Simple installation for anyone.
Hi. I'm Dave for extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation video for our Bestop safari top with windshield channel included. It's going to fit JKs, 2010 and up, and it's gonna be made specifically for the 4-door JKs. I do give this a one out of three wrenches on our installation rating guide. You're gonna need some simple hand tools, no drilling, which is nice, and you should be complete in less than 25 minutes. And we'll have that install for you, coming up.If you've been looking for a solution to have the top-down feel but still having coverage from either light rain or mostly the sun, a safari top is a great solution. And since this one is specifically made for a four-seater, that's gonna be nice that you, the passenger, and your riders in the back of the cabin are going to remain comfortable, as well, and also still experience that open-air effect.The first thing that I hope that you have noticed about this particular safari top from Bestop is the fact that the windshield channel is included. It's steel construction and it's a part of what you're going to get in the box. It is made of the same top-quality material that you would expect out of Bestop. It's gonna be mildew resistant. It's gonna have that good give to it so it's gonna be easy to put on and off. And, let's face it, with any soft top or even a bikini top, the more you get used to kind of teaching yourself how to put it on and take it off, the easier it gets over time.Like I said at the beginning of the video, I give this installation a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Now, you don't have to do any drilling, but you are going to have to use some hand tools and a power screwdriver if you like. It should take less than 25 minutes to be able to get your top on, and that's one of the reasons it garnered the one out of three wrenches.The first thing that you'll want to do is, obviously, take the soft top that you have presently installed and just fold it away. Now, you wanna remove the sun visors, or at least get them out of the way, and that's where you're gonna see, and just double-check, that the wind channel that you have is gonna fit into place, and you wanna make sure that it lies perfectly flat. And then, you want to be able to lay the rest of the safari top across the cabin of your Wrangler.The next step that you're gonna do is, right around the windshield channel, is that you're basically gonna look for the hook that's there. And then, you're gonna do some simple removal of screws that are already there and putting in a couple of ledges that we have included with the kit. That's what the windshield channel is eventually going to be secured by.The next thing that you'll wanna do is to be able to start adding your straps into place. The nice thing about these straps is that you're first gonna start, with most of them, with snaps. And then, you're going to be able to make an adjustment to ensure that you have a nice tension on your safari top so that it doesn't flap if you're doing any sort of highway driving or doing faster than off-roading. It's a nice way of ensuring that it's going to stay in place for you. After putting your straps in place, you're going to have a cable that you're going to be able to use and secure, which is going to give it some extra stability to keep that flapping down to a minimum.If you've been doing a little price comparison out there, you know that Bestop is known as one of the premium soft top makers for aftermarket gears for Wranglers, and one of the things that you need to keep in mind with this particular soft top if you're thinking about investing in it is the fact that it does have the windshield channel included. In my opinion, that is a nice thing to have, so that when you get it home and you open the box, that everything you need, along with detailed instructions, will be included. So, there's nothing else that you have to buy, and let's face it, some of the other items that are out there, you may get the top home and not realize that you would have needed that windshield channel. Here, again, as long as you have a rig that's 2010 and up, JK, and 4-door, you're gonna be set and ready to go.So, if you've been looking for a solution to those kind of inclement weather days, let's face it, when the season changes, sometimes you may keep having day after day of afternoon rain showers, or you may have some days where the sun is just beating down, but you hate the idea of constantly putting your factory soft top up and down, over and over again, or multiple times throughout the day, a safari top is a really nice solution because it'll keep that direct sunlight right off of you, or it'll keep any light rain that you might incur, but at the same time, still give you that nice open-air feeling. And since this is for the four-passenger JK, it's gonna be nice to be able to offer that same convenience for everybody who may be riding along with you.I'm Dave, and that is my review of the Bestop safari top, serving JKs, 2010 and up, for the 4-door version, and you can check it out on extremeterrain.com.
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Quality Construction Trying to get that Sporty look for your wrangler this summer, Bestop is here to help. This Safari Bikini Top comes with included windshield channel needed for install. The Black Diamond texture of this top really makes it shine in the sunlight. You'll be the envy of all your friends!
Features & Accessories This top blocks all sunlight from coming through, allowing you to get some fresh air without getting burnt by the sun. the specially designed cable system allows for ease of installation and to keep the top from flapping at high speeds.
Application. This black diamond Bestop Cable Style Safari Bikini Top with Windshield Channel Attached to the Top is designed to be used on the 2010-2018 Wrangler JK Unlimited models.
Technical Note. This Safari Bikini Top requires factory style door surrounds for proper fitment.
Fitment: 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
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January 13, 2020
The top was shipped timely and I am happy with my purchase. It fit well , easy to install and worked as expected.Helpful (1)
November 27, 2019
Easy to handle and put in place... nice purchase for summer !!!Helpful (1)
November 27, 2019
Right what I needed
Good materials with the right price! I was looking for a top that can be easily installed and uninstalled (as I live in a tropical area with sudden storms) and still feeling a “freedom” sensation.Helpful (1)
November 11, 2019
Well built, quality materials. Install it on a hot day after it has sat in the sun for a bit. I have a cage kit on my JK and the back of the top fits nicely over the additional rear loop.Helpful (1)
October 03, 2019
Top is great. Installation was simple. not sure if I did something wrong but trying to tighten down in the rear and it just slowly comes undone.Helpful (1)
August 30, 2019
Bikini Top Unlimited
Arrived within a few days. Sturdy material, easy installation which I did myself. I had read reviews and was concerned about how well it would stay on as well as noise. I am pleasantly surprised. Rarely needs tightened up, and noise isn’t a factor unless I have all doors off, and then it’s minimal. Very happy customer!Helpful (1)
July 14, 2019
A little loose in the back
I really want to like this top. I used it today the the first time. The South Ga. heat made it stretch a lot it got loose and I stopped to tighten it three times.Helpful (1)
July 09, 2019
It installed easily, and looks okay. The issue is that the back of the top doesn’t stay tight. After a couple days it will begin flapping in the wind. I wish it would have maintained a firm fit for longer.Helpful (1)
June 14, 2019
Bestop Safari Bikini Top
Purchased the top for my son. He loves it. He said it was easy to install . It really gives the jeep a sporty look.Helpful (1)
June 12, 2019
Great top option!
This is a great safari top that fit my 2013 JK perfectly. The design minimizes wind buffeting and provides great shade and decent weather protection while still giving an open air feel. I run it with half doors. When the weather is bad I drop in Mopar soft door widows and the front seat is completely weatherproof. The straps do loosen up slightly over time, but a quick tug snugs everything up easily.Helpful (1)
I have a 2017 Wrangler (4-Door) with a hard top. I am looking for something to use in the summer months (mainly May to September) that will allow me to remove easily and put back on in the event of rain. Essentially I would like to store my hard top away for those 5 months and strictly use this bikini top. Will I have to purchase anything else since I only have the hard top (meaning anything for the doors)? And will this shield the inside of my JK in the event of a HEAVY rain storm? If not, can you recommend something else that will?
Hello, This black diamond Bestop Cable Style Safari Bikini Top would be a great fit for the summer months. You don't need any additional hardware, its a extremely simple process to take on and off, and it will provide great protection from that harsh summer sun. This being said, when looking at a bikini top, there really is not a way to keep the interior dry from heavy rain (especially at speed) . This would definitely help out, but rain would still come in through the sides of the roll bar where the top does not cover. I would highly recommend a Barricade frameless 2-in-1 Soft Top. With a fully enclosed design that quickly converts from a full top to a Savannah top you get the best of both worlds. Taking you from ceiling to sky in seconds and eliminating the need for the bulky OE soft top frame. The Barricade frameless 2-in-1 Soft Top can be found right here: http://www.extremeterrain.com/barricade-frameless-2-in-1-soft-top-black-diamond-0717jk4door.html
I have a 2017 Black Unlimited Hardtop. I keep reading that this product is designed to work with the soft top door surrounds..? Will this work with my jeep or will I need to purchase additional hardware?
The Bestop Safari Bikini Top is designed to work with OEM door surrounds. The top will work without door surrounds, however, it would not have the tightest fit. Since you currently have a hardtop you will need the door surrounds to ensure a tight seal.
Does this top attach the factory soft top door surrounds and create a "watertight" seal? Just like the OEM Soft top? I see lots of comments that you require the OEM Surrounds but I am not sure why, it seems that the top attaches to the roll bars. If it does I think this would be a great solution to be able to leave on all summer!
The Bestop Safari Bikini Top w/ Windshield Channel - Cable Style will install utilizing both cable springs and straps. You can use an aftermarket door surround, but this may alter how water resistant it is.
Is this product available for order without the windshield channel? I already own a header that I use with another Bestop bikini top.
Yes, you can purchase this top without a windshield channel here: https://www.extremeterrain.com/bestop-header-bikini-top-jk-5258335.html.
I have a 2018 2 door Jeep wrangler JL. I was wondering if this top will fit my car?
This will not fit JL models.
The difference between the two Bestop Safari Bikini tops is that J20410 ( MPN# 52584) requires a windshield channel, while J20825 (MPN# 52594) will have the channel incorporated already.
The Bestop Safari Bikini Top w/ Windshield Channel would require door surrounds for proper fitment. Using this item without the door surrounds, would resort in drooping and loose fitment.
The Bestop Safari Bikini Top w/ Windshield Channel is designed to be used with the OEM door surrounds. Without these, the top will not achieve the correct tension.
Hello, this is for the Bikini Top only. You can find the Duster Deck Cover here: http://www.extremeterrain.com/bestop-duster-deck-cover-w-jk-9003335.html and the windjammer here: http://www.extremeterrain.com/bestop-windjammer-jk-8003135.html
The Bestop Safari Bikini Top w/ Windshield Channel, Cable Style, Black Diamond (10-17 Wrangler JK 4 Door) requires factory door surrounds for proper fitment. The door surrounds are found if you have a factory soft top they are the piece that goes around the doors to allow the doors to properly seal shut.
Simple installation for anyone.
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