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Old 12-13-2009, 04:02 PM   #1
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cowl seal replacement

I have a 1993 YJ. I just removed my old cowl seal and was getting ready to put the new one in. Any advice on using silicone or other sealers with the seal? Or any other helpful advice to make sure this seal works?

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Old 12-14-2009, 08:47 AM   #2
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I just did mine. I purchased the aftermarket one sold for less $$ on many sites. I think it's OXO-ADA or something like that. The front lip is much smaller than the OEM piece, and once installed, I noticed that it was a bit wavy across the front. Rather than wait for water to start leaking in from the wipers pouring their load directly onto this, I got some RTV and ran a bead across the top and bottom of this lip, and while smoothing the bead, made very effort to make it as straight as possible. I also have a top rack that mounts to the hinge bolts, and I filled in the extra channel formed by the mount, as I think that contributed to the extra water than was running into my dash. Since I completed this, I have NO water getting into the dash, even in torrential downpours at highway speeds. I still get some minor leakage from the ventilation system and around the doors, but I can live with that as it doesn't fry the lectronics and is easily removed with a sponge. The RTV is clear and not noticable unless you get close, so yes, I'd recommend it.

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Old 12-14-2009, 10:06 AM   #3
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just did mine also, no sealent used, car wash, hose, heavy rain, no leaks.
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