Brought the jeep and of course the installed top over to a local guy who is second generation owner of Tim's auto tops and upholstery. They sold the business a year ago, but still does work on tops. He's an older dood, and very knowledgeable.
After 2 hours of disassembling, reassembling, using all of his fancy tools,the top still sucks, and is no better. He is as baffled as I am, and he did this for a living for 30 years! His words "Bestop is definitely one of the better quality aftermarket tops, but this one in particular is crap, and does not fit no matter what we do."
Everything was done twice, we ripped the whole assembly apart and redid. Metal still hits metal on the pillars, nothing lines up right. Now, even worse,the screws are self tapping, even they are worn out. No chance to do this again. For the 3rd time of re-assembling the header, we even cut this black tab off we both agreed almost hurts the install one one side to experiment. No better doing this.
Metal fights metal on the top pillar, pillars dont sit right into channels, I mean the whole thing is crap and Im really upset now. 4 hours on my day off this week installing with a buddy with experience, and 3 hours on a Saturday with a "pro" , and I took away time from my 3 kids to try and make this work. Not to mention the guy was going to charge me $150 for the Saturday work, but he felt so bad that I got a useless piece of crap he only charged me $75.
I hate this top...HATE IT. It has ruined my first Jeep experience with soft tops. Buyers remorse, and I so wish I just bought the factory top. With all of the time I put into this, it was such a waste. Going back in time I would have just went to the Jeep dealer.
I am hoping Bestop will just give me back my $850 and let me go on and say that they are a stand up company even if their product didnt work in my particular case, but I'm pretty sure Im screwed. I cant afford to buy a factory top now for $1400 plus install at the dealer for another $200 or so without the $850 back from Bestop to put towards it. Fock.
Uuughhhh...I have to now deal with a top that I hate, is falling apart and metal scratched from taking it apart and putting it together 3 times, and every day I get in my car now I look at the top and am miserable. When I drive I see daylight (dangerous?) and the first time it rains, I am truly going to be cursing. I hate it, I hate it.