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09-07-2021 04:09 PM
robblue6412
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Originally Posted by gutthans View Post
Did you clean the inside face of the rubber with acetone first??? The rubber is coated from the manufacturer with a teflon-based mold release and this will not bond well (obviously). You'll need a new strip of two-sided because the TFE will transfer onto it rendering that side not so sticky now.
Thanks - I didn't know this! So far as time has gone on the seal is sticking better to the tape. Next time I will keep this in mind.
06-16-2021 11:10 AM
gutthans Did you clean the inside face of the rubber with acetone first??? The rubber is coated from the manufacturer with a teflon-based mold release and this will not bond well (obviously). You'll need a new strip of two-sided because the TFE will transfer onto it rendering that side not so sticky now.
06-16-2021 10:34 AM
bob4703
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Originally Posted by orange150 View Post
I can't believe this got brought up! I emailed Steele Rubber to see if they could produce GOOD cowl seals, this was their reply to me:

I will pass this information to the parts team for review. Do you have an original part in case they want to use this as a pattern ?

Does anyone have any original specs or anything of this seal?
That's where I got my last one. https://www.steelerubber.com/windshi...rip-70-3004-42

Of course if you have anything newer than a 75 you are SOL.
06-16-2021 07:17 AM
robblue6412
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Originally Posted by Matt1981CJ7 View Post
I used this stuff to secure mine. It worked well.
Thanks Matt, I ordered some up!
06-16-2021 06:53 AM
robblue6412
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Originally Posted by orange150 View Post
Does anyone have any original specs or anything of this seal?
I don't have original specs, and I think that seems like an odd request from them. Almost sounds like a "go away" response.

I used the Fairchild seal (https://www.quadratec.com/products/22501_11.htm) and it fit very well. I've had great success with Fairchild seals - also used one for my windshield. They are good quality and have fit perfectly each time.
06-16-2021 06:47 AM
Matt1981CJ7 I used this stuff to secure mine. It worked well.

Matt
06-16-2021 06:43 AM
orange150 I can't believe this got brought up! I emailed Steele Rubber to see if they could produce GOOD cowl seals, this was their reply to me:

I will pass this information to the parts team for review. Do you have an original part in case they want to use this as a pattern ?

Does anyone have any original specs or anything of this seal?
06-16-2021 06:36 AM
robblue6412 Purchased the 3M "super strength" moulding tape from Amazon and it didn't do as well as I hoped. It sticks great to the steel, but doesn't want much to do with the rubber seal. I'm going to roll with it for a little while and tackle some more important tasks on the never-ending CJ project. Heck, maybe after sitting in a warm garage for a couple days, it will decide to stick to the seal a little more.
If anyone comes up with a two-sided tape that works better, I'm all ears
06-10-2021 12:34 PM
Axhammer When I had to repair my damaged wiper linkage I bought replacement linkage. It came with leather gaskets for each WW arm shaft, so I used them, and they donít leak.

As far as my cowl to windshield frame seal goes, mine is old and probably the original OEM seal. Until I pull my tub for repaint, I just used a piece of black Gorilla tape, and it hasnít leaked a drop.

Iím not saying it is for everyone, but for my current situation it works fine.
06-10-2021 09:10 AM
robblue6412 This looks like it may work well. Going to order it up, see how it goes on, and report back.

https://www.amazon.com/3M-03609-Scot...927541277&th=1
06-09-2021 06:34 PM
hp_lovecraft Mine used to leak. I bought generic thick window seal from walmart, and placed under the cowl seal. Hasnt leaked in 10 years now.

I also ran a thin window seal all around the door on my Meyer Top. Seals air-tight. No draft, and I can drive all winter rather toasty
06-09-2021 03:39 PM
keith460
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Originally Posted by Demaggg View Post
What kind of tape is that? Could 3M stuff that's used for moldings be used? I have seen some that's pretty thin.

That's the type I'm using and is a good choice.
06-09-2021 03:34 PM
keith460
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Originally Posted by robblue6412 View Post
Keith, what is the item number of that 3M tape you used there? I like that because it is so thin. I purchased a roll of butyl tape, but it is so thick that it's going to mess with the fitment of the seal against the windshield frame.

I don't remember what I'm using now as it has been years since putting it on. But I can tell you the first tape I used, the one in the above photo, was thin poster tape and it did not hold up well over a short period of time. It lost its tackiness and the seal pulled away.


I know the new tape I'm using I might have bought from Amazon and I have some spare at home but currently away on business so can't give you details or part numbers for it. I looked through my Amazon purchasing history and came up empty. Maybe I got it from NAPA, don't know offhand.
06-09-2021 11:53 AM
Demaggg The tape I found in my tool box is marked Scotch 35 Extreme mounting tape Its an inch wide and .400 thick ,its sticky as [email protected] It looks pretty much like the stuff I have left over from reinstalling some body side moldings marked 3M and a hair thicker. I just bought a seal from American Performance products. They list country of origin as USA (seeing is believing) $38 plus shipping. Would love to know what tape Keith460 is using. Thanks for the help!
06-09-2021 09:02 AM
InjectedCJ7
Cowl seal leak

Demaggg,
I have some very recent experience with my CJ7 that may help you. I had a serious leak in the windshield/cowl/frame area, and it came from multiple issues. Here is the link to my reply on a similar thread,

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/w...l#post41280885

Iím sure your issues will be different, since I have a fiberglass tub with a YJ (I think) windshield frame (all from previous owner). The main improvement I got was putting the closed cell foam on the cowl surface, which helped ensure a tight compression of the seal. After I did this and tested in the next rain, I discovered that water was getting around the glass seal and dripping down the windshield frame. I sealed around the entire rubber seal with Permatex glass sealer, and the next drive, in a downpour, was almost completely dry. I traced the only remaining leak to a very slow drip at the wiper shaft hole. Turns out there were no gaskets here at all. I made a couple of gaskets and put them in yesterday. My next test drive will be soon, as rain is in the forecast. Hopefully, Iíve got it fixed! Iím also interested in Keithís reply on the tape. I plan to do that as well, even though I donít think any water is leaking in this area. Good luck!

John
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