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what bikini top for 66 cj5?

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by cabz, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Jan 26, 2013
    cabz

    cabz Member

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    I am wanting to put a bikini top on the grandsons cj5 so we dont bake in the FL summer sun. my question is what onbe to get? the windshild frame on his 66 has a chanel mounted to the windsheild frame but it is about 1/2 down from the top edge on the front of the frame. can that channel be used for a bikini top? or is there another option?.
     
  2. Jan 26, 2013
    noahlon

    noahlon Old Fart

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    Here is a bikini top on my '68. Mounted in the channel you refer to.

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  3. Jan 26, 2013
    infernalcolonel

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    Just grab a Bestop bikini top. Good quality and it should definitely fit as long as you have two loops in the rear to thread the straps through.
     
  4. Jan 26, 2013
    cabz

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    OK cool , i didnt know the bestop binkin would stay in the stock channel.
    did you use a cj5 binkin top or will a cj7/yj one work?
     
  5. Jan 26, 2013
    nickmil

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    You need one for a '75 and older CJ. The '76 and newer CJ/YJ had a narrower windshield at the top so the Bikini top is narrower and doesn't fit properly.


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  6. May 9, 2016
    ronnie victor

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    I resurrected this 3+ year-old thread about bikini tops for early CJ-5s because I have a question about bikini soft tops that fits as an outgrowth of this old thread discussion. Namely, I am back on the road again with my 1966 CJ5 after a long dormancy, and want to put on a Bikini for the summer. Not only am in puzzled about which of the 3 or 4 bikini brands to purchase, but I'm more puzzled about the windshield retainer to hold the leading edge in place at the windshield channel. I have a long aluminum retainer that came with my Kayline top decades ago, and I wonder if I can simply use this on a any bikini. And, is Bestop the type to get?..... even though some online comments about Bestop are not favorable, such as 'not wide enough', cheesy straps, cheesy material, and top doesn't fit (early cj5) properly even though advertised to.

    My Googling has not turned up a source for a windshield retainer for a 1966 CJ5 (which has a factory channel in place), no matter what brand bikini I consider buying. Do any of you know if my old aluminum retainer for a full soft top will properly fix the front end of a bikini into the windshield channel? -- or is the leading edge a bikini top sewn as something special that requires a special retaining 'rod'? .... perhaps leaving me having to get one or two items custom made, or buying an independent channel to drill into the windshield frame (which I don't want to do).

    I attached a side-view pic of my factory channel, at end of red line. You can see that it's slightly below the top of the window frame. Any suggestions or help in this bikini top matter?
    -- thank you, Ron

    windshield chan.jpg
     
  7. May 9, 2016
    Twin2

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    75 and older fit in that channel . is the snap from a older top . might have to move it up
     
  8. May 9, 2016
    PeteL

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    Some tops had a round "piping" edge that slid inside the channel, from one end.

    Other newer types have a flat bar edging that slips into the channel's bottom slot, and the top's tension torque-locks it.
     
  9. May 10, 2016
    homersdog

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    Mine is a best top , but about 15-20 years old.
     
  10. May 10, 2016
    ronnie victor

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    Thanks for your comments and the pic, everyone. They help -- Ron
     

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