Anyone try these soft tops? - Defender Source
Defender Source  

Go Back   Defender Source > Defender & Series Technical Discussions > Defender Technical Discussions


Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old November 26th, 2007, 10:28 PM
Ragland's Avatar
Ragland
Status: Offline
Robert Ragland
1994 Defender 90
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Posts: 646
Anyone try these soft tops?

I haven't seen a reference to these tops before - anyone try them. I'd rather not drill out the snaps and install a belt rail as the Badger requires.

Trim Technology Soft Top
__________________
"Uhh...I think they all leak like that."
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old November 26th, 2007, 10:48 PM
Stmpede's Avatar
Stmpede
Status: Offline
Andrew Najarian
'93 NAS D110 #43
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 2,459
Is that an updated Tickford top?
__________________
"I have taken more good from alcohol than alcohol has taken from me." - Winston Churchill
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old November 26th, 2007, 11:12 PM
Ragland's Avatar
Ragland
Status: Offline
Robert Ragland
1994 Defender 90
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Posts: 646
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stmpede
Is that an updated Tickford top?

Looks to be just that.
__________________
"Uhh...I think they all leak like that."
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old November 27th, 2007, 07:32 AM
Wolf Fabrication's Avatar
Wolf Fabrication
Status: Offline
Sterling Archer
'08 D3
D-90 Source Vendor
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Oahu, HI
Posts: 7,453
Registry
Hmm... interesting. I have a 94' and will be looking for a top this spring. I don't want to spend $2k for a Badger top. I wonder what the total price might be shipped to the US? Looks like about $1020 for the top, and figure a few hundred to ship. I bet pretty close $1200. I am sure there is a quality difference as well (Badger being better). Anyway, like you said, I'd like to see if anyone here has one of those tops.
__________________
"The most unreliable car in the world is the most reliable car in the world." -Jeremy Clarkson refering to the Range Rover


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Semper Fi!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old November 27th, 2007, 08:08 AM
Cirbo's Avatar
Cirbo
Status: Offline
Jim C.
None
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 456
If it fits like the old Tickfords, I'd pay the extra money for the Badger. I like being able to hear the radio and take cell phone calls.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old November 27th, 2007, 09:04 AM
ron's Avatar
ron
Status: Offline
Ron
1994 NAS Defender 90
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Harwichport MA
Posts: 5,364
I dont think i'd want it on my truck.

What happens if it doesnt fit? Can you send it back? How is customer service?

Shipping is more like $300.

I got a qoute to ship a RR regulator and it was $95

So figure $2000 for a Badger all in or $1300 for the UK top.

Badger
great customer service.
superior product

UK Top
unknown customer service
unkown product

For the additional $700 its worth saving for the Badger.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old November 27th, 2007, 09:07 AM
Wolf Fabrication's Avatar
Wolf Fabrication
Status: Offline
Sterling Archer
'08 D3
D-90 Source Vendor
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Oahu, HI
Posts: 7,453
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by ron

So figure $2000 for a Badger all in or $1300 for the UK top.

Badger
great customer service.
superior product

UK Top
unknown customer service
unkown product

For the additional $700 its worth saving for the Badger.
Absolutey! Especially for something you expect to last for a long time, plus customer service means a lot.
__________________
"The most unreliable car in the world is the most reliable car in the world." -Jeremy Clarkson refering to the Range Rover


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Semper Fi!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old November 27th, 2007, 09:32 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
I agree though Ragland, I do not like the looks of the belt rail and would prefer to keep my snaps or as the Brits would say Poppers My old Tickford has done me well for 13 years, but when I put it on this weekend after being topless for a year, I noticed it is starting to look a bit ratty. I would go with a Badger in a heartbeat if it could retro fit for us Tickford truck guys. Badgerman?????
__________________
"I race cars, play tennis, and fondle women, BUT! I have weekends off, and I am my own boss." - Arthur
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old November 27th, 2007, 10:07 AM
JimC's Avatar
JimC
Status: Offline
Jim Cheney
NAS 110 #145
Site Team
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Posts: 7,154
Registry
I think trim tech bought tickford.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old November 27th, 2007, 10:52 AM
Ragland's Avatar
Ragland
Status: Offline
Robert Ragland
1994 Defender 90
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Posts: 646
I'm not opposed to the Badger, it is just the retro kit belt rail. If my truck were a '95 this would not be an issue. A few years back I spoke with them, but the belt rail was it. As for total cost, it will end up higher than $2k by the time everything is included.

That said, I have not had any real issues with the Tickford top. The fabric held up well, and the top functioned until last year when too many zippers had failed and few snaps popped out. I probably could have it remade, in fact, if it is not too stretched.

Last year I communicated with this company, and it seemed like they were more than eager to get these into the US market. At half the cost and it snaps right on, I thought it might be worth a look.
__________________
"Uhh...I think they all leak like that."
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old November 27th, 2007, 10:59 AM
themaxx's Avatar
themaxx
Status: Offline
Ade
94 ST
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: MD
Posts: 1,835
Registry
The belt rail is a better fit...more snug in my opinion, with that said...how difficult would it be to order a Badger top and just add the snaps?
__________________
"It insists upon itself" Family Guy
"Your Defender insists upon itself" Dave Parker
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old November 27th, 2007, 03:07 PM
hamiamham
Status: Offline
mike
97 D-90
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New York City
Posts: 190
Customs

dont forget about possible customs duties.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old November 27th, 2007, 03:11 PM
evilfij's Avatar
evilfij
Status: Offline
evilfij
I have never seen a rover in person
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: on the internet
Posts: 14,688
I don't want to speak for Chris, but I am sure anything can be arranged. IE I don't see why you could not have Chris make his top with snaps. That being said, the snaps suck.
__________________
*not legal advice*
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old November 27th, 2007, 04:16 PM
ron's Avatar
ron
Status: Offline
Ron
1994 NAS Defender 90
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Harwichport MA
Posts: 5,364
I have to agree with Ade and Ron the belt rail is the way to go. Fit and finish are much better.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old November 27th, 2007, 06:00 PM
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
The snap system cannot cope with the high tension that our tops have. They will eventually fail, unless you change over to Tenax studs and fasteners (very expensive with one every 4"). At that point you should just have gone with the beltrail kit. So, the snap option on our tops would be................................. no. The top from the UK will probably cost $1600.00 to your door. I think it is a vinyl top, am I correct. I'm sure the top will work great. The GBP isn't looking too favorable.
__________________
Sew on and sew forth...
Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Defender Source > Defender & Series Technical Discussions > Defender Technical Discussions

Tags
soft top

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
Soft Top Door Tops, Door Panels Bozman For Sale - Parts 10 October 31st, 2007 11:19 AM
97 Black or Green Soft Tops for sale Cayoweso For Sale - Vehicles 5 March 18th, 2007 12:08 PM
Soft Tops for sale: 4WD-90 For Sale - Parts 4 May 24th, 2005 06:49 AM
Soft Tops TheKoz Defender Technical Discussions 2 March 23rd, 2005 02:47 PM
Which is the best soft top for D-90? bbandit Defender Technical Discussions 13 March 9th, 2004 08:40 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:53 AM.


Copyright