So far we have really been loving the Sunrider, so easy to pop the top. We will be in the OBX next week and it will get a lot of use.
Thanks BroncoAZ, I appreciate it. And you have the same first name as my dad so you must be a good dude Cleaning was a con of the twill but there are endless options for convertible top cleaners/protectants so, looks like I have my answer! Thanks again!I went twill as it seemed to be the superior material from what I read on some Jeep forums. Seems like the only benefit to black diamond could be that it’s easier to clean, but the twill is like the top material on most OEM convertibles so it should be cleanable.
Looking for inputs about your experience with this top.
- Fit/finish (for the 2 door Bronco)
- interior sound level compared to the hardtop with roof rails
- NVH compared to the hardtop (popping sound)
- quality of twill compared to vinyl
- any sealing issues for air or water
Many thanks for sharing your real life experience with this top on a 2 door Bronco!
Just installed my BESTOP Sun Rider TWILL on my BRONCO 2 DR:
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Really easy to install all the tools except maybe the Allen wrench are included in the BRONCO tool kit - very convenient! Strongly suggest you have someone help you carry over the vehicle for installation. Literally there is 1 step where you need the second set of hands and that takes 1 minute.
It's easier if you have a step stool or you can stand on the door sills. Make sure you have protectors or put something down so you don't scratch the sills.
Take off the antenna and hFld in the mirrors when you are putting the top on. It's just less things to bump.
Be careful of all the seals and make sure they are making contact.
I replaced the spacers with a thinner nylon washer - about half the thickness. I read somewhere that the spacers caused leaks on the 2DR.
The frame and top have a real quality feel and finish.
The fit on the topi is tight, feels good.
Hand tighten everything and then finish tightening everything after all the screws & bolts are installed.
The latches on one side of the top take a little fussing with to open but no big deal.
I drove it and then soaked it with a hose. Water tight - so far!
The Bestop Sun Rider is exactly the open air feel I was looking for and its super easy to open and close!
Pull the top down with the handholds next to the latch points as you open the latches all the way. There is hook on the latch that needs to be retracted into the latch for the top to open.Just got my bronco on Tuesday! Had the dealership install this top. Instructions said 30 mins, 3 hours and a visit to the shop I get her back. Didn't try to open it there... Currently it isn't opening... Will investigate more. I thought it's a simple "unlatch and push back". Unlatching works. The pushing back is a no go. And I. About 600 miles from the dealership.
Just got my bronco on Tuesday! Had the dealership install this top. Instructions said 30 mins, 3 hours and a visit to the shop I get her back. Didn't try to open it there... Currently it isn't opening... Will investigate more. I thought it's a simple "unlatch and push back". Unlatching works. The pushing back is a no go. And I. About 600 miles from the dealership.
To add to what @BroncoAZ mentioned, it will loosen up over time. After having mine installed for a couple of months, the latches work smoothly and without unnecessary resistance.Pull the top down with the handholds next to the latch points as you open the latches all the way. There is hook on the latch that needs to be retracted into the latch for the top to open.
I don’t have any place to store the rear roof if I pulled it off. You could remove the sunrider in about 6 bolts and then pull the rest of the top if you’d like.I’m still on the fence with this purchase. With the Sunrider, you’re pretty much committing to NOT taking the back roof section off, right? (Not driving around with Sunrider and no back roof, not removing the Sunrider whenever you want the roof off).
Do you find that to be a big deal? What do you prefer? The functionality of the Sunrider, or the ability to go completely topless?