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post #1 of 36 Old 09-19-2021, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Got me a hard top! Darn, it leaks.

So, I found an early hard top for my 06. Problem is, the darned thing leaks at the rear glass.

Is there supposed to be a seal on the top edge of the tailgate when installing a hard top?

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post #2 of 36 Old 09-19-2021, 12:47 PM
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There's a gasket on the bottom of the rear window?

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post #3 of 36 Old 09-19-2021, 01:42 PM
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I have all of my seals, and mine still leaks. I assume it is coming in at the back, but it is just something I have dealt with.
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i got a hard to to stop the leaks from my soft top.
the hard top leaked worse!
i was quite annoyed.

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post #5 of 36 Old 09-19-2021, 05:19 PM
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The top leaks on my son's 03 at the top left side. I notice the rubber gaskets around the hinges are rotted and the window glass was bowing from the support shocks. I took one of the shocks off as a test and the bow in the glass laid down and let the window sit against the rubber window seal.

Unhook the lift shocks and see if the glass sits better?

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post #6 of 36 Old 09-20-2021, 08:11 AM
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Hard tops on a TJ are only good for one thing..........$800 if you're lucky. There's no other reason to have one, other than you need the exercise removing it.

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post #7 of 36 Old 09-21-2021, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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it's been raining the last couple of days, so it took me a bit to snap a picture.

With so much rain the past couple of months, I took the hard top off because I was tired of mopping up the back.

My old 98 TJ (with hard top) had a piece of plastic trim on the top edge of the tailgate when I bought it. Always assumed it was factory, now I'm questioning that.

Here's a pic of the rear glass. It appears that rear seal is a two-piece assembly?

thanks!

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post #8 of 36 Old 09-21-2021, 10:52 AM
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i don't remember anything on top of my son's tailgate that sealed against the hard top

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post #9 of 36 Old 09-25-2021, 01:20 PM
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Hard tops on a TJ are only good for one thing..........$800 if you're lucky. There's no other reason to have one, other than you need the exercise removing it.
Boo! For 3,000 mile road trips over two weeks, a hard top IS worth it.


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a buddy just bought one this past weekend and he got lucky and got it for 1500. most of the ones we saw on craigslist and facebook, for our area, were going for around 2k.


but i agree on having the hard top for trips. its way more comfortable. i would take the top off on my wrangler and put a bikini on and we always took it to 6 flags. its about a two hour drive from my house to there. we would be so dehydrated by the time we got there, we would just go straight to the drink place and get drinks. and we would bring a pack of water on the trip but the hot texas air would just suck the moisture from your body when the wind is buffeting you for that long. the kids said they wanted to put the top back on the next time so they could have ac instead.

normally though, for around town, they loved the top off and the windshield down

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Hardtops are useful. I run soft top in summer and hard top in winter. Best of both worlds.
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post #12 of 36 Old 09-28-2021, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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Hardtops are useful. I run soft top in summer and hard top in winter. Best of both worlds.
Yep. I'm grateful for a hard top on long road trips (reduces noise fatigue) and during the winter.

I ordered a couple of seals from Quadratec and they came in. I can see the difference in old vs. new. I think that'll do the job, but I won't have time to install them until next week.
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post #13 of 36 Old 09-28-2021, 08:41 AM
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The seal in your picture looked pretty dirty, did you try cleaning it to see if that would help?

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Yep. I'm grateful for a hard top on long road trips (reduces noise fatigue) and during the winter.
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Only if you have a cheaper brand soft top.
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Hardtops are useful. I run soft top in summer and hard top in winter. Best of both worlds.
Why? Please elaborate on your theory and I will shoot it down for you. I've had both in over 3' of snow driving. I drive for a living too.

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