So as many of you may know my JK was vandalized recently. My soft top completely destroyed and paint scratched up. Paint was repaired and I was compensated for the soft top. Being as I was pretty low on cash due to buying a house I decided to try something different. I ordered the Bestop Bikini top, Wraparound Windjammer and Duster from 4WD.com. They were good about it and even pricematched Quadratec and gave me a good deal. Just under $400 after shipping for all parts.
Today I recieved the parts. Got it all unpacked and it took me but a moment to realize...no header bar. Ok...not good but ok...called the local 4WD store. They have one in stock for $50. Awesome...quick ride down and I got it. They even sold it to me for $5 to stay under Quadratec's price on the price match deal.
Thank you 4WD. Great company...great customer service. Mistakes happen.
Now...the product. After installing this thing...I gotta say.
BIGGEST PILE OF **** I HAVE EVER HAD THE MISFORTUNE TO PURCHASE AND INSTALL.
Frankly the way this thing is made makes me never want to buy another Bestop product again. I call this thing my "failtop". Now...90 degree weather all day long and im in it installing this thing.
It comes with plastic tabs sewn into the fabric to go under the stock door surrounds. Why on gods green earth they can't do this with the Trek top is beyond me. But in the process of getting the tabs in place it broke the hinge on the passenger side surround.
On both sides you see a large gap between the surround and the body. Fail.
The header does not rest properly where it should. In fact I had to jury rig the thing to make it that far. I had to also bend the loops upward that the header screws onto for it to even fit at all.
So after getting that miserable piece of crap installed I moved onto the Windjammer. Not too complicated and pretty straightforward. Fit the way it was supposed to but not the way I would like it to. Can't move the seats all the way back anymore...a bit of a bummer since I am pretty tall but it is doable. Would I run this all the time? Hell no...but it will get me through the winter...I think.
My biggest complaint about the Windjammer is partially my fault. I didn't buy the Pod covers that the Windjammer links to to make a good seal. But for gods sake you would think they would at least put a couple of straps in at the top just in case you don't buy that part to stiffen it up and keep it holding up. No...just a big gap.
Finally I put on the Duster. Little did I know I did NOT have to remove the back seat to install this. I was worried about the seat flopping around and possibly breaking the Duster but they provide a strap to hold the seat down in its folded position. Oh well...frankly...the duster went on quite nicely. Links up with the Windjammer well and functions and does what it is supposed to. It is probably the only part of the whole setup that I would recommend to anybody...but why anybody would want JUST the Duster...I dunno.
I am going to buy the Pod Covers soon and install them and then decide if I like the Windjammer or not. As it stands right now I would not recommend the Bikini top to anybody. That header could have used a hell of a lot more thought behind it but it's like they didn't even care. The fact that it quite litterally broke more parts on my vehicle does not help either.