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Old November 16th, 2015, 05:04 PM
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Badger II GK or FDS?

So I just had an hour conversation with Chris and I have to say you can tell he is a one man shop that is passionate about what he does. Chris didn't need to take the time to describe everything but he was more than happy to. Now here's the question, should I go with the FDS or GK version? Positives and negatives of both? Any chance there is somebody in the Denver area that has one I could check out?
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Old November 16th, 2015, 05:29 PM
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Old November 16th, 2015, 05:38 PM
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Then I would go with the FDS (but most here go with the GK).
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Old November 16th, 2015, 05:50 PM
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So why do most go with the GK and why do you recommend the FDS?
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Old November 16th, 2015, 06:24 PM
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I have had both. Go with the gutter kit. WAY better fit. I'm in Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree if you want to take a look.
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So why do most go with the GK and why do you recommend the FDS?
Seen them both as most have here. If you have solid doors that close flush/square, window tops that are not wobbly, and take the time to correctly install the top, the FDS seals tight to the windows. Good as the GK with Puma doors? No, but what is the point having a ST at that point. Besides, the GK looks blotched on when going topless and ugly in general.
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Old November 16th, 2015, 07:26 PM
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So why do most go with the GK and why do you recommend the FDS?
GK cost more but has a better seal around the door frame.
FS is less $$$

You would be happy with both...I went with GK B2 5 years ago and still seals tigh as a drum!
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Chris I'll take you up on that if you don't mind. Thanks for info all
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I have the GK but I think I bought my top before he started making the FDS. Personally I like the look with the top off. That said if you want to run a surrey or bikini in the summer you will have to either remove the gutter kit of have the surrey or bikini modified to fit.
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I have the GK version and Brian has the FDS, both are really nice. I'm partial to running full door seals on the GK and have the roll up sides on the back making it a surrey. Brian's is a tighter fit but you have to remove the windows to use it as a surrey.
It's really personal preference but if you have or are considering roll up doors I would go with the GK.
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I have the FDS and am very happy - though mine is garaged. I just wish I had gotten tan instead of black.
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There are pluses and minuses with Both. I should note I am running a Badger I and Rob is running a Badger II. I've never had a problem with my FDSs. What would make it better would be full doors. The half door tops seem to pull away at speed.

The big reason I went with FDSs is I didnt want the GK. I take my top off for the summer and run just a surrey. I didnt think the extra cost was justified.

I think as long as you have a Badger you will be happy.
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Definitely the input I wanted. Thanks everyone!
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For any of you with either half cab do you get water pooling on the tonneau when it rains? If so what do you do to alleviate that?
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over the years i have seen some homemade wooden bows that have been screwed into the capping rails to keep the water from collecting.
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over the years i have seen some homemade wooden bows that have been screwed into the capping rails to keep the water from collecting.
Mine actually came with one from whoever I bought it from on the list (can't remember it has been so long). I didn't know if that was from Badger or just a PO rig. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite fit. I need to either shave it down an inch or wait for the top to stretch a bit more.
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Mine came with the wooden bow from Badger and nice metal retainers that screw to the cappings. The tub widths are not universally identical enough for the wood to be perfect and Chris mentioned that I might need to cut mine to fit.
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Mine came with the wooden bow from Badger and nice metal retainers that screw to the cappings. The tub widths are not universally identical enough for the wood to be perfect and Chris mentioned that I might need to cut mine to fit.
Ok sounds like I got the same rig. Does it work keeping the water from pooling? Do you leave it there all the time or just put it up in times of potential rain?
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