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Unread 05-09-2013, 01:43 PM   #1
modzeldp
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Windshield Cowl weather strip leak

I've noticed that water gets in under the seal between the windshield frame and the body(cowl). I replaced the seal and still had the problem. Then What I found was that the fiberglass body is sagging in the middle, so if you are to lay a straight edge across from one side to the other it has settled/sagged about 3/8" in the center. I'm thinking of ripping the dash all apart to install some type of reinforcement channel under the fiberglass. Has anyone else ran across a similar problem? If so what did you do to fix it?

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Unread 05-09-2013, 02:09 PM   #2
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Can't speak as to a fiberglass tub, but on my steel tub I threw a 3/4" door foam weather strip on the cowl side and haven't looked back since.
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Unread 01-15-2015, 02:16 PM   #3
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I finally got around to it, installed a channel under the bodt that spans from one windshield hinge across to the other and supports the center. Sag is gone, and now the leaks are sealed.
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Unread 01-16-2015, 06:50 PM   #4
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Take a look at posts 366 to 370

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/st...2/index25.html

Mine wasn't sagging but I wanted to make sure it didn't.
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Unread 01-16-2015, 10:04 PM   #5
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Can't speak as to a fiberglass tub, but on my steel tub I threw a 3/4" door foam weather strip on the cowl side and haven't looked back since.
Do you mean you replaced the OEM style gasket with some 3/4" single sided foam?
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Unread 01-18-2015, 09:38 PM   #6
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I've heard of this from other owners of fiberglass tubs. On my cj7 (fiberglass) it always leaked. When I rebuilt her I put a straight edge and it sagged about 1/8". I built it up with body filler when I did the body. That and a new seal and it hasn't leaked since. The cj8 I'm building now has a metal tub and it sagged less than 1/8" which I built up with filler also. The gasket usually doesn't seal this (I'm guessing because the gasket is so stiff) so you have to build it up with something.
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