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Old 09-13-2009, 03:05 PM
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i was just thinking of the possibility of making your own cover and how good it could actually be...like im sure some people have tried but it ultimately come down to your materials and budget...i was thinking along the lines of building one like the fiberglass type(like STL has) but fabricating it with another material like plywood, plexi-glass, some sheetmetal, etc.
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im not saying i want to build my own but i was just thinking it is definatley possible and you could end up saving lots of $$$
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:40 PM
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There is a guy from texas that made his own

Plywood then painted it with water replant stain then laid outdoor boat type carpet over the top

Kinda ghetto but cost under 200 dollars
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:55 PM
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There is a guy from texas that made his own

Plywood then painted it with water replant stain then laid outdoor boat type carpet over the top

Kinda ghetto but cost under 200 dollars
ghetto is as ghetto dose and if thats all he can aford hay props to him for not letting $ get in his way!
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Old 09-13-2009, 07:01 PM
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Im just saying he could have done a better job at it. I understand not wanting to pay a bunch of money, but it could have been done better and still cheap
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:45 PM
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That sounds tacky...
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:05 PM
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i guess if you could miraculously get some nice supplies like fiber glass or some sort, a home made cover could be pretty ballin'
and it would be dirt cheap to fabricate
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fiberglass is really easy to get, especially around here, i guess its just all the boat manufacturers, i could see using a plywood core and sealing it, then covering with a couple thick coats of fiberglass and lots of resin, i think you would have the most trouble figuring out the hinge setup so that its stable enough for high speeds
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:40 PM
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all i was saying is one man treasure is another mans trash i still give him thumbs up on the effort may not be what we like but he did try to do some thing so thats what i meant hope i did make you mad stl i was just saying
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I built one with a frame of 2X2s, and 1/4" plywood for the top, but I couldn't get a slight warpage on one side out, so I went with an aftermarket cover. I liked the design though, so I may revisit it at a later date. it was easily removable and light.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:06 PM
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cant be as hard as doing a hot tub repair in fiberglass only thing is might need a platform to start with
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:56 PM
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the plywood with fiberglass on top would be great and very strong(with like3/8" plywood)
and i was thinking the hinge setup could be similar to the setup in most fiberglass covers where they have like "shocks" which you could find by getting the replacement for any older suv or minivan hatch...they sell those springs as replacement for pretty cheap and if you mounted them right, you could probably jimmy up something to get it to work or kinda work
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Old 09-19-2009, 07:56 PM
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you could probably jimmy up something to get it to work or kinda work
now that's thinking with your dipstick "jimmy "
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