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Unread 10-22-2011, 08:59 AM   #1
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Time to throw the ol hardtop back on...seal questions

Hello all,

Well i'm about to get the hardtop back out. I plan on painting it, putting my monsta on my tub, and sealing it all up in one weekend. Just had a question on the seals.

My corner seals are fine, and i'm going to use weatherstripping from somewhere like Lowes on the tub area. But, where's the best place to buy the hard door seals from? I've searched and quadratec seems a little pricey, i may just bite the bullet though because it needs them bad.

Also, all my sheetmetal screws have stripped the windshield, i was looking at this:

http://www.quadratec.com/products/13022_00.htm

If i dont go with this kit, you guys have any other suggestions?



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Unread 10-22-2011, 09:08 AM   #2
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I just bought large sheet metal screws( one size up) and not over tighten them. There is also pop nuts that could work too.
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For those who have not figured this out I'm old school but can handle the new too.
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Unread 10-22-2011, 10:05 AM   #3
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Probably not what you'de want to do if you're that concerned about fully sealing everything. My last 3 tops, I tried the larger screws each time, and eventually just ended up with holes too big to work with. I just took a small drill bit and drilled new holes a cpl inches over from each hole, use some smaller screws and have never had a problem. Don't notice leaks or drafts from the previous holes either. Hate looking at the old holes, but alot better than screws rattling out every 2 weeks. I know there is also a kit you can buy that will give you clamps like the tj, designed for the yj. Hope this helps.

***also..just noticed the kit you were referring to is the one i was thinking of, seems like it'de do the trick as well.
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Unread 10-22-2011, 03:37 PM   #4
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seals???? screws????

honestly, never had any seals between my tub and hardtop. nor any screws holding my hardtop to my windshield frame. sure she can be drafty........but if i can handle it in canada; south carolina should be very tolerable. heck, i doubt i'd even put my hard top on in SC...........................
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Unread 10-22-2011, 06:16 PM   #5
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here is a good way to fix those stripped out holes..
http://www.rivetsinstock.com/rivet-n...-k-series.html
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A 89 yj with a 4.0 aw4 sye out of an 92xj. Now the hard part is done time to get it up in the air just a bit. Working on 8.8 with 3.73 and lsd for the rear. and new D30 hp with 3.73 .
For those who have not figured this out I'm old school but can handle the new too.
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im just cheap, and cheap makes you creative.
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Unread 10-23-2011, 07:20 AM   #6
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This has worked for me. The mounting holes over the windshield are very stretched out.

I got speednuts (sort of like this http://www.pointe-products.com/itemc...tal-Speed-Nuts) from Home Depot, but instead of putting them on the lip of the windshield, I used them backwards and put them on the lip of the hardtop and ran the screw through them. The screw passes through the hole on the windshield (keeping the top from moving) but does not actually engage threads any more on the windshield.

It's crude, but it does the job.


BTW while searching for a pic of this, I found a potentially useful site:

http://www.clipsandfasteners.com/?Click=2
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Unread 10-23-2011, 09:15 AM   #7
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here is a good way to fix those stripped out holes..
http://www.rivetsinstock.com/rivet-n...-k-series.html
Did you use these? If so, how are they holding up?
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Unread 10-23-2011, 09:58 AM   #8
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Did you use these? If so, how are they holding up?
Have not tried them yet but from reading on here and other place they report back that they work.
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A 89 yj with a 4.0 aw4 sye out of an 92xj. Now the hard part is done time to get it up in the air just a bit. Working on 8.8 with 3.73 and lsd for the rear. and new D30 hp with 3.73 .
For those who have not figured this out I'm old school but can handle the new too.
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im just cheap, and cheap makes you creative.
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Unread 10-23-2011, 11:03 AM   #9
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seals???? screws????

honestly, never had any seals between my tub and hardtop. nor any screws holding my hardtop to my windshield frame. sure she can be drafty........but if i can handle it in canada; south carolina should be very tolerable. heck, i doubt i'd even put my hard top on in SC...........................
It can get pretty cold here in SC especially here in the upstate. I dont use any weather stripping with my hard top and its only attached with 6 bolts on the tub.
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Unread 10-23-2011, 01:57 PM   #10
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I don't use any screws on my windshield either. Only 6 bolts on the tub.

I got my hard door seals from the vendor on here a1 auto
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