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post #46 of 69 (permalink) Old 03-22-2019, 11:19 AM
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So here's what Smoothline sent w/my hardtop. I can't lay it out straight due to it being below freezing in the garage. Even though it is one piece I'm assuming you're meant to cut it in half. It's hard to get unclose detail due to the light and low quality cell phone.



Now that I see the pics of the area of the seals that you want I will take some pics tomorrow. The car is still in storage, and it's currently raining, but it's suppose to be sunny tomorrow so I should be able to pull it out of the garage. BTW, I don't drive the car in the rain, and I didn't adjust the side windows to better seal with the hardtop. I do know that when I wash it water will come in around the side windows and under the back seal. So I minimize directing the hose nozzle toward those areas.
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post #47 of 69 (permalink) Old 03-22-2019, 11:38 AM
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Choptops...thats the super tiny drip guard molding they sent with yours too isn't it? You are right it is worthless!
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Also criggleman could you get close up picks from under and behind where the weatherstrip goes into the cars windshield weatherstrip? I need to know if your weatherstrip is not fastened to the top for the last 4 inches or so before it goes into the windshield weatherstrip...
Hey MattM, I think these three shots might help you out. It looks like that last bit that you can't figure out how to put on was adhered on my top with some clear RTV. As you can see in the one close up it looks like mine is starting to wear a little and I need to redo it. I never had leak issues before this winter but now that I think about it, when I had it out a couple of months ago it did leak some and I'm pretty sure that's why.

This first shot is how I always tucked the smoothline seal into the seal on my car. Also you can see the RTV used to adhere the last bit of the smoothline seal.



Probably a better shot of the RTV.



Window up but you can see how the RTV is a little loose and the seal is a little low. I need to fix that.



I hope these help. Let me know if you need any others.
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Passenger side, hard to see but there's about a 1/8 gap between the seal and the window so it would definitely leak in a rain storm.


However as I said, I believe in order to get a tight seal with the hardtop you have to adjust the windows. I don't see the sense in doing that if you have to turn around and readjust them again when going back to the soft top.

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Holy ****!!!!! Clear etc sealant!!!!! I never even thought to use that!!!! That makes sense now!

Criggleman how about the drip guard above the window. Any idea what that might be? Is it l shaped wraps around the edge?
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I'm definitely using that etc sealant trick!!!!

When I get home after work I'll take pics of what I did for my driver side window. It looks like absolute garbage but I think it seals.

Essentially what I did was to use a shape weatherstrip and wedge in where there were gaps. Choptops. The a shape weatherstrip might fix your problem with the passenger side gap as well...then when you put the soft top up you can just pull the z shape off. It's really cheap on Amazon btw.
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Sorry meant it to say z shape weatherstrip every time I talk about weatherstrip.
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Choptops. Your window really cuts in low and seals low in the weather stripping. I can see how it would push that area up and help seal. I'd have to modify my window to get it to do that.
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BTW...I wanted to thank you CRiggelman and Choptop for taking the time to help me with this! It really was killing me (and probably the interior of my car)!!
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I'm thinking about going with something like one of the following two "fender protector kits" in carbon fiber as the "drip guard" for my top. Don' know how it would look but...It would keep water from washing over the sides right into that weatherstrip. I'm buying two versions to check. Hoping one will look good and will work well.

Tell me what you guys think:
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Ok....So....I'm thinking I fixed the leaking with the z shape weatherstrip and was anxious to get home tonight (since it was raining).

Well suffice it to say based on this picture:
Smoothline Hard Top Installed!-flooded-interior.jpg

That didn't happen. Super flooded!!!!!!!

Here is what I tried to do with the z shape weatherstrip (it obviously didn't work):
Smoothline Hard Top Installed!-partial-z-shape-weatherstrip.jpg

Here is a pic of what I'm trying to do now with a longer strip of the z shape weatherstrip. I'm hoping it will work (probably won't though):
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So here's what Smoothline sent w/my hardtop. I can't lay it out straight due to it being below freezing in the garage. Even though it is one piece I'm assuming you're meant to cut it in half. It's hard to get unclose detail due to the light and low quality cell phone.



Now that I see the pics of the area of the seals that you want I will take some pics tomorrow. The car is still in storage, and it's currently raining, but it's suppose to be sunny tomorrow so I should be able to pull it out of the garage. BTW, I don't drive the car in the rain, and I didn't adjust the side windows to better seal with the hardtop. I do know that when I wash it water will come in around the side windows and under the back seal. So I minimize directing the hose nozzle toward those areas.
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Hey MattM, I think these three shots might help you out. It looks like that last bit that you can't figure out how to put on was adhered on my top with some clear RTV. As you can see in the one close up it looks like mine is starting to wear a little and I need to redo it. I never had leak issues before this winter but now that I think about it, when I had it out a couple of months ago it did leak some and I'm pretty sure that's why.

This first shot is how I always tucked the smoothline seal into the seal on my car. Also you can see the RTV used to adhere the last bit of the smoothline seal.



Probably a better shot of the RTV.



Window up but you can see how the RTV is a little loose and the seal is a little low. I need to fix that.



I hope these help. Let me know if you need any others.
Hey guys, have an update. I bought a bunch of different types of the "fender flares" for a rain/drop guard for the top. One of them came in and I'm liking the color of it (it perfectly matches the color type of carbon fibre on the top now)! It also stands far out from the window which I think/hope will if not eliminate all the water hitting the weatherstriping and leaking in at least slow the leake down to a very slow drip. I've attached to pics of my wife holding the "rain guard" to the hard top.

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So, I did install the one fender guard I had onto the driver side of the top. I don't think it takes away from the look of the hardtop at all, and I definitely think it will help with controlling the water leaking in. Does that mean it will stop it entirely? I don't know yet. It definitely did help keep water away from the weatherstriping that came on the hardtop which I think is going to completely stop leaking from there at least. Here are two pics of the "hardtop lip" installed over the driver's side. I'll have to wait to install the passenger side until this weekend since they were ordered separately.
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Here are better pics to see what it looks like on the car...
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Do you get additional wind noise from them?

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