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post #1 of 7 Old 07-09-2018, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Temporary fix for sky slider

Well After owning this KK 2012 with sky slider that was screwed down at the four corners.

It has started to leak really bad.

I noticed that the fabric was getting saturated and not repelling water.

So I got 6 cans of flex-seal black.
2 cans of flex-shot clear.
Some 1/2in wide 1/8 thick aluminum strips
Some 1 1/2 in long aluminum sheet metal screws.

Noticed that under the rubber seal there was nothing to seal to the body of the jeep.
So I put a bead of flex-shot under the rubber flap that contacts the body of the jeep and let that cure for a day.

The next day I masked off the roof from the fabric and man that fabric soaked up the flex-seal.
It took nearly 5 full cans to get good coverage.
I let that cure for 4 hours.
I took out the screws and put down a bead of flex-shot under the front and rear flaps that have a metal brace.
Used the new screws to screw them down. This time 4 screws each evenly spaced out.

Orig I was planing on 2in spacing on the screws to hold down the aluminum strips.
After starting one I noticed that 2in was too far apart , it started to bow up. So I had to go to 1 1/2 in.
Put another bead of flex-shot under the fabric side and the rubber seal then put on the aluminum strip.

Pre-drilling all these holes and driving those screws took a toll on me and the drill battery.
So I finished up one side and will have to go get more screws tomorrow and finish up.
Hopefully before TS Chris puts rain in my area later this week.

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-09-2018, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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I hope this lasts until I can afford to get a roof skin and have it welded in and repainted.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-10-2018, 06:37 AM
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Man, your post brings it home to me. I also have a 2011 70th Liberty with a Sky Slider. My Jeep only has a little over 40,000 on it and for the most part everything including the Sky Slider works great even tho I don't use the Sky Slider for fear it will break. I really like the truck but I still think it would be best to sell it while everything is still working great. Unfortunately, there is not another truck out there that I like as much as I like the Liberty, even with all it's gremlins.

I have been thinking if the top ever started leaking I would replace it with a fiberglass top. I think that installing a fiberglass top would be very effective and way less of a hassle than welding in a metal top and having body work and paint to do after installing. A textured black fiberglass top with a rubber edge glued and bolted to the metal roof would work for me. It would have to be a clean job cause my Jeep looks new still and I want to keep the value up on it since I recently paid big $$$ for it.
Good Luck, Alan

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post #4 of 7 Old 07-10-2018, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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I would love to do a fiberglass top but that is almost as expensive as welding a new roof skin for me as I have never worked with fiberglass.

If some one would make a one and has produce it that would be great since Chrysler is going to do nothing over that POS
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-10-2018, 06:09 PM
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Just find a boat repair shop in your area. They work with fiberglass every day. I would guess they could form a rectangular top with the right curves and I bet it could be done for under $500.00 tops. I am handy enough to install it. If there was a way to leave the frame that holds the headliner in place as it is now, that would be a plus. If not, I could figure that out too.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-12-2018, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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All finished.
I just need to clean up a bit of excess sealant.
Just in time for some rain to hit the raleigh area this week.
Used about 90 screws and 5 cans of flex-seal and 2 cans of cedar flex-shot.

Can't wait to take it out on the highway and see how much wind noise it has cut out.
I am thinking of getting some nylon pillow stuffing and putting it in between the cloth roof and the cloth headliner
to act as extra sound absorbing.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-19-2018, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Update.
I have taken it out on the Highway and put it up to 85 and wow what a difference in wind noise level.
It is almost like there isn't a cloth top at all.

And it has rained cats and dogs 5 times and not a drop leaked in.
I will call this a great result for a temp fix.

Well worth the Nearly $150.00 in materials.
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