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Bestop Quick Detach Windshield Header (Black) - 51238-01


  • Bestop | Part Number: BST51238-01
  • Drilling Required:Drilling Is Not Required
  • Fitment:Direct Fit


Fits Bikini part #s: 52528 and 52532. Bikinis are sold separately. If your vehicle has a factory hard top or soft-top, you need to purchase a Quick Detach Header Retainer to keep your bikini top on. If you're previously purchased a Supertop, then you already have this part.



More than expected

Great product - two bolts to tighten and you are done. Much better than trying to drill holes and use screws.

from Cambridge, WI |
Not horrible but certainly not great

This header is relatively easy to attach. It's just not really "quick detach" as it takes several minutes to secure/unsecure the 1/2" bolts. The problem is in design. Where the plastic ends meet the metal header on each end of the winshield, the joints flex downward ever so slightly. This makes it difficult to get the rigid plastic strip of the bikini top into the channel at the ends. It already curves at the end, whilst the ridge in the bikini does not. Can be very frustrating for two adult jeepers to put on. Once installed, you can see a bump in the bikini at the header channel where the plastic flexes towards the doors. Functional at best.

from Beaver County, PA |
Poorly constructed materials

Bestop refuses to sell replacement parts for the header. After initial placement on my vehicle, the bolt device stripped and made it difficult to remove. The channel was worthless after this because you can't replace the poorly constructed bolt clamp devices.

from n/a |
Quick and good fit

I have had this one for about 7 Years and not problems yet. Easy to install or un-install.

from Akron Ohio |

Question & Answers

6 Answered questions

Will this quick detach windshield header also work with your safari style top? Also why do I need this product if I already had a softop on my 1998 wrangler?

Asked by Berville Badger from Berville, MI on

Hi Berville Badger, This Bestop Quick Detach Windshield Header in Black is designed to attach the Safari and shorter bikini tops to the Jeep TJ windshield frame, it's a unique channel for these tops that is different than the header that holds on an OEM top. Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered by Jim G Ext 4806 from Berville, MI on

Fell in love with Jeep riding a year ago and now have an 06 Wrangler Rubicon with a hard top. Want to go to a bikini top for the summer. My selection of tops requires this quick detach header installation and I want to know if this header must be removed for re installation of my hardtop?

Asked by John from Gulfport, MS on

Hey John, the Bestop Quick Detach Windshield Header in Black would have to be removed to reinstall the hardtop. Thanks for your question.

Answered by Devin B. ext 4835 from Gulfport, MS on

Hello, I have a 99 wrangler and my current clamp system is bolted on (it was made for off roading). Will this clamp system hold on my top once I remove the bolted ones? Thank you.

Asked by shaena from virginia on

Hello, the Bestop Quick Detach Windshield Header Channel eliminates the bolt on channels and will hold your top on securely. Thank you!

Answered by Bob H from virginia on

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Your Jeep's top reflects personal style and protects against the elements of sun, rain, snow and mud and Bestop's soft tops are popular choices for replacing OEM soft tops. Whether it's a tough top that will be exposed to harsh elements or a refined one that you think fits your Jeep's style better, Bestop has the track record and the complete line to make your journey more memorable. A classic Supertop, Bikini or Halftop or Sunrider instantly transforms your 4x4, providing protection, ventilation, tinting and maintaining its shape through temperature fluctuations. Easy to attach and easy to get attached to, Bestop is the premium brand when it comes to Jeep tops. Shop Bestop Now

This Product Fits the Following:

  • 2006 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Rubicon  
  • 2006 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) SE  
  • 2006 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sport  
  • 2006 Jeep Wrangler (LJ) Unlimited  
  • 2006 Jeep Wrangler (LJ) Unlimited Rubicon  
  • 2006 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) X  
  • 2006 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) 65th Anniversary Edition  
  • 2005 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Rubicon  
  • 2005 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) SE  
  • 2005 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sport  
  • 2005 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) X  
  • 2005 Jeep Wrangler (LJ) Unlimited  
  • 2005 Jeep Wrangler (LJ) Unlimited Rubicon  
  • 2004 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Rubicon  
  • 2004 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sahara  
  • 2004 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) SE  
  • 2004 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sport  
  • 2004 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) X  
  • 2004 Jeep Wrangler (LJ) Unlimited  
  • 2003 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Rubicon  
  • 2003 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) SE  
  • 2003 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sahara  
  • 2003 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sport  
  • 2003 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) X  
  • 2002 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) SE  
  • 2002 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sahara  
  • 2002 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sport  
  • 2002 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) X  
  • 2001 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) SE  
  • 2001 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sahara  
  • 2001 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sport  
  • 2000 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) SE  
  • 2000 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sahara  
  • 2000 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sport  
  • 1999 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) SE  
  • 1999 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sahara  
  • 1999 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sport  
  • 1998 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) SE  
  • 1998 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sahara  
  • 1998 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sport  
  • 1997 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) SE  
  • 1997 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sahara  
  • 1997 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Sport