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Old October 29th, 2007, 10:16 PM
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not sure what to do about my hardtop?

hey guys i got 2 problems, one is should i put my hardtop on or stay with my badger top on for the winter, im in the nyc area so im sure... the next question is my d90 is yellow and should i paint the hardtop yellow to match or paint it black, or leave it alone. plus if anyone knows how much it is to paint the top and make the top perfect that can help too...

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Old October 29th, 2007, 10:20 PM
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1st...I would probably just stick with the Badger as it is a lot less work than swapping them.

2nd...Unless the fiberglass is really beat up and in need of paint I would leave it grey. I like the grey contrast with the yellow and it will be cheaper.

If it were me I would sell the hard top and just use the Badger though.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:51 PM
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What he said!
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1st...I would probably just stick with the Badger as it is a lot less work than swapping them.


2nd...Unless the fiberglass is really beat up and in need of paint I would leave it grey. I like the grey contrast with the yellow and it will be cheaper.

If it were me I would sell the hard top and just use the Badger though.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 05:10 AM
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Personally, I find that a soft top keeps water out better than a fiberglass top. My interest in a fiberglass top is strictly security and having glass windows. I tried the swap thing for a couple years and didnt like it. It takes several hours to install the hard top and do a nice job sealing it.

I also had a painted fiberglass top in yellow and white and it looked great. I sold it in favor of installing an aluminum hardtop.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 08:37 AM
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Jim, not to hijack or anything but where did you source your aluminum top from????
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Old October 30th, 2007, 09:37 AM
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I got a sweet deal a few years ago on a hard top from a guy just down the road from me that I met at a gas station (crazy huh?) I put it on just to do it and for something different. D90 with no a/c + Florida + hardtop = bye bye hard top. Gave it to my dad for his 90. I would stick with the versatility of the soft top, especially if it is a Badger. Also, IMO I am not crazy about the looks of the hard top with the AA Yellow. Looks great on my dad's red one though...
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Old October 30th, 2007, 10:03 AM
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I got my top from George at RDS. It was complete except I had the sides repainted and bought a station wagon cage so that I would have a better-fitting external section along with the bonus of the internal roll hoop. The D-90 is a daily for my wife, and we found that we only really took the windows out in the summer sometimes, so for year-round use, the hardtop seemed the way to go. Mine has the sun roof so thats nice.

The truck is up in New Windsor if you want to check it out.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 11:33 AM
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My Badger is WAY more water tight than my fibreglass hardtop ever was. One time in a blizzard, I had snow falling IN the cab due to a poor seal where the top meets the window frame. I dumped it last summer. Worst $$ I've spent on the 90 so far. Best $$ I've spent: Badger!
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Old October 30th, 2007, 02:33 PM
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how much was it to paint the hard top and do you have pics because yours is yellow and i want to see this, and the info on the aluminum hadr top.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 03:05 PM
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Steve - check out this thread from when I did the swap.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=11092

It was under 500 bucks to paint the sides and liftgate. I took all the glass and trim off so that the shop didnt have to do any masking or disassembly. I also did some prep-sanding. I left the roof white even though it was a little scuffed up.

If you need to see how the its all put together, the truck is in New Windsor NY, just south of Newburgh.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 03:42 PM
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Jim,
How well do the soft top door tops seal with the aluminum top? are there any major gaps or does it fit just like the SW door would.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 03:45 PM
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i might have to go see this , great looking truck, so the question is now, to paint the fiberglass hard top like jim C, and hopefully the price is around 500, or.....go for a aluminum hard top and spend the money.

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good question, i was going to ask that
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Old October 30th, 2007, 03:56 PM
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The soft top doors seal well with the metal roof, although I had them shimmed on the outside a bit to encourage an inward-lean already.

If you want to know what the painted fiberglass top looked like, there's this thread:

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=5448

Of course that cost more than 500 bucks, and I did all the prep - which was a lot of sanding and filling. The place also said that they wish they would have charged me more because it was a pain.

Its hard to get the paint just right on a fiberglass top (maybe take it to a place that works on boats?) but its also pretty easy to sell. A painted top is basically a restored top and most bare ones look pretty ratty at this age. I ended up selling my top to a guy with a yellow truck, but the most a buyer would have to repaint is the sides and back.
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