as I'm concerned.

I was very impressed with the high quality of this top. I ordered it from Amazon (shipped from Jegs) and it came in a few days. Everything was in order and in perfect shape. The directions were fairly clear but it helps if you watch the excellent video that's available on Youtube or Bestop.com and gives you step by step instructions on how to install it. Everything you need comes with it and is factory quality. The black diamond color I got looked great and matched my Bestop soft doors perfectly.


The hardest part of the install was putting the knobs into the door surrounds. For some reason the front part just didn't want to line up and I needed help to manhandle it on this part so everything would line up and I could thread the knobs in all the way. Otherwise the entire install (including taking off my factory top) went well, without any problems and took me about 2 hours, and that was with frequent breaks.

It helps if you do this on a HOT sunny day. It was 85 degrees and sunny and I laid out the top and window for 3 hours in the sun and installed it in sunlight. HIGHLY recommend this!

They give you 8 screws, which is what came on my factory top, to attach the top to the headliner but there are 14 (earlier years came with more screws from the factory) holes in the headliner. I added 6 and found that the top laid much nicer on the headliner.

I also recommend waiting until the top is all buckled down and attached front and back before attaching the front straps to the rollbar to get the best fit possible.

The only part I wasn't impressed with was the rear straps/buckles. They seemed attached rather flimsily and after reading how they broke easily I was careful not to pull on them too much. IMO, they should be reinforced at the attachment point and made of thicker/wider material. I installed mine without any problems.

The window install went well but the windows had been sitting for hours in the sun so they were soft and pliable. Everything zipped up nicely. Be sure to follow the directions EXACTLY and in the right order. I am letting the windows stay installed for a few days so they will stretch out. I am wondering how well they will do when the weather is cooler and I put them in cooler temperatures.

Once in, the windows and top looked great and factory. Everything zipped together and fit perfectly. Windows are tight and wrinkle free. The Sunrider feature works well and I flipped it back with doors off and took a ride and there wasn't any flapping or problems. Am looking forward to taking the windows out and enjoying the Safari top with Sunrider this summer.

Highly recommend this top. Will update and add if this changes but I'm really, really happy I got this top.

UPDATE: Have lived with the top a few more weeks, taken the windows out and put back in. It's still hot out so taking out and putting the windows back in wasn't an issue at all. With the windows in the top is as quiet as the stock soft top was.










Arcticcat
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Arcticcat's Reviews
03-15-2015, 08:22 PM
Price: $800.00
Pros: Cool looking.
Cons: Back window is very problematic to zip
Recommended? No

Comments: Order this after a bear got inside my jeep and tear up the original top. I like the fact that you can take the back and side off and ride safari style. Unfortunately the back window had to be reorder three time. The first time it broke as it was very snug. The second and third time Bestop sent two defective windows that were about nine inches too narrow. Eventually on the fourth time they sent in the correct one which is very snug and it take lots of patience and time to put in every time is removed. I would not recommend this as you can get a better top for the price.


ozzmosis
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ozzmosis's Reviews
01-17-2015, 05:01 PM
Price: $450.00
Pros: Frameless. Sun roof. Converts to a safari top.
Cons: There is no good way to store the top when you take it off of the Jeep because there are no soft top carriers that it will fit in. The rear window can't be rolled up like it could in the factory top.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I love my Trektop NX for my TJ. It has a lot of functionality to it with the sunroof and safari top. The only reason I don't give this 5 stars is because of the few cons that it has. First, for some reason, Bestop decided not to allow you to roll up the rear window like you could with the factory top. Also, the sides and rear window are larger than the factory top. So, it is difficult to put it in a carrier when it is not on the Jeep. It is a little tight to install even after having on for a couple of years now. I have to install everything in a specific order to get it all on correctly. Even with all of that, I love this top and I will probably get another one when this one wears out.


BadJohnny
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BadJohnny's Reviews
06-07-2014, 07:26 AM
Price: $650.00
Pros: Great seal at windshield and header; Bowless; Tinted windows; Sailcloth is quiet (Black Diamond)
Cons: Back top corners could fit a bit better; Kit should include more than 7 screws to secure header material; For the price a bag for window storage would be nice to include; Back straps need better buckle
Recommended? Yes

Comments: MAKE SURE IT'S HOT OUTSIDE WHEN YOU FIRST PUT THIS ON.

It fit tight (which is good) I really like the seal at the header/Windshield, it's almost like stock.

The rear straps buckles are useless but easy mod fixes it. I added an eyelet on the removable section and routed a cord through the eyelet and the space in the material above the hook to cinch it down and hold the strap tight. Should have better buckles or design.

Wish I could find it in the same Kaki color as my OEM was. The Black Diamond looks good though and is as quiet as OEM top when diving. Maybe even a bit quieter. Sunroof flip back is cool but not a major point for me.

A lot better than my old Rampage top I had.


KoolAidMan888
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KoolAidMan888's Reviews
04-21-2014, 08:05 PM
Price: $410.00
Pros: great top
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: i installed mine when it was 50 out and cloudy it was snug but thats how you want it ...


D-Rod
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D-Rod's Reviews
08-28-2013, 11:20 AM
Price: $569.00
Pros: Looks awesome
Cons: Have none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Love the to but won't buy anything from 4weel parts anymore I got screwed around o the return on a top they cut it and shipped the top back ruened


SilverKitten
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SilverKitten's Reviews
08-23-2013, 08:00 PM
Price: $550.00
Pros: Looks great, love the flip open top
Cons: A little tight. Makes it hard to get the windows in and out.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Instead of taking the top down entirely, I like that I can just flip back the front half quick and easy and not have to worry about all the windows. It is still difficult to take out the windows, hoping it will loosen up over time.


bobmaurer4273

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bobmaurer4273's Reviews
07-30-2013, 10:55 PM
Price: $575.00
Pros: Hands down best top on the market. Nice flip top, easy to install and converts to bikini smoothly
Cons: No storage for windows when removed and no emergency top will work with bikini portion, ordered a pavement ends emergency top but would not fit
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Best looking top with most features on the market. Fits very tightly and no noise on the highway. Bestop needs a way to store the side and rear windows when not in place. Have bee. Caught in several rain storms and not having window storage stinks


bobmaurer4273

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bobmaurer4273's Reviews
07-30-2013, 10:55 PM
Price: $575.00
Pros: Hands down best top on the market. Nice flip top, easy to install and converts to bikini smoothly
Cons: No storage for windows when removed and no emergency top will work with bikini portion, ordered a pavement ends emergency top but would not fit
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Best looking top with most features on the market. Fits very tightly and no noise on the highway. Bestop needs a way to store the side and rear windows when not in place. Have bee. Caught in several rain storms and not having window storage stinks


wroman
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wroman's Reviews

11-26-2012, 02:46 AM
Price: $550.00
Pros: Looks great; I really like the slanted back look. The material has a good texture and is resilient. The tint on the rear windows is good, but not too dark. Install takes about 15 minutes. Love the fold-back off the front section for easy sun without having to remove the whole top.
Cons: Zipper pulls can twist and snap. No easy storage for windows.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Excellent top. Took it on a road trip through desert heat and mountain snows... took it all and didn't leak at all. Quieter on the road than the stock soft top.


JohnyPro

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JohnyPro's Reviews
08-06-2012, 10:42 PM
Price: $786.00
Pros: great strength of material, ease of use
Cons: can't put down at a moments notice, rear window tears near top of zipper
Recommended? Yes

Comments: great top! no leaks, is the same material as the factory top, zippers are great!


EJ018451
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EJ018451's Reviews
07-24-2012, 12:24 PM
Price: $500.00
Pros: best of both worlds
Cons: rear spreader bar
Recommended? Yes

Comments: this top gives you both a full soft top and a safari top it rocks plus you get the fast back look. the only thing that I could say they could do better is the spreader bar in the back has the tendency to move but I don't think there is any better way to do what they have done so as I have done I just got over it and deal. check in once every couple of days and you will never have a problem. price for value is good and install is a sinch


Idwheelthat

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Idwheelthat's Reviews
11-18-2011, 12:55 AM
Price: $612.00
Pros: Looks decent, fits well, large windows, easy access to trunk area
Cons: Flaps over driver area (instead of rear corner on factory soft top), snow piles on rear window and you cannot brush it off or it will scratch, windows seem made of thinner plastic than factory (seem delicate)
Recommended? No

Comments: This is a hard review for me as I haven't had four seasons with the top yet. I do miss some features of the factory top, I guess I haven't had to take the top off so that will be the determining factor. It is important for me to say that I own an LJ and the Sunrider feature is standard anyway. The sunrider pins kind of tick me off since they stick up so high, they also do not let the velcro seal close properly around them. Speaking of velcro seals, I have found the ones at the top around the windows slightly opened after highway driving. The flapping above the driver and frontseat passenger is maddening on windy highways(it may cover up some tire buzz for some).


Mattik
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Mattik's Reviews

11-07-2011, 11:40 PM
Price: $575.00
Pros: Features gallore! Full top with tinted windows, safari top, sunrider, fastback design looks cool.
Cons: Tight fitment is a bit tough to deal with. Unlike others though, I think the sunrider feature more than offsets this drawback.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: for more info and pics of my '04 TJ with the new Trektop NX, check my blog:

www.bttrektopreview.blogspot.com


isaact
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isaact's Reviews

09-17-2011, 11:59 PM
Price: $650.00
Pros: Good materials, heavy duty zippers, factory latches at front. Tinted windows. Bikini mode is great!
Cons: Side and rear window panels don't fit right. Forced to drive around with no rear window. Ridiculous. Sunrider hard to flip open, then dangerously unsecured when open. Not good.
Recommended? No

Comments: Back and side window panels are just too small, have been stretching for days, still won't fit. Poor workmanship, pull tabs just ripped off in 10 seconds.

Instructions are pathetic. They look perfect at first glance but oversimplify. Maybe they'd be OK if everything fits right (not true), but as is, you are better off throwing the directions away.

Strap buckles work OK but only if you thread them properly, which is surprisingly hard to do. Straps don't clip in to the back of the truck very well. Door surrounds easily scratched, plastic too soft. After all of this hassle (days to install, not hours) I still don't have a back window, and the Sunrider is impossible to put up and down quickly as plastic clips at door gutter are impossible to remove from inside the cab, you have to get out and use a screwdriver or something to lever the clips out of the door gutter. Every time you do that it mars the door surrounds. Cheap design. Hard to use when new. How will it age?

Unless Bestop replaces the too-small panels with something that fits, I am going to return this to Quadratec and buy something that fits. Disappointed. For $650 incl. shipping, expect something better than this.


FastLearner

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FastLearner's Reviews

09-01-2011, 01:41 PM
Price: $500.00
Pros: Love what this top can do. Great overall Look... tint looks great... sunrider flip top sweet... easy on off once you are used to it... nice and tight
Cons: Right out of the box manufactured wrong.. I had to do some custom drilling in order to get the swing poles properly seated. I have had this top on since the beginning of summer and just recently one at a time... the spring loaded pins to hold the swing bars in place both broke... cheap materials poorly made (the pins)... Ended up drilling the bracket on the surround to bolt the swing bar in fulltime... less noise more durable... in my opinion a def. design flaw
Recommended? No

Comments: I'll give the top in working order a 10!

But the design flaws encountered def. bring it to at least an 8



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