Whats the trick to header/bikini top? - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Tech Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 05-12-2009, 08:58 AM   #1
Jeeper
 
Cory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Mountain Home, Arkansas
Posts: 128
Whats the trick to header/bikini top?

When I bought my jeep it had a bikini top with it but no header, so I ordered a header from quadratec last week. It came in yesterday and I cant figure out how to attach the top to it. It may be the wrong one. the header fits like a glove on the jeep but the top has a h channel and I cant figure out how to attach it the header. Please help me...

__________________
LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT
Cory is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-12-2009, 09:34 AM   #2
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Cincinnasty, OH
Posts: 93
my header bolts on. my bikini top has hard plastic on it that slides into a channel that's on the header. it's real easy and it makes sense just looking at it. i wonder if you got a header that doesn't work with your bikini?

__________________
00 Wrangler - green and muddy

braverygone
save_alkaline is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-12-2009, 10:13 AM   #3
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 32,387
Images: 2
There are two styles of headers and bikini tops... the drill type header which mounts permanently has a slot that the bikini top slides into from the side. The other type of header is a no-drill header that is held in place with two bolts and the bikini has a hard rubber front edge that slips into the header from the front.

It sounds like you have one of each but they are incompatible with each other. If your TJ is a 2002 or older, it can use either style header. If it's newer than that, you must use the drill-less style header which to me is a bigger PITA to use than the permanently mounted drill-style header.
__________________
When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-12-2009, 10:33 AM   #4
Jeeper
 
Cory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Mountain Home, Arkansas
Posts: 128
Thanks for the help. I have a message into qaudratec to see what they know. It has the H rail so I imagine it does slide from the side. It looks like there has been a bolt on/drill style installed before..
__________________
LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT
Cory is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-12-2009, 10:35 AM   #5
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 32,387
Images: 2
What year TJ do you have?
__________________
When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-12-2009, 12:17 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
Cory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Mountain Home, Arkansas
Posts: 128
2000
__________________
LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT
Cory is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-12-2009, 12:23 PM   #7
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 32,387
Images: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cory View Post
2000
Then you could go to either style. And since you already have to change either the header or bikini, I'd swap whichever one it would take to use the drill style header. The effort and time savings of using that style over the no-drill style will add up over the years.
__________________
When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-12-2009, 03:13 PM   #8
Jeeper
 
Cory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Mountain Home, Arkansas
Posts: 128
How do I know what header to order, to fit the top I have?
__________________
LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT
Cory is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-12-2009, 03:44 PM   #9
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Bixby, Oklahoma
Posts: 439
Access to a good picture or 2 may help us help you. Post pics of the front of your bikini top...(the front of it at least) and post pics of your header. Someone on here can help you out.
__________________
At some point during jeep ownership, you will BUST A NUT!!!
T-BONE N BIXBY is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-12-2009, 03:47 PM   #10
Jeeper
 
Bignuke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Fort Mill, SC
Posts: 1,057
^ agreed
Bignuke is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-12-2009, 03:49 PM   #11
Wrecktrician
 
4point's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Central Sierra
Posts: 7,351
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cory View Post
How do I know what header to order, to fit the top I have?
Bestop only makes two. A Drill and a No-Drill

I'd stay with the Bestop brand, they aren't any more expensive than any other.
__________________
Just getting to work is an adventure.
4point is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-12-2009, 03:57 PM   #12
Jeeper
 
Cory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Mountain Home, Arkansas
Posts: 128
I will post some pics in the a.m.. Its a bestop header and top.
__________________
LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT
Cory is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-12-2009, 04:08 PM   #13
Jeeper
 
Cory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Mountain Home, Arkansas
Posts: 128
I found what I need its quadrtec part number 11121.00 drill stlye.. I will get it ordered. Thanks for the help.
__________________
LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT
Cory is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2009, 10:29 AM   #14
Sponsoring Vendor
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 4,612
Sounds like you already got this figured out. I might add that you can go to this web page and match the bikini top you bought with the header you need.
Bikini® Tops - Tops and Accessories for Jeep & GM, Ford, Dodge Trucks by Bestop

Geoff @ Bestop
webteam@bestop.com
Geoff@Bestop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2009, 10:34 AM   #15
Wrecktrician
 
4point's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Central Sierra
Posts: 7,351
Quote:
Originally Posted by Geoff@Bestop View Post
Sounds like you already got this figured out. I might add that you can go to this web page and match the bikini top you bought with the header you need.
Bikini® Tops - Tops and Accessories for Jeep & GM, Ford, Dodge Trucks by Bestop

Geoff @ Bestop
webteam@bestop.com
Welcome to WF Geoff, glad to see you helping out here.
__________________
Just getting to work is an adventure.
4point is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2009, 10:36 AM   #16
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 32,387
Images: 2
Nice to have you here representing Bestop Geoff.

How about if you pass along at least one happy Bestop customer's need for some Bestop seat covers that fit Bestop's seats. I have a set of Trailmax Pro fabric seats that are badly stained and my old Bestop seat covers I bought for the OE seats don't fit them.
__________________
When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2009, 02:14 PM   #17
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 95
Hint: (though many may have already done this here is a time/temper saver)

I have an 03, bought a header and a bikini, and after several floppy, wind-struggling, three-handed installs I decided to stop fartin' around, and while I had it installed the last time I ran a nice bead of Black Max Super glue all down the seam where the bikini inserts into the header! Works great now, as there is no more comedy of errors when I want it on. Simply lock in the bar, pull back the permanently attached top, and strap'er down! Done! You may want to try the black RV adhesive too.

It used to look like some kinda I Love Lucy-skit! But with lots of cursing...
toplessartist is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-14-2009, 12:03 AM   #18
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: UAE
Posts: 20
I do not want to sound repeating the previous posts but yes go to Quadratec site, try to match the pikini and you will find a PDF file on how to install the thing.

Having said that, I have the Safari Pikini and never managed to get the front hard plasting to slide into the channel; tried so many times but just could not.

So what I did is, cut a small hall in the front side of the bikini and screwed the channel over it.

looks good, very tight, and can never come out due to strong wind or speed.

removing is also not difficult at all, just unscrew the bolts the holds the channed to the hook to the front body of the jeep.

Cheers
AlBa
AlBahhar is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-20-2009, 12:49 PM   #19
Jeeper
 
Cory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Mountain Home, Arkansas
Posts: 128
I got the new header for the bikini yesterday and it fits like a glove. much better for day time driving to have the bikini top on and keep the sun out off of you..
__________________
LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT
Cory is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-20-2009, 01:01 PM   #20
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Bixby, Oklahoma
Posts: 439
I'm kind of enjoying the sun right now...Oklahoma had 22 straight days with rain. And the weather hasn't gotten off to a warm start around here. We got 80's today though, so my jeep is showin off her boobs by goin topless!!!
__________________
At some point during jeep ownership, you will BUST A NUT!!!
T-BONE N BIXBY is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-20-2009, 07:11 PM   #21
Jeeper
 
KellyK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: spokane washington
Posts: 521
i posted the same thread. My top wouldnt fit in the C channel of the header. Turned out the top had a 1/4" tube inside it and the channel was 1/4"... didnt account for any of the fabric. So i went to home depot and got a 3/16 wood dowel. Works fine

__________________
99TJ S 4.0 5speed DPG ultimate kit. 3" OME coils with OME LT nitro shocks 1"MML JKS sway bar links and discos JKS F/R ajust trackbars custom made cage with beltfed HK21 mount 32x11.5x15
KellyK is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Reverse Milk-Jug Trick BLACKTOOTHGRIN TJ General Discussion Forum 27 05-12-2009 06:23 PM
differential leaking hopwrangler TJ Tech Forum 29 05-07-2009 05:36 PM
Trick or Treaters - let's see some pics TXST8tj Off-Topic 5 11-01-2007 09:04 PM
Math Trick Scout Off-Topic 4 01-25-2007 06:09 PM



Download our Mobile App

» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:13 PM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC