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Old June 25th, 2015, 11:18 PM
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Thoughts on Rovers North soft tops?

Hey guys,
I've been running a bikini top since I've bought my D90 and have been on the fence about a full top for several months now. From what I gather Badger Coachworks is the way to go. Honestly, at this point the turn around time is what's holding me back from pulling the trigger. I've seen the tops offered up at Rovers North. The sand color definitely appeals to me and the price seems alright. I'm sure the quality is not quite as up there with the Badger, but it is a bit cheaper and would reach me in Hawaii a hell of a lot faster. Does anyone here have any experience with them? Fit and durability wise? I've done some searching and haven't found any reviews online. Would love to hear from anyone with experience with a RN top.
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Who makes the RN top?
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A small trim company in Colorado
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Hey guys,
I've been running a bikini top since I've bought my D90 and have been on the fence about a full top for several months now. From what I gather Badger Coachworks is the way to go. Honestly, at this point the turn around time is what's holding me back from pulling the trigger. I've seen the tops offered up at Rovers North. The sand color definitely appeals to me and the price seems alright. I'm sure the quality is not quite as up there with the Badger, but it is a bit cheaper and would reach me in Hawaii a hell of a lot faster. Does anyone here have any experience with them? Fit and durability wise? I've done some searching and haven't found any reviews online. Would love to hear from anyone with experience with a RN top.
I have had 3 different RN tops

First was the original RN Top made by Badger

The second and Third , by the new company in Colorado

I know many people in here will tell you Badger is the way to go, unmatched quality , RN top cant compare and they are Full of Doo Doo

The RN top lacks nothing that the badger has.

Easy fit right of the box, excellent finish, water tight , noiseless, and as a BONUS, not bullshit stories when you are getting, no excuses, etc; you order it today, you know exactly when you get it

Good Luck with your decision
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It does not fit as well as the badger (too loose) and the one I have has a couple of minor defects (things sewn that should not have been). Is badger better: yes. Is RN bad, not at all.
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I have a Bimini top from RN and just purchased a Badget GKII. I ordered the RN full soft top and immediately sent it back. Loose fit, ripples along the top. The Bimini is fine for what I need it for: shade. However, at highway speeds, it looks and sounds like the darn thing is going to fly off (a result of the loose fitment).

I live in Michigan and just ordered a Badger for the non-summer months. if you don't need to keep the cold and rain out, then you should be fine with a RN Bimini top.

Edit: Okay - re-read your post. The RN top will work, but it's not near the quality of a Badger. It's taken me 3 years to pony up for the Badger and buying a RN to realize the difference.
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I have a Bimini top from RN and just purchased a Badger GKII. I ordered the RN full soft top and immediately sent it back. Loose fit, ripples along the top. The Bimini is fine for what I need it for: shade. However, at highway speeds, it looks and sounds like the darn thing is going to fly off (a result of the loose fitment).

I live in Michigan and just ordered a Badger for the non-summer months. if you don't need to keep the cold and rain out, then you should be fine with a RN Bimini top.
Do you have an alpine bow installed? If not, then you'll have issues with either top.
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yup, have the cross bow installed.
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That's very surprising to me... I haven't heard that before. Sorry! Do you have photos of it installed?
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Do you happen to know the name of this company? Thanks.

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Just put one on yesterday. Noticed what might be an adhesive at the zippers moving as the very tight zippers were pulled into position.
How come neither Badger or RN has sewn-in tabs/loops to assist in pulling the top down to engage the lower rail at the tub? Maybe it's my old age, but I find it a struggle out of the box or years down the road.
The last Badger rear took a really, really long time and the rear window was too short. Had to get the local upholsterer to sew in an extension to be able to deliver the car to the customer. I'm sure Chris would have taken care of it if I had brought it too his attention, but after having waited sooooo very long for the top in the first place.......
The last 2 RN tops have been good enough to make my customer's happy. Was there ever a water tight D90 ST?
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I don't think you ever want to put much tension on those zippers. What I do is once I have the top on over the cage and before moving on to securing into the beltrail I zip in the top horizontals of all of the windows and maybe two inches or so of the vertical zippers for the rear-most window. Then I zip them all down and then secure to the beltrail. Or at least I think that's how I do it.
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