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Bestop Bolt-On Windshield Channel for Bikini or Brief Style Tops (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Required for Installing Bikini or Brief Style Tops
    • Snaps Onto the Header Channel Latch Points
    • Has a Sturdy Steel Construction
    • Fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    The Bestop bolt-on windshield channel for bikini and brief style tops is for those of you that have a 2007 to 2018 JK, that are looking to install one of those bikini or brief style tops from Bestop on your Jeep, and need a header to work with that style top. Now, this header is really nice because it attaches with these large thumbscrews. It doesn't require any hardware to get on and off, so it's going to be very, very easy to use. Definitely a one out of three wrenches for the installation, and I'm going to show you how to do that in just a second. So, when you are buying one of those bikini or safari style tops, or as Bestop calls them, bikini or brief style tops, you are going to have to make sure you get a header with it. Most of those tops do not come with a header. They're sold separately for whatever reason. This header is going to work specifically with the Bestop tops. You can't really mix brands because of the way that the header attaches onto the top itself. This one is going to snap onto the top, so you need to make sure that the top has snaps sewn into it that are properly spaced. You also need to make sure that the pocket inside of the top will accept the header. So, again, just don't mix and match brands. If you're going with a Bestop top, get a Bestop header. There are going to be a couple different choices of header. Some of them are going to bolt into place permanently, and then some of them you are going to be able to take on and off a lot easier. And as I already mentioned, this one's going to use these large thumbscrews to attach or take off of your windshield frame itself. So, there's not a whole lot to say about this header. It's more of a functional piece than anything else. It's just going to work for you, holding the top of your bikini or brief top onto the top of the windshield frame like it's supposed to. It is a very well-built piece, like you would expect from Bestop, but again, not a lot that's really notable to say about this. Now, you do need to work the price of your header into the price of running one of those bikini or brief style tops, and that's not just with Bestop, it's with all the brands out there. You might think, "Oh, this top's a great deal at..." whatever the cost might be, but not remember that you need to purchase one of these headers as well, and that can drastically increase the cost of running one of those tops. This header here is going to run you right around $70, and if you really like the Bestop top, this is going to be really the only choice for you. So, it's not really something where you can shop around too much. $70 doesn't seem like a crazy price to me. Again, this is a high-quality piece and it is going to work with that top seamlessly, but it is going to be an additional cost to running a brief or bikini style top from Bestop. This is very, very simple to get installed, one out of three wrenches. Let me show you how to do it. So, like I said, this is going to be a very simple one out of three wrench installation. Of course, the first step is removing your hard top or your soft top off of your Jeep. Then, you're going to get your new bikini top or safari top attached onto your header. So, your top is going to have a pocket sewn into the front of it that your header is going to slide into. Now, when you flip it over, you'll see that there are some snaps here, and they're going to correspond to the snaps that are on the soft material of your top. So, you'll snap your top on there, and then the header and the top are one. From there, you'll just need to get the header attached onto the Jeep. And this really just sits in, pretty much, just one way on top of the header here. It pretty much locks itself in place. And then, you'll grab your thumbscrews and thread them into place. We're just going to kick the sun visor out of the way here. And you have your thumbscrew with the small bracket over top of it, and this is going to go on the inside of the footman loop that's attached to your windshield frame. That footman loop would normally be used to hold your soft top frame or your hard top in place. So, the threaded rod here goes to the inside of that and just threads right into the bottom of your header. You tighten it down, and that's really all there is to it. That's that. And we'll jump over to the other side and do the same thing. Once both of those thumbscrews are tightened down, you just need to install the rest of your safari top or bikini top, and you're done with the install. So, if you are looking to run one of those Bestop bikini or brief style tops, this is going to be a great header option for you, and you can find it right here at

    Function. Install the header channel style bikini or brief top on your Jeep Wrangler with the Bestop Black Header Windshield Channel.

    Installation. It has a no-drill installation system and simply snaps onto the header channel latch points for easy fixing to the windshield of your vehicle.

    Durability. The bikini top windshield channel has a sturdy steel construction for long-lasting use. It features a corrosion-resistant finish that keeps it in supreme condition.

    Fitment. This JK Wrangler windshield channel fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models.

    Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

    MPN# 51243-01

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

    What's in the Box
    • Windshield Header
    • (2) Header Knobs
    • (2) Header Knob Bases
    • (2) Header Knob Plates
    • Installation Hardware
    Installation Info
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    Will it fit my Wrangler?
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        Questions & Answers (12)

        5 Top Rated Questions

        Does this have to be taken off to put my hard top back on?

        • Yes, as your hard top needs to connect to that space, you would need to take this off in order to re-install your hard top

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        Will the channel work with a smittybuilt bikini? I like how that bikini clips in the back instead of tearing the roll bar padding with the bestop bikini.

        • It would not be compatible with Smittybilt tops requiring the Smittybilt Windshield Header.

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        can i use this with my sunrider for jk by bestop

        • This would not be compatible with the sundrider.

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        I have a 2008 Wrangler Unlimited X. I do not see the screw holes on my jeep to attach the windsheild channel. Am I missing something or will this not fit my jeep?

        • Install info can be seen at the link below:

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        Does this come in 2 pieces so that it can fit in the trunk when not in use?

        • The windshield channel comes as one piece.

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        7 More Questions
        Will I need this if I have the soft top that came with my Jeep? 1 answer
        Will I need this is my 2016 JKU cane with a soft top? 1 answer
        I have a smittybuilt top on my 07 JKU it still has a lot of life in the top but it leaks at the windsheild, you can see the gap, would replacing this channel help close that gap back up? 1 answer
        Will this work with a Smittybilt bikini top? 1 answer
        My 2010 2 door has a factory hard top. Do I need to purchase this windshield channel for a bikini top? Just not sure if mine already has it installed since I don't have a soft top im guessing no. 1 answer
        Can the Windshield Channel and bikini top fit under the hardtop roof? In other words, can I leave the bikini top and windshield channel on year-round and just put the hard top on during winter months? 1 answer
        Would this work as a replacement Windshield Header Assembly for the Trektop NX on a 4D JK? 1 answer

          Customer Reviews (40) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.7

          out of 5 stars

          • Fit 4.641026 4.6
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.564103 4.6

          • 5/5

            May 07, 2019

            So easy a caveman could install it.

            I seriously had this assembled and installed in less than ten minutes. I was very apprehensive and then ecstatic when I saw how easy it went in and how well it worked!


            Year: 2012Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            April 20, 2019

            Served its purpose

            This did exactly what i needed it to do with no issues so needless to say i am extremely satisfied with the product, wish it would come with the top itself but otherwise i am a happy customer :)


            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            October 30, 2018

            Works exactly as it should.

            Came with all the parts and directions needed for install. 10 - 15 minute install. It's been on for over a week, still tight, no need to adjust.


            Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (4)

          • 5/5

            October 16, 2018

            good idea

            Simple to install and work well. I am running with bikini to and that works well in summer.


            Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (4)

          • 5/5

            August 25, 2018

            Great fit. Quickly installed/removed

            The only suggestion I have - link this to the soft tops that have to have it on the website.


            Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (4)

          • 1/5

            July 26, 2018

            windshield channel leaks

            Bikini leaks in rain with this channel, have not been able to stop it


            Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            June 21, 2018


            Came Quickly, and everything was in the package! Easy to put on and works great!


            Year: 2013Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            June 07, 2018

            Fits like it should

            Instructions could really be much better. Other than that it works like it should and fits great.


            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            May 31, 2018

            Easy installation

            Product fit and worked great and very easy to install


            Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            May 02, 2018

            Simple yet effective!

            Product arrived as expected. When used in conjunction with the bikini top, installation went smoothly. Would recommend.


            Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 4/5

            January 02, 2018

            Nice product.

            I would give this a 5 star if it had not came to me bent on one end. I guess the shipper did this but if packaged better it would not have happened. After I bent it back to where the bent end would seal against the Jeeps A-piller Rubber it worked and fit as advertised.


            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            September 26, 2017


            Great. Easy install. Took about 10 minutes to install bikini top start to finish.


            Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 4/5

            August 27, 2017


            My son got his bikini top and I noticed they had changed the header for a better fit


            Year: 2015Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            July 13, 2017

            Happy Jeeper

            Ordered this to replace one I no longer had all the parts for. My husband said it was easy to install and fit with the top we already had.


            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            June 29, 2017

            works great

            this is a great product. I am very happy with fit and function.


            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            May 15, 2017

            RIGHT!....but not right.

            First off, I ordered this part by mistake. Turns out I didn't need the channel. Seeing that this was the first product I had purchased from here and it was be returned any way, I decided to look at what the quality of products I would have been buying. It Had some weight to it, it was sturdy, and was well built so you know it wasn't going to be a problem. Still had to return it though haha.


            Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (6)

          • 1/5

            December 07, 2016

            Wrong header

            I ordered the wrong header will be returning it but it looked good in the package and was shipped quickly


            Year: 2008Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            September 16, 2016

            1000 times better than Rocky Ridge!!!!!

            I purchased the Rocky Ridge Windshield Channel from you 2 months ago. What junk. Don't ever sell a JK owner one again. I called to complain and the girl talked me into trying this one. She knew her stuff. This one is awesome, goes on in half the time. Will never come loose, and looks great!


            Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (8)

          • 5/5

            September 14, 2016


            Works as intended. Creates a nice fit for the bikini top.


            Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            July 23, 2016

            High quality happiness!

            Extremely happy for the window channel! Super high quality. Works great with my mesh top from smittybilt. Took less than 30 mins to put together and makes for a tight fit on the jeep. No flapping in the wind. For anyone who is new to jeeping and have only ever had a hard top, this is the only thing you will need for a bakini top to work on your jeep aside from the top itself. But not an entire soft top.


            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

            Helpful (7)