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Old 10-13-2017, 09:12 AM
Don E Don E is offline
 
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Default Canopy fit

I’m fitting the canopy and just wonder how much those ahead of me have had to trim off the aft edge? Looks like I need to take off a quarter of an inch all the way across. Ugh. Is that pretty “normal”? Thanks.
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:54 AM
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Don that sounds about right depending on how forward your canopy was placed and the amount of gap you want between the canopy and rear window plastic. I didn't "cut" mine but used as belt sander and just went slowly a little at a time. I did find that my canopy "grew" slightly from when I first trimmed it in Feb vs August and I had to trim a tiny bit more from it to retain the desired gap at the back. I had another 14 builder over yesterday and he is where you are and said he needed to trim about 3/8" or so from his canopy.
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:58 AM
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Don, yeah, we had to do about the same amount.
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Old 10-15-2017, 06:33 PM
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Appreciate the feedback. Moving the canopy forward quickly messes up the fit there due to the tapered canopy frame. I really dreaded trimming, but with my belt sander it was a non-event. Finished with a scraper blade. Perfect.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:49 AM
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Appreciate the feedback. Moving the canopy forward quickly messes up the fit there due to the tapered canopy frame. I really dreaded trimming, but with my belt sander it was a non-event. Finished with a scraper blade. Perfect.
What size belt sander did you use. Most of them seem to be big to easily be handled for trimming canopy.
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Old 10-16-2017, 03:00 PM
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What size belt sander did you use. Most of them seem to be big to easily be handled for trimming canopy.
I have a small on, Porter Cable 371. It's kind of heavy, but only maybe a 2 1/2 x 14" belt. I used 80, and then 120; finished with a long block of wood with 220 and then scraped it shiny... whole process took maybe a half hour.
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Old 10-16-2017, 06:25 PM
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I just trimmed mine tonight, 1/8". Hated to do it for that small amount but if I pushed the canopy any more forward it started to bend. I used a Dremel with a diamond wheel. Very smooth cut but will finish off with sand paper and perhaps scraper.
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