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Old June 28th, 2011, 07:40 PM
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wingtop diamond plate covers

Quick question for those of you who fitted aluminum diamond plate wingtops on your vehicles. Did you use any kind of sealant/cauking between the diamond plate panel and the fender, prior to installing the rivets? Any thoughts, pros/cons on doing this? Thanks.
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Old June 28th, 2011, 08:02 PM
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I haven't done mine yet. It would worry me if you seal them and do not get a 100% seal. When you rivet it make sure that you use alm rivets.
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Old June 29th, 2011, 11:44 AM
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I have aluminum rivets for the wings. Do you think water, dirt, etc getting inbetween the parts would be a big deal? I would not think that a whole lot of stuff could get trapped under there, but I am curious about whether it has been an issue for anyone who has had this installed for a while.
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Old June 29th, 2011, 11:52 AM
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I used some pond liner from home depot as a layer between my chequer and wing. no caulking. hasn't been an issue.
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Old June 29th, 2011, 12:42 PM
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I bought mine from Rovers North and they came with a thin layer of foam-like material with an adhesive on one side. You stick the foam to the diamond plate and then screw the thing down on the wings. I haven't removed them since they were installed but they seem fine.
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Old June 29th, 2011, 08:00 PM
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I have removed several that have been in place for years and there is no issue with using sealant or not. Some foam strips may keep the the wings and the wingtop covers from making noise, but the dirt and stuff caked in there from a rusty east coast defender just cleaned off. Note of caution - use a "keyed" rivnut when you are doing the install. Even with anti-seize, the bolts and the rivnuts want to become one. If you use a keyed rivnut, the key will help to prevent the rivnut from turning when you do want to take the wingtop cover off.
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Old June 29th, 2011, 08:45 PM
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Thanks for all these great ideas! Should be installed within the next couple of days.
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I am with chris on using the rivnuts. You can buy the rivnut gun at Harbor freight for $15 and I got aluminum rivnuts from fastnel as the stell ones kept breaking the mandrel on the cheap rivnut gun. I removed mine to have them powder coated and there was no layer of anything between the protector and the wing. My fender did not get all scratched up with the wing tops on.
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thin sheet of rubber cut and spray adhesived onto the plate then bolted down
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Old July 6th, 2011, 06:06 AM
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If you go with trenton suggestion maybe cutup a bicycle tire for you rubber strips. That is a pretty cheep way to go.
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Old July 6th, 2011, 06:22 PM
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Land Rover makes a pre cut foam for these as mentioned by Matt when he got his from RN.
What I would do is adhere it to the bottom of the cp then install it.
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