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Old 10-25-2012, 12:27 AM
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Replacement weather strip

the weather stripping on my back window (hard top) doesn't make a good seal. If left out in the rain the back of jeep will have water in it. The dealership wants $130 for a replacement one. Has anyone replaced this before with something not from the dealership. I was thinking some sort of weather striping from the haredwarestore. Thoughts?
oh, I have a 2001 TJ.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:08 AM   #2
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Bumping your question up because I have learned mine is leaking as well. I can't seem to locate any aftermarket sources for this seal. I have an '03, and I can find all types of rear seals EXCEPTS this one. Other years no problem. I hate to have to spend the $130 from the dealer if I don't have too..

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Old 10-30-2012, 03:29 AM   #3
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ive never tried it on a hard top but my full doors didn't seal right on my yj so I used some weather stripping from the store, I think it was 3/4" foam. but it worked good cost like $2 for the roll, so even if it wears out every year or 2 it'll take 65 years to warrent buying the dealer one.
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I think this is what your after, if not just search their site they have a ton of options... Crown Automotive Crown OE Replacement Liftgate Weatherstrip Seal - JCWhitney
I have had to replace both of my door surround seals with this brand and they have held up great.
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Thanks for the link, but when I put in 2003 Jeep Wrangler TJ as the model it tells me it doesn't fit.
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Thanks for the link, but when I put in 2003 Jeep Wrangler TJ as the model it tells me it doesn't fit.
Huh, thought it would fit but didn't try to put in any year models in the search. I found this one on eBay for $69.00 Not supercheap but cheaper than the dealer. Just read the description listed and see if this is the part you are after...
Jeep Wrangler TJ 1997 2006 Hardtop Lower Liftgate Glass Seal Gasket Trim Assy | eBay
Here's the other option...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/JEEP-HARDTOP...item53ebe648df
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I hate to have to spend the $130 from the dealer if I don't have too..
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Thanks for the link, but when I put in 2003 Jeep Wrangler TJ as the model it tells me it doesn't fit.
97-06 hard top are the same. Jeepsareus shows 97-06 weatherstrip Wrangler TJ Liftgate Seal Hard Top Seal

No I had a brief issue with a leak and it was that the seal at the bottom edge was not quite to the bottom of the hard top. It needed to be a little lower. The seal pulls off the top easly. Pull it off and put it back. Make sure to start at the very edge and streatch it around so it goes to the other edge.
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I just noticed last night my daughters jeep floor was flooded from hurricane sandy. It was parked in driveway with the hardtop rear glass facing the pounding 60-70 mph winds and rain for24 hours.
The bottom seal of the glass on passenger side is loose. The wierd thing is the front section of the floor (driver,passenger) is high and dry. all the rest of the floor from behind the front seats and back to tailgate carpeting is soaked. I pulled the carpeting up in back seat the best i could and wet vacked water out. I raised the carpet up with windows down in garage to help dry out and this morning there is puddles of water again. im thinking water ran down from soaked carpet. Should I remove the steel lockbox in back and remove all carpet to dry out? sounds like a pain. I was thinking of using my heatgun to dry carpet out the best i can.
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Has anyone found the weatherstripping for the bottom of the liftgate window? if you lose the tabs at the bottom. the window rattles like crazy. Very annoying for my first Jeep.
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Weather Strip or door adjustment

Just bought a 2005 TJ Unlimited with hardtop. There is a small gap between lift gate and lower door. But rubber strips are soft and look ok. Is it possible that a door adjustment is possible and would work. It just looks like replacing the
existing rubber strip would not change anything.
Has this happened to anyone else? Or is new one thicker?
There must be a fix as leak is bad. Vehicle has not been in an accident.
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Lightbulb Warped tailgate

Minnducker... I had the same issue on my daughter's 2001 TJ. Once I put a straight edge against the top lip of the tailgate it was pretty apparent what the problem was. The tailgate was warped inward at the top and there is no way any adjustment or thickness of seal was going to correct that. I had to replace the tailgate. Found a used one that was flat at salvage and had it sprayed at the local body shop.

My guess is that at some point, the vehicle had either been hit or pushed from behind, on the spare tire, and it had bent the tailgate inward just enough to make a gap, but not enough that it was apparent just from looking at it. The rear wiper wouldn't clear the third taillight above the spare either. The straight tailgate solved that issue too.

Check your tailgate to see if the same has happened to your Wrangler.
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Minnducker... I had the same problem with my son's Wrangler. It turned out that the tailgate hinges were broken at the hinge. I noticed this when I tried to adjust the tailgate.
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Update, after visiting the service rep at the local Jeep dealership, I opted to buy a good quality roll of rubber weatherstripping at the hardware store for $12, and applied it to the top of the lower door. This is what he suggested.
I can't see any evidence of warping or bending of the door, and the hinges are sound. Service rep inspected and also didn't think a new seal would change anything. I'm puzzled why everything looks straight and sound but doesn't seal up. Oh well, solution is working well, no leaks in car wash and no dust inside after miles on gravel roads.

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