Alright, I've looked for a diagram of the TJ hardtop and can't find one! It's been raining here for 4 days straight with about 6 inches of rain and its like a Walmart swimming pool in my back floor board. I was wondering what this seal or whatever was called so I can get a replacement for it. Also there is a gap between these metal pieces and the hardtop. I was wondering if it was meant to be sealed or what because I can see daylight through it while in the backseat. Maybe a newbie question so sorry.
I too take the brackets off as they hold the rear window off of the tailgate. There should be a seal on the bottom of the glass that seals to the tailgate.
01-16-2013 08:44 PM
So I should take them off and it should seal tightly then?
01-16-2013 08:47 PM
And also, I never received a soft top when I bought this jeep. Strange.......
01-16-2013 08:56 PM
The softop tailgate brackets do not need two come off for the rear glass to seal. I have both tops but to the OP you might as well remove the since you don't have a softop.
01-16-2013 08:59 PM
Alright. Do you think the brackets could have anything to do with it not sealin properly? And thank you everyone for the quick and helpful replies.
01-16-2013 09:01 PM
No like I said, they can stay on
01-16-2013 09:05 PM
When my hard top is on, the back window will not seal against the tail gate. I know some say leave it on, but it don't work for me.
01-16-2013 09:07 PM
Show us a picture with the glass down.
01-16-2013 09:24 PM
Its 4 screws ..... take them off , Obviously not all are the same. My hard top rear window will not seal with the brackets on . It will hold it out just like yours is probably doing. How much work can it be to remove 4 screws to try ? If it dont work I am out of ideas .
01-16-2013 09:51 PM
I just took them out but there is still light coming through but I ordered a new piece of weatherstrip that goes across the bottom of the lift gate glass so hopefully that'll fix it. It was all to pieces any way but I've got a project this weekend, put that on an rip the carpet out and scrub it and wash the tub really good. I don't want any mold! But does anyone know the name of that rubber piece that I took pics of? I need a new one of those too if that piece I ordered doesn't fix it.
01-16-2013 09:52 PM
Ill take pics tomorrow when the sun is out and see if I can't get a good shot of the gaps even with those pieces off but as long as they've been on there, it's probably ruined the weatherstrip.
01-16-2013 09:55 PM
I did a little research while you were out and around 03 the retainer bar ( The bar that snaps into the two brackets when using a soft top ) changed so some of the brackets probably did also . that may be why some hit and some dont I had a number of tops on my last TJ.
My hard top is of the early version with the vents verticle behind the side windows and I have it on an 05 which have a different hardtop . The soft top I remove for the winter is an 05 OE top . many different combos which all look a like at a glance .
01-16-2013 10:00 PM
Oh really? That's interesting. Mine is an EARLY 98 Sahara so I don't know about the brackets. But thanks man. I appreciate everyone's input.
01-17-2013 01:58 PM
These are the gaps without the metal pieces. And what's that rubber pieces that goes all the around the outer edge of the hard top in the rear that follows the glass?
01-17-2013 02:31 PM
I do have a hardtop but I am confused with what gaps you are trying to show or I don't see them.
01-17-2013 02:34 PM
I wish I had a little app on my iPhone wherei could circle things! It would make a ton easier. On the first 2 pics, to the left of the lift gate weather seal.
01-17-2013 03:38 PM
I guess I see what you are referring to. On the bottom of the glass there should be a rubber strip/flap. You have that, correct? That flap should lay across and contact the the tub and contact the hatch opening sealing it when the glass is down. The flap also tucks behind the lip of the tailgate when closed. If it is not fully sealing:
- You can lossen the bolts of the hinges at the top and there is a little play to move the glass down.
- You can loosen the hinges and move the glass a little side to side
- I had water coming in one side at the corner of the weatherstrip. It was because the weather strip on the hatch was not quite down to the bottom. I pulled the strip and stretched the weather strip to make sure it reached the bottom of the opening.
- Ato one point I did glue some small pieces of rubber to the hatch weather strip to get the glass flap to seal on the weather strip. (I took those pieces off at some point)
01-17-2013 03:44 PM
I looked an both are shot. I just ordered both pieces. Should be Monday. Thanks for the input! 80 dollars for two pieces of rubber...
01-17-2013 05:50 PM
mine does the same except my rear passanger floor gets flooded also. Starting to smell swampy. It didn't do it until I put my hardtop back on. Can you link what you bought? thanks.
These are the things I bought. And this company is very trusted. I buy all the things I need for my jeep from them. Based here in the US
01-18-2013 12:37 AM
01-18-2013 06:17 AM
You're welcome. Hope it fixes your problem!
01-18-2013 07:22 AM
Until then go get you some pipe insulation, the thinner version. Cut to length and sandwich it between the tailgate and lift gate. I sit it on top of the tailgate. That's what I've been doing as like you, I have the same problem and pretty sure I just need a new lift gate seal like you ordered. Since I plan on ditching my hard top, I figured no need in spending the money right now. The pipe insulation works great.
01-18-2013 05:37 PM
That sounds like a good idea! It quit raining last night and it isn't supposed to rain this weekend or next week!