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Old 08-02-2010, 03:08 AM   #1
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home made bikini top

Takes some time but I like it...Used carpet tape to produce a seam in one version and in another version I used clear caulk...the carpet tape I felt created a better seam for the grommets to take.
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:15 AM   #2
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What material did you use to make your BT out of? It looks good but how about some details?

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Old 08-02-2010, 09:47 AM   #3
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The best stuff to use is a 4' roll of pet screen from Lowes. I made one too, but sewed it instead of gluing it. Nothing too it, just cut to length and hem it wide enough for your grommets to fit, cut some holes and add the grommets, and some small bungies every 10" or so and you're done. It can stay on under the top too if needed. My kids like it when we wheel, as it helps with the sticks, leaves and mud... I made mine to only cover the back portion of the Jeep, especially for the kids. I just love getting smacked in the head with sticks and bugs and having mud flung all over me.......
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:06 AM   #4
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Looks pretty darn cool to me....someone out there has some talent!!
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:21 AM   #5
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What a great idea especially since it can stay on under the top. Totally making one this week!! Thanks for the great idea guys.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:56 AM   #6
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just inspired me for my weekend project

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how much $ spent?
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this sounds AWSOME!
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:09 PM   #9
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Looks like someone can salvage an old trampoline mat, cut it to size and hem the edges.
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:13 PM   #10
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It's not waterproof, but makes good shade... No flapping at highway speeds... Total cost is probably $20... I don't remember exactly, maybe closer to $30 with the screen and grommets.
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:33 PM   #11
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i made my own top too, had the mesh fabric at work all i had to do is some stitching and adding grommets, and the bungie ties i got at home depot

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Old 08-03-2010, 06:12 AM   #12
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I bought the material (6 x 12) from amazon, it is called sunscreen fabric($30)...grommets and bungies from Home depot....I feel like the carpet tape holds the grommets better...As far as dimensions, I would have to measure...I did the grommets on one side stretched it marked it and then put the grommets in...I also put scotchguard on it thinking it will help it from drying out...it is already UV protected
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I like the idea to keep some of the tree shrapnel and bugs off my passengers. We usually come home with many more occupants then when we started not to mention the inside of the Jeep looks like a bowl of salad.

Nice job guys. Gonna head to Home Depot today!?!?!?!
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I will take some pics of the two together...I have used one to go behind the front seats as a wind screen when the top is up, windows out and its raining...it kept the mist from coming through to the front so I was happy about that....
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:35 AM   #15
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Pretty much the same thing as the Spiderweb shade Wrangler Accessories, Jeep Top, Wrangler Top (but cheaper if you can make it yourself)
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Infernogirl, what kind of thread did you use to sew the hem? I looked at the pet screen at Home Depot, and it looked like it wouldn't hold stitches from a sewing machine.

Also, has anyone made one long enough to go back, over the soundbar and rear seat? How did that turn out?
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I actually made the hem two different ways...1) I took clear silicon caulk and used it like glue 2) I took carpet seam tape afterwhich I used a roller to get the glue intertwined in the mesh.....I had originally thought of going all the way back but decided instead to use two different tops to do this...I think it adds a little flexibility and when putting behind the front seats it gives you a better mounting method...if you look closely at te last pic the one behind the seat has TWO grommet points as opposed to one on the front top...
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Hey guys good ideas you got here, has anyone tried window shade fabric?

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Thanks for the info. I'm still not sure what to do about the back. I may try to make a separate back cover and cut it to fit around the edges of the speaker bar pods. I would use the two grommet in the middle method, then put several along the sides. I'm just concerned that it will catch a lot of wind by the speaker pods.
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If you attach right next to the front's top as close to the horizontal bar there is no problem with flapping...originally my idea was to leave the corners detached and with the two middle attachments I felt it would be fine...I get very little flapping regardless of my multiple set-ups...It seems to get more when I cover the back when the BACK seat is in....as for the window shade fabric, I believe it is the same stuff...What I have is called "sunscreen fabric"....
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This is a great idea. Something I probably would have never thought of. Now is there some way to make the top of a half door because the one I have is duct taped? It doesn't matter so much now but winter is coming you know.
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What length are the ball bungee cords you used to secure it?
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The ones I used are about 6" long. Canopy Ties from Wally World.... $1.97 for 4......
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I looked at the Spider Shade website and saw that they have a full length model that goes over the soundbar. I should have looked there before asking so many questions. Off to Lowe's and Walmart for supplies!
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OK, I give up on the whole picture posting. I couldn't get an image shack pic to show up here to save my life. Other websites, no problems at all.

Anyway...

I finished my shade using the pet screen from Lowe's. I had a friend reinforce the edges and sew in a 1" hem. It looks great, but provides very little shade. I will probably look for a material with a tighter weave next summer.
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Window screen tinting is crap, rips too easily . I tried it with a grommet and about 3 lbs of pulling and it rips even thru 2 layers



Im going to get some pet screen , now my next question , did you use just carpet tape and fold over the edges to make it stronger or glue also? (I dont havea sewing machine nor know how to use one )
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I know someone who makes boat tarps, and he recommended putting in a cloth strip in the hem to reinforce the stitching. Seems to hold pretty well. As far as sewing with a regular sewing machine, it is a bit of a challenge sewing through the hem when you fold over the corners. My wife bent her sewing machine needle. I had my friend sew it on a heavy duty machine he uses for making tarps.
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Old 08-24-2010, 06:39 AM   #30
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What are your thoughts regarding using a faux leather fabric such as the below link for a top?

Faux Leather Boca Black - Discount Designer Fabric - Fabric.com

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