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Just Say No to Windshield Channels!


Quick lesson in summer tops for your Jeep 1995-2006.  (Lesson one is for those new to the idea. It's basic. Lesson two is for all Wrangler 95-06 owners.)

Lesson 1. You need attachment points up front to hold a summertime-type top in place. Whether it's  Bestop Bikini Top or a Rampage "Summer Brief" or "Island Topper", or another vendor's top, you need anchor points up front for the top. So you need a windshield channel. With older Jeeps, you end up having to drill these metal strips into the frame of your Jeep above your windshield. (You have an old Jeep, who cares if there's a few more holes in it!) For the medium-aged Jeeps, you often can choose between a drill-in windshield channel or a "header" windshield channel. The Header version "clamps" onto your frame so you don't have to drill any holes. It's bigger and bulkier because of the hardware used to hold your top in place, and more expensive. For the newest Jeeps, manufacturers just produceheader style channels. Guess they figure you don't want to go drilling any holes in your new Jeep.

But when you want to move back to your softop or hardtop, the windshield channel needs to be removed, which takes a few minutes (and longer in the rain) and stored and it just takes more time than I ever want to give it.

Lesson 2. If you are a lucky owner of a 85-06 Wrangler, you can run with a summer top and leave the windshield channels behind with this awesome product we just came across --- the SpiderWeb ShadeTop for Jeep Wrangler YJs, TJs, LJs, 1995-2006 Check out the attachment points - bungee-style connectors. No more windshield channel needed. We think this is a Very Clever Idea.

And it looks pretty darn cool too.

But the thing I like best about the Shadetop is this. If no one's in the backseat, you can drop the back of the top down to create a windbarrier. Cuts the wind and the noise from the wind. Makes for much quieter cabin.

This baby also can sit under any other top you want to put on your Jeep. So you don't have to deal with removing it every time. I like that. A lot.  $60

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WOW - that looks awesome. I ordered mine Friday and I cannot wait. It's 102 degrees in the driveway today here in Mansfield MA !!
Posted @ Monday, June 09, 2008 12:57 PM by Opie
OK - Spiderweb shade top got here today!! 5 minutes to put on. It works great. It is so simple. My only regret is I didn't think of it myself. It's half (or less) the cost of other shades, and twice as convenient. No windshield channel and you can arrange it any way you want !! I love it.
Posted @ Monday, June 09, 2008 7:54 PM by opie
We love ours. Finding new ways to configure it to keep the kids covered while letting us have some sun.
It's a great product and keeps the interior far cooler than we were expecting.
Posted @ Saturday, June 14, 2008 12:31 AM by Shane Lowry
As with any new product not everyone will like it! Some will tear it apart because it is just their nature. For me on the other hand I "love the shade tree top". Mine is always on under my rag top & ready for action, weather permitting. I like the fact that you do not have to mess with a windshield channel & that you can reconfigure the top in several different ways to suit your needs. This is indeed a Great Jeep accessory in my humble opinion. Other Jeepers ask me where they can get theres all the time & I tell them "ALL THINGS JEEP" where they really care about you & your satisfaction, unlike so many other online vendors that only care about the initial sale. They miss the point which is why I shop here.
Posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:21 AM by Rick
The Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University in Georgia is doing research on Jeep owners' experiences, design preferences, and purchase plans regarding soft tops for their Jeeps. The information gathered will be used only for teaching business classes. 
We are asking you to help us by completing a survey which will take only 5-7 minutes to complete. 
This survey is intended for current/former owners of Jeep CJ5, CJ7, and Wrangler 2-door or 4-door Unlimited vehicles who have also owned, or intend to purchase, a SOFT TOP (full soft top or half-top, aka, bikini top or brief top). 
This survey is totally anonymous. The information you provide cannot be used to identify you, and will be used only when aggregated with other respondents' answers. The information you provide will not be shared with any company or other entity. Most questions can be skipped if you do not wish to answer them. 
We will not attempt to contact you in the future unless you ask us to by providing your email address at the end of the survey. 
Thank you in advance for your help!  
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Thanks for your consideration!
Posted @ Saturday, March 28, 2009 4:23 PM by Ben
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