I just did a similar thing to my Jeep, but you don't need all that you bought.
I cut a piece of 2" PVC roughly 48 inches cut the ends using a hole saw to get a nice clean cut and the holes are slightly cut more to the bottom leaving more PVC at the top. Sanded them smooth, sanded the pipe and painted it to match the roll bar. Placed it between the roll bar and tapped it with my rubber mallet to the desired placement forcing the middle of the PVC to bow up. I removed the roll bar padding prior to this.
Voila it's in place and pushes up on the bikini top and since them we've had several downpours and no pooling at all.
Cost next to nothing since I had a scrap piece of PVC at the house.
At the same time I installed 3M velcro with the adhesive back on the roll bar without the padding and attached my bikini top to it. It doesn't flap and get loose anymore since there is no way it can get loose unlike the simple wrap velcro the top comes with.
Don't use anything but 3M velcro.
A rebuilt '05 Unlimited w/ 6 spd, 4.0, 3" BDS springs, front locker, warn front bumper, PS corners, rock sliders and the list goes on and on.
Former Jeeps: 79 CJ7, 81 CJ7 Renegade, 85 CJ7 and a 95 YJ.
Project car: Big Block 4spd 69 mach 1 (it's back on the rotisserie for the final time).
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Great idea!! I dumped a waterfall on my GF's seat when I was taking off my bikini top this weekend. ( insert wet joke here) this will be great for the water not pooling up on it. I like the velcro idea as well. maybe just a small piece on the inside on the top and pipe to keep it from shifting. Good work
I think I may have a better idea. Cost less, easier to make, and you will not bump your head on it. I have had this setup for many years now.
Grab a piece of 2 inch aluminum. Notch on end to fit into the tanow (I know misspelled.) bracket on top of the windshield. Bend a arc to the aluminum. and stick it in. The roll bar and the bracket hold it. No more puddles.
Thanks to the trolling advertiser, I saw this thread! Knocked it out last week after getting soaked from a water laden bikini top... :-/ I almost want to add a 3rd prop and move the other 2 closer to the roll bar and windshield... we'll see how well this works at the moment though.
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Great ideas, but I wanted something that looked a little more "factory", so I put my own spin on the existing design by using two 45 degree elbows to mimic the curve of the factory top bows more. Oh, and in 2014 dollars, this project costs more like $15 instead of $4 now. At least it did for me.