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Old 02-15-2010, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My Review of a BEST TOP Hard top for my 1998 Chevy Tracker.


Well I must say it is damn near impossible to find these things in good condition of the color you wanted without paying over a thousand brand new and I found a guy locally. He sold me the top with all the pieces for $200, I wish it was black but WHITE will have to do.


Lemy start with a couple of PICS.....






Let me say that this thing FIT LIKE DOG SHIT!!!! Terrible. First I will explain that the top that covers the driver and front passenger has to be centered precisely or both latches will not close from the inside. I needed two people to get it on by sliding it back and forth a couple of times.

The top doesn't fit flush, not even close. Take a look.




It doesn't leak so I guess it is only visually an issue, it does seal nicely.



The inside piece is great as it has a series rubber mesh pockets to use. Very nice.





Now for the rear cap, a complete and utter train wreck to fit, not even close. it didn't even pretend to fit. It took me and three legit college degree Engineers to get it to fit. The rear had to be custom shimmed with a piece of scrap wood and dremel too cut just right to fit as a spacerl. The rear is held on by 4 metal clips that screw into the tracker after you take apart everything which includes both metal support bars and all the plastic strips which line the metal rear of the Tracker. They weren't even CLOSE to lining up, we had to have one guy sit on top of the thing, two guys push EXTREMELY HARD on the side and one guy sit in the truck to twist in the knob which holds it to the truck. Again the rear had to be propped up with shims.

See the twisty knobs? Not even close to lining up, the WHOLE ENTIRE support system needed a series of shims and washers (or in my case, wood as we ran out of shims)
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Now after twisting and turning the cap to FINALLY make it fit, THE F'ING REAR GLASS WOULD NOT CLOSE WITHOUT BEING CRUSHED BY THE REAR DOOR. SO WHAT NOW?


That's right, more shims. Look at how many.



And even with all those shims I have to be careful when closing the top, or else it'll get crushed. I have to close the top with the door open and THEN clam both shut at the same time. YUCK.


Last be not least is the top on the cap.



What I like about that rack is that it holds the front piece of the top, it clips right on and holds it on there, very nice design fro quick top off. IDK how well it works because I haven't used it yet but it looks great.

Yes the rear has a defroster. need to figure out how to hook it up.



Nice warning.




Grade as far as a fitment, D+. The fact that it is on there isn't enough to fail this POS but man three hours to get it on, seriously. It was like trying to force a square peg in a round hole. I am afraid to take it off this spring in favor of the soft top for the hell it will be getting it back on.


Thanks for the space, beware of these BEST TOP hard top's.
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i would have a guess and say that you have the wrong hard top on it. think i read somewhere that in 97 they changed the body slightly so that the pre 97 hard/soft tops dont quite fit post 97 bodys. i can be totally wrong but i guess somebody with more knowledge will put me right
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i have a 91s top on mine and damn i didnt have to rig mine that bad!! only thing i did was make was the clips cause the doner truck wouldnt unscrew
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Perhaps it didn't fit well because it was used, and took a fit-up "set" from it's previous installation?

Or possibly, a newly fabricated top is more forgiving with regards to providing some flexibility of it's composition.

Curious too...are all of the vehicle manufactured in the same plant, or are there production run variables based of factory of origin, or even subtle year to year fit differences?

Case in point...did it "fit" the donor vehicle? I would assume it did.
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Perhaps it didn't fit well because it was used, and took a fit-up "set" from it's previous installation?

Or possibly, a newly fabricated top is more forgiving with regards to providing some flexibility of it's composition.

Curious too...are all of the vehicle manufactured in the same plant, or are there production run variables based of factory of origin, or even subtle year to year fit differences?

Case in point...did it "fit" the donor vehicle? I would assume it did.

Actually, the person I bought it from complained of the same issue for the 1995 16V, right after we got it on mine.
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im on my way down to jack that deck, is it a pioneer avic?
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i have a 98 tracker with that exact same hard top..yes it fits like shit and there are big gaps on the sides like you showed on mine too! do you have a problem with wind noise with yours? does your rubber seal in front actually seal the top? i have a huge wind noise problem with mine and my rubber seal is shot so i want to know if you have the same problem or if its just mine..
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im on my way down to jack that deck, is it a pioneer avic?
I think not, I need my navigation or I will get lost.






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i have a 98 tracker with that exact same hard top..yes it fits like shit and there are big gaps on the sides like you showed on mine too! do you have a problem with wind noise with yours? does your rubber seal in front actually seal the top? i have a huge wind noise problem with mine and my rubber seal is shot so i want to know if you have the same problem or if its just mine..

It seals fine, just looks ugly. What a shitty product, I am embarrassed for them.
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hmm damn. chevy discontinued that rubber seal so i dont know where to find one..i was looking on bestop.com and i didnt see a hard top for a tracker..
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