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Unread 05-01-2013, 09:42 PM   #16
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This is why I'm debating getting a Bestop Twill top, it has a lifetime warranty. Would come in handy if most tops only last ~5yrs?!

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Unread 05-03-2013, 05:48 PM   #17
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It's garage kept most of the time...

Regardless, the photos tell the truth; even they should have known that.
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Unread 05-04-2013, 05:47 PM   #18
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I would take it to a shoe repair or boat top shop and see what they can do. They can probably just sew in new Velcro fairly cheap. I say shoe because they have the heavy duty machines and boat shop should be a no brainer for them. Might also consider just getting snaps pressed in, Velcro sucks for tops in my opinion.
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Unread 05-07-2013, 08:19 AM   #19
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I would take it to a shoe repair or boat top shop and see what they can do. They can probably just sew in new Velcro fairly cheap. I say shoe because they have the heavy duty machines and boat shop should be a no brainer for them. Might also consider just getting snaps pressed in, Velcro sucks for tops in my opinion.
Agreed (velcro). I never would have thought a shoe place. Hmmm. Think I'll give that a shot! Thanks!
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Unread 05-07-2013, 08:01 PM   #20
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Just so everyone knows, "extremejm" is a troll. He made new accounts on three different forums, specifically to trash Bestop.

He registered a bogus account and started an identical thread at WranglerForum. It was brought to an admin's attention and deleted.

He also registered a bogus account and started another identical thread at JeepTalk.

Just a heads-up.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 07:14 AM   #21
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Just so everyone knows, "extremejm" is a troll. He made new accounts on three different forums, specifically to trash Bestop.

He registered a bogus account and started an identical thread at WranglerForum. It was brought to an admin's attention and deleted.

He also registered a bogus account and started another identical thread at JeepTalk.

Just a heads-up.
I had my suspicions since this thread was his first (and only?) activity. Almost called him out on it but I've been trying to give people the benefit of the doubt lately.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 01:00 PM   #22
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Hello extremejm,

Sorry to hear about the trouble you are having with your Bestop soft top.
In my experience with soft tops ('85 CJ-7, '97 TJ, '00 TJ, '03 TJ, '07 JK, & '09 JK) salt water in the air eat seams way faster than normal (garage kept or not). Bee's wax works wonders on the seams to slow the process, but being near the water kills any soft top; OE, Bestop (which makes the OE) or other...
Bestop's Sailcloth top is covered by a 2 Year Limited Warranty, so that may explain why you have not received a response.

Have you tried contacting the place where you purchased the top?

Which ever top you decide to replace it with, I can offer you free shipping.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 01:43 PM   #23
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I had my suspicions since this thread was his first (and only?) activity. Almost called him out on it but I've been trying to give people the benefit of the doubt lately.
Not to mention the first handful of replies to his thread here pointed out their positive opinions of the company.

Had you called him out, he probably would've claimed you had a "god complex" like he did to me when I called him out at the other forum.

Even if he's a legitimate person, it's frustrating to watch because (as I mentioned on the other forum before the thread was deleted) Bestop does not hide the fact that their tops have a life expectancy of 3 to 5 years. In fact, they mention it on the Support section of their website. This guy had his top for four years.

As for getting help, I don't believe for a second that he ever called Bestop customer service.

He also vastly overpaid for his top. Rather than admit he should've shopped around, he would rather make excuses and claim that his top should've lasted ten years because he paid "so much."

It's toolboxes like extremejm that give good companies bad names.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 01:49 PM   #24
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Bestop does not hide the fact that their tops have a life expectancy of 3 to 5 years. In fact, they mention it on the Support section of their website.
I didn't know that. I guess I'm getting my money's worth. I'm nearing the end of year four and mine is still as good as new.
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Unread 05-09-2013, 09:33 AM   #25
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I'll be replacing my top at some point this year on my TJ-L. After seven years it's time! It won't a bestop, black is the only color they're using the last decade.

I'll be talking with an marine top shop and will work with them to make one in Haartz fabric in sand or almond. I also am not a fan of sail cloth nor their bow design and of lack of colors!
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Unread 05-10-2013, 08:26 PM   #26
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I don't know the age of my bestop bc it was on the jeep when i bought it used but its in great shape and will get another when the time comes. I do wish though they'd make one with white inserted on the roof portion to help reflect heat.
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Unread 05-11-2013, 05:25 AM   #27
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I don't know the age of my bestop bc it was on the jeep when i bought it used but its in great shape and will get another when the time comes. I do wish though they'd make one with white inserted on the roof portion to help reflect heat.
Bestop makes a heat shield thing that you put under the fabric. Suppose to work pretty good.
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Unread 05-11-2013, 07:44 AM   #28
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Bestop makes a heat shield thing that you put under the fabric. Suppose to work pretty good.
Good to know. I'll check it out. Thanks for the info!
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Unread 05-12-2013, 05:30 AM   #29
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I don't know the age of my bestop bc it was on the jeep when i bought it used but its in great shape and will get another when the time comes. I do wish though they'd make one with white inserted on the roof portion to help reflect heat.
you would need a shield if they made lighter colors other than black!
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Unread 05-12-2013, 08:43 PM   #30
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Bestop makes a heat shield thing that you put under the fabric. Suppose to work pretty good.
I checked it out and decided to give ot a try. Found it for 95 bucks with free shipping. Thanks again for the info.
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