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Old November 26th, 2013, 04:05 PM
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New Soft Top upgrades

Thought I'd share the final shots of my soft top saga. After a unfortunate incident with my mower, I upgraded my canvas top to a Genuine PVC top in tan. I sourced and traded header bars with my tribe mate/rover mentor Javelinadave and seemed good to go.

This summer I went to my family cottage on Cape Cod and thought WTF I'll stop by to see The Badger. This top would be way better with windows and a sunroof.

So a few months later, Chris sent the top back. As expected his modification work is just as good as his from scratch work, so to speak.

I can't tell you how nice this is to have a window to see out ESPECIALLY being a RHD truck. Now I don't fear for my life making that sharp left or that merge!! The sunroof is just a nice added bonus and let's so much light in to the cabin.

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Cheers!
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Old November 26th, 2013, 05:43 PM
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Josh it looks great. Looks like you are coming along nicely with the truck: Thumbs up!! What is that tactical visor gimmick?
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Old November 26th, 2013, 06:45 PM
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Very nice job.
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Old November 26th, 2013, 06:58 PM
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Josh it looks great. Looks like you are coming along nicely with the truck: Thumbs up!! What is that tactical visor gimmick?
Thanks Abe. Yeah slowly but surely. Engine is on the horizon if I can't sell this and get either a 5 door to drag the family around or a Tith project 110.

That's a visor organizer from Original SOE (design stuff for the SEAL teams). Actually SUPER handy. Has MOLLY straps and Velcro areas on both sides. As you know there is no storage in these things so I keep my registration a LED light up there and tuck some pens/sharpie etc. the top has two pouches which are my IFAK kits. Tourniquet holder as well. Since they Velcro on, you can tear and go or they are within reach of yourself if you wreck. Have IFAKs within reach in all my vehicles....
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Old November 26th, 2013, 07:13 PM
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Nice - that sunroof is sick! I wouldn't mind having that added to my soft top.
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Old November 27th, 2013, 10:59 AM
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Nice - that sunroof is sick! I wouldn't mind having that added to my soft top.
Yeah the sunroof is a great addition. Nice to have some light in the cabin! Perhaps not the best idea if you live in Florida or AZ ....
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Old November 27th, 2013, 11:30 AM
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Old December 1st, 2013, 10:14 AM
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Couple outside. Took her on the highway and MAN it was so much quieter compared to the OE Canvas. At all the hoops this has long Velcro tubes (10" or so) that fasten the top to the hoop so there is nearly NO flapping around. Genius.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 10:44 AM
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Looks great! The windows are a must for rhd here in the US.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 12:04 PM
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Josh the windows look great! The lack of visibility on my van sides was dangerous. I like the tan as well, sets it off nicely.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 02:22 PM
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Cant believe you would put windows in such and ultra rare top. Looks really good. As for storage, have you considered a tuffy? -Jeff
Well shit I didn't know they were so rare! But tough to find, yes.

I like the Tuffy and have considered it. My only issue is that my exMOD truck and really handy access port in between the seats that I'd have to sacrafice actress to if I cover it up with a Tuffy...
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Old December 1st, 2013, 02:48 PM
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Looks really sharp Josh!
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Sweet, That looks great! Do you think if you were to do it again you would do a clear sunroof or would you do a slightly tinted one like cars have so you dont let too much bright sun in?
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Someone needs to invent a tool that will remove all of the little paper bits around the edges of the Badger windows. I still see paper bits sometimes around 5+ year old Badger windows!
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Can't you just wet them and then scrape/wipe them out when soggy?
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Can't you just wet them and then scrape/wipe them out when soggy?

Yes... it is pretty tedious though.
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Old December 3rd, 2013, 01:42 PM
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ROFL. Especially knowing that a map torch and air gun would have made short work of it.
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Old December 3rd, 2013, 01:43 PM
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You just need to find someone with savant like attention to detail and patience.

As an example, I knew of a guy that galvanized his bulkhead vent screens. It clogged off the vent and the holes had to be drilled out. He found some chump who was willing to spend the day with a 1/8 drillbit to drill each and every hole. I think the guy did it for pizza and beer.

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I don't know any chumps who would do it for pizza and beer, but homemade brats...that's another story.
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Old December 3rd, 2013, 05:49 PM
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Sweet, That looks great! Do you think if you were to do it again you would do a clear sunroof or would you do a slightly tinted one like cars have so you dont let too much bright sun in?
Actually they all have a little tint to em. I saved the leather backing to make a shade but honestly here in Maine, the sun isn't that hot compared to many other parts of the country. I also figure I can always put on a hat if it's that bad.

I'd do this upgrade in a split second to any top I buy for my rovers. I had one of these moments of "why the eff didn't i do this sooner" type of convo with myself. It's a friggin no brainer.
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