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-   -   Aftermarket Bimini Options? (http://www.wakeworld.com/forum/showthread.php?t=318391)

ebone66 04-18-2006 12:53 PM

Any ideas on where to find a reasonably priced bimini top. Dealership wants $500. I tried towerbiminis.com and they quoted me $715 for just a plain, one color bimini. I'm in an '06 Outback.

rgilby 04-18-2006 1:47 PM

loudliquid.com i think has decent ones that attach to the tower...but i believe they start around $500 as well. if you can find one cheaper than that...let me know.

deuce 04-18-2006 2:19 PM

<a href="http://www.sewlong.com/ftt.htm" target="_blank">http://www.sewlong.com/ftt.htm</a> <BR> <BR>I think these guys did mine(through my dealer) and I am 100% impressed. I have no idea what it cost.....???

krbaugh 04-18-2006 2:38 PM

Those are GREAT but way over 500.00

ebone66 04-18-2006 2:41 PM

Any experience w/ boatcovers.com? They quoted me $350 shipped w/a boot and rear legs.

insuranceman 04-18-2006 2:53 PM

Elane, Is the one you were quoted from boatcovers a boat or tower mounted. If you have a tower, I don't think you will be happy with the fit. <BR> <BR>Also the one that the dealer is trying to sell you is made from sunbrella and will last a long time. I had a boat mounted one on my old outback and I hated it with the tower. I contacted my dealer and ordered the tower mounted one and it was so much nicer. <BR> <BR>Sorry but these things are expensive

ebone66 04-18-2006 4:08 PM

Good point insuranceman. I don't think it's tower mounted.

krbaugh 04-18-2006 4:46 PM

The biminis on that web site loooked well quality challenged <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/lol.gif" border=0> Plus if you have a tower you will want a tower mount bimini you may just have to suck it up and pay for it<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/wink.gif" border=0>

deuce 04-19-2006 7:27 AM

Kevin, the website I posted?

dizzyj 04-19-2006 8:28 AM

I've been looking for a place that would create an over the top bimini for my tower. Thanks!!

jmanolinsky 04-19-2006 9:19 AM

I have ordered a boot for the tower mounted bimini on my 2000 Mobius from the link below. I haven't gotten it yet, but the guys I spoke with seemed nice and answered all my questions. They are an authorized sunbrella dealer and my boot will match my bimini exactly. I let you know how it looks. <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.americanmarineind.com/boatTops.htm" target="_blank">http://www.americanmarineind.com/boatTops.htm</a> <BR> <BR>Jman}

krbaugh 04-19-2006 9:33 AM

Ej no the one you posted is a GREAT bimini

eustace 04-19-2006 1:22 PM

Elane, Here is my DIY bimini project: <BR> <BR>Bimini Top for around $200; I started with a standard 3-bow 30 H x 67 W bimini from coversearch.com <BR> <BR>The next step was to replace the tower cap screws with ones 1 1/2 long (3/8-16). Leaving nearly 1/2 of exposed threads. <BR> <BR>I then took threaded 3/8-16 standoffs and brazed 1/4 -20 nuts to the standoffs. <BR> <BR>I bolted the standoff / nut configuration to the exposed tower screws and measured the distance in between. <BR> <BR>After assembling the largest of the bimini frames to determine the difference in the widths that would need to be made up, I disassembled the frame and used a 3/4 conduit bender to equally de-arch each side until it was a the correct width. <BR> <BR>It was then necessary to do the same for the remaining 2 frames in order to meet the width of the slide-jaw mounts on the main bimini frame. <BR> <BR>After re-assembling the bimini I found that the front frame was too wide so using a tubing cutter I narrowed it by 3 taking 1 1/2 from each side of the cross piece. <BR> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/318733.jpg" alt="Upload">

insuranceman 04-19-2006 2:04 PM

Eustace, That really looks nice. <BR> <BR>Did a good job.

ebone66 04-19-2006 5:38 PM

Eustace, Nice work. A little out of my league though. How bout I give you $250 and you come over and set me up.

pickle311 04-19-2006 5:43 PM

I got the FTT from <a href="http://www.sewlong.com" target="_blank">www.sewlong.com</a> and I love it. It was just under $650 with shipping. It looks way better than the stock bimini and is much more rigid.


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