(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com, and this is my review of the Bestop Sunrider for hard top fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs. This is available in the twill material that you see here, and it's also available in black diamond for a few dollars less. This product is designed to replace the freedom panels on your hard top with a soft top section that acts very much like the sunrider feature on your full factory soft top. So, if you're somebody who likes to take the freedom panels out a lot to give you that open air driving feel but thinks it's a little bit cumbersome and that they're a little bit heavy, and also wants to make sure that you don't scratch and damage the freedom panels, taking them on and off all the time, this is a really nice option. You can very easily unclip the front header, flip back the sunrider feature, and all of a sudden you have the open air driving experience that you're after without all of the fuss of removing and reinstalling the freedom panels. Now, this is an expensive item, especially the twill version that you see here on the table. But, in my opinion, if you're somebody who has a hard top and doesn't want to go full soft top but wants to more easily get that open air driving experience, this is 100% the way to go. Like most things Bestop, this is a really complete product. Bestop assumes that you only have a hard top on your Jeep, and therefore includes the door surrounds, as well as all the other hardware that you need to get this attached onto your vehicle. As I said before, it comes in two different materials, the twill which is really similar to your premium factory soft top material, and a black diamond material. The twill is a higher quality material. It's heavier. It feels better. It looks better. In my opinion, it's all around a better option. However, it is going to be more expensive than the black diamond, so it does come down to your budget. As I said before, overall this is an expensive part although it is a very useful one. This top is going to install on your Jeep very easily. Of course you'll have your hard top installed, and the first step in getting this put on is to remove your freedom panels. From there you'll install the door surrounds that come with this setup. Then, you can bolt this frame onto the door surrounds. There are also a couple of clips that you'll have to install to attach the frame of your new soft top section onto your sound bar. And then it's just a matter of closing the top and securing it across the top of the windshield with these factory style clips. This setup also comes with a couple of Velcro loops to put on the frame when you do have the sunrider feature flipped back to keep things from flapping and moving around in the wind. The whole installation should only take you about an hour. You won't need any specialty tools, just a socket set, some screwdrivers and some Allen keys. Now there is one area that you'll have to make a little slit in the factory roll bar padding to be able to get all of your hardware for your new frame attached. In my opinion, that's not a big deal. Even if you were to remove this and go with a soft top or go back to your hard freedom panels, it's not something you're ever really going to notice or see, so it certainly wouldn't keep me from purchasing and installing this product. Like I've said before, Bestop products are a little bit more expensive than some of the competition, but, in my opinion, they're worth it. They make really high quality products that are going to last a good long time, and the kits are very complete. You're going to have everything you need to get this installed right in the box that it comes in. The only thing you'll need from your factory Jeep are the mushroom knobs that hold the freedom panels into the sound bar. Everything else, you're gonna have. You're not going to have to worry about ordering anything else. It all comes right in the box for you. In my opinion, even though this is an expensive piece, it's worth it. If I had a hard top on my JK, I would definitely be saving up for one of these. I'm one of those people that likes the open air driving experience. And having wrestled with the JK freedom panels a few times and, I'm ashamed to say, nicking one of them moving it around, I think this is a sound investment. If you have a hard top on your JK and you like the security, the quietness and the durability of that hard top but you want to make having the open air driving experience for the front two passengers a little bit easier than removing your hard freedom panels, this Sunrider soft top is a great addition to your hard top. While it is a little bit pricey, in my opinion, it's completely worth it for the functionality. That's my review of the Bestop Sunrider for hard top fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.
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Freedom for an Affordable Price. One of the biggest mistakes you can make to your Jeep is to sacrifice your cargo space just to have some freedom top panels. You do not have to give up any cargo room when you choose the Bestop Sunrider for Hardtop. This accessory is made for your 2007-2017 JK and will provide you with the open air driving you desire. This accessory removes the need for your hardtop’s factory panels and it replaces them with a soft style bow system that allows you to open up your Jeep’s roof and experience the atmosphere around you. You will never again worry about cargo space and this product will provide you with an aggressive look.
Soft-Top Styled Bow System. With a soft-top styled bow system, you will be able to provide yourself with the open air feel you want. The Bestop Sunrider System makes use of your factory panels and when you are ready to use the top, simply open up the bow system, which can be done from your driver's seat.
Engineered for Performance. The Bestop Sunrider for Hardtop is engineered for performance and superior quality. This product is made from a quality sailcloth vinyl fabric and it is not only weather resistant, but mildew resistant as well. The diamond black texture provides your Jeep with an OE appearance.
30 Minutes to Install. If you want a quick solution to open air driving, you have found it. The Bestop Sunrider for Hardtop installs in just 30 minutes and the kit comes with everything you need to install it. There are no modifications that need to be made to your ride and you will receive detailed instructions in the kit.
Warranty. Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Application. The Bestop Sunrider for Hardtops in Black Diamond is designed for installation on factory freedom hardtops found on all 2007 to 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited models.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
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February 18, 2020
Love the Bestop Sunrider! Taking the Freedom panels off and storing them in the Jeep while out and about can be a pain. They also take up valuable space in a two door. The Sunrider top takes all those reservation away making it quick and simple to enjoy the sun. No leaks or issues when installed properly! Bestop Sunrider gets 6-stars in my book!Helpful (1)
October 10, 2019
Received my Sunrider fold-back top quickly, easy to install. After installation (two weeks), I noticed a cable free floating near the hinged area. This cable maintained the tension on the roof but was not connected. I contact Customer service and submitted pictures of the issue. Within 3 days I received a replacement and returned the original.Helpful (2)
June 27, 2019
Only very minor leaks on the drivers side front section and some hiccups with install but I love it and it looks great. The leaks are very hit or miss. I can take it through a car was just fine with no leakage and then get slightly rained on and have a drop hit my arm. Other than that, no issues.Helpful (2)
June 18, 2019
Great replacment for freedom panels
Like other reviews you'll see there is a bit of difficulty in getting the holes cut in the cage pad cover just right, and it would have been nice if the bolts were a little longer, but once you get it in and start using it it's a dream come true. What used to be a 10min ordeal with the freedom panels is a 15sec flip up or down with the Sunrider. I'd give it a full 5 stars though if it has been engineered to still keep the full hard top easy to reove as well. You can leave the Sunrider attached to the hard top, but you have to disconnect it from the side mounts whish is where all the install drama is. If they reengineered it to make it easy to still pull the complete hard top I'd give it the full 5 stars. If you never do though and only ever pull the freedom panels this thing is a dream come true. One other thing... have been through a couple of HARD rains after installing with nary a hint of leak. Like most Bestop products it is well engineered.Helpful (3)
June 14, 2019
Love this product ! Kind of a pain installing but worth the frustration! User friendly !Helpful (2)
May 09, 2019
For the most part the product works well once on. However I have been in the construction trades for 46!years and I’m good at what i do. That being said it took me 4 hours to install and bolt down the top. The holes that line up the bolt with the fixed nut do not line up. I still have two I can’t get in without stripping the screw. I tried lining them up with a drift punch, clamps and a few other things. Needless to say this will not make well for taking this off each winter and putting it back on in the spring.Helpful (5)
March 28, 2019
Easy to install and the wife loves it!!! Minimal road noise and looks great too. Easy to open and close. Happy so far.Helpful (2)
December 23, 2018
Quick and easy
This product makes it quick and easy to have an open air experience while maintaining the hard top in the rear. Love it!!!Helpful (6)
December 23, 2018
Love this option for a winter top. I can easily open it on warmer days (I live in the South), without having to take the time and effort to take off the freedom panels.Helpful (7)
November 01, 2018
Takes some time to put on. Love using it. Screws show up, so I have to put them back. I have a leak somewhere where the hardtop meets the sunrider on passenger side. Love it though. Snow weather???Helpful (7)
Has anyone had problems with it leaking when it rains?
We have not had any reports of the Bestop Sunrider for Hardtop leaking.
What is the difference with Twill's sunrider? Is this only driving noise problem? please recommend for me. or more explanation. Thanks !
Thank you for your question. The difference would be the fabric that the sunrider is made of. The black diamond is similar to the factory soft top fabric and has a 5 year warranty. The black twill is a darker black, more premium thicker fabric and comes with a lifetime warranty.
How does it hold up in a car wash? I know you’re not suppose to take your Jeep through the car wash when you have the soft top on.
The Bestop Sunrider for Hardtop would be just like a soft top - it may work however, it could cause damage and premature wear. We would highly recommend either hand washing your vehicle our putting the factory hard-top unit back on if you would like to go through a car wash.
How does it hold up on the highway or possibly on the freeway? Do highway speeds or freeway speeds make it bounce or put pressure on the connections? Basically, is there a certain speed that you shouldn't exceed with this flipped back, or would I be fine driving down the interstate at 70 mph and the top flipped back? Thanks.
This product mounts in a very secure manner, this product will mount through your roll bar as well as your hardtop. You should have no issues with this product at regular highway speeds.
Is it any issue to switch back to the factory freedom tops?
The Bestop Sunrider for Hardtop requires no permanent modifications to your top, allowing you to easily swap between the sunrider and your OEM Freedom Panels.
Hardtop removal can be accomplished with the sunrider in place in the folded position, or you can remove the sunrider completely.
The Bestop Sunrider for Hardtop can be left on year round, however it will not provide the same temperature insulation as the factory hard top panels, and you will want to ensure that too much snow does not sit on this panel to prevent stretching of the fabric.
Thank you for your question! This is designed to work with stock applications, and would not be compatible with after market hard tops.
Hello! This is not a soft top this is just a piece to add the sunrider feature to a Bestop hardtop!
Hello! The Bestop Sunrider for Hardtop is only available in Black Diamond and Black Twill.
Hello, when open it does not lock or latch, if folded back correctly, there shouldn't be any flapping in the wind.
The review and install video can be found on the product page or on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msQ_VsK9_K8
The Bestop Sunrider for Hardtop will fit under a gobi roof rack, but it cannot be flipped back.
Unfortunately we do not have access to a Wrangler with a white hard top to photograph this.
We have this top for the JL, you will want to follow this link. https://www.extremeterrain.com/bestop-sunrider-for-factory-hard-tops-black-diamond-1819-jeep-jl.html
(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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