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Old 08-06-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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Tuffy 275 Security Deck Install question

I'm installing the deck and noticed that the metal mounting brackets sit right on top of the flange of the Jeep. There's no padding in between the bracket and flange so there's over a foot of metal on metal contact. I'm concerned that the paint on the Jeep may get scratched up. Anyone have experience with this? Do you think I should put some sort of weather stripping along the length of the bracket or just leave it as-is and hope it doesn't scratch?

Tech Support at Tuffy suggested nylon washers on each bolt but I'm thinking some sort of padding along the length of the bracket might be better. Thoughts?

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Old 08-06-2013, 03:57 PM   #2
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I know that during the winter, that parts sits on top of the lip of the hardtop.....so I didnt' think about it much. When I put my hardtop on this winter, I'll take a look at the paint.

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I put painters tape in between. Lol. I had it installed on my last jeep with nothing for over a year, & to my surprise, it didn't scratch the paint at all. But, when I installed it in my current jeep I decided to just go with the painters tape.
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I put painters tape in between. Lol. I had it installed on my last jeep with nothing for over a year, & to my surprise, it didn't scratch the paint at all. But, when I installed it in my current jeep I decided to just go with the painters tape.
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Wish I would have thought of that...
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Another good option would be camper shell foam tape....it's very thin and it will keep it from scratching the paint. Just put a layer on the deck and bolt it down....it would also act as a weather barrier if it was ever needed.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:40 PM   #6
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Yes, the camper foam tape was what I had in mind. Need to think about the painters tape. It would save me a trip to HD!

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