Bestop 54922-35 Trektop NX Glide Soft Top in Black Diamond With Free Window Storage Bag for 07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK 2 Door
FREE! Window Storage Bag with Purchase of a TrekTop NX Glide Soft Top!The Trektop NX Glide brings together versatility, durability, and extreme ease of operation. The Innovative new folding frame design lets the Trektop NX Glide function like a convertible top, just fold back behind the rear seat for a total open-air ride. For full coverage, the Trektop NX Glide is fast and simple to close. The zipper less side and rear panels allow for easy slide-in and slide-out, just like the ultra-premium Trektop Pro soft top. Featuring the popular fastback look the Trektop NX Glide includes all of the soft top fabric in Black Diamond, window panels and hardware for simple no drill installation.
- New folding frame design folds behind the rear seat for a total open-air ride.
- Keep small gear items in the zippered mesh pockets on the Sunrider panel.
- Includes all the soft top fabric, window panels and simplified bows for a no-drill installation.
- Zipperless windows allow for easy installation or removal.
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Bestop Trektop NX Glide Soft Top in Black Diamond With Free Window Storage Bag Reviews
This review is for the 2-door version of the Bestop Trektop NX Glide, in Black Diamond. I bought this because it was designed for both bikini mode and full top down mode. Full convertible tops are not the best bikini tops and bikini tops before this one are either on or off, not folded down.
Major review points:
• Too many shortcuts in the nuts and bolts of the engineering, imprecise manufacturing, and poor documentation makes installation unnecessarily difficult and fussy.
• Works fine when either up & all windows in or down in full convertible mode. Just a bit slappy in bikini mode.
• No leaks, but dumps water inside if you open the door in the rain.
• Difficult to live with if you intend to take windows in/out often and keep them with you in the Jeep since the windows cannot be rolled or easily stowed.
• Not as good a value as it might seem, since a usable version must include the Bestop Window Storage Bag for an additional ~$115.
• Takes far too long to put windows in because of the zipper-less non-rollable windows and the resulting need to use the storage bag, so you & your Jeep’s interior will get quite wet if you wait too long to start getting the top weather tight. This top cannot be put up quickly.
Strengths: Good looking pseudo-frameless appearance. Obviously high-quality fabric and windows material. Highest usability flexibility on the market since it works in multiple modes: top fully up and sealed, Sunrider, bikini, and top fully down. No water leaks at all so far with the top up, and it has been in a few very strong storms. Reasonably quiet with the top up (for a convertible). Fun in all its modes.
Weaknesses: Cheap fasteners not appropriate for the use, sloppy mechanical design and manufacturing, and poor documentation makes installation a chore and leaves a very poor first impression. Zipper-less window design was a bad idea all around. It makes the windows difficult to stow in the Jeep; it makes putting the windows back in slow and more difficult than need be. If you must open the doors to get out while it is raining, LOOK OUT! Water in your lap on the way! Rubber grommets on the rear frame for attaching the side windows do not stay in, are a pain to re-insert, and are sure to get lost. Close-fit small frame to gives that nice frameless appearance is difficult to get back up with just one person.
2.5 stars out of 5 Overall.
Engineering, manufacturing, installation.
The first impression of this top suffers greatly due to issues with the mechanicals, packaging/labeling the parts, and documentation.
Poor / sloppy manufacturing quality.
The holes through door surrounds for bolting them to the sport bar of the Jeep do not line up top to bottom. This requires you to twist the surround while cursing to get the bolts to go through. Requires three hands or a lot of cursing (either will work eventually).
The pre-drilled holes in the side bows do not line up with the holes in the header/fabric assembly, resulting in one of the pan head screws going in at a slant, so it sticks up a bit.
The pre-punched holes in the fabric flaps on the inside of the top where it is supposed to attach to the rear bow assembly do not line up (there are different distances between the holes in the fabric vs in the bow) resulting in a sloppy appearance (fabric not laying flat against the bow) unless you punch new holes.
Packaging / labeling and documentation.
Numerous parts depend on proper left-right orientation. Yet, the parts are not marked on either the plastic packaging or on the part itself, and the documentation is so poor you can’t tell for sure many times which is which. This results in 50/50 guessing, which results in taking things back apart when you guess wrong (made even more annoying by the inappropriate fasteners – see below). Hey, Bestop, your documentation is a PDF file; it will cost you zero more to include actual color photos instead of those crude drawings! Or, how about stamping an “L” or an “R” in the metal? Or, labeling the plastic bags with an “L” or and “R”. Or even a DETAILED installation video? Or a detailed installation photo gallery on your web site? Any of those would work!
There must be some reason for all the flaps, plates, and cords in the attachment of the fabric and top bow to the header, but it is a mystery to me what this reason is. And, again, piss-poor documentation makes some of it a guessing game of how it is supposed to go together.
Rubber grommets on the rear bow for attaching the side windows pop out every time you remove the windows, are a pain to re-insert, and are sure to get lost.
But, IMO, the biggest gripe with the mechanical design is the use of cheap fasteners not appropriate to the job. I’m referring to the non-self-tapping pan-head Philips screws that are ubiquitous here. In almost all cases, they must tap their own threads through the metal, but it is particularly egregious where they are used to attach the top fabric to the rear bow. Here you must exert enough pressure to make the non-self-tapping screw tap its own threads, while not stripping out the Philips head, while using one hand to pull back on the bow. And, no, telling the user to use a power driver does NOT make up for using non-self-tapping Philips fasteners in an application requiring self-tapping hex-head fasteners. One installation video on the web by a professional installer said to buy self-tapping fasteners to tap the threads first to avoid stripping out the Philips heads. Awful, cheap, curse-inducing, poor engineering.
0.5 stars out of 5 in Engineering, manufacturing, packaging/labeling, and installation.
• Has the “fastback” appearance of the frameless tops.
• Good looking fabric.
• Very good-looking windows.
• Mesh pockets inside look good and are very useful.
5 stars out of 5 in Appearance.
Fully up and windows in:
• Very weather tight and relatively quiet. Nearly as quiet as my hardtop (unless it is a windy day, then it is a bit noisy). No leaks at all, even in a driving rain with strong winds.
• However, you and the inside of your Jeep WILL get wet if you must exit or enter during a rain. If you open the door while it is raining, the door surrounds / top will dump a strong stream of water on you, the inside of your Jeep, and the seat. If it is raining heavily, prepare to get soaked by this run-off just getting out of the Jeep.
• OK in bikini mode, but a fair amount of flapping and slapping. Huge negative is the time required to remove the windows and properly stow them; likewise, time required to put them back in in the event of weather. The zipper-less feature is one of those ideas that sounds great in principle, but sucks in practice. Also, due to no zippers, you must manually tug and bend the tabs / channels with your fingers to get the rear window tabs into the channels on the side windows; this is difficult if the temperature is at all cool. The tabs that are supposed to go in the tailgate bar mounts are pretty much impossible to get in unless you relax the top by releasing the header bar.
• As with the bikini mode, huge negative is the time required to remove the windows and properly stow them; the time required to install them in in the event of weather, the need to spread out and open the window storage bag, and the difficulty of getting the tabs into the channels on the rear window. As I stated above, this zipper-less feature is one of those ideas that sounds great in principle, but sucks in practice. It needed more test marketing before foisting this off on customers.
• Not as much mechanically to this as a full-frame convertible, so it stows in top down mode very well, although it does ride quite high.
• Probably due to the attempt to get a pseudo-frameless look, the bows tightly hug the sport bar and tend to rub/catch on the sport bar covers when putting the top up and down.
• The latches in the door surrounds (intended to keep the top up while using the Sunrider feature) are not well engineered and therefore require a lot of pulling and tugging and occasional pinched fingers to get them to engage when putting the top up.
• When putting the top up by yourself, it is difficult to get the bows, etc., up far enough so they don’t just fall back down when you let go to go around and pull if forward beyond the sound bar. I can get it done, but I must stand on the back bumper and lift the top from the middle, hold it in place while reaching back down to lift the rear bow, etc., pushing the header well forward of the sound bar. If anyone has a better technique, I’m listening…
• Very minor point: the top bar above the front seats is no doubt to prevent water pooling when the top is up, but it is visually distracting with the top down.
3 out of 5 in Livability.
A minor re-design of this same top with zippered windows that can be rolled and stowed, quick to take out and re-install, and with spending an extra 50 cents on proper fasteners would be a clear 5 out of 5. Too bad the designers became overly pleased with themselves on this zipper-less idea and did not test it out with real customers first, and a pox on whoever decided to save a few pennies rather than using the proper fasteners for the job.
I would probably think hard before buying this top again. I may have been better off getting a full convertible top plus one of those ShadeMaker-style meshes that can stay on with the top up or down.
Again, overall, a disappointing 2.5 out of 5. (Since I can’t select a half star, I clicked 2 since IMO it does not deserve a 3.)
PS: Don’t bother posting a review of this top on the Bestop website unless it is glowingly positive. They don’t publish critical reviews (like this one). I’ve tried. Twice.
This top is Okay. The quality of the material is good. Now you really need to let these heat up in the sun before installing or you're going to have a tough time installing the windows. It leaks from time to time so its better for just a summer top if you live where it snows. Traveling with the windows off presents its own challenge even with the bag that Bestop also sells, but it helps. The grommets on the rear like to fall out after a few uses so superglue them right in. Overall pleased with the product.
Looks great, but the windows don’t store well.
My job has me on the road a lot during the week. I’m usually gone 3-4 days at a time, and there is no good way to take the windows along except having them installed on the Jeep. They can’t be rolled, and they are too big to lay flat in the back. It’s disappointing, and kinda of defeats the purpose of being able to take them off.