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    Anyone build a hardtop canopy for a Gator?

    With the weather turning colder and wetter I have found myself wanting a hardtop canopy to keep some of the rain off. I was think something like in this pic. Anyone build their own?
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    I have never built my own...but the one that came on the Electric Gator had some good features.

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    It was as wide as the whole vehicle, so it offered pretty good rain protection without having to fuss with doors (yes it does rain a bit here in Oregon...) It had running board extensions so your feet always stayed in the gator -- even with two generous sized passengers. The windshield was GLASS so it was easy to clean off tree sap and other contaminants that cause scratching on a plastic windscreen.

    Because we had lots of paths through our woods that had lots of foliage to brush aside when we drove through, i installed a multi-panel rear view mirror that was mounted along the underside of the cab. Nothing to snare on the limbs...
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    These ideas would be good for any cab/cap -- commercial or shop made.

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    Don't get too exercised about the Toro seats in the Gator picture above -- those were temporary while my correct seats were on order. The Toro seats then went into the Workman 3200 I was fixing up. Now there is a machine that needed a cab....

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    I kinda like that extra width. Thanks for the pics, Chuck.
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    Maybe adapt a canopy from a dead golf cart?
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    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    Mine had one similar to your first picture when I bought it: Click image for larger version. 

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    I didn't like the way the rear frame was installed, so I built my own, making it a lot sturdier: Click image for larger version. 

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    [QUOTE=grnspot110;2348986]Mine had one similar to your first picture when I bought it:

    I didn't like the way the rear frame was installed, so I built my own, making it a lot sturdier:

    What size tubing did you use?
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    [QUOTE=Cjet69;2349666]
    Quote Originally Posted by grnspot110 View Post
    Mine had one similar to your first picture when I bought it:

    I didn't like the way the rear frame was installed, so I built my own, making it a lot sturdier:

    What size tubing did you use?
    1-1/2" if I remember right, for the top, I just cut the curve off the original frame & bolted it to the tubing.
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    I was looking around the farm for material to build a canopy and got to looking at a beat up freebie truck canopy that we got years ago. It's fiberglass and looks like it could be easily cut down to use on the Gator. I have some square tubing but may need to get some more. Not sure what to do for a windshield though I do like the one's that the top half fold down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjet69 View Post
    I was looking around the farm for material to build a canopy and got to looking at a beat up freebie truck canopy that we got years ago. It's fiberglass and looks like it could be easily cut down to use on the Gator. I have some square tubing but may need to get some more. Not sure what to do for a windshield though I do like the one's that the top half fold down.
    If nothing else plexiglass , drill a few hole put rubber washer under and fasten it to the metal frame. It would keep the wind off you

    or after you know the size needed go to a junk yard and see if they have a glass about the size needed ,
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    We have a Red Honda Pioneer 700-4 (4 seater) w/soft top , doors, and winch.

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