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Bestop Products

Article written by Moab Man

Date Added: 05/07/2006

I have had the review for Bestop items on my computer for a long time.

That's because just about the time I was ready to write something I would get another item. In one consolidated review I will cover the Bestop Header, Bikini, Safari Top, Windjammer, and Dust Cover.
Installing the Bestop items
All items came with decent enough instructions. Breaking it down in to three sections...
Bestop Header I don't like to drill into my vehicle anymore than I have to, and my vehicle was equipped with the hardtop, I went with the clamp on header (header-attaches the bikini to the windshield frame). The header arrived with one manufacturing defect. One of the screw hole rivets was not pressed into place properly and was lying loose in the box. I also had a problem with the install. The instructions stated that I would put the header on the top of the windshield frame and then clamp it down to the frame. The enclosed bolt used goes through the header into the clamping mechanism, a locking washer is supposed to be used. With all my effort I could not get the pieces clamped together using the lock washer. The bolt seemed to be just too short to use the washer.
Bikini & Safari top Install was just as the directions showed. No problems with either.
Windjammer As I mentioned earlier, I hate to drill into my vehicle. Unfortunately it is unavoidable with this product. Brackets attached to the floor secure the windjammer. Only problem I had installing the floor bracket was across the transmission hump in the floor. There is some sealant at the joint between the bed of the Jeep and the transmission tunnel. Some of this had to be cut away to attach the bracket.
Duster Cover This required some more drilling to attach. Two small brackets needed to be attached across the back of the Jeep to secure the windjammer. The rest of the Tj already has a bracket or channel as a part of the manufacturing.

Final Thoughts

Having dealt with all the little things mentioned during the install, I can say all products had an excellent fit.

All of these products have been on my vehicle through a winter (not smart enough to put the top back on) and a summer. I continue to be happy with all of it. No signs of breakdown in any of the pieces.

This product would get 4 out of 4 tires if I, as the consumer, did not have to correct or adjust for problems with the product out of the box.

Purchase / Vendor Info

Vendor Name: This & That Customs, Inc.
Address: 216 Ave. D Suite A
Cheyenne, WY 82007
Phone: 307-214-7754
Contact Person: Bob Levenhagen
E-Mail Address:
Website: www.tntcustoms.com

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