Best top super top installation and first impression.
Wow, this thing came in a huge box compared to the Smittybilt top I installed on my other Jeep!
Doors and windows:
The top and some brackets:
The no drill header channel:
Side mount brackets that the upper cross bars attach to:
The cross bars that hold everything up:
Starting the install:
1st I removed the factory plastic door jamb seal thing so I could mount the new Bestop bracket to the windshield frame:
Then on the passenger side the bolt sheared off, pretty musch S.O.P. whenever working on a Jeep..
So I drilled the old bolt out, and then went slightly oversized and tapped for a slightly larger bolt to fit:
Then these small brackets get installed into the factory slots for the factory top at the winshield:
Then the windshield header gets clamped into place with the new brackets and a couple of bolts:
Then I moved on to the side mount brackets that hold the upper, rear, and door surround tubing:
They install on both sides like this:
Then the rear window cross bar brackets get installed:
They're marked left and right so there's no confusion.
The upper bars and door surround brackets in place and ready to be bolted down.
The brackets in place and waiting for nuts to hold them in place:
After both sides are done they need to meet in the middle like so:
Then you push the foam pads over the joint:
These bars line up with these holes in the previously mounted brackets:
Make sure you keep the previously mentioned bars outside the tub like this:
And not like this:
Otherwise once the upper bar is locked into place you won't be able to get them out of the tub to lock them into place and will have to go to the otherside of the Jeep and undo the bars to free everything back up where you can move them....
Then you lay the fabric for the top over the top of the Jeep and secure the front edge into the winshield channel:
This part is the hardest of the entire install as it keeps wanting to pop loose since there is no tension on it:
These velcro panels wrap around the previously installed upper bars:
The rear flaps are supposed to be secured into place first, and then the rear windo is supposed to get zipped in, but I found it much easier to flip everything over onto the roof, and then it was super easy to install the rear window with no fighting with it at all. The Bestop Super Top has 3 seperate zippers to hold in the rear window, which is a change from how the factory rear window is installed.
Then I installed the rear tailgate bar at the bottom pf the rear window. It just slides onto a round moulded tube at the bottom of the window:
First I slid the lower door onto the door hinges, then I slid the upper into the lower:
The uppers have these locking collars to adjust where they sit in relationship to the lowers and the door jambs etc... I ended up needing to remove them from my doors so that the upper would slide onto the lower far enough to get everything aligned at the top of the door and door jamb.
These 2 hidden nuts are used to adjust the lower until the seals and gaps line up perfectly around the bottom edge of the new doors:
Then the handle/latch gets installed:
There are precut slits in the door fabric that the screws pass through:
I had to adjust the door striker on the passenger side, but the drivers side was fine as it was.
Install complete... (sorta)
Ok... Notice this gap on the passenger side:
Now the same, but on the drivers side:
Which causes this when I close the door on the drivers side:
The above is because the front of the top is slid to far towards the drivers side by about 1/4 of an inch... It says in the instructions to make sure each side is equal when the winshield strip is intalled into the no-drill header, but it doesn't provide any reference points to go off of so I think 1/4 off by just eyeballing it isn't to bad... Unfortunately I'm going to have to loosen everything back up and shift the top to the passenger side just a bit to make it all equal.
The last part of my install was reinstalling the factory a-pillar channel/plastic door jamb thing: