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Old October 6th, 2013, 02:52 PM
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Leaking doors

So it rained here last night and I found out my rover has more leaks than the Iraqi navy.

I have half doors with the sliding windows and there is a large gap between the door and the body. Also the soft top does a superb job of insuring that any weather we are having makes it inside.

I searched through some threads and there was this manual mentioned that talked about steps to keep water out but I couldn't get a hold of it.

If anyone has any tips or tricks I'd love to have a dryer defender.
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Old October 6th, 2013, 04:26 PM
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Dryer defender is an oxymoron.
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Old October 6th, 2013, 04:40 PM
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Figured as much. Oh well I guess.
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Old October 6th, 2013, 05:02 PM
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Defender water ingress manual

http://www.landroverweb.com/landrove...sel-v8-petrol/

Also I have seen people place shims on the outer edge of the door bottom so that the tops will lean in slightly and seal a little better against the truck
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Old October 6th, 2013, 05:38 PM
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Thats what I was looking for, thanks!
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Old October 6th, 2013, 06:38 PM
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i know this is not going to be too helpful but...
I fixed it with a Badger Gutter kit (and top) and some SW roll up doors.

Not exactly an easy fix but worked very well.

Once you get the Doors lining up (you can man handle them somewhat and try resetting them on the door bottoms to see if you can get a better fit as well.

Chasing leaks is a part time job in a Defender I'm still doing it..
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Old October 6th, 2013, 07:56 PM
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Read through these posts. Work on getting the door tops angled in per JimC's recommendation(s). If all else fails, 1" peel and stick weather stripping from Home Depot will work wonders. Or use them both.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=7172
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Old October 6th, 2013, 09:52 PM
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Thanks Josh, seems like that'll be a simple fix now.
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We just had a good rain here and I had a chance to really look at my truck (D90 ST) and see where rain is entering. The good news is my top is fine. But the ST doors themselves seem to be the leak culprit. I don't understand the design of these silly door tops. Question (referencing pic below): Where is the rain that collects in the open / exposed window channel supposed to go? It seems to collect in the channel and then release into the lower portion of the door top through a 1/8" round hole inside the channel.

Is this water supposed to navigate its way out of the door top somewhere? Or am I missing a plug?

In my case the water seems to have leaked through all of the above, through the stud holes, into painted door bottom, down behind the plastic cover (inside panel of door bottom), and into the truck footwell. I think...

I have searched the water ingress manual and I don't see anything on this.

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We just had a good rain here and I had a chance to really look at my truck (D90 ST) and see where rain is entering. The good news is my top is fine. But the ST doors themselves seem to be the leak culprit. I don't understand the design of these silly door tops. Question (referencing pic below): Where is the rain that collects in the open / exposed window channel supposed to go? It seems to collect in the channel and then release into the lower portion of the door top through a 1/8" round hole inside the channel.

Is this water supposed to navigate its way out of the door top somewhere? Or am I missing a plug?

In my case the water seems to have leaked through all of the above, through the stud holes, into painted door bottom, down behind the plastic cover (inside panel of door bottom), and into the truck footwell. I think...

I have searched the water ingress manual and I don't see anything on this.

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Your footwell rain is likely from your vent seals. You may want to "upgrade" to the Series vent seals - Ronnie has installed a bunch of them and will probably do it for you if you ask him to.

Other than that, your door tops appear to be set-up properly. Take your door tops off and ensure that the drain holes line up with the slots marked in the rubber between the door tops and door bottoms.
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Old October 7th, 2013, 09:37 PM
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Your footwell rain is likely from your vent seals. You may want to "upgrade" to the Series vent seals - Ronnie has installed a bunch of them and will probably do it for you if you ask him to. Other than that, your door tops appear to be set-up properly. Take your door tops off and ensure that the drain holes line up with the slots marked in the rubber between the door tops and door bottoms.
thanks. I still have a bunch of water inside the door bottom. Maybe the door top isn't cranked down tight enough. Will take the top off tomorrow and give it a good once over - checking drain hole alignment etc. - and then tighten the studs/bolts real good.
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Thats weird I have the half doors with the sliding glass too but don't have that problem at all (Mine look like the ones on series IIIs almost). I guess they're that much more different than the NAS ones?
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