Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
June 09, 2019
Good inexpensive replacement top
Decent top, but a few things are worth mentioning.
First let me say that I have only had my Jeep for a year, and the old Bestop soft top was bad when I got it, so that is my only experience with Jeeps or soft tops.
Product was packaged well, with tissue paper between all layers to protect window plastic. No wrinkles were noticeable from packaging. Installation was quite easy. The front edge that screws to the OEM frame has a plastic strip with slots where the screws go. Previous review said something about a hard time with this but I found that the screws pierced through the vinyl no problem at all. With my old Bestop the screws just went through the vinyl, no plastic reinforcement strip. A little tip, my screws were old and rusty, so I picked up some stainless steel screws at the hardware store to replace, size was #8 x 5/8" pan head. The corner screw doesn't have a plastic strip and I had a little trouble picking the right spot to secure the loose vinyl. I don't think that this is the cause for the wrinkles at the corners (see photos), but will look at it again after it has some time to stretch and settle. The velcro across the middle bar and the snaps across the rear bar all performed flawlessly. All zippers were smooth and plastic strip inserts went into the body did as they should. For some reason on mine the passenger rear bottom corner was very hard to get pulled down far enough to get the inserts in, but it could be something with my frame or the fact that the vinyl wasn't as warm as it could have been - it was about 60°-65° F outside when I installed.
The vinyl is definitely not as thick as my previous Bestop. Interior road noise is actually not any worse that I can tell though, except for this - at highway speed if a window is down at all, the wind whips the top above the front seats. It is so loud but also violent, that it made me nervous something was going to break. The vinyl in that area seems loose or too flexible. All across the front edge is loose, just extra vinyl. Some of this might get better as it adjusts to my vehicle, but it seems like it is just the design.
I have a weird wrinkle right behind drivers door on side.
Also note that the windows have a slight "orange peel" look when viewing through them. It isn't enough to distort what you see in the rear view mirror, but I can tell that this is different than my old Bestop.
Overall I am pleased. It keeps the rain out and even with a few little issues I feel like it is a good value at $203 on sale.