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Old August 17th, 2010, 06:10 PM
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Bending door tops?

Installed a great new Badger I FDS top not long ago, but the door tops do not make a seal with the soft top (see attached picture). In particular, the top rear part of the door tops leaves a big gap where water/wind pour in. I spoke with Chris at Badger, who recommended bending the door top inwards, and suggested that I ask folks on D-90.com the best way to do that.

Any guidance on bending the sliding-glass door tops inwards to make a tighter seal against the soft top?
I should note that these same door tops made an excellent seal against my fiberglass hard top. I'm not opposed to bending them, just wanted to throw that out for what its worth.

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Old August 17th, 2010, 06:52 PM
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I slipped zip ties into the outside seal tube to lean the top of the door inward. Works great. I'll find the pix and post 'em...
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Do you have the plastic sleeves on the studs? If not, loosen the bolts and you should have a good bit of adjustment. If not, stick your knee in the door (top part right below the door top where there is steel) and pull inwards. All it will do is bend the studs to tighten the top up.
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No plastic sleeves - I will have at it with knee-to-the-door technique.

Update: The bending worked great. I think it fixed about 75% of the gap. I was afraid I'd break something if I bent them in much further. Mike, I'd still like to see what you're referring to with the zip ties.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 09:28 PM
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Thumbs up Zip Tie Trick

I slipped two zip ties (one on top of the other) into the entire length of the door seal outer bump (for lack of a better word...) This gives a firm surface to act against the outer door top edge. Works great with no leaks.
FWIW, I recommend SS door top studs and coat the inside of the bores with antiseize for good measure.

Good luck...
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On a side note, have you guys noticed that the galvanized gutters dump rain out of their ends? My truck leaks worse with the gutter kit than before. The rain pours down the front edge of the door and onto my dash, down my bulkhead (!!), and down onto the floorboard. I'm thinking that maybe I need to make some plugs out of RTV in the ends of the gutters to keep the water from pouring out there.
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No plastic sleeves - I will have at it with knee-to-the-door technique.

Update: The bending worked great. I think it fixed about 75% of the gap. I was afraid I'd break something if I bent them in much further. Mike, I'd still like to see what you're referring to with the zip ties.
If you loosen them a bit, you can probably get the last 25% as you do not have the sleeves. Frankly, sleeves are a mixed bag, in some ways they make them more stable and better fitting but they do sieze in the holes.
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On a side note, have you guys noticed that the galvanized gutters dump rain out of their ends? My truck leaks worse with the gutter kit than before. The rain pours down the front edge of the door and onto my dash, down my bulkhead (!!), and down onto the floorboard. I'm thinking that maybe I need to make some plugs out of RTV in the ends of the gutters to keep the water from pouring out there.
Use window puddy. It stays pliable (if you ever need to remove or adjust the drain channels) and it seals well. Since I installed the drain channels, I have no leaks what so ever around the door tops. Pure nirvana...

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