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Old November 29th, 2015, 09:20 PM
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Fiberglass hardtop for Christmas tree!

I just reinstalled my NAS fiberglass hardtop yesterday for winter. Took me about 3 1/2 hours largely alone except for when my wife helped me put the long upper piece on last. Most of the time spent was on making sure that top piece was lined up correctly around where it screws into the windshield header and also around where the NAS roll cage goes from outside to inside the vehicle. That definitely took some massaging.

While I'm not looking forward to doing this again next year I think taking my time paid off. It is really well sealed with no drafts or wind noise. I used some 3M strip caulk around the windshield header corners and around the rubber grommets again where the roll cage comes inside.

Looks great and we were able to get our Christmas tree on it today now that the soft top is put away!
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Old November 29th, 2015, 10:42 PM
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Old November 29th, 2015, 10:58 PM
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I never noticed it leaking in the rain but the few times I did take it through a brushless high pressure car wash it did near one alpine window and rear hatch where it meets the tailgate.

Then again it wouldn't be a Defender if it didn't leak!
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I have stopped leaks on mine by running a bead of non-permanent silicone btwn the header bar and the hard top and also around the screws that attach the top to the header bar. Those cupped indentations on the top for the headerbar screws catch water and that is the main intrusion spot. Also closed cell foam tape btwn the different sections of the top.

The silicone I have used is designed to temporarily seal household windows for the winter.

I have been putting the fiberglass hardtop on for winters since about 2002 (but skipped a couple winters thru the years and will probably skip this winter as well - it is a bit time consuming if you do it solo)

I like the look of your top painted
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