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Old 04-27-2013, 08:44 AM   #1
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found a bikini top on CL but

it says 97 - 02 ... and it comes with the no drill window channel.... I thought they went from 97- 06 thoughts

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Old 04-27-2013, 09:48 AM   #2
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If I remember correctly the difference is the 03 to 06 have thicker roll bar padding. I don't think that should be a problem for a bikini top.

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Old 04-27-2013, 09:49 AM   #3
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it says 97 - 02 ... and it comes with the no drill window channel.... I thought they went from 97- 06 thoughts
The thicker rollbar padding on the 03-06 required a change on bikini tops since they wrap around them. I got my bikini top from someone who ordered the wrong one. His was an '04, mine is a '00.
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Sorry for the wrong information.
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:09 PM   #5
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so it wont fit ?
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:28 PM   #6
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so it wont fit ?
Not if you have a 03-06 TJ. You could maybe not use the part that wraps around the side rollbars but they are so cheap why not get one that works.
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:57 PM   #7
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true..... I guess ill just by a new one...
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Not to thread jack but same topic.

I have an 01 and could get a whole bikini, tonneau and windjammer kit for really cheap but it says its for an 03 - 06. Would it just be really loose on mine cause the rollbar padding? Or is the other concerns?
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:30 AM   #9
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Coincidentally..... I'm in the process of making my own today (channel-less).
Just got back from the hardware store with screen, grommets, carpet tape and bungee (about $20 worth of stuff). Pretty easy DIY mod for a nice day like today I'm thinking.
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Gold miner ,post it up when your done !
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Gold miner ,post it up when your done !
You got it....
This is what I came up with. The fiberglass carpet tape did not work very well for seam material. I went with 3" wide Gorilla Tape folded upon itself (sandwiching the screen) for the final seams and they are tuff. The screen material is typical black vinyl widow screen which I bought at Ace Hardware for 99 cents per linear foot @ 48" wide. So.... 3ft for about $3 and I trimmed it to size. The bungee loop/ball things were cheap. I got a bag of 25 for about $10 and can use the rest of them for other projects. Mine came in 8" length and they're easy to cut down to a smaller size. Grommets were inexpensive also.
Anyway... this is what it looks like and it works really well so far. Nice and tight. No front channel.



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You got it....
This is what I came up with. The fiberglass carpet tape did not work very well for seam material. I went with 3" wide Gorilla Tape folded upon itself (sandwiching the screen) for the final seams and they are tuff. The screen material is typical black vinyl widow screen which I bought at Ace Hardware for 99 cents per linear foot @ 48" wide. So.... 3ft for about $3 and I trimmed it to size. The bungee loop/ball things were cheap. I got a bag of 25 for about $10 and can use the rest of them for other projects. Mine came in 8" length and they're easy to cut down to a smaller size. Grommets were inexpensive also.
Anyway... this is what it looks like and it works really well so far. Nice and tight. No front channel.
I've been trying to make my own for a while now and u just gave me a whole set of ideas. Great job, thanks for sharing the info
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I've been trying to make my own for a while now and u just gave me a whole set of ideas. Great job, thanks for sharing the info
Thanks! Would like to see what you come up with as well.
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I tried a few different bikini tops. The windshield header channel was always a PITA, because I still have a factory soft top. No channel needed with that.
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TJ | SpiderWebShade.com

Don't need a windshield channel, and the soft top will go right over it. No need to remove bikini top except to wash.

They make 2 "quality levels". The Ultra mesh (cheaper) and the Trail Mesh (more $$). I have the cheap one, and it is fine.....
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Gold Miner, that looks killer !!
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Gold Miner, that looks killer !!
Thanks!
... but I woke up to 4" of snow on it this morning. grrrrrr, wet seats
Old Man Winter and I are still having it out. I refuse to put my hardtop back on right now, no way.
So, I quickly fabricated a cab cover for it this morning out of common tarp and hook bungees.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.........
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Took an old soft top I had laying, removed frame, but kept windshield channel, cut to size, wrapped edges with gorilla tape, punched in grommets and strapped down with straps I made. Total cost, $21 bucks. 75 mph on the highway no problems. A little flapping but I'm not concerned.

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