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Old April 13th, 2010, 08:31 PM
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Feeler- Tickford Top

Ordered a Badger II top a couple of months ago. Probably shouldn't have- as my D90 is new to me and I've never ridden in it with the Tickford top. I just heard so many good things about the Badger tops that I figured it would be quieter, dryer, etc.- and I was caught up in the fever of buying new stuff for my new ride, making it mine, etc. So now I have a perfectly good Tickford in great shape and a Badger on the way. I can either keep the Tickford and let it stay with the rover if it's the kind of thing that is unique and adds to it's value or sell the Tickford. I've seen comments attached to pics posted by my D90's former owner such as, "nice TIckford top", etc.- almost like it's rare to see one in great shape. I guess what I'm wondering is- am I an idiot for thinking of selling this top? If not, what is something like this worth? Thanks, in advance, for your insight.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 08:32 PM
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Well, it is fish or cut bait as you have to install the belt rail to run the badger top. In my experience, all the tickfords shrink and are too short to snap fully in the back.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 09:20 PM
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Here are some pics (taken by the former owner last season):
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Old April 13th, 2010, 11:42 PM
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I have a badger and love it but if my truck had the snaps and a tickford I would be pumped. It is very original. Once you put the bet rail you cant go back. I say keep the tickford.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 11:54 PM
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Just a question - Why doesn't anyone suggest to folks to just buy the snap screws and use them to secure the belt rail. That way you can use the tickford and the badger or the tickford and the best top? I did it on my truck, not looking for a pat on back but it is simple,
drill out old snaps
put tickford on
put belt rail kit on
drill holes in belt rail where snaps are supposed to go
screw in snaps
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Old April 14th, 2010, 12:04 AM
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Where is the back window of the tickford?
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Old April 14th, 2010, 06:41 AM
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Back window is rolled up.

Jay, I kept the Tickford since I used the hard top in the winter. I used the soft top for maybe a month in the spring and a month in the fall. Sure it may have been a little noisy, but never leaked!
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Old April 16th, 2010, 12:48 PM
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I love the tickford! Still have mine, but it is falling to pieces. Going to get a local shop to make me a repro of the tickford at some point.
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Old April 16th, 2010, 12:53 PM
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I do like my tickford and it too is falling to pieces, but I think I'd go badger before trying to reproduce it.

Jay, I say keep the tickford. You can always add snaps to the belt rail like clay says and use both (or at least have the ability to use both).
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Old April 17th, 2010, 12:03 PM
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Thanks Charles for the back up. I love that you can roll the front of the tickford open above the cockpit and still have the rest in place. I think Chris at Badger still has 1 or 2 tickfords left for a good price...or at least he has one that he did a restoration on. 3 of my window zippers have blown out in the last 6 months along with the back window cracking, so I am shelving it until I can get the $$ to get it restored.
If you are going to use the snaps to hold on the belt rail for the tickford....start in the back and work you way forward TAKE YOUR TIME in getting the snaps in the right place. Also Ragtopp makes a great product to seal fabric tops. I use it about once every six months.
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Old April 17th, 2010, 12:26 PM
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Don't the snaps wear away at the badger? I liked my tickford and kept it through the first ownership of bryson, but a subsequent owner replaced it with two badgers so .....
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Old April 17th, 2010, 12:29 PM
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This was my old 90. I had a local guy sew it up and put new badges on the side. I loved the top and It serves me well.

Although I have heard really good things about the badger.
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Old April 17th, 2010, 12:31 PM
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Here it was at stock.
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That's pretty much the way I got it from the dealership, minus the dog.
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Old April 17th, 2010, 01:19 PM
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Not even sure the guy I sold it to did anything to it.....I do remember your story about when you bought it...didn't seem like fun.
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Old April 17th, 2010, 02:41 PM
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Is this all the same truck via three owners?

My 90 came with a bestop and I went the badger route with a gutter kit. Since having the truck though I have become a elitist freak about factory correct crap. No clue why but I really wish my truck had a tickford. I am sure if it came with one I would have ditched it and later regretted it but knowing what I know now I really want a 94 truck with the tickford and the bars in the tub. To me that is a perfect 90.
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Old April 17th, 2010, 04:21 PM
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Is this all the same truck via three owners?

My 90 came with a bestop and I went the badger route with a gutter kit. Since having the truck though I have become a elitist freak about factory correct crap. No clue why but I really wish my truck had a tickford. I am sure if it came with one I would have ditched it and later regretted it but knowing what I know now I really want a 94 truck with the tickford and the bars in the tub. To me that is a perfect 90.
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Old April 19th, 2010, 11:55 AM
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o come now, lets not pick on berry, there are "help groups" for elitist:

Berry "Ahh Hello, my name is berry and I only like factory stuff on my truck"

Group "We love you Berry"

Group and Berry - "Kum ba ya my truck, kum ba ya, kum ba ya my truck, kum ba ya"

Share with the group Berry, what really upsetting you -
Berry "Well....yeah it really makes me mad when people put aftermarket stuff on their truck...there is this prick in San Diego who is running some type of gay front grill set up on his yellow truck, he can't spell either and consistently whines on the forum, he makes me mad"

Group "Well Berry we can always go to SD and rip that stupid aftermaket grill off of his truck and put on a stock one"

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Old April 20th, 2010, 07:30 AM
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FWIW, I love my original Tickford, and it is still in near perfect shape. As was said earlier, the only prob is the 2 snaps for the rear window do not reach anymore. Not an issue though. I like the grey canvas look better than the black plastic look of the Bestop as well.
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Top is sold- pending payment.
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