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coz
08-17-2008, 07:23 PM
I was pricing biminis and those tower tops are costly so I thought I'd try and use my existing top in the existing spot and with a little sweat in the 108 degree heat I got the frame set up so now my neighbor is going to custom cut my existing top and that will also lose my pylon hole.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm258/cozaz/aaa001.jpg
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm258/cozaz/aaa002.jpg
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm258/cozaz/aaa003.jpg
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm258/cozaz/aaa004.jpg

coz
08-29-2008, 11:12 PM
Took a little longer than a day but hey! what I paid my neighbor to cut and sew my measurments :rolleyes: 2 weeks ain't so bad
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm258/cozaz/top001.jpg
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm258/cozaz/top002.jpg
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm258/cozaz/tower001-1.jpg
I was able to use all the existing connectors and swivle point and by cutting from the center the pylon hole is gone + the boot still works

dummy
08-29-2008, 11:17 PM
Sweet. Looks good.

TX.X-30 fan
08-29-2008, 11:42 PM
Coz the bimini looks great, don't let that son-in-law hang on it, where in the sam he!! are the speakers that tower needs speakers!!!!!

TMCNo1
08-29-2008, 11:43 PM
Looks good Coz, do you travel?:rolleyes::D

coz
08-29-2008, 11:55 PM
Coz the bimini looks great, don't let that son-in-law hang on it, where in the sam he!! are the speakers that tower needs speakers!!!!!

Yeah no! :confused: he rides in the back and the rider points to the side he wants him on, shifting ballast :banana: It's time to upgrade the sounds/speakers so that hap'n in the winter along with some lights.

Looks good Coz, do you travel?

#1 I take that as a compliment, thanks :toast:

Monte
08-30-2008, 10:26 AM
Looks great Coz..

TX.X-30 fan
08-30-2008, 12:00 PM
Looks great Coz but I'm legally blind so take it for what its worth..





:D:D:D:D.................

Monte
08-30-2008, 12:04 PM
Will you marry me coz??:D:D:D.................

Now that is a little forward isn't it?

coz
08-30-2008, 12:26 PM
Now that is a little forward isn't it?

I appreciate a good laugh :D no offence taken here 8p rib on! I got thick skin :banana:

Or were you talking about the top? because it's in the original spot ;)

TX.X-30 fan
08-30-2008, 12:27 PM
Now that is a little forward isn't it?




I'm a pushover for a dark tan. :D:D

Monte
08-30-2008, 12:35 PM
I appreciate a good laugh no offence taken here rib on! I got thick skin :banana:

Or were you talking about the top? because it's in the original spot ;)

Originally I was talking about the top;).. But now I am blind:(

coz
08-30-2008, 12:49 PM
Originally I was talking about the top;).. But now I am blind:(


Here :D

http://www.maxiaids.com/ProdImages/lg/178353.jpg

atlfootr
08-30-2008, 12:56 PM
Nice finish Coz,
Are you using carpeted 2x's as 'guide poles' :confused: now that's a first :D

coz
08-30-2008, 01:02 PM
Nice finish Coz,
Are you using carpeted 2x's as 'guide poles' :confused: now that's a first :D

Thanks, yes they are carpet to match the bunks :D

http://www.mastercraft.com/photopost/data/500/boat002.jpg

TX.X-30 fan
08-30-2008, 01:05 PM
................. :d



39696

coz
08-30-2008, 01:34 PM
................. :d



39696

Now if one of our blind TT members sees that they might get offended :cool:

atlfootr
08-30-2008, 02:21 PM
Or someone that owns a dog :rolleyes:

coz
08-30-2008, 02:36 PM
See! a dog owner? a blind person? whatever you post is gonna offend someone :confused:

Mick said it best "ya cain't always get what ya want" :D

WakeMikey
03-19-2009, 12:48 PM
I had to register so I could reply to your post. :)

The problem with most biminis is that they are too wide for the tower. It looks like you were able to fix this and reassemble the bimini support poles. Can you tell us how you are able to take apart the overhead supports, remove some 'width' and reattach the overhead supports back together?

I am also thinking of attempting to make my bimini able to attach to my tower poles with tower bimini clamps from http://www.diywake.com/shop/shopexd.asp?id=567. However, the vertical bimini poles would need to be wider at the base than nearer the canopy to touch the tower legs. I'm not really sure I could easily bend the legs without damaging.

Can you share more about how you modified your poles? Thanks!

Here's the bimini I got for free and am thinking of modifying. I had it on backwards in the pic, I know. :)

russlars
03-19-2009, 02:23 PM
Take a look at this thread: http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=13618&highlight=tower+bimini+mount
This is the method I used to modify my bimini to fit my tower. Hope this helps.

russlars
03-19-2009, 02:29 PM
By the way, I also used the same clamps that you are considering and here is the thread that shows my finished product: http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=13618&highlight=tower+bimini+mount
After a little more tweaking of what I had in the picture it worked great. I was able to bend the legs of my bimini out some to fit the tower. Mine was Stainless Steel so it wasn't very easy to do. If your supports are aluminum it should be easier to bend. Good project, but time consuming.

coz
03-19-2009, 03:02 PM
I had to register so I could reply to your post. :)

The problem with most biminis is that they are too wide for the tower. It looks like you were able to fix this and reassemble the bimini support poles. Can you tell us how you are able to take apart the overhead supports, remove some 'width' and reattach the overhead supports back together?

I am also thinking of attempting to make my bimini able to attach to my tower poles with tower bimini clamps from http://www.diywake.com/shop/shopexd.asp?id=567. However, the vertical bimini poles would need to be wider at the base than nearer the canopy to touch the tower legs. I'm not really sure I could easily bend the legs without damaging.

Can you share more about how you modified your poles? Thanks!

Here's the bimini I got for free and am thinking of modifying. I had it on backwards in the pic, I know. :)


Figure the width you need, then find center of tube section and take equal distances from center each way to get the width you need. Then if it's 7/8" tube, I used a piece of 3/4" dowel from HD (fits perfectly) and cut a length to extend into the tubing both ways and then use a couple small stainless screws on both sides to keep it from twisting and coming apart. Your bimini will have to be cut to the new shape to make it look good. Good luck.

WakeMikey
03-19-2009, 05:41 PM
Thanks a lot guys! That was exactly the kind of info I was looking for! My bimini ALMOST fits; I think I will have to take maybe 6" width off total. It fits now, but I cannot raise or lower tower, and cannot open and close bimini when tower is up.

I will have to wait a week or two before really taking care of this project. First I will have to hang my Kicker KMT6 tower speakers that I just recieved in the mail. Then I will have to mock the bimini up to determine height, and the width at that height. This will also tell me if the tower bimini clamps will work or if the bimini would need to be bend too significantly. I am not sure if it is stainless or aluminum.

I learned last year that Anything I clamp on my tower must have protective collars such as Monster Tower has here: http://shop.monstertower.com/p-74-monster-tower-universal-collar-inserts.aspx. Otherwise it scrapes the black paint right off the tower.

Just got stereo gear, 2nd battery and relay, a few LED's, a tower mount navigation light, and this bimini needs some modification! This should be an awesome spring and summer in Minneapolis! Thanks all!

MariStar-Man
09-07-2009, 01:41 AM
Thanks a lot guys! My bimini ALMOST fits

Could you post some photos of your progress and when it didn't fit, and hopefully when it did...:)

COZ--> I like the way your bimini came out. I was wondering though, is there a certian height for bimini's? Like where people can walk thru while it's open without bending over or is it too windy if installed too high?

WakeMikey
12-28-2009, 01:39 PM
Here are a couple pics of the completed bimini. Thought I had a pic of construction, but not finding it right now..

http://photos.wakeboarder.com/data/3486/medium/Picture_033.jpg
http://photos.wakeboarder.com/data/3486/medium/20090618_0684.JPG

MariStar-Man
12-28-2009, 07:28 PM
Here are a couple pics of the completed bimin.
http://photos.wakeboarder.com/data/3486/medium/20090618_0684.JPG


Looks great! it appears that the Black Straps can slide up and dwon the aluminum support? If they can, you might consider installing Stainless steel Rivet and buttons... (http://www.race-mart.com/items/products/tsi/TSI2-6001-detail.htm)I just used the STUD and Stainless rivets instead of the post

http://www.race-mart.com/images/stainless_snap_fasters.jpg

I had my Strap's and Strap Hardware professionally sewn from Johnson Bimini. The same folks who do lots of MC Bimini Tops( http://www.johnsonbimini.com/ ) and then fastened to the top of the Aluminum Support Poles...