||03-17-2012 02:10 AM
Smittybilt CRES with bikini (brief) top
So, I tried searching for this answer before I bought mine and couldn't find anything definitive, so I thought I would post my findings.
I needed to add some sort of netting to the tub for the dog, but I wanted to be able to run a bikini top with it. I chose the Smittybilt CRES... with a $98 price tag I don't think I have to explain why. With it I ordered a Smittybilt Standard (bikini/brief) top with the hopes that they would work together.
First off, let me say, the Smitty brief top WILL work with a Rampage bolt on windshield header. (That was another concern since my full top of choice is the Rampage frameless system)
When I tried putting the CRES on with the brief I found that the straps kind of got in each others way. So I had to get creative.
First, start with installing the CRES. Then put the bikini on so that the rear of the bikini overlaps the CRES's front edge.
The front of the bikini goes in normally, it's when you get to the overlapping part that it gets fun.
The bikini has 4 straps that wrap around the roll bar and one that goes around it and to the footman loop. Run the center (footman) strap through the center hole in the CRES. For the two outer straps take a pocket knife and cut a small slip in the CRES right between the rollbar and speaker pod just wide enough for the strap to go through and proceed to strap it down like normal. The other two straps (the ones between the two outer and the footman strap) I chose not to use. I don't see why they would be needed and they are a pain even if you don't use the CRES.
Here's some pics of the finished install. As you can see, the seam/overlap comes out rather smooth once you poke those two holes in the CRES for the straps. If you have any input or recommendations or whatever... feel free to post 'em.