There was someone on this forum last year that was doing a project of making a hard bikini top. I'm wanting to try to do something similar. I never did see any pics or anything about how it turned out. If that person (or anyone else) has any info, advice, pictures, etc on doing such a project, please post. It seems like a pretty easy thing to make. So I'm surprised to not see it done more. But maybe I'm missing something. Thanks, Ethan
I created a hard bikini top by mounting a road sign ("uneven pavement ahead:) to the top of my roll cage. It rattles a bit but works nicely. I've seen other aluminum bikini tops that get very hot in the sun, but the reflective orange of the road sign does a surprisingly good job of keeping the top cool.
Adam, thanks! I think yours was the thread I was referring to. I seem to recall it was in a "wanted" post for a road sign. So did you just simply bolt it on to the roll bar? I was thinking about using aluminum diamond plate. Any suggestions for things you might have done differently than you did the first time? Are you still using it?
It could use some sort of a gasket / spacer to keep it from rattling against the cage at speed and as I mentioned earlier raw aluminum absorbs heat/sun and then radiates the heat onto your skull but the reflective road sign keeps cool on the underside. Originally I had a UHMW (cutting board material) bikini top, but it turns out it doesn't like UV rays and gets brittle. While I know it's not much, I like the idea that the hard bikini top offers a little more protection than a fabric one and it won't flap, droop or tear. Mine has an interesting rat rod sort of a look to it which I like too.
Heh. My uncle and I built a 'bikini top' for the Kubota out of subflooring wood. It could probably use something like a gasket as well, but I like that I am not under direct sunlight anymore ;D If only I could find the same size road sign.... they make those things out of some really darn good wood!
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