Well, first off thanks to Marcus at River City Offroad for a good deal on the Trektop NX for my 2door JK.
Yesterday was nice and warm so it was a great day for the install. Took me about 90 minutes as I was doing it alone, but it wasn't too difficult. Laid it all out in the sun while I took the stock top off and gathered the tools for the install. Was out and about with it on the Jeep by lunchtime.
Here's the thing, though. I don't know if I like it all that much. I love the look, and I love having nice brandy-new windows to see out of with no bars in the way, but...
- The much-touted quietness is great, for the most part, but if my window is down even a little bit, the top bounces off the top of the door surround (just at the back of the door, aft of the rear surround knob) like a slightly-slowed-down woodpecker.
- The rear edge does flap (also very fast) at highway speed with the rear window out.
- I can't quite manage the window attachment so well - where the original side-curtains attached high on the side, the NX curtains attach more on the top surface of the cage; the zipper mates more on the skyward horizontal surface... which I can't reach from the ground, and where I park, the driver's side is a bit downhill, so standing on the step bar I have to hang on with one hand or I fall off.
- I'm still undecided about the complete removal vs. the fold-down of the original top. It's not bad, sure, but I could always do the stock top in under a minute, down or up.
So I'm just wondering if I wasted the dough for the NX. There was no way I'd be able to have known these things without having tried it firsthand, so I guess I had to find out the hard way.
I understand most of your gripes. I had the factory top on my 2007 and then the 1st gen trektop before i made the switch to the NX. The factory soft top was fine, and the 1st gen trektop was great for my needs. The regular trektop was also way simpler than the NX.
I remember when I opened the box for the NX I was just like WTF is all this crap?
That being said, i would not go back to the 1st gen now that I have the NX. The NX is a lot quieter than the 1st gen, and if you think this flaps, go get a 1st gen and then you'll see what flapping is all about. For my orgiinal trektop, i made a pvc prop top to keep the top tight and to keep it form flapping around. Unfortunately, without a traditional frame, I think it is what it is. My trektop NX doesn't really flap all that much though - did you secure those little hooks into the sound bar?
The window attachments on this top are a pain in the ass. What I've been doing is zipping them in most of the way before i put it on. That will probably help out with the problem you're having.
As far as the fold down v. total removal - you're right, the stock top is easy to just pop on down and head on your way. The NX has quite a few more steps, but once you get it down, it's great. I can get my NX off in about five minutes, and back on in about ten.
All in all, you may not love the NX and if thats the case, there's no shame in switching back to a regular top. I think 90% of people who get a trektop get it for the looks because when it comes to functionality one thing jeep did right with the JK is the stock soft top.
For me, I can't run the stock soft top because the JK would not fit in the garage with it on. So my choice was easy. If I had a choice, would I run the stock top? Probably not...but thats mostly because I'm part of the 90% that like the looks of the trektop over the factory top.