Bikini or Safari

Snipes243
Jan 30, 2024

Rank IV

Jan 30, 2024

I just got a 23 bronco and I have been looking for a Bikini or Safari top that actually seals up to the windshield frame. So everything I have found has a gap between the "top" and windshield.

Here are some examples in other vehicles

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Crazyoffroader

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Rank IV

Jan 31, 2024

#2
That is more of sun shade than a bikini top.

I'm looking for something solid.

Like this but for a bronco
https://www.bestop.com/products/hea...top-jeep-2018-2022-wrangler-jl-black-diamond/

Mako M35

Jan 31, 2024

#3
I bought the Bimini top from Ford and it does quite well at speed, a small gap in the front but no more noisy than having the doors and tops off . It secures very tight I have driven with it over 80 mph.

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the poacher

Rank IV

Feb 01, 2024

#4
I bought the Bimini top from Ford and it does quite well at speed, a small gap in the front but no more noisy than having the doors and tops off . It secures very tight I have driven with it over 80 mph.

Does it let any water in when it rains.

Mako M35

Feb 01, 2024

#5
Does it let any water in when it rains.

it would , I typically don't leave the top off in the hard rains, is wasn't bad in the drizzling rain, but i literally have the doors off typically. The Badlands is built for it though, sealed switches and monitor, it handles it was better than me lol
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Moab or bust!!!

Feb 01, 2024

#6
I just got a 23 bronco and I have been looking for a Bikini or Safari top that actually seals up to the windshield frame. So everything I have found has a gap between the "top" and windshield.

Here are some examples in other vehicles

Take a look here. @djp sells them.
https://thebronconation.com/bronco-...ock-free-2-3-day-shiping-t.20021/#post-300129
2022 Bronco Badlands, 4D, Hot Pepper Red, 2.7, Squatch, Lux, and MIC.
7/13/2020 10:04pm reservation. Blend 6/16/2022 Delivered 6/26/2022.
Dealership - Stephen's Auto Center.
Darrel

Rank IV

Feb 01, 2024

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Deano Bronc

Rank II

Feb 06, 2024

#8
Thanks, yep... I make them and sell them, 155 sold so far.

I'm on version 4.0 now which closes the front gap, is 100-mph rated and installs in under 3 minutes (168 seconds), as well as some other simple fancy additions.

A bunch of video's on my site, that show how water proof they are and also driving in the rain (with version 3.0).
20 colors to choose from.

Feel free to reach out to me and toss me an email on the website and i'll give you a call

I've tought about fully sealing the front but I'd have to partner with a machine shop to CNC a bracket, for full closure.
The reason this works for jeeps is that they have a gap between the windshield and front bar. Additionally on the sides they do not have the machined metal plates so their biminis can hug and roll around the roll cage, w/o any sharp edges like the bronco has. I have lots of ideas in my head but the costs to mfg those and get them shipped would defeat the purpose of a quick waterproof bimini like we already have.

This video shows how close we have the gap at the front best:
anywho, i'm free to chat if you have any questions dan @ broncobikini.com

BroncoBikini.com
Darrel, RobWTx

Trusted and Carefree

Feb 06, 2024

#9
For what it is worth- I think you will be fine with the current version of the Bikini top that @djp sells.

I have the older version that has a gap at the front. Even at the height of the monsoon here the rain just wasnt that much of an issue. With the windows up I had very little water coming into the cab. I think the version 4 part of that would make that almost completely a non-issue.

I really cant say enough good things about this bikini top- It looks great, is easy to use, and I love the air flow. Mine is the buckskin color and it looks fantastic against Eruption Green. If I didnt already have one, I would get the version 4 and run it all spring/summer. FB_IMG_1687056916095.jpg
2023 Wildtrak. "Sometimes you got to get lost, to get found" -J Bronco
Darrel, Deano Bronc

Rank II

Feb 06, 2024

#10
For what it is worth- I think you will be fine with the current version of the Bikini top that @djp sells.

I have the older version that has a gap at the front. Even at the height of the monsoon here the rain just wasnt that much of an issue. With the windows up I had very little water coming into the cab. I think the version 4 part of that would make that almost completely a non-issue.

I really cant say enough good things about this bikini top- It looks great, is easy to use, and I love the air flow. Mine is the buckskin color and it looks fantastic against Eruption Green. If I didnt already have one, I would get the version 4 and run it all spring/summer. FB_IMG_1687056916095.jpg

Send me some more pics of your rig, it is sweet, I want to put photos of it up on BroncoBikini.com please :)
Darrel, Mal

Rank II

Feb 06, 2024

#11
Send me some more pics of your rig, it is sweet, I want to put photos of it up on BroncoBikini.com please :)

And you are correct even with version 3.x we had great rain protection. The video of driving in the rain was done with a 3.x version and had only one drop of rain on the sun visor after stopping. Obviously we'd have zero drops with version 4.0 :)

rain testing video here:
Mal

Rank II

Feb 07, 2024

#12
For what it is worth- I think you will be fine with the current version of the Bikini top that @djp sells.

I have the older version that has a gap at the front. Even at the height of the monsoon here the rain just wasnt that much of an issue. With the windows up I had very little water coming into the cab. I think the version 4 part of that would make that almost completely a non-issue.

I really cant say enough good things about this bikini top- It looks great, is easy to use, and I love the air flow. Mine is the buckskin color and it looks fantastic against Eruption Green. If I didnt already have one, I would get the version 4 and run it all spring/summer. FB_IMG_1687056916095.jpg

@Mal, interested in a "brow" for your rig?
It basically converts your v3.x to a v4. It's fully stitched and looks fantastic, but it's black.
You'll likely not see it at all as your sun visors will cover it, so you wont notice the color diff between it and your buckskin.

I have one and only one left and don't plan to make any more. If you want it i'll ship it out, no charge.
-Dan

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Darrel, Deano Bronc

Rank 0

Feb 11, 2024

#13
I'm looking for a bimini/shade that covers the front and rear seats but does not require the entire roof to be removed for installation. I and I bet a lot of people, typically remove the top from the seat area, not the entire roof, so just the 2 front panels and the rear seat roof panel. Or even just the front panels.

Are there any biminis that cover just this area and that you can install without removing the entire roof?

Thanks.

Rank II

Feb 11, 2024

#14
I'm looking for a bimini/shade that covers the front and rear seats but does not require the entire roof to be removed for installation. I and I bet a lot of people, typically remove the top from the seat area, not the entire roof, so just the 2 front panels and the rear seat roof panel. Or even just the front panels.

Are there any biminis that cover just this area and that you can install without removing the entire roof?

Thanks.

This can be kept on, under your roof, however extends the full length.
So you can run it with just the front sections off.

I have considered just doing a "cockpit bimini" but worried about the width of the bimin as there would not be a center mount point. I may mess around with a design this spring ... we'll see. -Dan
Deano Bronc

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Feb 12, 2024

#15
Dan,

Interested in this as well.
How would the front roof sections be removed/installed with this top bimini on ? Would you have to remove the bimini and then reinstall the roof sections and leave the bimini rolled up or something ? Or is there a way to reinstall the roof sections (and have access to the roof lockers and levers) without removing the bimini ? Or can you reinstall the roof sections and then reinstall the bimini ?

Thanks

Rank II

Feb 12, 2024

#16
Dan,

Interested in this as well.
How would the front roof sections be removed/installed with this top bimini on ? Would you have to remove the bimini and then reinstall the roof sections and leave the bimini rolled up or something ? Or is there a way to reinstall the roof sections (and have access to the roof lockers and levers) without removing the bimini ? Or can you reinstall the roof sections and then reinstall the bimini ?

Thanks

Yes, yes and yes.

All you have to do is release the front 2 finger screws and you can clamp down the front, and then remove one bungee from the side so you can slide your arm in and clamp the roof.

I took a video for someone yesterday let me post it here: (also highly recommend the DIY Install posts (a bolt and a few bits from home depot) if you plan on doing this..

Not a production ready video but was one i just txt messaged to a customer:
Deano Bronc

Rank 0

Feb 12, 2024

#17
Thanks Dan !
So, the bimini would stay on (albeit a little loose) and you could get the roof panels on/off. Do the DIY bolts and thumbscrews stay on with the hard top installed ?

Thanks

Rank II

Feb 12, 2024

#18
Thanks Dan !
So, the bimini would stay on (albeit a little loose) and you could get the roof panels on/off. Do the DIY bolts and thumbscrews stay on with the hard top installed ?

Thanks

Yes, correct.

All bolts/fingerscrews/etc stay in place and stay on permanently, nothing needs to be removed (as far as screws).
You simply unscrew to yank off the bimini, then replace them back and they do not interfere with the top at all.
Even the DIY Install post does not interfere with top.

Yes the front is a little loose, but it stays up and out of the way, i just tuck it under the front clamps and it stays put.

-Dan

Rank 0

Feb 12, 2024

#19
Thanks Dan, appreciate all the info. Sounds like it is exactly what I'm looking for !
djp

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