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Old 02-07-2012, 09:28 AM   #1
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Definitive Windshield Channel Info

Is there a difference between the many windshield channels out there other than mounting?

Why does Bestop say say a specific channel is required to the specific type of bikini top?

What is difference?

I have a bikini that supposedly requires the no drill channel but I would rather have one that I leave on when adding the hard top.

does anyone know? Is there a difference in channels outside of mounting??

thanks for any info

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Old 02-07-2012, 09:44 AM   #2
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ive used my bestop safari cover and my rugged ridge bikini with my smitty built windshield channel and have had no issues. smittybuilt was the cheapest with shipping i could find through amazon. i have a no drill header though as i have a 06, id say no difference

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Old 02-07-2012, 10:01 AM   #3
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THANKS
The more I've been looking at these they all seem to work the same way.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:10 AM   #4
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Why does Bestop say say a specific channel is required to the specific type of bikini top?
They say a specific type of channel is required because they offer more than one style of bikini. The bikini which uses the no-drill channel requires the use of a no-drill channel (duh), while the bikini designed for the drilled channel requires the use of a drilled channel (duh x2).

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What is difference?

does anyone know? Is there a difference in channels outside of mounting??
I have used both types on different Jeeps. Yes, the channels obviously mount to the Jeep in different ways... but the real difference is with the bikinis themselves. Let me explain further.

Drilled header style bikini
PROS: once you've installed the header, you never have to touch it again. Transforming from soft top to bikini (or back) happens very quickly because the drilled header does not interfere with installing the top. Header is almost invisible; non-Jeep people probably won't even notice it there.
CONS: you must drill into your windshield frame to install the header (which bothers some people). This bikini doesn't seal out all rain--the front corners at each end of the windshield will let rain water leak in.

No-drill header style bikini
PROS: this Bikini can make the front area of your Jeep completely water tight if you install it with the factory upper door frames, which makes it a good choice for 'leave the bikini on all summer even in the rain' types who want to stay dry.
CONS: Header must be installed and removed every time you want to switch from soft top to bikini top (or back), and this removal requires a wrench or ratchet.

On my very first Wrangler, I went with the drill style bikini because that's what my parts guy recommended and ordered for me. I quickly got tired of the weather coming into my shiny new Jeep interior, and eventually I began to remove the bikini and raise the top every time it threatened to rain. That got old in a hurry. On my second Wrangler (and my third, and my fourth, and my fifth), I instead went with the no-drill header bikini. Now I simply install the bikini in the spring time and I don't touch it until I take it off before winter. If rain threatens, I just toss my soft upper door halves in the Jeep and I'm good to go. Yes, this means switching from soft top to bikini takes an extra two or three minutes... but since I only make this swap two times a year, it doesn't matter.

Does that help?
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:21 AM   #5
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^^ thank you for the info its very helpful

In looking at the windshield of my jeep it appears the previous owner had a drilled in style header. probably to go under the hardtop, which is an idea I like.
I am going to try out the drilled one see how I like it this summer.
I am planning on having an emergency rain top to leave on nights and during rain, and toss the hardtop on for storms and whatnot.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:49 AM   #6
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id hate to toss the hard top on myself if needed, sucker is not 1 person friendly to take on and off
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The 03-06 windshield is different, the standard 97-06 channels will not fit properly and lean back. Neither Rampage or Bestop will confirm that however.

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