There's no denying that our tough li'l ol' rare minitrucks are very hard to find. I'm referring mostly to the minitrucks from the 80's and 90's that were oft delivered in four wheel drive versions, and are much revered on the trails today. Even in two wheel drive form, these minitrucks are difficult to stop, but the 4x4 ones are just GOATS.
Such mini mountaineers came mostly out of Japan in that era:
- Suzuki Jimny
- Suzuki Samurai
- Suzuki Vitara, Escudo, Sidekick, Geo Tracker (VEST)
- Suzuki X-90
- Suzuki Katana
- Daihatsu Rocky, Taft, Ferozo
- Maruti Gypsy (Suzuki India)
- Mitsubishi Montero, Pajero, Dodge Raider
- Isuzu Vehicross, Trooper
- Isuzu Amigo, Honda Passport & Jazz
- Isuzu Rodeo, Opel Frontera, Vauxhall Frontera
- Toyota FJ
- Datsun 4W60 and Nissan Patrol
Of course, there are also some really cool ones from around the world:
- Vanderhall Navarro
- Jeep Wrangler
- Brazilian Ford Troller
- Subaru Brat, Baha
- Russian Lada Niva
- Indian Mahindra Roxor, Thar, Bolero, Scorpio
- Czech Skoda 973, Yeti
- Fiat Panda Cross
- Indian Force Gurkha
Squatch Rated Badges Origination
Jeep has this thing about badges on their front fenders that has caught on wildly in the SUV and truck market these days. The coolest fender coin badge I've seen was a distressed brass looking American flag badge with 4x4 as a caption. That flag doesn't appeal to the majority of our minitruck niche, and a lot of the cool mini SUVs are not 4x4, so that doesn't 100% apply either. I really dig the rare use of bronze colors for a coin badge though.
To commemorate these wonderful old beauties, I wanted a unique fender badge all our own, and I wanted that weathered bronze coin aesthetic. The U.S. flag is a cool way of repping a locale, but it's the wrong representation for the bulk of the market. The 4x4 caption is very, very popular these days, and I like the placement of it, just not the wording.
I considered all of the aforementioned thoughts and themes and I have designed and produced a mold for our own fender coin badges to be made out of zinc alloy with a sticky backing. The three main ideas in my design are: i) & ii) Since our little SUVs do so well out in the wilderness, and keeping up the rarity theme, there's nothing more wild and scarce than a sasquatch, right? iii) Most of the minitrucks and small SUVs come from Japan, so I wanted to incorporate the Japanese rising sun emblem too. That can be interpreted as a regular sunburst for the non-Japanese SUVs, not necessarily a Japanese flag. So I designed Squatch Rated badges that portray wilderness, off road, rarity, toughness, and the rising sun in a antique brass look.
My Squatch Rated badges have been manufactured out of zinc alloy and are ready for your minitrucks. Zinc alloy is particularly strong, stronger than carbon steels, but pure zinc becomes ductile and malleable when heated between 110°C and 150°C. Do not try to bend these on a curved surface. THESE ARE MEANT FOR FLAT SURFACES ONLY.
Buy Squatch Rated Badges
You can buy 1 or 2 Squatch Rated badges at a time. The displayed prices do not include shipping, which costs $5.25 inside the 48 Contiguous United States. If your address is outside the 48 states, we'll contact you to pay your extra shipping fees before shipping.
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Buy One for $12.77
Buy Two for $24.00
Members of LilTrucks.com will get one Squatch Rated badge for free with their fully completed profile and write-up about their rig with photos, regardless of where they live. You'll only need to pay shipping to receive your free Squatch Rated badge(s). Members who have completed those things can buy a second one for $10 with free shipping after writing a full blog about their rig(s) with photos.
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