View Full Version : VIDEO - 2015 SEMA Show Highlights : Bestop Jeep JK Wrangler NEW Sunrider for Hardtop

11-04-2015, 09:39 PM
Okay of the 3 Jeep JK Wranglers that Bestop brought out to the 2015 SEMA Show, this yellow one was without question that everyone wanted to see. And, that's because it had their all new "Sunrider for Hardtop" that will be available early next year. Essentially, the Sunrider for Hardtop is quite literally a soft top that you install in place of your factory Jeep JK Wrangler hard top Freedom Top panels and this allows you to open and close the front portion of your roof simply by unlatching the windshield header and flipping the top back. Here is a short video of how it works as well as some photos of the Jeep it was installed on. :cool:


Some overall shots of the Jeep JK Wrangler



What the Sunrider for Hardtop looks like when closed

The Bestop Sunrider for Hardtop being opened

What it looks like opened and from the back

View from the inside with the top closed

And with it opened

Also, here are a couple of shots of their new Powerboard powered steps in the up position

And what they look like with your doors open

Last but not least, their new seat covers look really nice

Different colors the seat covers will be available in

11-04-2015, 10:10 PM
Man that is softtop freedom panel option awesome! I really want one. :yup:

11-04-2015, 10:14 PM
Agree! Really like that Sunrider for Hardtop. Thanks for posting all the pictures and video Eddie!

11-04-2015, 10:20 PM
I like it, wonder how much air it'll catch at speed though.

11-04-2015, 10:34 PM
That's a cool design for the soft top

11-04-2015, 10:57 PM
how does it seal to the hard top?

11-04-2015, 11:17 PM
Ran into this yellow Jeep last week when we both stopped at a rest stop on I-70 just west of Glenwood Springs, CO. He was headed to SEMA and we were going to Grand Junction. We spoke for 10 mins about the top which I really like and the lift under the JK. We'd been running in and out of snow and slop for 110mi. The Jeep cleaned up nicely for the show.:yup:

11-05-2015, 01:13 AM
I like it, wonder how much air it'll catch at speed though.

I haven't ridden in the Jeep to know for sure but the setup looks at least as solid as a normal soft top. In the closed position, it seemed nice and tight.

11-05-2015, 01:55 AM
Are the seat covers tight fitting? Could be just the lighting but, looks a bit loose.

11-05-2015, 01:58 AM
Are the seat covers tight fitting? Could be just the lighting but, looks a bit loose.

I think they can be adjusted. They're basically like a simplified trek armor.

11-05-2015, 02:01 AM
I was just going to ask what they were like, and that sums it up enough, deff will check them out for hopefully a easier price than the trek armor. That top deff looks like an awesome idea and solution for hard top guys.

11-05-2015, 03:01 AM
I really like that sunrider replacement. Bestop comes out with some pretty innovative stuff! :thumb:

11-05-2015, 03:57 AM
I like the idea of that top. It would be nice to have this time of year. The freedom panels take up to much space in the JK

11-05-2015, 03:20 PM
I'm defintely interested in this one..hoping the price of the twill is reasonable

11-06-2015, 02:56 AM
This hard top sunrider is a really cool idea. I think it would be great for anyone who doesn't have a soft top and keeps their hard top on year round.

As much as I like it though, I don't think I'd use this very much if I had one since I already have a soft top to switch to in the summer. To be honest, I didn't really use my soft top's sunrider feature very often last summer either. I prefer putting the top all the way down. And while I had the hard top on, I really only took the freedom panels off during that couple weeks of transition when I couldn't count on it staying warm enough to switch to the soft top yet. For people who live where the temperature is milder, it would probably be a lot more useful.