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Old 04-24-2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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Freedom top goo question for you warmer people.

Warmest weather so far since I bought my Jeep this winter. Perhaps mid 60's? I was taking off the Freedom panels, and when I removed the passenger one, a long tendril of black goo trailed all over the place.

Obviously its a rubber compound of sorts that heated up in the sun. The top would be much hotter than the ambient air.

Is this normal? Do I do some investigating/digging, or leave it be and wait for it to go away?

Yuck.

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I had some white goo the first time I took off the freedom Panels. It was warm out and when I lifted one panel off it had this stringy white (like gum) stuff. I cleaned it up and have never had any issues.

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Old 04-24-2013, 05:57 PM   #3
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I had stringy black goo for the first couple of months. It stopped after that.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:59 PM   #4
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Perfect, that's good to hear.

Thanks!
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:18 PM   #5
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Its probably grease, which keeps the rubber seals alive. If you want your top to remain leak free, make sure you grease the crap out of the rubber every 6 months or so with a quality lithium grease. The best IMHO is the Honda shinetsu grease, which works magic on rubber.

Honda Genuine Shin-Etsu Grease : Amazon.com : Automotive

My top is almost 2 years old and never so much as a drop of water. Without grease, your rubber will dry out (aka shrink) and start letting water in. A tube of this stuff should last you 4 years if you grease every 6 months.
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It's excess butyl rubber.
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So many of these responses can be taken out of context.
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I had black goo dripping from my hardtop when I had it hanging from the ceiling.




It tasted salty
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:13 AM   #9
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I had black goo dripping from my hardtop when I had it hanging from the ceiling.




It tasted salty

Ha... kind of like that Aliens movie, yes?

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