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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 & 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
    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
    Tech Specs
    Will it fit my Wrangler?
    • JK Rubicon 2 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • JK Rubicon 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • JK Wrangler 2 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • JK Wrangler 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

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    Questions & Answers (8)

    5 Top Rated Questions

    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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    Will I need this if I have the soft top that came with my Jeep?

    • The Bestop Bolt-On Windshield Channel for Bikini or Brief Style Tops will be required to install certain Bestop tops. If you have a specific question about a certain top please let us know! Our contact information can be found here:

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    Will I need this is my 2016 JKU cane with a soft top?

    • The Bestop Bolt-On Windshield Channel is needed to install a bikini or brief style tops. These tops snap into the windshield channel. The factory channel does not have snaps.

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    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?

    • If your existing windshield channel is bent or damaged, installing the Bestop Windshield Channel should correct this. If the leak is caused by another concern, this may not alleviate the issues you are having with leaks.

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    Will this work with a Smittybilt bikini top?

    • The Bestop Windshield Channel would not be compatible with Smittybilt tops requiring the Smittybilt Windshield Header.

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    3 More Questions
    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

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    Customer Reviews (38) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.7

    out of 5 stars

    • Fit 4.621622 4.6
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.540541 4.5

    • 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 (5)

    • 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

      Helpful (6)

    • 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

      Helpful (6)

    • 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 (6)

    • 5/5

      July 11, 2016


      This was very easy to install. Took me about 10mins to get it all done. Very happy with it


      Year: 2009Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

      Helpful (6)

    • 5/5

      December 09, 2015

      Should be part of the top

      The only bad thing I have to say is this should be included in the top. Otherwise easy to use


      Year: 2012Lehi, UT, USA

      Helpful (6)