Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, so today I'm here with the Bestop Trektop NX Soft Top in black diamond fitting all 2018 and newer four-door JL Wranglers. So this is gonna be for that JL owner who's looking for a quality and functional soft top that's also good looking. So this is gonna be perfect for those soft top owners who have maybe damaged their soft-top while they're out on the trail or they're just looking for something that's a little bit more functional than the factory top and a little bit better looking with this fastback look. This is also gonna be perfect for those hardtop owners who wanna switch over to a soft top in the summer months and want something that's gonna be a little bit more flexible for that open-air driving experience and a little bit easier to function and handle than that heavy hardtop. Not to mention, this is gonna be a complete system so you don't have to have any factory parts in order to install this like the JK where you would need those factory parts in order to install the fabric, this is gonna come with everything that you need to get this on your Wrangler.
Now, this fabric is gonna be made of a 28-ounce black diamond material, which will be the standard all across the board, factory soft top materials, so you know you're getting factory quality out of this top. This is also gonna have 30-mill DOT-approved tinted windows, which is gonna help you out with insulation and also a little bit of style. So speaking of style, this is also gonna come with that fastback look like I mentioned, which you're factory hardtop and your factory soft top we're unable to give you out of the factory. So this is also going to have a complete and functional bow system that's going to offer you a Sunrider feature that's very easy to open with the cable assist, so instead of those factory T-tops, all you have to do is unhook two latches and you have an open-air driving experience.
So along with the open-air driving experience, the windows are very easy to put on and take off whenever you'd like because there are very minimal zippers unlike previous models and you can easily transform this into a bikini top. Now, I would like to mention that this is not gonna be completely convertible like the factory soft top because of how this is set up and the bow system, but considering you can take off the windows very easily and transform this into a bikini top while also simultaneously having that Sunriderfeature open, for the most open-air driving experience, I think that's a pretty fair trade-off.
Now, this is gonna be a more affordable option for complete soft tops as far as Bestop goes, at roughly $900 and Bestop is a very quality brand that puts a lot of thought into their systems and I definitely think that it's worth that price point. Now, it is going to last a long time and still be very functional. However, the premium twill material is just gonna have a couple more bells and whistles like having a little bit more of a heavier weight to it so it has more sound dampening, and more insulation, and it's wrinkle-free. However, if you don't need those extra bells and whistles, if you're looking for something that's functional as well as cost-effective, this is going to be a great option if you're looking to switch over from your factory soft top or your factory hardtop. And it even comes with a lifetime warranty to keep a peace of mind.
So install's gonna be a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, taking you about two hours to get the job done with some basic hand tools. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now.
The tools I used for my install were an impact wrench, a 3/8-inch drive ratchet, a 13-millimeter open-ended wrench, an 8-millimeter ratcheting wrench, a T8 Torx bit, a T45 and a T40 Torx socket, a 5-millimeter and 4-millimeter Allen socket, and a 4-millimeter and 3-millimeter Allen key. So the first step is to put together our door surround. So your rear door surrounds are going to be in two pieces and you're gonna be provided with some spring clips as well as some bolts and we are going to put those together. So this bottom piece is going to insert up here, but we have to put on our spring clip first. So we're actually going to install it upside down so the threads are gonna be facing the top of our door surround. We're just gonna clip those into place, then we can insert the bottom part of our door surround, grab our button head bolt, and thread that in. So you're gonna need a 4-millimeter Allen key for this. So once you have those threaded in, if you have a 4-millimeter Allen socket, you can go ahead and use that. So once those are tightened down, then we can move onto our backplating that's gonna go on the bottom and the top part of our rear door surrounds.
So I'm gonna start at the top of our door surround. We're gonna get our back plating without the Bestop symbol on it. Put that into place over those bolt holes and then we're gonna take our small Torx head screws with a T8 Torx bit and thread those into place. So the holes aren't gonna be threaded, you do have to apply pressure to get them to thread in themselves. So once you're finished at the top, we can move to the bottom of our door surround and grab our branded backplate. So these are gonna be side-specific, so just making sure it's in the right direction. And then we can do the same thing that we did for the top.
So our last thing that we have to do with our door surrounds is add our bow bracket. Now, this is going to have a little tab down at the bottom and then two holes up at the top that are gonna be flat. We are going to make sure that the bracket's facing the inside of our doors around then we can grab our button head bolts and thread those into the door surround. And we can use that same 4-millimeter Allen key to tighten those down. I'm using my Allen socket, you can just use an Allen key if you need to. After that bracket is on, we can repeat that same exact process for the other side.
So the last thing that we have to do on the table before we can head over to the Jeep is just install our bow pivot brackets on our bow assembly number two. Now, this is going to be the bow assembly that has the arms connected to it and we just have to make sure that these bow pivot brackets are on the end of here before we go ahead and install it on the Jeep. So you are gonna need your plastic bushings as well as the hardware that's provided and we can go ahead and install those.
So what we're gonna do is take our plastic bushing, put it in the side of our bow assembly number two, and we're gonna sandwich that in between the bracket and the bow assembly. Then we're gonna take our bolt with our flat washer, put that through. We can take our plastic bushing, put that on the other side, making sure that that tapered part is facing in then we can grab our second flat washer and then our nylon lock nut. So after that's put together, we can grab an 8-millimeter wrench. I have a ratcheting wrench here just to make it a little bit easier, and then a 3-millimeter Allen key. And you can just go ahead and tighten that down. So after that's tightened up, we can repeat that same process on the other side. So once those two larger brackets are on bow number two assembly, then we can head over to the Jeep and start installing all of our hardware.
So now that we're over at the Jeep, we can install our door surrounds. Now, I am going to start at the front. You're gonna wanna make sure that the Bestop symbol is down, that this is going to be facing up and then the clamp that is going to have a hinge on it is gonna be on the underside of your sports bar or your roll bar. So we're gonna take our longer T40 Torx bolts and put them through your sports bar and thread them up into the top of your door surround. So because all of the gaskets and the seals are new, it's going to be a little bit difficult to get them in the first time. But once everything's started to thread, you can take a T40 Torx bit, I'm using a Torx socket and we're just gonna thread those the rest of the way in. So after the front is installed, we can move to the back.
So the rear door surround's gonna be the same thing as the front. You do have these tabs here that need to go in the top of your sports bar and this is going to line up with that front door surround and kind of sandwich it in between the sports bar and the front one. So you can feel that it's set in place then we can put down our hinges and put in the same style bolt as the front and thread those in. So once those are threaded, we can tighten them down with that same T40 Torx bit. And then there's gonna be one more bolt that's gonna attach to our body. So now we can take our provided T40 Torx bolt and attach that through the door surround into the body of the Jeep and then take our T40 Torx bit and tighten that down. So once that's tightened down and in place, we can do the same exact thing on the other side.
So our next step is to attach our tailgate bar retainers. Now, they are gonna be side-specific, but you really can't mess it up because they only will fit on one side. So we're gonna take our factory style bolt. This is gonna be your T45 bolt and we're gonna thread that into the body of the Jeep. And once that is threaded in, we can take our T45 Torx bit and tighten that down. We can do the same thing on the other side.
So now that we're in the back of the Jeep, we can start to attach our bow assemblies. Now, we're going to attach the rear assembly and this is going to be the one with the snap buttons and then the reinforced bar on the side. So we're gonna take our button head bolt, our flat washer, and our nylon lock nut and put that through our door surround on either side. So making sure that the bolts are in on the other side, they don't have to be secured, you're gonna take a 13-millimeter wrench and a 5-millimeter Allen key, I'm using an Allen socket, I'm gonna go ahead and tighten those down. Then we can secure it on the other side.
So what we're gonna do is just move forward to our next bow assembly. This is going to thread into the top of your rear door surround brackets and we're going to be on the rear bracket of that rear door surround. So we're going to thread in our flat washer and our button head bolt in the back mount. And then for the front one, you're gonna grab at your mesh panel. This is gonna attach on both sides, but we're gonna sandwich this in between our bow and our bracket. Now, we're not gonna tighten that down just yet, we need to make sure that the other side is attached with this mesh before we go ahead and tighten everything down. So what we can do now is just go ahead and tighten those down. I'm gonna be using a 4-millimeter Allen socket. All right, now we can head up to our front-rear bow assembly bracket.
So now we're up at our front-most bow. This is the one that we had on the table originally that we put these brackets on. So we are going to do the same thing that we did with the middle bow and sandwich that mesh panel in between and thread those same button head bolts and the flat washer into the door surround bracket. Now, again, we just don't wanna tighten this down right away, we wanna make sure that we have both of those in on each side and then we can go ahead and tighten everything down. And after that, we can just tighten them down, same 4-millimeter Allen. All right, now we can head back to the table and put together our fabric.
So our next step is to install our bow link assemblies as well as our bow pivot bracket onto our header bow. So with the header facing down and the fabric flipped over the table, we're going to install our bow pivot bracket first, and this is gonna be the same one that we installed on our other bow, except for our tab is going to be a different size. So you wanna take your flat washer and your plastic bushings and we're going to do that same process, making sure that that indent is facing the inside because we want it to sit inside that header bow. Then we can take our 3-millimeter Allen key and our 8-millimeter wrench and go ahead and tighten that down. So now we can attach our bow link assembly. These are side-specific, so just make sure that you're installing them on the right side. You wanna make sure that this tab is facing the inside of your soft top, these two curves are aligning and this tab is facing down to give this enough space away from that header bow. Then we're gonna take the same hardware, the flat washer, the bolt, our two plastic bushings, the other flat washer, the nylon lock nut, and we can tighten it down. And for this side, you can use a ratcheting wrench or the other side of the wrench. Since you now have enough space, we're still gonna be using that 3-millimeter Allen key. All right. So once you have the bow link assembly and the bow pivot assembly or the bow pivot bracket attached to this side, we can do the same thing on the other side.
So after you have everything assembled, now we can put the fabric on the Jeep with the fabric flipped forward and the header facing the correct way. So our next step is to down our bow pivot bracket and that's gonna be used with this...or secured down with the same button head bolts that we did with the other one. Once you get those threaded in, we can tighten those down with a 4-millimeter Allen key. So now we can attach our bow link assembly to our middle bow. You do have to pull them up just a hair just to get them lined up, making sure that your plastic bushings are in the larger hole. And we can tighten them down with the 3-millimeter Allen key and the 8-millimeter ratcheting wrench. Then we can repeat that process on the other side. All right, now we can attach our fabric.
So our next step is going to be to flip our fabric back and then we can open up our Sunrider feature so we can attach our cable assist. So on the top of your rear door surround, you will have a little hole right above the corner of your rear door. We're gonna take the cable that's gonna help us open the Sunrider feature and send it through that hole. So once it's in there, it should hook on.
So our next step is going to be to attach our hard Velcro to the bow assembly in the rear. Now, this is going to hold the fabric down as well as use buttons and then our next step is going to be to attach those buttons. So you wanna make sure that you're about three and a half inches out, which is going to be roughly the center and we're just going to attach that hard Velcro because we're gonna have a strip of soft Velcro on top of our fabric. And then the two center portions, you wanna make sure that it's pretty center then we can do the other side. And this is just gonna make sure that it's secured down and leak-free. All right, now we can button her up.
So what we can do next is tuck our fabric underneath the top part of our rearmost bow and button that in. So you wanna make sure that it's tucked under so we can pull tight. But it's most easiest to do once you're a Sunrider feature is open just because it gives you a little bit of slack on the fabric. So while we're in the inside of our cab area, there are gonna be two Velcro strips on each bow in the front, which are just Velcro. So we're going to wrap this bottom part around our bow like we did with our buttons in the rear and just Velcro it down. Then we can do the same thing with our front bow and now we can install our windows.
So our next step is to install our quarter windows. So now you're gonna have a C-channel up at the top of your fabric that you're gonna slip this into and we're gonna pull it all the way forward as far as possible. Now, in that process, you're also going to have a hook up at the top here that's going to hook into our bow assembly. All right. So you wanna make sure that the ends of the channel are lining up. And then we can tuck this front tab into our door surround. Then we can move to the back. So we can take our nylon strap and button this into our tailgate bar retainer. And then what we can do next is just take those bottom plastic tabs and tuck them into our belt row retainer. So we're gonna do the same thing that we did on the back with our bottom tab and just set that in. So we can do the same thing on the other side then once we're finished with the side.
So now we can install our rear window and that's going to slide in a very similar C-channel on the back. So you wanna make sure that that's centered, then we can fold this out. You might actually have to pull that one part of the tab on the window out first. Then we're going to sipper about two inches down on either side. So we can do the same thing on the other side of the window and then we can start to zipper that down fully. All right, so I'm gonna leave a little bit loose at the bottom just so we can attach our tailgate bar. We can go ahead and grab that. So making sure that the seal is facing the rear, the bow of the tailgate bar is facing up and the rivets at the top are facing your Jeep or the soft top, we're gonna slide this into the same C-channel just down at the bottom. Then what we can do is just pull this down. Might have to unclip the other tab on the bottom as well just because this has to tuck under then we can pull down and tuck this into our tailgate bar. We can tuck it into our tailgate bar retainer and then continue to just zipper this down and tuck everything in. So then what we can do is just tuck the top of our fabric over our windows and Velcro that down on either side. Then we can attach our header to our windshield.
So our last step is just to secure down our header to our windshield. Now, what you're gonna do is pull down on your header because it is still tight since this is new fabric, then you're gonna pull down on this latch, it's gonna hook onto your windshield and then you're gonna pull the latch back. Then the same thing for the passenger side, and it is gonna be a little tense at first just because the fabric is so tight, but that's gonna wrap it up. So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Makes sure you like and subscribe. And for more videos and products like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.