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Maximus posted 08-25-2003 06:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for Maximus   Send Email to Maximus  
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.

Jimm posted 08-25-2003 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
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!
Barney posted 08-25-2003 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
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
Maximus posted 08-25-2003 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
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.

jaccoserv posted 08-25-2003 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
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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