Review & Install Video
The Rugged Ridge Summer Brief or Bikini Top Windshield Header is for those of you that have a 2007 to 2018 JK that are looking to install one of those Rugged Ridge tops and need the header to go with it. Oftentimes, manufacturers will sell the top separate from the header and you do need to match header with top manufacturer to make sure that all of the snaps line up properly. So, again, if you're looking at one of those Rugged Ridge tops, this is going to be a header for you. This is going to install very easily onto your Jeep, one out of three wrenches and we are gonna show you how to do it in just a second.
So, in the past, some of these header assemblies have required you to drill and put some holes in the top of your windshield frame and actually bolt the header down, which isn't the best option, in my opinion, even if you don't plan on taking that top off very often. Having a setup like this where there are thumbscrews that allow it to attach is a much better choice. Again, in my opinion. This is still going to be very permanent while it's on, but you can very easily remove those thumbscrews and take it off when you want to take it off.
So, if you're looking to install one of those bikini or a longer brief style tops onto your Jeep from Rugged Ridge, this is going to be a great header for you. It's going to be a steel part covered in a black powder coat finish, it's going to have all of the snaps along the top of it that are going to correspond with the snaps on the top that you've purchased and you're going to get your thumbscrews, your spacers, and your brackets that are going to attach these right onto the footman loops that are on the top of your windshield frame right from the factory. The same footman loop that would hold your factory soft top or hard top in place. That's what this is going to attach onto.
Now, the tops and the headers are generally sold separately. That's just how manufacturers do them, that way you can choose which header you want for your Jeep. I think this is gonna be a great choice because like I said, it is going to come off very easily with those large thumbscrews when you want to take it off. But you do need to figure the price of a header into running a top. Usually, people will just look at the price of the top, say, "Oh, that's not too much money," purchase one, and not realize that they need to also purchase this. And this can add a considerable amount to the cost of running one of those bikini or brief style tops. This header is going to run you around a $40 mark, which isn't too much money. Some of the other brands out there do get you for a little bit more for the header. So, I think this one is pretty fairly priced.
Like we said, this is gonna be an easy part to install on your Jeep. One out of three wrenches, let me show you how to do it. So, the first step in this very easy installation is, of course, folding your soft top back or completely removing it or taking your hard top off. You wanna get the Jeep topless first. Then you're going to install your header onto your soft material of your bikini or brief style top. And the way that that happens is you slide the header into the pocket that's sewn in the front of your top, and then if you flip it over, you'll see that there are snaps along the front here and they're gonna correspond to snaps on your top. So, once everything is snapped together, you'll have the header like this, the top will be on it, and you can move to attaching the header onto the Jeep. And this is very, very simple. It pretty much just sits across the top of the windshield frame like this. You'll get your sun visors out of the way, and then here is your hardware. So, you have a large thumbscrew, you have this bracket here, and then a spacer that goes over top of the other end of the thumbscrew. So, this padded part here, this is going to just rest on the windshield frame itself, and this hook is gonna go just on the inside of the footman loop that you're soft top or hard top would normally attach onto. So, you're gonna get a really strong connection out of this. And the thumbscrew itself threads into this nutsert that you can see the backside of here. So, once you get this threaded on both sides, that's really it for the installation.
So, if you have or are looking to purchase one of those Rugged Ridge Brief or Bikini style tops for your Jeep, this is going to be great header choice and you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.