Sorry for the really long post. Kinda pissed off.
I have to say, I am extremely disappointed with a recent purchase I made. Bestop has a product line call Pavement Ends. They have a top that is a less expensive version of the Trektop NX, called the Sprint Top.
The big differences are that the Sprint Top doesn't come with any bows or any rear straps. However, the Sprint Top is about $250 less than the NX top. I figured, same brand, same top, fewer parts making it more compact and cheaper... sounds like a win, right? Nope.
One of the biggest selling points for me was the "factory-quality sailcloth fabric". However, when the top showed up, it was much, much thinner and softer. I figured "eh, its Bestop. It will be fine". So I cannibalize my factory top and install the Sprint Top.
The next problem(s), during the installation, I had to modify my original factory rear door surrounds, which was only discovered after spending more than an hour and a half trying to figure out why the top didn't fit. Go to find out, if you have the factory Sun Rider top on your 11+ JKU, there are several pieces that must be trimmed off the rear surrounds and filed smooth in order for the back of the top to seat correctly. That includes the metal safety latches, springs and pins that hold the top down when the Sun Rider is open, as well as the factory frame supports. Would have been nice if that was in the directions.
I finally get everything installed and it looks great. After I go for a 70 mile ride round trip to work, over 10 mph the fabric over the front seats (which looked flush and snug before I drove) balloons up about 6 inches and it sags a couple inches when I am stopped. It also flutters and makes a clanging sound.
Now, I don't want to sound too picky. I mean, I did buy a top with no bows, but it rained for a few hours and the sagging fabric acted like a big bowl. It filled with so much water in just one half hour that I couldn't get in the Wrangler without ducking down to the point where my eyes were even with the top of the steering wheel. Plus, the spring cable couldn't hold the weight and slipped over the edge of the surrounds and it was pissing water all over the inside of the Jeep.
I went to the local hardware store and bought four 6 foot fiberglass rods and I made my own bow over the front seats. The fabric is stretched so bad, that it looks like the hunchback of notre dame, but it is a must to support the fabric enough that it would flood.
Now that the front is fixed, we got about 1.5 inches of rain last night, so I had to go outside to fix this...
Looks like the front support is working great. Have fun trying to sit in the backseat though.
Put another bow in the back.
This is what it looks like from outside, after the repair.
A call to Bestop and an email to Pavent Ends division yielded 2 things. Email was ignored and on the phone I was told I installed the top incorrectly.
Bottom line... Don't waste any money on the Sprint Top.