Sunroof install - Help Needed - Defender Source
Defender Source  

Go Back   Defender Source > Defender & Series Technical Discussions > Defender Technical Discussions


Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old September 16th, 2010, 10:57 PM
stnmikita's Avatar
stnmikita
Status: Offline
Brian
1995 Defender SW
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 50
Sunroof install - Help Needed

Ok forum folks, I'm hoping someone else has already solved this problem and has some suggestions.

I just replaced my '95 D-90 SW glass sunroof with the solid aluminum drop-in piece from RoversDownSouth.

All has gone well until the last step, installing the final piece of black rubber trim that covers the area between the edge of the sunroof border and the headliner. There is a groove in the aluminum border of the sunroof where the trim piece is pressed in. It is fairly easy to connect the trim piece to the straight sides of the sunroof border but the curves are virtually impossible. The straight trim piece refuses to bend/mold to the curves and simply will not follow the contour or cover the gap between the edge of the sunroof and the headliner.

I've sweated, cursed, and re-started the process too many times to count. This last little piece is all that stands between me and the completion of this project. I'm hoping that the more experienced will have some tips before I have to break down and take this to someone who may know what they are doing.

Thanks in advance for any help!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old September 17th, 2010, 02:13 PM
nikojo's Avatar
nikojo
Status: Offline
John
D90 SW -- 2.8PS
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Fly over Country
Posts: 587
See if you can post some pictures......that might help.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old September 17th, 2010, 02:27 PM
tjfslaughter's Avatar
tjfslaughter
Status: Offline
thomas
Burbon
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NorthEast
Posts: 4,563
you might have to notch the weatherstripping to make a sharp curve (similar to kerf cuts in wood).

Before you do that post pics.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old September 18th, 2010, 12:40 AM
stnmikita's Avatar
stnmikita
Status: Offline
Brian
1995 Defender SW
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 50
Thank you for the suggestions. Here is the latest:

I spoke to the good folks at Rovers North this morning and they were kind enough to track down an actual instruction sheet (something conspicuously missing from my box of parts). The gentleman I spoke with was about to fax it to me when I asked if he could just read the relevant portion to me over the phone before going to the trouble. I'm glad he did because in typical Land Rover fashion the instructions were as follows:

"Press the rubber trim piece into the groove around the interior frame of the sunroof."

I thanked him and told him no need to fax that 'vital' information.

Ultimately, the problem was solved by using the old trim piece from the former glass sunroof. It's old, used, and sort of faded, but it is 'pre-curved' from years of being installed and it fits the gap between the headliner and the sunroof exactly. Do I feel great about this solution? Not really, but it works and looks fine, just not new and shiny. I plan to take the new (and unused) trim piece with me on my next trip to Annapurna where I will light it on fire and fling it from the top of the summit. It should be fairly cathartic.

Thanks again for the suggestions and for those that took the time to read this.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old September 18th, 2010, 09:41 AM
EWR's Avatar
EWR
Status: Offline
Carey
1954 CJ-3B
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Maine
Posts: 558
The new trim fits just fine, have done a few. It's a pain in the arse, but it does go. Try some dish soap(small amount) and it helps lube the track. It does go in there.
__________________
What tree?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old September 19th, 2010, 02:07 PM
diesel_jim's Avatar
diesel_jim
Status: Offline
Jamie Austin
1992 110 Td5 CSW & 1989 MB G-Wagen
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Wiltshire, UK
Posts: 1,449
Also, with rubber trims (like the one that holds the door mirror glass in place), try warming it up in a pan of water on your oven (or stick it in a bucket, boil the kettle and pour the contents into the bucket*) . that'll soften it up a bit


* Caution: Water may be hot.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Defender Source > Defender & Series Technical Discussions > Defender Technical Discussions

Tags
roof, sunroof

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Skills needed to install AC aosias Defender Technical Discussions 5 April 26th, 2009 10:41 AM
'97 D90 radio install help Defender50th Defender Technical Discussions 0 October 18th, 2005 03:19 PM
Fiberglass top install Joe P Defender Technical Discussions 3 July 6th, 2005 01:21 PM
I'm in trouble w/ the Mrs.. pix of Full Rack install needed paulb Defender Technical Discussions 5 June 6th, 2005 09:40 PM
Bolt length needed to install Dixon Bate ronward Defender Technical Discussions 2 September 11th, 2004 06:05 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:22 AM.


Copyright