My new Badger Bikini - Defender Source
Defender Source  

Go Back   Defender Source > Non-Technical Discussions > Misc. Chit-Chat


Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old March 25th, 2010, 11:46 PM
shawnpalmer's Avatar
shawnpalmer
Status: Offline
Shawn Palmer
1997 SW-Arles Blue
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Lake Lanier, Ga.
Posts: 1,134
Registry
My new Badger Bikini

I just got the Badger/Rovers North top in the mail from D90 member "Sunder" today, and I must say, it is great. I couldn't resist taking it around the block, despite the crappy weather. I went back and forth about getting one of these and took a chance with a used one. I am glad I did. I have a Badger 2 right now, and while I think it is a nice top, it has some drawbacks (in my opinion). I am looking forward to using this one all summer long.



Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0800.jpg
Views:	154
Size:	82.4 KB
ID:	26003   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0799.jpg
Views:	142
Size:	70.7 KB
ID:	26004  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0801.jpg
Views:	139
Size:	49.6 KB
ID:	26005  
__________________
There is a fine line between hobby and mental illness.

97 D90 SW
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old March 25th, 2010, 11:50 PM
phoenix37's Avatar
phoenix37
Status: Offline
john
97 D90 ST / 1957 S1 109/ 1983 LS110
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Venice, CA/Yarmouth,ME
Posts: 5,783
Registry
I will chime in and say i just got my tonneau and drop curtain from Sunder and also very pleased! Thanks Steve!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old March 26th, 2010, 12:33 AM
Lucasd2002's Avatar
Lucasd2002
Status: Offline
David Lucas
[VACANT]
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 224
What do you not like about the badger II? The bikini - does it come with a curtain to separate the front seats from rear?
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old March 26th, 2010, 12:44 AM
phoenix37's Avatar
phoenix37
Status: Offline
john
97 D90 ST / 1957 S1 109/ 1983 LS110
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Venice, CA/Yarmouth,ME
Posts: 5,783
Registry
David the drop curtain that goes behind the front seats is separate from the bikini. Ive got a badger II and the only draw back I can find is that its a lot of canvas to remove if you like to run topless and then have to put it back on for a random shower.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old March 26th, 2010, 12:48 AM
shawnpalmer's Avatar
shawnpalmer
Status: Offline
Shawn Palmer
1997 SW-Arles Blue
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Lake Lanier, Ga.
Posts: 1,134
Registry
I like the Badger II. It is a great top. The only thing that doesn't make me happy about it is how the rear side roll up windows sag in the middle when rolled up. Also, I don't know if it is like this on all of them, but the rear window straps don't quite fit into the plastic buckles on the top. This makes securing the rear window up quickly rather difficult. It usually takes me a few minutes to work the straps into the buckle, mainly because of the straps extra thickness due to the velcro. Other than that, the top is more watertight than my hard top, seriously. It is very well made.
I guess what I am trying to say is that as a top for keeping out the elements, it is perfect. Which is really its' true purpose. For a surrey top, it is OK(the sagging windows don't look that great and hold water).
You also don't get that open air feeling as much when running it as surrey. With the bikini, you can look back and see the sky.

------ Follow up post added March 26th, 2010 12:49 AM ------

Yes, quick on and offs are not going to happen. It's at least 10 minutes if you are damn fast.
__________________
There is a fine line between hobby and mental illness.

97 D90 SW
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old March 26th, 2010, 01:07 AM
specops1526's Avatar
specops1526
Status: Offline
Brian
Beluga '97 90
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 1,565
Just have to say I love the Monza ST. Nice truck.

I have the strapless bikini that I never use anymore. I'm more partial to the surrey top because it protects you from the sun more.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by rijosho
-I need to figure out a cooler-looking way of getting into the driver's seat

-->
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Beluga 97 D-90
Chawton 04 DII SE
Tangiers 04 DII G4
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old March 26th, 2010, 01:15 AM
phoenix37's Avatar
phoenix37
Status: Offline
john
97 D90 ST / 1957 S1 109/ 1983 LS110
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Venice, CA/Yarmouth,ME
Posts: 5,783
Registry
There is no sun in your garage!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old March 26th, 2010, 01:21 AM
specops1526's Avatar
specops1526
Status: Offline
Brian
Beluga '97 90
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 1,565
Quote:
Originally Posted by phoenix37 View Post
There is no sun in your garage!
HA! I drove it tonite! Damn you!
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by rijosho
-I need to figure out a cooler-looking way of getting into the driver's seat

-->
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Beluga 97 D-90
Chawton 04 DII SE
Tangiers 04 DII G4
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old March 26th, 2010, 01:26 AM
bharris's Avatar
bharris
Status: Offline
Brad Harris
1994 d90 300tdi "Nola"
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 955
I heard he pushes it onto the driveway on sunny days when he waxes it
__________________
"well... we're not building a piano"
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old March 26th, 2010, 02:14 AM
themaxx's Avatar
themaxx
Status: Offline
Ade
94 ST
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: MD
Posts: 1,835
Registry
Shawn, the bikini looks great! I need to get a hold of Chris, to find out if he can make a strapless one to fit over the gutter kit.

BTW, I have the same issues with my Badger II.
__________________
"It insists upon itself" Family Guy
"Your Defender insists upon itself" Dave Parker
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old March 26th, 2010, 10:04 AM
badgerman's Avatar
badgerman
Status: Offline
Christopher Laws
1964 Land Badger
D-90 Source Vendor
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Chatham, MA USA
Posts: 552
We make bikini and surrey tops for the gutter kits. Now, as for the rear curtain on the Badger II. You can fold the 1/4 windows in on top of the middle window and roll it up, or remove it. We are aware of the strap through buckle issue.

Wow, that is an old bikini top!

Chris
Badger Coachworks
__________________
Sew on and sew forth...
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old March 26th, 2010, 10:16 AM
shawnpalmer's Avatar
shawnpalmer
Status: Offline
Shawn Palmer
1997 SW-Arles Blue
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Lake Lanier, Ga.
Posts: 1,134
Registry
Chris,
Have you ever thought about adding a "middle of the window" strap?
I never thought about folding the rear windows in and then rolling up. I will try that sometime.
I wanted to post pictures of that bikini because I don't recall ever seeing that shared logo. Approx how many of these bikini's were made before the RN fallout?
__________________
There is a fine line between hobby and mental illness.

97 D90 SW
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old March 26th, 2010, 11:35 AM
badgerman's Avatar
badgerman
Status: Offline
Christopher Laws
1964 Land Badger
D-90 Source Vendor
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Chatham, MA USA
Posts: 552
We didn't make many of them before I realized that we were not making any money selling them wholesale. I probably stopped selling the bikini tops to Rovers North around 2002.

Chris
Badger Coachworks
__________________
Sew on and sew forth...
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old March 26th, 2010, 12:19 PM
mjekogian's Avatar
mjekogian
Status: Offline
Michael Jekogian
1997/ Defender ST
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Ventura CA
Posts: 551
Registry
Hey Chris,
I have an old Bikini of yours that came with My truck must be from about 2000, let me start by saying it works fine however the plastic that is in the front where it goes into the belt rail is getting brittle I can feel it cracking when I put it in. as I said it still works but is there something I did to make that happen or is it just age and use? I have a Badger II so I don't have the Bikini on too often anymore.
I can't tell you how much I like the fit and finish of your Products keep up the good work!
Have you ever considered making a door canvas that would replace the door card? Canvas sides with pockets and grommets where the screws are. I had an Idea a while back to talk to you about that and kept missing you.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old March 27th, 2010, 07:54 AM
Burke's Avatar
Burke
Status: Offline
Burke Bell
'94 NAS D90 #158
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Posts: 1,016
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by shawnpalmer View Post
I like the Badger II. It is a great top. The only thing that doesn't make me happy about it is how the rear side roll up windows sag in the middle when rolled up. Also, I don't know if it is like this on all of them, but the rear window straps don't quite fit into the plastic buckles on the top. This makes securing the rear window up quickly rather difficult. It usually takes me a few minutes to work the straps into the buckle, mainly because of the straps extra thickness due to the velcro. Other than that, the top is more watertight than my hard top, seriously. It is very well made.
I guess what I am trying to say is that as a top for keeping out the elements, it is perfect. Which is really its' true purpose. For a surrey top, it is OK(the sagging windows don't look that great and hold water).
You also don't get that open air feeling as much when running it as surrey. With the bikini, you can look back and see the sky.

------ Follow up post added March 26th, 2010 12:49 AM ------

Yes, quick on and offs are not going to happen. It's at least 10 minutes if you are damn fast.
Shawn, I don't have a Badger, but I had the same problem with the sagging rolled up windows (when hot out) with my Tickford top. Easy fix: I roll a poster tube into the window as I roll it up. Just thought I'd share ;
__________________
"I race cars, play tennis, and fondle women, BUT! I have weekends off, and I am my own boss." - Arthur
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old March 27th, 2010, 12:59 PM
chris snell's Avatar
chris snell
Status: Offline
Chris Snell
87 Ex-MOD 110
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Kansas
Posts: 2,439
Quote:
Originally Posted by badgerman View Post
We are aware of the strap through buckle issue.
I love my Badger 2 but that issue is rather annoying. I've thought about having the buckles replaced with side-release buckles. Sure would make it easy.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Defender Source > Non-Technical Discussions > Misc. Chit-Chat

Tags
badger

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vinyl Bikini and Surrey tops from Badger Coachworks badgerman The Vendors Loft 17 September 6th, 2008 09:08 PM
Badger Bikini, Drop Curtain & Half Tonneau For Sale mgrgpg For Sale - Parts 7 February 5th, 2007 09:27 AM
Badger Strapless Bikini Astroswin For Sale - Parts 3 November 14th, 2006 12:41 AM
Badger Bikini Abrooks For Sale - Parts 6 September 18th, 2005 10:58 AM
Badger Coachworks Bikini Top danielj For Sale - Parts 6 August 7th, 2005 04:24 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:46 AM.


Copyright