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After reading the forums a bit, I'm not completely sold on the Honda hard top. Do you think the Honda Bimini top would serve me well for a season? I'm questioning (not negatively, mind you) the enduring qualities of this.....to tide me over until an aftermarket unit becomes available.

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I'm assuming the top is the same quality and type material as the sides. If that's so I'd expect you'd easily get several years of service from it.
 

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I was thinking the same thing DB but in the instructions it says you need to cut the OEM windscreen to fit it on. I don't really want to cut the windshield if the aftermarket hard top roofs are designed to match it.

I was wondering if anyone who has the soft top installed could tell us how they like it and how well the soft doors match up to it? I may just go with the soft top if everything seals up desent.
 

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I was thinking the same thing DB but in the instructions it says you need to cut the OEM windscreen to fit it on. I don't really want to cut the windshield if the aftermarket hard top roofs are designed to match it.

I was wondering if anyone who has the soft top installed could tell us how they like it and how well the soft doors match up to it? I may just go with the soft top if everything seals up desent.
do you know if there are any aftermarket companies making a soft bimini that doesnt require any cutting?
 

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do you know if there are any aftermarket companies making a soft bimini that doesnt require any cutting?
Not that I am aware of, I have not seen much of anything aftermarket yet for the Pioneer. Hopefully we can get a list going here after things start showing up. We are pioneers of the Pioneer.
 

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I have the Honda bimini top and also one I had made locally here at a canvas shop. The Honda top comes with 4 clamps and some fiberglass rods that keep the top tight. I used these to also work with my fabricated top. Any good local canvas shop should be able to make a top with lower clearance for a good price that will last years. They can also do it so you do not need to cut your windshield.
 

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Am I hearing you correctly.....in that Honda wants us to cut the factory windshield.....so the factory Bimini top will fit?

That sounds weird just typing it!
 

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Am I hearing you correctly.....in that Honda wants us to cut the factory windshield.....so the factory Bimini top will fit?

That sounds weird just typing it!
Sorry DB the instructions for the Fabric roof say you need to cut the windshield. I don't see any instructions for the bimini top. My Bad!
 

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With the bimini top they send along 4 screws that go through the top and attach it to the top of the windshield. It requires that you drill holes in the windshield to attach the top to it. I ran mine a few times without attaching it to the front windshield. I finally just used some snaps on the windshield and front of the top for connection. If you go to the Honda website you can look at the installation instructions.
 

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I'm still waiting for someone to grab a sheet of aluminum and make a custom top. If had one that would be one of my options. Of course I have a friend with a brake and tig welder which would make it a lot easier.
 

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I have some plans involving Lexan at some point
 

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I guess the fabric top is the one I meant to say.

I wouldn't think you should have to cut anything for two components to marry up. I'm not doubting you. I just wish that weren't so.
 

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I did a search and didn't find anything.

Does anyone have the canvas top/rear panel from Honda installed? I'm getting ready to call the dealer and tell him to get me one.....but, I want to make sure it's worth the $$.

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I'll need to pull the trigger(or not) on a softop around Feb 6th when I pickup my new unit. (Better discount with purchase)
Very interested if you learn anything before then. (othewise I might be stuck with a home made plywood topper that my Dad will bolt on :eek:
 

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Ok someone has to man up and get one so we can see how good they are....;)
 

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hopefully they are like the jeep tops man those things last forever as long as they are kept up. my buddy has a new bikini on his yj im going to see if I can get some measurements and see if itll work on the pioeer cause its only 50$
 

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Are we talking about the soft top or bimini here? (they should have called it bikini). I think there is a big difference in them, it is the soft top that I would probably get.
 

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According to the acc catalog (I haven't installed either of these tops) the fabric top requires the use of a windshield but the bimini doesn't.

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Reading the install directions on the bimini it looks like they want to to secure it (if a windshield is used) to the windshield drilling holes in it. I would guess the air forced up from the windshield tries to lift the top if it's not secured.
 

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What if I wanted to make my own windshield.....like Moose did? Does the Honda cover with rear panel (we're talking about the same one, toodeep) somehow attach to the windshield? The notes say it REQUIRES a windshield. Why would that be -- if it didn't attach to it?

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I have a 2P bimini top, a soft rear window and a custom bimini top with sun roof. I ran the Honda bimini top without attaching it to the windshield for a few rides. The only thing that happened is that the front of the roof would bow out away from the front windshield a few inches at top speed. You can still ride fine with it this way and it was kind of a good thing as it let enough air into the cabin that it really minimized dust being sucked into the cabin. Both the back window and top are very good quality and can be installed and removed in under 5 minutes.
 

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