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Bimini Top Installation

Please print this page and use it as your guide for installing your bimini top.
You may also download an Adobe Acrobat version (324 KB PDF)

Bimini Top installation consists of three steps:

  1. Confirm measurements
  2. Assembly of the tubing hardware
  3. Attachment of the fabric top

When you order your bimini top, you provided specific information concerning your tower. There are 5 important dimensions that determine the proper size of the bimini top. Those dimensions are what we call "CR", "CF", "X", "Y", and "Z". Take a moment to confirm these measurements.

Confirm measurements

"X" measurement - the distance between the front tower tubes one foot below the top of the tower.
"Y" measurement - the distance between the rear tower tubes one foot below the top of the tower.
"CF" and "CR" measurement - the circumference of the tower tubes, front and rear.
"Z" measurement - the distance between the front and rear tower tubes one foot below the top of the tower.

Assembly of the tubing hardware


Front "bent" assembly w/ fabric

Rear "U" tube assembly

Side assembly 'A'

Side assembly 'B'

8 clamps with hardware

Adapters (if required)

Note: The tubing used to manufacture wakeboard towers varies in size. Adapters are included for a proper fit on smaller diameter tubes, use them on tubes of less than 5-7/8" circumference. If the "CF" and "CR" measurements are more than 5-7/8" the adapters were not included with your bimini top.

The goal of these instructions is to have a bimini top assembled on your tower as illustrated in Fig 1 and as shown in the photographs that are included with these instructions.


Fig 1

Getting Started

Lay out the four assemblies of your tubing hardware. The front "bent" assembly is not color coded as it comes completely assembled.

The side and rear assemblies have colored "dots" on the inside of the tubes to aid in assembly. The "dots" are red, yellow, and blue.

Spend a moment becoming familiar with the assemblies and with the operation of the "snap" fasteners that allow adjustment of the tubing.

A. The Clamps
There are 8 clamps with mounting hardware (bolts and plastic knobs). Remove all the hardware and snap the clamps into place on the tower as shown in Fig 3.
Set the bolts and plastic knobs aside for the moment.

Fig 3
When fastening the tubing to the clamps. always make sure that the fittings on the tubes are attached to one side or another of the clamps as shown in Fig 2.
Do not try to insert the fittings inside the clamps.

Fig 2


B. Front "bent" Assembly
1) For all towers with "X" dimensions of 66" or less, the front "bent" assembly is pre-adjusted to the correct width. Check the width of this assembly to confirm that it matches the dimenstion listed in Table A.
"X" dimension of your tower Width of Bimini Top Width of Front "bent" assembly
43" to 48" 42" 48.5"
49" to 54" 48" 53"
55" to 60" 54" 61"
61" to 66" 60" 65.5"
67" to 72" 66" 72"
73" to 79" 72" 76.5"
Table A
For towers with "X" dimension of 67" or more, you will need to adjust the width of the front "bent" assembly. (We cannot ship UPS if we pre-adjust these wider tops)

Adjust the front "bent" assembly using the "snap" fasteners. Refer to Table A for correct width. Note: (You will need to move the rolled fabric from side to side to access the "snap" fasteners on the "bent" tube. Take the time to keep the point of the "bent" tube in the middle of the assembly). See Fig 4.


Fig 4

2) Its time to install the front bent assembly on your tower, but before you attempt this
REVIEW THE FOLLOWING NOTES


  1. Use the clamps as shown in Fig 3 and Fig 5.
  2. The top clamps should be approximately one foot (1 foot) below the top of the tower. (see Fig 5)
  3. The cross tube must be above the U tube as shown in Fig. 6. (THIS IS THE IMPORTANT ONE)

If your "X" dimension is on the small side for your bimini top, you will need to mount the front assembly to the outside of the tower tubing.
If your "X" dimension is on the large side for you bimini top, you will need to mount the front "bent" assembly to the inside of your tower tubing.

FOR EXAMPLE: Your "X" dimension is 57" and your bimini top is 54" wide, mount the front "bent" assembly to the outside of the tower tubing as shown in Fig 6.
OR Your "X" dimension is 65" and your bimini top is 60" wide, mount the front "bent" assembly to the inside of the tower tubing as shown in Fig 12.


Fig 5


Fig 6

C. Rear Tube Assembly

The rear tube assembly is created by joining the 2 side assemblies and then joining these asseemblies to the rear "U" tube assembly.

1) For all towers with "Y" dimsnsions of 66" or less, the rear "U" tube assembly is pre-adjusted to the correct width. Check the width of this assembly to confirm that it matches the dimension listed in Table B. (See Fig 7)

For towers with "X" dimensions of 67" or more, you will need to adjust the width of the rear "U" assembly.
(We cannot ship UPS if we pre-adjust these wider tops)

Adjust the rear "U" tube assembly using the "snap" fasteners.
Refer to Table B for correct width.

"Y" dimension of your tower Width of Bimini Top Width of rear "U" tube assembly
43" to 48" 42" 48.5"
49" to 54" 48" 53"
55" to 60" 54" 61"
61" to 66" 60" 65.5"
67" to 72" 66" 72"
73" to 79" 72" 76.5"

Table B


Fig 7



2) Join side assemblies "A" and "B" by inserting the cross-tubes, coded with two blue dots, into one another.
(See Fig 8). This is now the side assembly.


Fig 8


3) Join the rear "U" tube assembly to the yellow and red dotted tubes of the side assembly, telescoping the green-to-green and red-to-red tubes. This is now the complete rear tube assembly. (see Figs 9 & 10)


Fig 9

Fig 10



4) Its time to install the rear tube assembly on your tower, but before you attempt this, REVIEW THE FOLLOWING NOTES

NOTE 1: Use the clamps as shown in Fig 3 and Fig 5
NOTE 2: The top clamps should be approximately one foot (1 foot) below the top of the tower. (See Fig 11)
NOTE 3: The cross tube must be above the "U" tube as shown in Fig 12.
NOTE 4: (THIS IS THE IMPORTANT ONE) If your "Y" dimension is on the small side for your bimini top, you will need to mount the rear tube assembly to the outside of the tower tubing.
If your "Y" dimension is on the large side for your bimini top. you will need to mount the rear tube assembly to the inside of your tower tubing.

FOR EXAMPLE: Your "Y" dimension is 63" and your bimini top is 60" wide, mount the rear tube assembly to the outside of the tower tubing as shown in Fig 6.
OR Your "Y" dimension is 69" and your bimini top is 66" wide, mount the rear tube assembly to the inside of the tower tubing as shown in Fig 12.


Fig 11


Fig 12



D. Attaching the Fabric

  1. Unroll the fabric from the front "bent" assembly. (You will need to unzip and remove the bimini cover if you purchased one)
  2. Using the separating buckles, attach the rear edge of the fabric to the rearmost tube of the rear tube assembly.
  3. Snap the buckles together and pull on the "loose" end of the straps until the top is taut.
  4. Use the rubber "O" rings provided to secure the "loose" ends of the straps.
  5. Using the velcro straps, attach the sides of the fabric to the side tubes of the front "bent" assembly and the side tubes of the rear tube assembly. (See Fig 13 for threading procedure)

Refer to the enclosed photographs when installing the fabric portion of the bimini top.


unzip the cover

unroll the bimini

pull over the frame

bring to the rear tube

insert velcro thru loop

pull the velcro tight

connect the buckle halves

pull the strap tight

pull all straps until snug

the finished product

the finished product

the finished product

WARNING - CAUTION

It is very important to store the fabric before towing your boat or leaving it outside for extended periods of time.

  1. Roll the fabric around the front "bent" tube and secure it with the separating buckles and strap
  2. Zip bimini cover in place around the rolled fabric (see Fig 12)
  3. Periodically check all knobs for tightness
  4. Do not exceed 55 MPH while using bimini top on the water

 

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