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Unread 07-09-2009, 12:37 PM   #1
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fiberglass bikini with speaker pods?

I'm thinking of creating a fiberglass bikini top with an integrated sound bar and dome light. I figure it will cut out all of the flapping noise and allow you to listen to your stereo without blowing your speakers.

I was wondering what you guys think? If I could find a market for them I have the capability to produce them.

They could also hold light bars, cb radios, map lights or whatever.

Let me here your opinions.
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Unread 07-09-2009, 12:45 PM   #2
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This is an awesome idea...especially if you can make it work on TJ's too ? )
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Unread 07-09-2009, 01:00 PM   #3
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That is the plan, we are going to make the first one with my yj and go from there. Thanks for the input. I'll try to get some pics up in a few weeks.
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Unread 07-09-2009, 08:00 PM   #4
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I'd buy one, especially if the factory hard top would fit over it.
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Unread 07-09-2009, 08:12 PM   #5
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I would definitely go for this, I like that idea, can't wait to see pics.
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Unread 07-10-2009, 07:19 AM   #6
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How do you plan on attaching the rear?
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Unread 07-10-2009, 09:03 AM   #7
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I'd buy one, especially if the factory hard top would fit over it.
That is something we haven't talked about but will consider for sure. That's the kind of input we are looking for, thanks.
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Unread 07-10-2009, 09:07 AM   #8
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How do you plan on attaching the rear?
We are considering a Ubolt style clamp as long as it looks clean, or maybe molding a few buckle straps into the fiberglass.
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Unread 07-10-2009, 09:12 AM   #9
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Might not be a bad idea to incorporate the screw knobs from the door surrounds on the TJ to hold it on. Not sure if the hardtop will fit over that, though. Hell by drilling a couple of holes, you could make that work on a YJ too.......

It'll be hard to make the hardtop fit over it and make it weather proof.....unless you are just going for sun protection.

Maybe start with a free/cheap cracked hardtop for ideas.

Oh, I really like this idea, BTW.
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Unread 07-10-2009, 09:32 AM   #10
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Might not be a bad idea to incorporate the screw knobs from the door surrounds on the TJ to hold it on. Not sure if the hardtop will fit over that, though. Hell by drilling a couple of holes, you could make that work on a YJ too.......

It'll be hard to make the hardtop fit over it and make it weather proof.....unless you are just going for sun protection.

Maybe start with a free/cheap cracked hardtop for ideas.

Oh, I really like this idea, BTW.
I'll check those out, we are going to do are best to keep it a no drill install and make it fit over roll bar padding.
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Unread 07-10-2009, 11:38 AM   #11
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Here's my roll cage. It has speakers, switches, lights and cb intigrated. I plan on doing a hard top for it down the road out of FG. Ill have some finished pics of it this weekend and hopefully I should get it in and get the wiring started.

Its upside down but you get the picture
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Unread 07-10-2009, 12:12 PM   #12
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What about a safari type top? Or a duster cover type?
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Unread 07-10-2009, 12:39 PM   #13
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What about a safari type top? Or a duster cover type?
Those could be possible down the road. We are going to spend some time perfecting the bikini right now. We are going to start the prototype in a week or two and then spend some time testing and tweaking it. We plan on doing it with and without speakers.

We are taking as much input as possible before we start, we would like the first one to be close to what people will want.

This concern right now is how will people want to mount it. Rigid style clamps? Adjustable straps? We know most people would like to stay away from drilling.

We are thinking of using the visor and center loop holes to mount the front.

Keep the feedback coming.
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Unread 07-10-2009, 08:33 PM   #14
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i have done a TON of custom fiberglass work and i am going to build one for my jeep like what you are talking about. I have already thought up a way to make it mount UNDER the factory soft top or hard top.

You just have the FG custom top go from the center of the roll bar hoop to the visor mounts (like you had said.) and for the rear mold a 1/4 round on the back so it goes 1/4 way around the roll bar hoop. Then to attach it rivet a strap with buckle on the top and bottom (rivets so it wont leak water down onto the driver). and strap around the roll bar.

I had planned on putting little "gutter exits" on the rear corners of mine so it its rains then you drive then the water has a place to go and it goes behind you.
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Unread 07-11-2009, 02:36 PM   #15
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i have done a TON of custom fiberglass work and i am going to build one for my jeep like what you are talking about. I have already thought up a way to make it mount UNDER the factory soft top or hard top.

You just have the FG custom top go from the center of the roll bar hoop to the visor mounts (like you had said.) and for the rear mold a 1/4 round on the back so it goes 1/4 way around the roll bar hoop. Then to attach it rivet a strap with buckle on the top and bottom (rivets so it wont leak water down onto the driver). and strap around the roll bar.

I had planned on putting little "gutter exits" on the rear corners of mine so it its rains then you drive then the water has a place to go and it goes behind you.
It sounds like we pretty much have the same idea, I like the drip rail idea.
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