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Old March 6th, 2006, 02:24 PM
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Wingtop protectors

I recently bought some black anodized wingtop protecotrs. I'd like to install them this month when the cold weather breaks. I read somewhere that people lay a layer of neoprene down under them to protect the wingtops. Any thoughts??? If so, where would I find a couple pieces?
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Old March 6th, 2006, 03:17 PM
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The OEM comes with a layer of foam, but if you have aftermarket, you can use a sheet of heavy-duty pond liner which is cheap from home depot.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 03:36 PM
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whats there to protect,your gonna drill about half a dozen holes in the wing top so it dosn't look like your gonna remove them
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Old March 6th, 2006, 03:58 PM
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Jimmy is right but if you want to, go to the local hardware store and get some of that foam weatherstripping in a roll for windows and stuff. It comes in all different sizes. Just run it around the edges like the OEM part has..
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Old March 6th, 2006, 04:55 PM
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Jimmy, I totally agree but just thought I'd check. I like the pond liner idea too.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 05:04 PM
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You need something between the wing and protector so water/salt doesn't get under there and start eating away.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 05:41 PM
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Stephen, you need to send me some pictuers after you put them on to see how they turned out.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 06:45 PM
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Vern, will do! Thanks for hooking me up! The weather is going to break any week now, time soon to take the beast out for some air.
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you could a strip of silicone about 1/2"in to sealthe wing tops
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You want some thing under it so it doesn't drive you mad from the sound of it vibrating against the wing top. Nothing like the sound of metal rattling against metal every time you drive the truck. Do not use anything porous i.e. neoprene or foam. They will sponge up water and hold it against the paint, get a sheet of 1/16th rubber, enough to cover the bottom surface of the protector. Use a good spray adhesive to attach the rubber to the protector and also then to the wing top. Yes, to the wing top! The overspray will come off easily, but you will want to bond the protector to the wing top. You also will not need to drill a dozen holes into your truck. The OEM ones only use 3 holes, 1 in each corner. If you want to drill all the holes, that's fine; however, not necessary if you glue it to the wing top. If you have a hard time sourcing the material, I can probably help you. If you work in NYC I can tell you where you can go and pick it up.
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The OEM ones only use 3 holes, 1 in each corner.
Its actually 5 holes, there are two in the middle.
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Thanks guys! I like the glue/rubber idea too... I'm going to check Home Depot and some other places around here to see what I can whip up.
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I love you guys! This is the only place I know where skrewing a sheet of metal to another piece of metal will become as complicated as launching a space shuttle.
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Old March 8th, 2006, 08:31 AM
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I don't have any children yet, so my D90 gets all of daddy's attention. Kinda like an old lady with her cats. This site is awesome for anal-perfectionist-geeks like me!
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Well, in my case 10 holes per plates.
I put nothing beetween the wing and
the plate, only a good wax.
If you put some rubber/silicon/foam or
any other material, you will keep the
water outside, BUT if water gets in (deep
river crossing, pressure washing, ...), how
it will get out ?

The other issue is what are you going to use
for fixing: aluminium rivets, stainless steel rivets,
screws, bolts and nuts ?

I used stainless steel button head socket cap
with a nylon washer under the wing and a nylock nut.
I can give you exact size if you want.
Anyway, whatever you'll use, i strongly recommend
you to paint the hole (edges) after drilling.

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I love you guys! This is the only place I know where skrewing a sheet of metal to another piece of metal will become as complicated as launching a space shuttle.

LOL.. So Fuc&n' true.....
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I used nutserts that way i can take the things off and put them back on very easily.....that way you can clean underneath them.
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That's a great idea, wish I would have thought of that.
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Old March 10th, 2006, 12:35 PM
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Hahaha... and the thread continues...

Nutserts, great idea. I need to figure out what the hell they are and where the heck I can get them! I googled them.. very cool.

I just closed a huge deal at work today... 2/3rd's of my annual goal in this 1 account. You'd think I'd be calling my family and making plans to celebrate, but I'm too busy googling "nutserts".
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Hahaha... and the thread continues...

Nutserts, great idea. I need to figure out what the hell they are and where the heck I can get them! I googled them.. very cool.

I just closed a huge deal at work today... 2/3rd's of my annual goal in this 1 account. You'd think I'd be calling my family and making plans to celebrate, but I'm too busy googling "nutserts".

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