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Unread 02-10-2015, 06:17 PM   #1
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98 TJ Full door seals/WS replacement advice

I have a 98 TJ that I need to replace the door seals on, and I am lucky enough to have the plastic channels still on the doors. I know you can only get the updated seal design with the clips that hold it vs. the channel. None of the seals come with a template for the addition holes that need to be drilled for the clips. Does any know where I would be able to acquire a template, if maybe the clips line up with the holes the channel uses, or a good accurate method to mark and drill.

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Unread 02-10-2015, 07:41 PM   #2
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I ran into this when I got a set of 98 half doors for my 02. I had never seen the channels before and found out the channels was only used for the 98 models.

Anyway, I pulled the channels off, got some clips from NAPA, put them into the hollow of the seal. Worked them to about 8-10 inches apart. Then drilled matching holes around the body of the door.
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Unread 02-10-2015, 08:24 PM   #3
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Did any of the holes on the seal line up with the stock channel holes ? The reason I ask is it need a starting and ending point, I would think, and a way to keep it taunt.
You were able to use the seal as the template ? Did you leave it on and drill through the hole for the clip; or mark it, move it and drill.
BTW how many holes did you need to drill ?
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I have new seals for my doors. I've fitted one and removed it, purely because I want to creases in the seal to relax so it doesn't kink where the folds and twists were due to packing. I had water getting past the seal where the kink was. Both my new seals are lying on a spare bed and seem to have taken their normal shape in the warmth of the house.

I have the channels on my 97 and the seal seats fine in them. There are only two clips that line up with holes in the doors. Those clips are near level with the outer door handle. The two clips that fit have another clip between them that had to be removed as there is no hole in the door. I think my seals are Metro brand. Quite a bit different to the design of my 97 seals but I think they should seal better if the kink settles out properly.
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Unread 02-11-2015, 11:16 PM   #5
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Did you pull out all the clips that were supposed to line the bottom portion and use the stock/existing channel ?
Were you able to fit it in the channel so it would not fall or sag
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Only the two clips near the outer door handle were left in the seal, the rest were removed and the seal fitted fine in the channels with no sagging.
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Unread 02-12-2015, 06:34 PM   #7
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Judging by the part number I think the ones I ordered were made by crown. I hope I get lucky and the fit the channel correctly/snugly with no snagging. Sounds like you got lucky, hope I do too.
I would prefer to not do any drilling. I will set them out in my house when received so they can straighten, decompress, etc. thanks.
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Unread 03-03-2015, 09:44 PM   #8
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Has any one used the OEM Jeep seals ? The after market ones I got leak worse than the 15 year old stockers. BTW mine fit in the channels perfectly as well. It just seemed the entire seal did not have enough material to seal well enough.
It looks like I am going to be buy OEM ones.
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