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Old July 21st, 2007, 02:38 PM
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Badger top mounting rail info

Im recieveing a Badger 2 soon and need to put the mounting rails on my '94. I need the side rails and back rails.. and.. thats it? I know I have to modify the windshield header a bit, any other mods necessarty for a 94 that has lived its whole life with the Tickford?

Are the side rails sold as one part # and the back kit sold as another part#? Can I nut/bolt or should I rivet, is there a factory part # or dimensional spec for the correct rivets??

Thanks alot, I've been getting rained on for too long, can't wait to have a bit of isolation from the elements... It's been a while since anyone's wanted to ride in the D!

~Steve
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Old July 21st, 2007, 04:51 PM
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Steve,

I recommend the belt rail kit from Rovers North ($47.25 and part #LRNA71707). It comes with the 2 side bars, and 2 back bars and instructions.

They also sell the aluminum rivets you need (#78248). Or you can use standard 3/16" aluminum rivets. I think that is the right size. If I remember correctly, I used the 3/16" diameter rivets that are 1/2" long.

You will only need to drill out a few of the back existing rivets and drill some new holes for the new rivets along the side. I held the bar in place with some clamps, marked the holes and drilled away. 5 minutes later it was ready to go. Probably the easiest thing I ever mounted to the Defender.

Also, the instructions will tell you to add some spacer washers to a few of the back rivets. You will see what I mean, but it is definitely a good idea.

Good luck!

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I'm in New Windsor NY right now if you need to look at my truck for placement or drilling reference.
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Old July 22nd, 2007, 12:27 PM
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Thanks for the info Greg, and thanks for the opportunity Jim. Ill be doing this in early august (on vacation now) so I cant really come up to NY to check a truck out. Maybe then!

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