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Question for all you guys out there with aluminum roofs. I am in the market to get one, but I will have to have it custom made since my rear cage is custom. I wondered what are the different ways you all are mounting the roof to the cage. I know I need to apply some sort of weather stripping underneath, to avoid the annoying rattle. I am more looking for specific mounting types.

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My roof is bolted.....I think the most common mistake that I have seen is too thin of material or too little hold down points. Mine did end up with some harmonics when it was at a certain RPM but I put vynal on it so that seems to have quieted it down. Good LUCK!!!!!!!!!
Excellent point. Use 3M Super 77 spray glue and apply the material of your choice to dampen noise and make it a little plusher.
 

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Big Jim,

What thickness do you recommend??

s2k1,

I did a little searching on the fasteners. I know nothing about them. Which ones should I consider using?

Thanks for the tips. I appreciate the help.
 

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I am not a fabricator so I don't know the little details. For the dzus fasteners, I know there are many types. Button head or flush - Use the button heads if you don't want to dimple the panel for flush mounts. Then there are different materials, aluminum, stainless, steel. That is pretty much cost and preference. For the dzus plates, they come in different styles, lightened, standard, etc.
Call a sheet metal fab shop and get their recommendation.
For the material, I think you want to use 2024 or 5052. Maybe 07fj will chime in about that. Thickness can vary.
 

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3003 or 5052 is maliable enough to work with. I use .050 or .065 for roofs. . 065 if there are not many supports.

5052 is more common. 3003 makes good dashes and hood scoops. IMO

Vinyl or cloth on the inside is great for the rattles like mentioned above, also bead rolling helps right from the get go.

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3003 or 5052 is maliable enough to work with. I use .050 or .065 for roofs. . 065 if there are not many supports.

5052 is more common. 3003 makes good dashes and hood scoops. IMO

Vinyl or cloth on the inside is great for the rattles like mentioned above, also bead rolling helps right from the get go.

Rog
I think My roof is the gauge between 1/16 and 1/8. Ill measure it when I get home



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Would anyone be willing to post pictures of theirs with the dzus fasteners? I just want to get a mental picture of how they work and what they look like.

I have a quote of $300+ for a custom fabric top. I am waiting for my quote for the aluminum top. Hopefully that quote comes in less. I really want the aluminum top.
 

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Would anyone be willing to post pictures of theirs with the dzus fasteners? I just want to get a mental picture of how they work and what they look like.

I have a quote of $300+ for a custom fabric top. I am waiting for my quote for the aluminum top. Hopefully that quote comes in less. I really want the aluminum top.
I was trying to find some close ups but no luck. I will take some when I get home.

Where are you located? I have a guy that did ALL my aluminum for cheap cheap and that includes the light wing. I don't know what he would charge now with prices going up but it doesn't hurt to ask if your close.

PM me if you want details

 

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I normally charge $400 for a 2 piece aluminum roof with the front rolled over about 4'' on one of my 4 seat cages. I use a total of 22 dzus fastners to hold it tight. It can be less if you do not want it to roll over in the front and if your cage doesnt exceed 48'' at it's widest point.
Plus you would have a RHINOTALK.COM discount.

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Rough cage dimensions for me are 52"x72", which includes the 4 inch roll over in the front. How do you do the seams on a two piece roof??

Chasethistoo,

I am in Prescott Valley, AZ, but I appreciate the offer to help.
 
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