|09-09-2014 09:17 PM|
My fix...take em off and park in the garage! If anyone has a serious fix, I look forward to it.
|09-09-2014 08:53 PM|
They are installed exactly as described in this thread, no pinching. But the flap looks out of place to me vs. what I've seen elsewhere.
No leaks from the top though.
|09-09-2014 08:14 PM|
|09-09-2014 08:13 PM|
|09-09-2014 08:42 AM|
|09-09-2014 07:55 AM|
|JeeperJake||"I brought the strike plates way inboard. Makes it so you have to slam the door a little harder, but seals up super tight" There's an idea I hadn't considered....will check it out, thanks for the tip.|
|09-09-2014 07:19 AM|
|09-09-2014 07:01 AM|
|Mack207||Don't know if this has been posted yet, but I think I found another place water can leak through. On the top of the doors, there is a gap in the track that holds the weatherstripping. Last time I cleaned my seals, I popped the weatherstripping out, applied the Honda grease to the seal around the gap, and re-set the seal in the track. It's rained 4" since, and not a leak.|
|07-18-2014 05:29 PM|
This is real close up, so it looks worse here than it really does. Comments appreciated.
|07-18-2014 05:10 PM|
I went through the process here using the shin-etsu honda greas from Amazon, and reinstalled the tops. No pinched seals, but the drivers side top is about a 1/8th inch or so forward in relationship to the passenger side.
Also, there is a small "tab" at the center rear of the passenger door that sticks out. Nothing that I can do about that other than cut if off.
Other than those two issues, this went smoothly. I haven't had any leaks, this was just a preventative maintenance activity for me.
|07-17-2014 07:28 AM|
|al2ride||Spray all rubber seals and vinyl decals with 303 Aerospace Protectant at least once a year. They'll last forever.|
|07-17-2014 07:20 AM|
Good info . . gonna order some of this stuff (Shin-Etsu grease).
How often do you recommend applying this stuff? Would you personally apply it to a brand new Jeep or wait?
|07-17-2014 06:29 AM|
|07-17-2014 05:54 AM|
There's a reason T-tops vanished in the late 80s...they leaked. The Freedom Top is one of main reason's I traded my Jeep Arctic a year ago and recently got back in a Rubicon X - with a premium soft top. Not to mention in Florida, you only had a few day stretch in December and January where you could justify removing the top/doors for a stint.
My service manager said the key was not to over tighten them, of course, too loose and you are in trouble too. The annoying part was under braking it would alway run in like a river in the front...right over and on the radio.
|07-16-2014 07:22 PM|
|Wingnut3140||In a good rain I had a leak over the rear view mirror and occasionally somewhere on the driver door. Tops where not pinched but dirty. Cleaned the seals with a damp rag then used the honda stuff. Couldn't believe how much dirt was on the seals. I understand why it leaked. Knock on wood I haven't had a leak since and I've been through several big storms. Keep them clean and lubed and that should help a lot.|
|07-16-2014 06:01 PM|
|snobnk||Stop by any pool store and ask for jacks 327 oring lube. Its a non petroleum lube,looks and feels like vaseline..best stuff|
|07-16-2014 05:54 PM|
The Shin-etsu stuff I got at the Honda dealer was $17 for a large tube.
Haven't actually given it a try yet though.
|07-16-2014 04:46 PM|
2.. I do mine every two years. I usually wipe off the old film and put the new coating on.
|07-15-2014 02:28 AM|
|vyv||I think it's common knowledge or maybe my persistent fear that if I remove the panels, even only the front ones that even if they don't leak after refitting, they will sure squick with no cure for ever... This is my second jk (2 month old), and I haven't dared touching the freedom panels to enjoy squick free ride for as long as possible. My first jk squicked but not leaked from the first removal of panels. No matter what I did the squicks never disappeared. Unfortunately it's one of those things|
|07-15-2014 12:48 AM|
I remember this thread last year before I sold my 2012 jk even though I had a soft top. I just purchased a willys jk and now this is gonna be my first purchase.
1. Now do I just use it on the hardtop rubber seals? Any other areas to apply it to?
2. When to reapply after first coat?
|07-05-2014 02:02 PM|
|NyCSnEaK||Op is giving great advice on the grease being used on any type of rubber seal. I've been using the ShinEtsu for over a decade and since then, none of my seals on any car I've owned have dried up or cracked.|
|07-05-2014 10:34 AM|
|scipio337||Its was the very first result in a google search for "shin etsu alternative". I may just stick to using the Turtle Wax Ice spray I've been using. I haven't had any leaks yet, but I'm taking a Colorado road trip, and don't want to take any chances.|
|07-04-2014 08:59 PM|
|07-02-2014 09:35 AM|
Question, Dave. I looked at the white lithium grease I use for other things, Pertex, and of course, it's 90% petroleum distillates.
I perused the intrawebs looking for a cheaper (and more available) alternative, and found this, posted by you:
Granted, that was a while ago, but what changed your thinking on this? I'm looking for something I can buy locally that will do the trick. I'm not sure if plain old lithium grease will fit the bill.
|06-09-2014 08:52 PM|
Jeff posted this over in another thread but thought it may fit here too.
|06-09-2014 08:51 PM|
|06-09-2014 08:39 PM|
Anyone have photos of what a new,non leaking jeep door seals should look like?
My dealer had to paint the inside of the hard top for warranty work and ever since the seals have paint over spray on them and the foam is quite flattened & the rubber portions a bit mangled looking.
I have leaks.
Some photos of what it should look like would likely get me a free warranty replacement of the seals.
|06-09-2014 05:12 PM|
|05-26-2014 12:59 PM|
|04-28-2014 04:34 PM|
|Mack207||Anyone found the cause or fix to the leaks at the top rear corner of the doors? Every time I stop I have water dripping down my neck. Cleaned the seals and applied the honda stuff weekend before last.|
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