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Old June 6th, 2011, 08:38 PM
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New buyer question

I have wanted a defender for several years and finnally bought one. It is a white 97 with 107k miles all original and in a+ condition. My question is would it be dumb to put chequer plate on bottom and fenders if there are no holes now?

Also which hard top/soft tops fit
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Old June 6th, 2011, 09:49 PM
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I have wanted a defender for several years and finnally bought one. It is a white 97 with 107k miles all original and in a+ condition. My question is would it be dumb to put chequer plate on bottom and fenders if there are no holes now?

Also which hard top/soft tops fit
yes it's dumb ... well it's dumb to drill holes ... you could mount them using the double sided sticky used for car badges and cut off the screws to fill the holes ... that way the next owner doesn't have to live with your sins!

You could remove them with a hairdryer / hot air gun and fishing line when your taste improved!

------ Follow up post added June 6th, 2011 09:50 PM ------

PS congratulations!!
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Old June 6th, 2011, 10:02 PM
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I have wanted a defender for several years and finnally bought one. It is a white 97 with 107k miles all original and in a+ condition. My question is would it be dumb to put chequer plate on bottom and fenders if there are no holes now?
IMO yes.
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Also which hard top/soft tops fit
For hard top, there is a fiberglass hard top that fits over the cage. I think they are getting harder to find in good condition and IMO not worth it. Get a decent soft top instead.

Being a 97 it should have a belt rail (or this can be added easily). You can then install a bestop or badger coachworks top. See Rovers north for the bestop, Chris Laws for the superior but more expensive badger.

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Old June 7th, 2011, 08:34 AM
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Dont do it unless yo have dents you need to cover up.

Get a badger top they are the same prices as RN and are superior in EVERY way.

Plus Chris is a good guy and a board member.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 10:09 AM
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You guys arn't playing around ( I don't have to get jumped-in, do I?). I appreciate the forem and the help, I hope I can be of some benifit to someone down the line.

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Old June 7th, 2011, 10:20 AM
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Congrats Will! I have a white 97 ST as well. The previous owner installed some checker plates on mine and I've grown to like it. I wouldn't add any more though. There is a long list of threads about first mods but it's safe to say get SS oil cooler lines if the previous owner hasn't already.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 12:52 PM
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I am always the black sheep of the group...DO IT, nothing sexier than a White D90 with the black 5 bar plates on wing tops and Bonnet


Do not listen to these guys...they know nothing ;-)
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Old June 7th, 2011, 01:52 PM
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Did you get the one on ebay I was asking about?
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Old June 7th, 2011, 02:43 PM
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Chequer has practical value, and it evolved for LR's without benefit of any Heep influence. Stand on your hood or wing top without it and see.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 02:55 PM
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I am always the black sheep of the group...DO IT, nothing sexier than a White D90 with the black 5 bar plates on wing tops and Bonnet


Do not listen to these guys...they know nothing ;-)
x2 from me, Goose. I have the chequer plate on my wing tops and use them all the time. The contrast of anodized black wingtops against a white truck is awesome, too. You can step on them to load gear, help put a top on, clean your windshield, get to high places in your garage, throw crap on them while offroading or loading up without worrying that you're going to dent anything...the benefits are endless.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 02:59 PM
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clean your windshield
How short are you?
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Old June 7th, 2011, 03:23 PM
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I knew that was going to be the one thing you'd point out. I'm 6'10''
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Old June 7th, 2011, 03:34 PM
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so that explains:

Originally Posted by rijosho
-I need to figure out a cooler-looking way of getting into the driver's seat

--> http://www.defendersource.com/forum/showpost.php?p...&postcount=216
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Old June 7th, 2011, 03:36 PM
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Ha, that was more because my long legs kept hitting the A/C on my way in.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 03:50 PM
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Ha, that was more because my long legs kept hitting the A/C on my way in.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...86&postcount=1

These solve that problem.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 05:23 PM
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I knew that was going to be the one thing you'd point out. I'm 6'10''
in 14" heels ....
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Old June 7th, 2011, 05:31 PM
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in 14" heels ....
Amazing!

Seriously I am not discrediting the usefulness of the chequer plate on the fenders if you have a roof rack or if the fenders are dented up, but do you really need it to clean your windshield or put a top on? If you aren't short I am going with you are built like T-Rex. You must have short short arms if you need to stand on a fender to do either of those things.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 05:51 PM
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This is clearly a 4x4 forum judging by how quickly these discussions get into the ditch.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 08:15 PM
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Mega Matt-sorry I think it was, should be in next week.


Everyone else that was verrrry helpful, thanks
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Old June 8th, 2011, 02:29 AM
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The wingtop protectors are the only ones I like. The save the wings from being dented when you are working on the truck or hide the dents from previous leaning on them to work on the truck.
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