Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. So, today I'm here with the Bestop Trektop NX Soft Top in Black Twill, fitting all 2018 and newer 2-Door JL Wranglers. So, this is gonna be for the JL owner who's looking to either switch over from their factory soft top or their factory hardtop to a very functional and high-quality soft top that's a complete package. This is going to come with everything that you need to install it, perfect for that hardtop owner who's looking to switch from the hardtop to the soft top in the summer months and wants something that comes with everything that you need to get this on your Jeep and enjoy a more flexible and open-air driving experience in comparison to the hardtop that was pretty limited. Now, this is even gonna be perfect for the soft top owner who has any damaged or worn out hardware, any damaged or worn-out fabric and they're looking to switch over to something that looks a little bit sleeker or is also just going to overall be a little bit more functional. So, this is going to be made of a 30-ounce acrylic twill material, which is gonna be more heavyweight than the standard black diamond material as well as the factory black diamond material, giving you some added benefit. So, you're going to have some better insulation in your cab area as well as better sound dampening in your cab area. You're also getting a very deep black tone out of this, giving you a very sleek appearance. And you're also getting a durable and wrinkle-free material. So, this is going to last a little bit longer than that standard black diamond, giving it a little bit of a higher quality in my book.
Now, this is also gonna be very functional like I mentioned before. So, you're getting a Sunrider feature in the front, which is cable assisted. So, all you have to do is pop that open and you have a complete open-air driving experience. Similar to the freedom panels, however, it's going to be a lot easier to operate. Now, you're also able to completely transform this into a bikini top. There are very minimal zippers on the windows and all you have to really do is unhook them and slide them off and you have that complete open-air driving experience like I was saying before. Now, what I would like to mention is that this is not going to be completely convertible, so you won't be able to fold this all the way down, but in my opinion, since this is still very functional, you have all of that air up in the front as well as all the air on the sides with those windows coming off. I think that that's a pretty fair trade-off for what you're getting out of this top. Now, this is not only just going to be functional, it's also going to be very sleek looking. You have those deep-tinted black windows. So, those are going to be DOT approved and they're just going to overall give a sleek look, especially with the Fastback styling of this top.
Now with all that being said, this is going to be roughly $1,200. And in my personal opinion, I think that's a pretty fair price for what you're getting since this is a high-quality top. So, Bestop is very well-known in the soft top industry and I really think that they put a lot of care as well as thought into this design and it's very functional and very user-friendly. So, compared to a couple of other options on the site that are a little bit more cost-effective, this is just going to have those extra bells and whistles that those other ones might not have. So, even though this is a little bit more expensive, you are getting a lot more out of the soft top than you would see with other more basic designs. So, a lot of those other options on the site are usually gonna have that standard black diamond vinyl material which make them more cost-effective. However, they're not gonna have those added bells and whistles that this does. But if you're looking to keep on a budget, if you're not looking for all those bells and whistles, those are gonna be a great option. But if you're looking for an all-in-one package, you're looking for something that comes with everything that you need to install it, is very functional, is high-quality and it looks good mounted up to your Wrangler, this is gonna be a really good option to take a look at.
So, install is gonna be a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It's probably gonna take you about two hours to get the job done with some very basic hand tools. So, speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for my install were an impact wrench, 10-millimeter and 8-millimeter wrench, a three-eighths-inch drive and quarter-inch drive ratchet, a quarter-inch drive extension, a T10 Torx bit, T50, T40 and T25 Torx socket, a 4-millimeter Allen socket and a 3-millimeter Allen key. So, our first step to getting our new soft top in place is just to take off the current top we have. We have a hardtop on here, so we're going to start by taking off our freedom panels.
So, what we have to do first is just put down our visors and unlatch our T tops from the windshield and then we can pull all the other latches off. And then we can do the latches around the side. Then we can pop the driver side off first, and then our passenger side because the seal and then we can take off the back.
So, our next step is to take off the Torx bolts that are holding the back of our hardtop on. I'm going to be using a T50 Torx socket in order to take those off. Then we can do the other side. So, after the ones in the cab area are taken off, there are two up at the front where the T tops were covering it. So, I'm gonna use the same T50 Torx socket to remove those. After all those are out, we're ready to take off the back of our hardtop. So, for the back of our hardtop, you will need to find a friend to help you take it off.
So, our first step to installing our soft top is gonna be on the table. We have to put together our door surrounds, and then put everything on our Jeep before we can get to our fabric. So, first off, we are going to install our back plating on our door surround. They are side specific, so we can just put that down in place. Grab our small Torx hardware and go ahead and install those. So, once you have the back plating over the holes, what we can do is take our hardware, they're just going to be short Torx screws. You can put them in place and take a T10 Torx bit and push them into the plastic. So, now we can grab the other side and install the other back plate. So, once those are tightened down, what we can do is put the two pieces of our door surround together. These are also going to be side specific, but we're going to go ahead and slide those into place and grab our button head hardware. So, we have a button head bolt and a flange nut. Go ahead and install that facing down. You want to make sure that both of those are in before we go ahead and tighten that up. So, once both of those are on, what we can do is grab a 4-millimeter Allen socket or Allen key and a 10-millimeter wrench and tighten those up. So, after this is secure, what we can do is do the same thing for the other side. So, after they are together, what we can do is install these on our Wrangler.
So, what we can do now, starting on our passenger side, but you can also start on the driver side, I'm going to install the door surround. Now you want to make sure that these clamps line up with the holes in the sports bar and this seal is sitting on top of the seal at the front. So, there is gonna be a little tab that you want to make sure it goes inside your sports bar, this is gonna make sure the door surround sits flush. So, what we can do is clamp this up under, take our long Torx hardware, and thread that through the sports bar into the back of the door surround. Now we can go ahead and tighten that up with a T40 Torx. So, we can move to the back of the door surround and secure that to the body using our Torx hardware. This is going to be the one with the Loctite, you're going to have 12 of these. We're going to thread that into the existing hole in the body, and then we can tighten that up with the same T40 Torx. Now, I would recommend you use a hand ratchet on this just because it does have Loctite on there. So, after that's tightened up, we can repeat that process on the other side.
Our next step is to install our tailgate bar retainer. So, this is going to wrap around and sit on the side of our belt rail retainer, then we can install our factory style bolt and thread that in and tighten it down with a T50 Torx. Same thing for the other side. So, our next step is to install our bow number three and four assembly onto our sports bar. Now, this tab and this tab are going to line up with threaded holes in our sports bar. So, we're going to secure the back one first with the same T40 Torx bolt with the thread lock on it. I'm going to loosely thread that in first, and then we can come up to the front tab, line that up with the other hole, grab our mounting bracket, place that down on top. You're going to want to make sure that this is facing inside and that the tab on the side of your mounting bracket is going to be facing the door surround, then we can take our T40 Torx bolt. So, you're also gonna have a threaded hole up at the front in your sports bar. We can take the same hardware and thread that into there. And then tighten everything down with a T40 Torx socket. Then we can move to our back bolt. Then we can repeat that process on the other side.
So, now we can install our rearmost bow assembly. This is going to be the one with two bars across and the buttons on the back. This is going to lay on the back of our mounting bracket. And then we can take the same T40 Torx hardware and thread that into the mounting bracket on either side. So, once all of those are threaded in, we can take the same T40 Torx socket and tighten those down. Same thing for the other side.
So, our next step is to install our other bow assembly. This is just going to lay across our bow assembly brackets. And we can take the small T25 hardware. I did loosen up this bracket just to make sure that everything lines up. So, we can take the T25 hardware with the thread lock on it and thread that into place. And we wanna make sure that everything is lining up before we tighten it down. I'm also using an extension just to clear this bar. Then we can thread in the other side. So, we can do the same thing on the other side, and then we can tighten this middle bar down.
So, our next step is to install our bow pivot assemblies on our bow header assembly. So, you are gonna get a small bracket and then your pivot assembly and we're going to install the bracket on the end, and then this pivot assembly on the side of our bow here. So, what I did was laid the hardtop with the header assembly facing the direction that it would be mounted on the Jeep and flip the fabric forward because these pivot assemblies are side specific, so you want to make sure that your bow stopped is facing the inside of your soft top, then we can take the longer stainless bolt, put that through. You want to make sure that you have a rubber bushing or a plastic bushing on the inside of the pivot assembly to make sure that it can pivot. Then we can take the other plastic bushing with the tapered end facing the inside. Sandwich that in there. Grab the flat washer, and then the nylon lock nut, and we can tighten that down using a three-millimeter Allen...or an Allen key and an eight-millimeter wrench. Now, those plastic bushings allow this to move back and forth. So, we're gonna move this out of the way. All right. So, we're going to do the same thing that we did for the back pivot assembly with this front bracket here. We're going to take our bracket, loop it on the outside so our header assembly bow is sitting on the inside of this bracket. We're gonna put our bolt through, make sure that there's a plastic bushing in between, tapered side facing in. Same thing for the other side of the bow. Then we can take our flat washer, butt that up against the plastic bushing and our nylon lock nut. Then we can take our three-millimeter Allen key and our wrench, tighten that down. All right. Then we can repeat that process on the other side. All right. Now we're ready to install our fabric onto our Jeep.
So, our next step is to place our fabric up on top of our Jeep, making sure that the header is sitting down flush. Now, you may want to grab a friend for this part just because the fabric has a little bit of weight to it and you want to make sure that it goes over the hood up on top of your Wrangler. So, we're gonna keep the fabric on the hood for right now and we'll attach our next bow assembly.
So, our next step is to secure our bow pivot bracket down to our door surround. So, you're gonna get four-millimeter button head bolts or Allen head bolts. And we can take the provided washers and thread those into the door surround. We can tighten those up with a four-millimeter Allen key. Then we can repeat that process on the other side. All right. Now we can attach our next bow.
So, our next step is to install our last bow. This is going to attach to our bow bracket mount up here as well as our header assembly or the bow pivot bracket that we just put on. So, this is going to sit across. You want to make sure that it is facing the back of the Jeep and this bar is facing forward and that this little insert is also facing forward and that's going to stop the bow stopper when you flip back your Sunrider feature. So, we're gonna take very similar hardware to the bow pivot assembly or the bow pivot bracket. You have the bolt, the flat washer, the plastic bushing, and then you have the flat washer and the nylon lock nut. Gonna make sure that that plastic bushing is sitting in their flush then we can go through our bow. Put on the flat washer and the nylon lock nut. Now, I'm not gonna tighten this down just yet. I want to get this back one on as well. What we can do now is tighten that down. We're gonna be using the same three-millimeter Allen key and an eight-millimeter wrench. And I'm going to be using a ratcheting wrench just to quicken the process. All right. Now we can do the same thing on the other side.
So, what we can do now is flip our fabric over, open our Sunrider, and then attach our Z clips on the side so you have a cable assist so making the Sunrider open is going to be very easy for you. So, in the back of your door surround, you're gonna have a hole and that's where we're going to install our Z clip that's attached to our cable, which is basically your spring assist. So, I have the Sunrider feature just facing up. It is pretty tight right now, so you don't have to worry about it falling, but this is just going to give you a little slack, so you can slide that Z clip in, and then that'll hook it to the door surround, and we can do the same thing on the other side.
So, now we're gonna be in the back of the Jeep at our rearmost bow. So, what we have to do is attach this hard Velcro to each of our crossbars on our back bow. There is gonna be a layer of soft Velcro right where your rear window is going to attach. And this is just gonna seal it to the back bow. So, what we're going to do is take each strip, peel the back off, and then we can just place it on the ends. You want it about three or so inches from the end here. Then we can wrap it around. In the center, you're gonna want to place it in the center, roughly. And then lastly, we're going to go three inches from the end like we did on the driver side.
So, what we're going to do is take this piece of fabric, make sure that it's centered, tuck it up underneath and click it into place. Now I have the Sunrider feature open, that's gonna give us some slack and make this a little bit easier. As you can tell, it's wrinkled at the top. What we have to do next is just take these Velcro straps that are right above our bows and secure them down to the bow to make sure that our fabric is taut. There's one in the front right above the passenger and driver seat and one right above the soundbar. So, I'm just going to fold the hard Velcro down and fold the soft Velcro right over it. If you start at one side, it makes it a little bit easier instead of starting in the middle.
So, now we're ready to install our windows. I'm gonna start with the passenger side. You can either start with the passenger side or the driver side, but our rear window is gonna be last. So what we're going to do is slide this channel into the top fabric here and slide it as far as we possibly can. So, after that's on there, what we can do is hook this on to our back crossbar. So, what I'm going to do is grab this nylon strap and buckle that onto the tailgate bar retainer. And then we can move back up to the front where we can secure everything down. So, what I'm going to do is pull this forward and get this plastic trim into our door surround, so this is sitting flush up against our door surround, then we can do the same thing with the bottom belt rail retainer. So, the twill is actually gonna be a little bit easier to work with than the black diamond, it just has a little bit of a stretch to it. However, we are installing this in about 70-degree climate, so it is stretching pretty good. Then we can grab this bottom tab and hook that into our belt rail retainer.
So, we're gonna leave this back part loose so we can get our rear window installed, and then we can tuck that up under once our rear window is in place. So, what we're gonna do is grab our back window, drape that over the side and slide it into the same channel, but just at the back here. So, we're gonna center this as best as we can, and then grab our zippers. There's gonna be one on either side. And we can hook that into our window. Zipper it about two, three inches and then we'll do the same thing on the other side. Make sure that it's even. So, once you get most of the ways zipped on either side, we can bring it down a little bit more. So, like I said before because this is newer fabric it might have a tough time stretching it first, but it will stretch out. We wanna leave a little bit at the end because we have to install our tailgate bar. So, making sure that the seal is facing the bottom and the piece with the two rivets are up at the top facing inside of our Jeep, what we're gonna do is slide this on to the C-channel here. Make sure it's even on both sides. And then what we can do is roll it into the tailgate bar retainer. And it'll pop into place. Then we can continue to just zipper these down. So, once those are zippered, we can take our last plastic pieces, we can even close up our tailgate here. So, what we can do is just take our last two plastic tabs and tuck them up under. So, once these are both tucked up under there, what we can do is head up to the top and make sure that this seals correctly. So, there is gonna be decent amount of Velcro. We're going to make sure that our quarter window Velcros to our rear window, then we can tuck the top of our fabric over and this is gonna create a pretty good seal to make sure that any rain washes off of here and rolls down the soft top instead of gets inside. All right. Make sure to tuck on the side of the window. And then our last step is just to close up and latch our header.
So, what we can do now is just pull down our header. Like I said, the fabric is going to be a little tight, so it might give you a little bit of resistance. So, we're going to pull this down to meet the windshield, pull our latch down to hook that hook into place on our windshield channel. Then we can pull this latch back and it'll hook into place. Do the same thing for the passenger side.
So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. And for more videos and products like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.