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22 Aug 2019 19:58 - 22 Aug 2019 22:30 #212548 by TyS
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Hi, I just became a proud owner of a Jimny 2004 O2 soft top. I'm in the process of various fixes and refitting some of the older trim and worn out bits. One of which is the windscreen surround rubber seal of which I have purchased a new one. It looks a good OEM version with a narrow self-adhesive foam strip that will hold the rubber to the body of the car. Not sure how hard or easy this is to replace so was kindly looking for instructions or if any one has any tips if they have replaced theirs?.
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26 Aug 2019 07:13 #212678 by Lambert
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Never having had a soft top I wouldn't know but I'm sure someone will be able to help.

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17 Sep 2019 23:22 #213647 by TyS
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I was advised that the windscreen seal can only be replaced by complete removal of the windscreen. Can anyone confirm this?.

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18 Sep 2019 04:17 #213651 by Lambert
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Absolutely correct. Your safest bet is someone like autowindscreens or similar professional as breaking the screen is a definite possibility.

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18 Sep 2019 07:27 - 18 Sep 2019 07:35 #213665 by Max Headroom
Ed, If I understand you right, you just want to change the seal for the windscreen? Why - is it leaking or something?

Getting a w'screen out is reasonably straight forward - getting one back in properly, can be tricky.
I see no reason why the w'screen on your O2 would be differerent from any other Jimny, but as Lambert has suggested, I would get Autoglass or another windscreen outfit to do the job - that way if there are any dramas you have the back-up, knowledge experience and materials at your disposal not to mention a guarantee.
Most insurance providers give seperate windscreen cover, but even so you will need a good reason for it to be replaced and still have to foot the bill on the w'screen excess.

As an owner of convertible cars for the last five hundred years I would imagine your main priority should be suring-up the hood and weather equipment.
In my opinion, the hood for the Jimny wasn't very well thought out when it was designed and the materials used in its construction weren't the best either, and although its not particularly expensive to replace, the materials used in the replacement hoods are not the greatest.
I was lucky - when I acquired my Jimny it had a newish hood which from the label in it, I know came from Monsoon .
Mine is not old and already the piping around the left rear corner is degrading (Always be very careful of not trapping the hood material when you close the tailgate) - luckily having owned convertibles for hundreds of years I know a few people that can repair it.

I have since fitted a fastback hood which looks pretty funky but is a bit less practical as you really need to remove the head-restraints in the rear and are then limited to a two-seater unless your rear-seat passengers are smallish people (I'm currently looking to see if there is a smaller head-restraint from another vehicle which will fit with the fastback in place)

Suzuki replacement hoods found here

Rust can be another enemy of the convertibles - look in the boot area under the carpet where the jack fits in - thats a priority too.
Also and perculiar to the convertibles - the frame that supports the targa is prone to rusting. It's fairly easy to make but Monsoon also offer a (hideously expensive IMHO) fibreglass one. I removed mine - (it's only snap-fasteners and a couple of bolts) stripped it, blasted it, welded it up where it was see-through, waxoyled the tubes. refitted the cover and it was good to go.

I would also strongly advise keeping (in the car), a spare, or preferrably two spare header-bar clamps - the ones that lock the hood and targa in the closed position - I've had two of those fail - they're plastic and over complicated with the little red plastic press-in buttons, so they easily break.

Any other advice or thoughts needed on convertible ownership please feel free to pm me or bring it up here, I'm always happy to help


IF IT AINT BROKE, KEEP FIXING IT UNTIL IT IS
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