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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
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    Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
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    Default Z5 cargo style Bimini

    Gday from Down Under. Like a lot of guys on here, I love the look and functionality of the Z5 cargo bimini ..... just not the price tag. So here is my attempt at building one. It has all the functionality with the racks on the top, the swivel, the shade and solid construction, but not the pazaz. I built it out of 1" aluminium tube. To get the curve at the front of the bimini I scribed an arc on the floor at the radius I wanted. Then I nailed some timber blocks to the radius and bent the tube around the arc. I have access to a pipe bender so was able to bend and weld the rest of the bimini quite easily. As for the cover, well I cheated a bit in that regard as my wifes brand new bernina sewing machine is off limits. I had a local upholsterer cover the rack in heavy duty sunbrella.
    As for the mounting, I simply bolted through the elongated tower tube and through the bimini itself with some 1/2 inch stainless bolts at the front which allows the bimini to pivot. The back is held in place much the same as the factory Z5, however I use two pins rather than the ball and socket system of the Z5.
    My upgrades so far have included stainless cup holders, new non slip on the boarding platform, ballast upgrade, and basic stereo upgrade which I will post some details on in the near future. My trailer axle failed the day before New Year so I am in the process of upgrading my trailer from a single axle to tandem and will post some details on that once complete. Couldn't have happened at a worse time as 39 degree days C and no boat. I'm not sure what that equates to in degrees F.
    A big thanks to all the guys who have pioneered so many of the upgrades on this forum. Thanks for all your help. Cheers
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    2006 Moomba Mobius LSV

  2. #2
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    Jul 2008
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    Snellville, GA & Lake Sinclair
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    Default Z5 cargo style Bimini

    That's awesome! You have some great skills and that came out fantastic. Wish I knew how to weld.


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    Drew
    New ride: 2012 Mojo
    Old ride: 2008 OBV

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
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    Land O Lakes, Florida
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    that does look real good.

    are those supra spinning racks I see
    Hey, Its Moomba time

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
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    Belton, Texas
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    Default Z5 cargo style Bimini

    holy knockoff Z5...... sweet addition man , mad skills


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    Jason

    Go Hard or Go Home.......it's MOOMBA time!!

    2009 Moomba Mobius LSV

  5. #5
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    Mar 2011
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    Dixon, IL
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    Awesome mod, I've wanted to do this for a long time, and I think it's going to happen this spring.

    Think you could take more detailed pictures, especially of the mounting points?

  6. #6
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    Jan 2008
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    Tallahassee, FL
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    Very sweet! It looks factory. Gonna make your summers better. Wait, it's summer for you now, right?
    My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!
    2008 LSV
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  7. #7
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    Jul 2011
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    Murrieta, CA
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    Default Z5 cargo style Bimini

    Great work!!!
    2010 Moomba XLV
    340hp cat
    Gravity 3, wake plate
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    I have a love for ballast and large wakes.
    1100 v-drive lockers
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    + lead and a collection of other ballast bags

  8. #8
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    Jun 2007
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    Vancouver, WA
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    Wow - nicely done. Makes me wanna go out and learn to weld aluminum!
    Old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway.

    2001 MobiusV

  9. #9
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    May 2009
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    Las Vegas, NV & Denver, CO
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    since I can't weld... whats your price on of those badboys shipped out to NV hahaha
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  10. #10
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    May 2011
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    Fort Worth
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    Seriously crazy skills. If you are shipping, I'm in Texas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    '08 Mobius LS

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