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Old December 11th, 2008, 03:09 PM
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Rain coming in the back of my 97 D-90 ST

There is a 1.5 inch gap where my soft top leaks into the back of my D-90, just over the swinging back tailgate.

Any way to address this in an attractive manner, or am I missing a part off my soft top? Just picked up the truck a month ago...

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Old December 11th, 2008, 03:15 PM
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Search "tailgate bar" do you have that?

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Old December 11th, 2008, 03:34 PM
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Last time I checked... Hella still had a stock of 3000's.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 08:11 PM
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There is a 1.5 inch gap where my soft top leaks into the back of my D-90, just over the swinging back tailgate.

Any way to address this in an attractive manner, or am I missing a part off my soft top? Just picked up the truck a month ago...
The stock Bestop does this - very typical. A badger top is much better as there are a couple inches of extra fabric that fold back when you close the door which prevents a gap.

That being said, these trucks leak. I just drove mine with the surrey on through a rainstorm today in Florida. As long as you don't stop the rain doesn't really get ya!
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Old December 12th, 2008, 08:23 AM
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The PO of mine had the rear of the top lengthened slightly by adding a bit of material just below the window. It's hardly noticable.

Which reminds me, I need to find a piece of scrap material like the tickford top material to make a repair.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 12:57 PM
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I used pipe insulation on mine. The 2" I believe that is already slit at Home Depot. I just slide the end of the window in it and it seemed to help. Not to mention it was a less then a dollar fix. I did it on the top around the doors too. I bought the stuff with the self adhesive for that area and then it lasted a winter or so.

Use the gray stuff and you hardly notice it, and they have a camper or window seal rubber trim that I did on the inside of the window frames that helped with the water issues too, especially melting snow.

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Old December 12th, 2008, 06:35 PM
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I've used the camper top foam weather stripping too. Works pretty good. You can probably put the sticky side down on the top of the rear door to block up that gap.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 06:49 PM
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Just FYI - the tailgate bar is supposed to have a piece of weatherstripping that slides into it. Its not secured, and easily slides out. When I ran my soft top (even crappy old bestop) this gap was never an issue and was adequately sealed with the piece of rubber.
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