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M170 Mills SunTop Installation
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posted 08-25-2003 06:43 PM ET (US)
I installed the suntop from Mills for my '03 M170. Overall, I am happy with the top but I do have some comments/questions for the gang.
Everything else is stainless steel, why not the two track slides?
The center console railing connections: Do they really expect you to drill into the installed round railing and pop rivet the eyelet on? My experience with drilling through 3/4 stainless railing has not been good. HSS Drills do not seem to work real well. There must be a railing fitting that I can loop around to hold the center connections. Stay tuned...
The directions supplied were completely illegible and incomplete...besides that they were fine.
The option to fold forward or back is nice.
posted 08-25-2003 08:30 PM ET (US)
I agree on the instructions. Hope you put the slide rail in far enough for the bimini slide to pass the Montauk railing. As for the eyelet - if you do drill do not do it on the top or it will fray any cover you may use; make sure it's down, almost on the back side. I made up a little strap with eyes on each end and use that. Otherwise - great tall bimini!
posted 08-25-2003 08:35 PM ET (US)
JimM, Good point on the eyelet. Mine is on top of the rail screwed down, no rivets. I will have to modify for a mooring cover installation in the future. Jim
posted 08-25-2003 09:11 PM ET (US)
I'm looking for a railing clamp-type eyelet. Maybe a velco strap with a stainless ring. I will come up with something. I am not even going to attempt drilling and screwing/riveting.
Thanks for the suggestion on the potential mooring cover damage.
posted 08-25-2003 09:16 PM ET (US)
I had the same idea about the eyelet chafing through my console cover on my old '92 Montauk. When I ordered the console cover from Mills, I told them of my concern and they put a reinforced 1/2" slit on the top so that the eyelet would poke through and you could still clip the bimini on. It was small and tight enough that no rain could enter through the slit, and the best part= it eliminated any chance of wearing through.
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