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Old December 5th, 2015, 12:37 AM
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Have noticed how slippery wing tops can get when stepping on them early morning when closing up the roof top tent. Checker plate appears to be the fix. Have any of you guys regretted the decision to install them or any advice?
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Old December 5th, 2015, 02:16 AM
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I like paint and don't like checker plate, but I've got checker plate on the fender tops of all my trucks. The wings on my new 2010 didn't survive their first visit to Land Rover for warranty work unscathed. The only regret I have is that the PO used cheap-o 2mm checker plate on my 130 and the fit and finish is terrible.
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Old December 5th, 2015, 03:14 AM
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Love it on my bonnet and wings. Quarters were done by PO, but they don't do much other than add cosmetic consistency. I'm 220 lbs. and don't even stand on my plated wings as it is, but it makes working and placing tools and stuff on your horizontal surfaces stress free. If you'll be standing on them, I'd spring for the extra mm!
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Old December 5th, 2015, 03:56 AM
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I have no idea how the OP is stepping on his front wings without checker plate. Defender sheet metal will dent from a heavy elbow, let alone the typical 200+ lb American male.

Checker plate is a minimum if you want to step on your wings. Even then, I don't recommend it, especially if you're big.

The thicker the better. Is there any checker plate currently being sold that's thicker than 3mm?
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Old December 5th, 2015, 03:56 AM
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We only use the 3mm - and we have been doing body-color chequerplate on all our full builds as a signature piece of sorts. Makes the chequerplate disappear until one gets a closer look at the truck, but all the functionality of chequerplate wings and bonnets are retained.



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Old December 5th, 2015, 04:35 AM
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Nice pic with the bison in the background. Do any of you guys use any sort of foam material between the checkerplate and body of the truck?
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Old December 5th, 2015, 04:43 AM
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Yes. It came with my kits.
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Old December 5th, 2015, 05:43 AM
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Likewise not a huge fan of checker plate...but that said one of my trucks did come with it on the wingtops, and I probably need to add it to my NAS.

That said....watch for the "type" of checker plate - there's the type that the Wingtop Vents sit either ON or UNDER the checker plate. Then there's the type where the Wingtop Vents sit FLUSH with the checker plate....I much prefer the flush:
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Old December 5th, 2015, 05:57 AM
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Ok, piling on. My 130 has the kind pictured above, where the hole is big enough to go around the vent. I hate it, the hole size is off, and the position is wrong too. Genuine parts have the vent sit on top, but the best ones I've seen are relieved so that the vent sits down in a groove or rabbet. Vent under the plate is just grabasstic - no excuse for that.
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Use 5 bar instead of checker plate
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Have noticed how slippery wing tops can get when stepping on them early morning when closing up the roof top tent. Checker plate appears to be the fix. Have any of you guys regretted the decision to install them or any advice?
The 5 bar aluminum tread plate seems to be the least slippery of all.
Than's what I use.
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Old December 5th, 2015, 07:23 AM
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I just did my wing tops and bonnet, it really firmed things up in addition grip/protection.
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Old December 5th, 2015, 09:44 AM
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You guys reference types and styles. Name the brands.

I fitted a bunch of tread plate to a forum members truck last month and it was all from RN. The wing top vents sat on top. In fact the wingtop screw holes dictated how the plates fit. The rovers north kits came with a self adhesive foam to put on the underside.
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Old December 5th, 2015, 10:58 AM
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Ok, piling on. My 130 has the kind pictured above, where the hole is big enough to go around the vent. I hate it, the hole size is off, and the position is wrong too. Genuine parts have the vent sit on top, but the best ones I've seen are relieved so that the vent sits down in a groove or rabbet. Vent under the plate is just grabasstic - no excuse for that.
Agreed, and I think depending on the "brand" will determine how well they fit with the relieved/recessed type...mine are spot-on, but like you I've seen some others that are "off" and can look distorted.



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You guys reference types and styles. Name the brands.
No clue on brand, mine was already on the 130....but I've passed on some for the 90 for just the same reasons mentioned above, I'd rather have them sitting down in the recess than up on top (or underneath). I'll let you know if I come across any and/or what brand they are.
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Old December 5th, 2015, 12:19 PM
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Which ones are FLUSH? I have Lav's vents so would like to have them like his 130
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Which ones are FLUSH? I have Lav's vents so would like to have them like his 130
That's what we're trying to figure out...but essentially there's 2 "tells" for which sit flush:

1) if there are no "screw holes" in the checkerplate by the vent opening, then in theory they will sit flush
2) if the "edges" of the checkerplate by the wingtop vents is skinny, it's generally the flush type.

For example, these appear to be the "flush" type (taken from this thread: http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...330.html?pp=15):
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You guys reference types and styles. Name the brands. I fitted a bunch of tread plate to a forum members truck last month and it was all from RN. The wing top vents sat on top. In fact the wingtop screw holes dictated how the plates fit. The rovers north kits came with a self adhesive foam to put on the underside.
That's the kit I am looking at
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So who sells the 3mm with a flush vent cover here in the US?
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a bit of search-fo yielded this
Chequer Wing Tops - Black Finish - Pair - Britpart DA4049B at www.rimmerbros.co.uk

Britpart DA4049B

Britpart part DA4049, Ali Wing Tops (Pair) – Defender is an OEM part supplied by Britpart.
Details for part DA4049:

Weight (kg): 1.7
Length (mm): 1110
Width (mm): 315
Thickness (mm): 30

Brand: Britpart

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Wing Tops – Black by yes (part DA4049B)
Wing Tops – Silver by yes (part DA4049S)
Wing Tops – Silver N/S by yes (part DA4049SL)
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The ones AllMakes sell are Mammouth and the Wingtop Vents sit ON the checker plate

The part number is WTKIT01-NG/B.
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