Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Today I'm here with The All New Bestop Trektop NX plus in Black Diamond fitting all 2007 to 2018 four-door JK Wranglers. So, this is gonna be perfect for the JK owner who's looking for a complete soft top that comes with all of the hardware in order to install, very functional features as well as a quality construction. So, this is perfect for that soft top owner who's looking to do a little bit of replacement, they may have damaged or worn out hardware or even ripped or faded fabric. This is even perfect for the hard top owner that's looking to make the switch over to a soft top and needs all of those key components in order to install it on their Wrangler. So, this is gonna offer a number of different features including this fastback look giving you more aggressive look to your Wrangler, this is gonna have a simplified bow system and a number of different improvements over the original Bestop Trektop NX.
You're also getting 30-mil DOT-approved tinted windows that are going to help out with a little bit of insulation, keeping the temperature stable inside of your Jeep as well as assisting in that more an aggressive look. Now, like I mentioned, there are a couple of different improvements over that previous Bestop Trektop NX, including a sunrider feature that's easier to operate. You are getting minimal zippers on your windows, similar to the NX with the light, which is completely zipperless, and then you're also getting an improved FIT system or fabric install and tensioning system keeping a very tight look to your soft top making it look very finished overall. Now, I would like to mention that this is not gonna be completely convertible similar to the NX glide, which will be completely convertible. This is easily transformed into a bikini top, you can very easily take off the windows and you can open that sunrider feature. However, it's not gonna go all the way back. So, I would keep that in mind while you're shopping around for soft tops. Nonetheless, this is going to be very averagely priced for a quality soft top that comes with all of the hardware in order to install at roughly $900.
Not to mention, I think that's a very fair price for what this is considering that this is the newly improved option over that previous model that Bestop had released. So, in comparison to some other choices that are a little bit less expensive, this is gonna be a brand new design, so this is gonna have a little bit more of the bells and whistles that those other standard choices may not have. But on the other hand, this isn't gonna be your most expensive choice. So, those more expensive options that you may be taking a look at on the page that are similar to this may include different material as far as the fabric is involved. So, this is gonna include really a standard fabric, black diamond vinyl material is very similar to your factory soft top. And those more expensive choices may include twill, which is a premium fabric, which may bump up that price a little bit more. And they may just offer a couple of more configurations including that annex glide, that completely convertible option.
Overall, I think this is a really good choice if you're looking for something that's not over the top but still has very functional features and then also is a pretty high-quality option. Not to mention, this is also gonna feature a lifetime limited warranty to keep a piece of mind in your investment. So, install is gonna be a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter and the only reason why I bumped it up to a two is because it is gonna take a little bit longer to install the first time. So, I would give yourself about four hours to get this job done in your driveway with some very basic hand tools. So, speaking of that install, let's jump into it now.
The tools that I used for my install were an 8-millimeter wrench, a 13-millimeter shallow socket, a 3-millimeter Allen key, and an impact wrench.
So, the first step of our install is to install our rear door surround that you wanna make sure that the pin is fitting in the belt rail retainer and that this clamp is going around our sports bar. This is gonna fold out and click into place. We can make sure that's clamped and that the front part is sitting on top of our sports bar. Then we can take our longer knob here and thread it through the sports bar into the bottom of our rear door surround. So, you might have to push the roll bar cover out of the way a little bit, then we can stick our longer knob through and thread that into the bottom threads of the door surround. All right. Now, we can do the other side.
So, the next step is to install our front door surround. So, this is gonna go around the roll bar or the sports bar the same way that our rear one did. So, we are just going to place that over. And this part in the rear should be sitting on top of our rear door surround. We're gonna fit that around our roll bar here, making sure that it's sitting in place correctly. Then we're gonna take our longer knob and thread that through just like we did in the back. Once that's snug, we can take the shorter knob and move to the back of our front door surround and thread that into our sports bar. You have to make sure that you line them up and that they're pressed down enough because this is new foam, it's gonna give you a little space there, so you need to press it down just a hair and then thread that in. All right. Now, we can move to the other side.
So, our next step is to install our bow pivot bracket. This is gonna be installed right underneath our sports bar cover. So, up at the top here you're gonna have a zipper. We're just gonna unzipper that to expose two bolts, then we're gonna take a 13-millimeter socket and go ahead and remove those. Might be a little bit difficult to see. They're underneath there. So, next we can grab our bow pivot bracket and align that with the two holes that we just removed, you wanna make sure that the tab is facing the inside, that this smaller hole with no adjustability is up at the top and the larger hole with the adjustability is down at the bottom. Then we can just reinstall those bolts starting by hand threading them. Then we can just snug those back up with our 13-millimeter socket. All right. Now, we can do the same thing on the other side.
So, now we need to install our bow assembly in the rear. So, what we have to do is unzip our roll bar cover and expose the bolt that's holding in the top of the rear crossbar. So, I'm going to unzipper this from the front where we previously unzippered to expose that bolt. So, then we can go ahead and remove that bolt. This is gonna be the same 13-millimeter socket that we used up front. So, now we can install our bow assembly. Now, we do have to remove a bolt on the other side, but I'm gonna line this one up and thread it in for the time being. We wanna make sure that the arms are facing the front as well as the buttons. We're gonna thread that in so we can still maneuver it around, and we're gonna head to the other side and remove that bolt. Now that that bolt is exposed, we can go ahead and remove that with our 13-millimeter socket. We can grab our bow assembly, put that in place, thread in our bolt. So, now we can install our puddle bar or top arch, this is gonna prevent any water buildup from happening while you have your soft top on. So, we are just going to insert it in either tab on either side of our rear door surrounds and you will have to give it a little bit of a push to get it in place because they are a little bit hard to get into place since they have to bend. And then we can take off this protective layer and move up to the front.
So, now we're gonna move on to the front pole assembly. This is going to provide us with our sunrider feature. So, there's gonna be a pull pin down at the back of this bow assembly that we're going to attach to that bracket then we attach to our middle sports bar. So, all you have to do is pull that pin and slide that into place and then you'll hear the pins snap in place. All right. Now, we can do the same thing on the other side. All right. Now, we can lay that back and attach our fabric. So, we can lay our fabric over the top. You wanna make sure that it's flipped upside down, so we can flip it over our Jeep in just a second, but I would recommend a friend because the fabric does have a little bit of weight to it. So, now that we have the fabric up on top of the Jeep, we do have to install some foam on our header assembly here. This is just gonna make sure that our header seals down to our windshield channel. So, these pieces of foam are gonna be site-specific, the other pieces that we're going to install in just a second are not gonna be site-specific, but you wanna make sure that this larger piece lines up to the outside of the header and onto this bow assembly right here. Then this is gonna cover up those screws that are holding the fabric to the header, then we can take these smaller stripper foam and lay that down the side or down the front. All right. Now, we can do the same thing on the other side.
Now, we can flip our fabric over our header over, should I say, and try to line it up with these brackets that are already installed on your front door surrounds. Now, we're not gonna clip them in right away because we do have to attach our front bow assembly to these arms here, but we just want to align them up for the time being. Make sure that our header is sitting correctly on our windshield channel there. Then we can go ahead and flip this forward so we can line up this bow assembly so we can install this together. So, you're gonna need your longer hardware, an 8-millimeter socket, and an Allen key, a smaller Allen key out of a standard Allen key set. So, now we're gonna install our provided hardware through the arm that's attached to our fabric. What I'm gonna do is take one of the grommets in the offset part facing this bow assembly. I'm going to hook this bow assembly through. You may have to shift the fabrics a little bit, then we can install our second grommets that's gonna keep this in place. Then our flat washer and then our nylon lock nut. Then I'm gonna take a small Allen key out of our standard set and an 8-millimeter wrench. Go ahead and tighten that down. All right. And then once that's tightened down, we can do the same thing on the other side.
All right. So, once that's tightened down, and we're over at the side, then we can clip the front arms into our bracket on our front door surround. Now we can pull this pin and clip in our front arm to our front door surround bracket. All right. And same for the other side. So, again, we're gonna pull this pin, make sure that clips into there. So, at this point, what we can do is flip our fabric back and start attaching our fabric to our bow assembling. So, what we can do next is attach our velcro to our back bow here. This is going to attach to the top of our fabric. So, you can just peel that off and then line that up with our bow. Kinda has to be curved, then you can line that on. All right. Same thing for the other side. So, in order to attach the fabric to our rear bow, we do need a little bit of slack in the fabric. So, what I'm gonna do is go ahead and open up our sunrider feature. Now, that everything's attached, we'll be able to easily flip it open. Now, maybe a little bit difficult just because you don't have the spring assist yet, so it will have to be pretty even on how you open it.
So, since we have some slack in our fabric, what we're gonna do is attach our spring assist. This is gonna help you open up that sunrider feature like you just saw me struggle. I didn't have the spring assist to help me. So, now we're going to install our spring assist. We're going to hook this onto our back bow and get that through. Now, in order to make this pretty permanent and secure this down, you're gonna take a pair of pliers and clamp this down. However, this soft top is not living on our Jeep. Also, I'm not going to clamp that down. So, now we can move to the other side.
So I'm inside the Jeep right now. What we have to do at this point which may be a little bit difficult to see is buttoning our fabric to our rear bow. So, there's gonna be a tab with buttons on your fabric and we're going to route that underneath our rear bow, wrap that around our rear bow, and button it into place. The fabric is gonna go in between the bow and the sports bar. And we are just going to move along and button them all. So, this is easiest to do when you have slack in the fabric. This is also a little bit easier, even though it is difficult to get this fabric through. It's a little bit easier than Bestop's other systems where you have to attach screws into the fabric. These line up just a little bit better. So, we have to finish attaching our fabric up front. So, what I'm gonna do is open up our sunrider feature and it should actually balance and stay in place like that while we continue to attach our fabric to our bow system. So, you have a piece of fabric up at the top with velcro on it, we're gonna wrap that around our front bow and velcro that into place. So, I'm just trying to get everything attached right now and then we can go back and adjust it. So, now we have two hooks that we need to attach into the top of our sports bar. Now, if you have a hard top, this is where your hard top tie downs would go through. So, we are just going to hook that hook onto there and that's gonna keep the back of our soft top towed. So, we can close up our sunrider feature and head on back so we can secure our rear windows.
Now, we can go ahead and install our tailgate bar retainers. You wanna make sure that you have the correct side. So, I'm on the passenger side. This is gonna be the right-hand side and it will be labeled on the back there. So, what I'd like to do is just hook this underneath the back of your belt rail retainer and then you just roll it forward and it should just pop it in place. You'll hear it. So, what you can do is get in the back of your cargo area and we're gonna go ahead and install our rear window. Now, you will have a C-channel that this channel is going to fit into. You have to start at the end, get this in place, and then it should just slide right on. I'm gonna make sure that that's centered there. So, you're gonna have the same style C-channel on your tailgate bar. So, we're just going to do the same thing. Just make sure that that's lined up, then we can go ahead and slide that in. If it does give you a little bit of an issue pushing forward, all you have to do is slide it back, realign, and then keep on sliding forward. So, what we can do then is snap in our tailgate bar into the retainers. All you have to do is roll down and it should push into those retainers there. So, now we can move on to our quarter side windows.
So, our next step is to install our quarter window. So, what I'm gonna do is try to slide this into the channel just to get it started and then we're going to zip this up about an inch down and then attach everything else. So, this is gonna attach to our rear window zipper here. All right. So, once it's in place, we can just zip right about an inch down or a couple of inches, then we can start to attach the rest of this. So, what we're gonna do is just pull on this, make sure to get that in place, then we're going to stick this plastic tab inside our door surround. Once you have that plastic tab installed, we can go ahead and close up our door, and that's gonna hold that there for the time being. Then we can start to install this plastic tab into our belt rail retainer down at the bottom here. Then move around to the side. Now, you're going to have a little nylon strap here that's going to attach to your tailgate bar retainer, I'm gonna button that on the back side of the retainer. It's really hard to see right now, but if you did see the retainer, there is a little button on there. Make sure that this back area has the tab installed as well. It's gonna be split since this is a curve. All right. And then what we can do is zip this down.
So, I didn't zipper down the other side all the way, I wanna make sure that this is going to fit correctly on our channel and our zipper on this side. So, I'm just going to repeat that same process slipping in the channel first, separating it about a quarter-inch down or an inch down, I should say, and then moving on to the rest of the attachment. For this passenger side, our zipper is going to be on the window side instead of the rear window side. About an inch or so down, then slide this forward, get it into our door surround. You can move down to the tab at the bottom. Just repeat that process with this side. I'm gonna make sure that straps in place. Maybe a little bit easier to go underneath the rear window in order to do that. Now, we can just go ahead and zipper this down at this point. And then there's also gonna be this small tab down at the bottom that's gonna go underneath, layer over your rear window, and tuck into the tailgate retainer. So, now we can just start to tuck all of our velcro together.
So, on your quarter window, this is going to tuck over and secure on your rear window. On the side here, you can just lay that down and it should lay over your quarter window. Lay that over the rear window, lay this over the side, and same with this side. Now, it's gonna prevent any water from getting inside your windows, this is going to just let that rainwater just trail off there. So, our last step is just gonna be upfront in our cab area, we're just gonna close up our sunrider feature. So, you're gonna pull down on your header, pull this latch out, and then we can go ahead making sure that the other latch isn't caught. We can latch this down. So, you just want to hook this latch on to your footer link, then we can press this down. Now, it may be a little bit difficult at first just because the fabric is new. However, that's gonna be your last step.
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