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Old 05-02-2011, 09:23 PM   #1
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Can you install windshield header with hardtop?

I bought a Bestop Safari top and the windshield header. I was wondering if I had to take the header off to reinstall the hardtop.

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Old 05-02-2011, 10:55 PM   #2
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Some people claim you can leave it on, we say you need to remove it. But it's two bolts and a few seconds with a wrench. Nothing to it.

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Old 05-02-2011, 11:02 PM   #3
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On my 04 Wrangler, the channel bolts to the two "slots" where the hard top locks down. I have to remove mine when I put the hard top on. However, it is only two bolts and it is pretty quick.
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Cool! thanks!
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Which header do you have, the no-drill style that attaches with two clamps to the windshield frame? Or the 2-piece drill type header that is held on by a 10 or so self-tapping screws? And what model year TJ do you have?
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I have an '05, and I'm almost positive I got the no drill header. I got it recently, and haven't taken it out of the box yet.
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If it's the no-drill header that you have, it definitely has to come off to put the hard top or soft top on. Plus it takes modifications to install the drill-style header onto a 2003 or newer TJ so I'd bet $$$ you have the no-drill header that has to come off to put the hard/soft top on.
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Thanks! Good to know, but it's probably really easy to put the no drill header on and off, right?
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... but it's probably really easy to put the no drill header on and off, right?
It is designed to be easily installed and removed. But once in a while you have to hold your tongue just right to get the header in the right position so it can be clamped down into place when installing it.
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It is designed to be easily installed and removed. But once in a while you have to hold your tongue just right to get the header in the right position so it can be clamped down into place when installing it.
Funny.....Never saw that instruction in any of the manuals.

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