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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:34 am    Post subject: Bikini Top construktion Reply with quote

Hi Guys,
i am from Germany !
I'm trying to build a bikini top.
without original convertible Frame.

the problem is, at higher speeds the Window frame goes back and forth.
Does anyone have a photo of a construction, or any ideas

Thank
Gerhard
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:47 am    Post subject: Re: Bikini Top construktion Reply with quote

https://www.thethingshop.com/WINDSHIELD-SUPPORT-BRACKETS/productinfo/181847WSB/
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:36 am    Post subject: Re: Bikini Top construktion Reply with quote

They do work well, and they're easy to install.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:44 am    Post subject: Re: Bikini Top construktion Reply with quote

brezelking wrote:
Hi Guys,
i am from Germany !
I'm trying to build a bikini top.
without original convertible Frame.

the problem is, at higher speeds the Window frame goes back and forth.
Does anyone have a photo of a construction, or any ideas

Thank
Gerhard


Willkommen!

There' many ways to skin this cat. Some things to consider:

1) Is this for sun protection or minimal rain protection? Open mesh, canvas or other material.

2) How are you going to attach the front edge to the car? Snaps? Rope edge? Modified front convertible bow that using existing hardware?

3) Frameless? Are you going to stretch it over a roll bar?

4) Rear Attachment? Use exisiting body loops or other attachment points.

4) What works standing still may not work at 60MPH.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Bikini Top construktion Reply with quote

1. Underwire
2. Strapless
3. Tube top
4. Halter

Why, when it's on a boat or any other vehicle, is it called a BIMINI top, yet when it's on a Thing it becomes a Bikini?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Bikini Top construktion Reply with quote

jakokombi wrote:
1. Underwire
2. Strapless
3. Tube top
4. Halter

Why, when it's on a boat or any other vehicle, is it called a BIMINI top, yet when it's on a Thing it becomes a Bikini?


Ha! I have heard them called both, to be fair. Maybe a regional thing?
https://www.extremeterrain.com/wrangler-jeep-bikini-brief-tops.html
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Bikini Top construktion Reply with quote

Your upper windshield frame may be cracked too near the two mounting screws on either side. Check that out first. Mine did that recently and I was able to get it Tig welded and repaired.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Bikini Top construktion Reply with quote

Hi KAmes,
have you a picture from the mounting from this WINDSHIELD SUPPORT BRACKETS?
i don't have any holes
Thanks
Gerhard
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Bikini Top construktion Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Bikini Top construktion Reply with quote

I give you some Pictures from my project!
I think i need one more support and a connection to the front window?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:30 am    Post subject: Re: Bikini Top construktion Reply with quote

brezelking wrote:
Hi KAmes,
have you a picture from the mounting from this WINDSHIELD SUPPORT BRACKETS?
i don't have any holes
Thanks
Gerhard


Uses the same holes as the windshield latch.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:26 am    Post subject: Re: Bikini Top construktion Reply with quote

Semper_Dad wrote:
brezelking wrote:
Hi KAmes,
have you a picture from the mounting from this WINDSHIELD SUPPORT BRACKETS?
i don't have any holes
Thanks
Gerhard


Uses the same holes as the windshield latch.

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If I remember correctly they also came with the longer screws needed. I put a completely new windshield frame and glass on my car, and these still hold it much more rigid than before.
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