Every once in a while a product comes along that’s not only good for your vehicle and good for your comfort, but is also somewhat easy to install. It’s rare indeed that a product can look good, work well, and slide in exactly like the instruction sheet says it should.
Bestop’s Trektop NX is such a product.
The Bestop Supertop quickly became the standard against which all other soft tops are measured by offering the highest quality in function, fit, and style. The Trektop NX offers a whole new level of versatility by acting essentially as two tops in one. You can use it as a full soft top or you can remove the side and rear windows for a safari-style bikini top setup. The Bestop Trektop NX utilizes a “bowless” design, which does away with the top bows and frames and uses Wrangler sports bars to give them shape and support. This gives it a sporty fastback or “raceback” look that sets it apart from its Supertop brethren. When you’re using your new Bestop soft top, each of the two side windows and the rear window can be removed and stored while leaving the top in place for shade.
We’ve installed soft tops on nearly every model of Jeep — starting with a ’46 CJ-2a, going through a few more editions of CJs, an early model Bronco or two, an IH Scout, and on to an ’07 Rubicon Unlimited. We’ve found that installation has become easier and quicker with each new design, and the Trektop NX continues the trend.
When installing a Trektop — or any soft top from Bestop (even a simple replacement skin of the OEM top) — you’ll want to wait until the ambient temperature is above 72 degrees F for the entire install. According to Bestop, the material can shrink up to an inch in colder weather. Once we had our Trektop NX in hand, we waited until daytime temperatures reached acceptable levels and then left the top’s cloth portions in the sun while installing hardware. This allowed our top to be slightly larger and even more pliable, making it easier to stretch during installation.
Follow along as we install our Bestop Trektop NX: