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Old 6th December 2007, 14:26 PM
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Loving the roof but it has a slight leak which seems to be coming in at the front end of the window ie near the pillar where it meets the windscreen.

Pirate has put a small nic in the rubber to help the water drain away down the window easier and it seems better today. I can feel it wet on the inner velour door trim that runs along the top ie where the window fits up under. The windows are going up inside OK.

My sprayer guy says he can put some sort of silicone in the groove which may help.

I am hoping what Pirate has done will work but any other suggestions would be most welcome.

It does not help though that we have had some really wet weather with strong driving winds since I had it fitted - DOH!

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Old 6th December 2007, 15:11 PM
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The silicone sounds like a good idea but you need to konw how the water is getting to the groove in the first place. If you can find this out (and I know it might not be easy) you should then be able to work out a permanent solution.

Are there any drains on the hardtop that might be blocked? I assume the hardtop must be designed to drain the water in certain places. These might not necessarity be the same places as the soft top.

Next time you remove the hard top take a good look at the inside surface aswell. there might be missing or loose grommets.
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Old 6th December 2007, 15:44 PM
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Actually there is a hole - will check to see if this is blocked once it stops bl00dy raining!!

Don't want to go down the road of silicone as it can look unsightly which is something I do not want.

Will keep you informed

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Old 10th December 2007, 17:35 PM
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Seems like Pirate might have solved the problem. I think that when my sprayer guy stuck down a loose bit of rubber he obviously stuck it the wrong way. By releasing it and Pirate putting a small 'nic' in the rubber the inside seems to be dry despite the awful wet and windy weather we have been having for the past few weeks.

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Old 17th December 2007, 19:58 PM
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there is a few guys over on e36coupe forum with the same problem

you can adjust the front handle to pull it down tighter to the screen
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Old 17th December 2007, 21:50 PM
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Hi Pirate, please dont forget the Pics (ref post on Bimmerfest.)of where you nic'd the rubber!

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They were taken in a hurry, but you get the idea

Just make sure the water doesn't pool in the gutter
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Thanks Pirate, will look at mine after.

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The leak 'appears' to have stopped thank goodness. Mike, don't think it is the handle at the front but will look at it the next dry day.

Hey Beemeragetop - a very warm welcome to the Forum Buddy - a fellow vert owner - cool

Pics of car please

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