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Old 05-18-2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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Wrong safari top or channe?

Bought the jeep last fall and it had a drill in safari top channel already installed. I thought that it might be the Bestop drill in channel. Got the Bestop safari top (Item # 52530) and knew right away it would not work, but just want to make sure I received the correct top before I ordered a new channel.

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Old 05-18-2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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My Bestop drill-style channel's slot on the top is narrower than yours, I suspect that is not a Bestop channel. But heck, I would just try narrowing it with some well placed taps with a hammer so its slot is narrow enough to hold the top's edge in. Can't hurt to try.

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Old 05-18-2013, 08:02 PM   #3
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52530 is the model that goes with the drill-in header. From the pics it's hard to tell if you have the right top or not. To install it you have to start the plastic ridge on the safari top at one end of the channel on the header, insert it into the channel and slide it all the way to the other side.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:04 PM   #4
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Jerry, you're the one that told me that channel was for the Bestop (lol). The slot on the channel is pretty wide and the plastic piece on the top is WAY SKINNY. Just wanted to be sure I didn't get a defective or wrong top. Might try the hammer (or maybe vice grips) thing, but the metal on that channel is pretty thick, knowing me I'll bust the windshield somehow. I will try it EASY, but will probably end up getting a new channel. Thanks for the input.
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I may have but your above photo of it from the side with the Bestop top next to it gives the scale needed to see its true dimension. That is the style of the Bestop drill channel, but it is now plain to see its slot is only similar to but wider than Bestop's.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:22 PM   #6
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Aw man, I'm just hacking on ya. I didn't have any pictures of it previously and just tried to describe it, so I knew it wasn't a sure bet. This is my first jeep, new it was going to be a drawn out process doing the things I want, and if I knew more, I could probably ask better questions. But this forum and all y'alls input are making it lot easier than flying solo and taking alot of shots to the chin.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:40 PM   #7
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52530 is the model that goes with the drill-in header. From the pics it's hard to tell if you have the right top or not. To install it you have to start the plastic ridge on the safari top at one end of the channel on the header, insert it into the channel and slide it all the way to the other side.
TJ, that's the problem, the slot is alot wider than the plastic ridge and it just slips right out. The packing slip that came with the top is the correct Item number, pretty sure it's not the correct channel. Gonna try a couple of things, but more than likely be ordering a new channel this week. Thanks.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:58 PM   #8
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My slide in was not like that. It was a thick tube sewed inside the canvas. If you want another drill header, I have one I will send you but I don't believe that is the issue. Mine looked nothing like yours. I currently run no drill but have both. Let me know if I can
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:51 AM   #9
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My slide in was not like that. It was a thick tube sewed inside the canvas.
Yeah I've seen that type before, that's why I'm curious about this one, the plastic slide in piece is just so small. I'm sure it's ok, but just tring to make sure.

Thanks for the offer PiePuncher, may let you know.
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I have the reverse problem. I have the bestop drill in header and the tube on my bikini is too thick to fit in it.
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Old 05-19-2013, 01:14 PM   #11
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Instead of the hammer, you can also just try squeezing it closer together along its length with a pair of pliers. As said above, it can't hurt.

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