Like I said " I would look at" but you’ll need to find the product that works best for you, the links I posted I have no experience with they are meant to show what’s readily available and with a little experimentation I’m sure a viable channel can be found.Man I can’t see how that’s the solution unless the spine is thinner than the picture suggests.
Like I said " I would look at" but you’ll need to find the product that works best for you, the links I posted I have no experience with they are meant to show what’s readily available and with a little experimentation I’m sure a viable channel can be found.
I will say the Slocruisers U-Channels in my opinion are made from a softer durometer rubber than what came from the factory and mine started bunching up, after regluing them several times and having them bunch up and jam my rear window I removed them. I would look for a U-Channel that has a steel backer like one of the links I posted. If and when I decide to put something back in it will be rigid U-Channel.
Understood. Looks like a little experimentation is needed. Thanks for passing on your experience on the Slocruiser u-Channel. Mine already started to come apart with what little I've done and I wondered about it bunching up and becoming an issue.
@NikP the channel I ordered off Amazon says it will be here on May 8th.
I had this exact problem when I rebuilt my tailgate. The glass came with the pig when I bought it and channels were in place. Installed the felt in the side channels and had the same problem; it was too tight for the motor to move the window. I removed the felt that was adjacent to the edge of the glass (only in the deep part of the U shaped felt channel leaving the two side felt strips) and it was still too tight. I pulled the metal channels and compressed the U shaped mounts in a vice a bit and was able to gain enough room for the window to slide well. The felt is glued into a rubber channel and without the felt, the window was hanging up a bit. I solved this by gluing a narrow strip of electrical tape in the channel. With the window sliding against the tape rather than rubber, there’s minimal friction and the window slides well. My glass guy said trying to grind the window down might ruin it so widening up the channel was the solution. Definitely was a pain but glad it’s working now.Anyone install the rear window channel (the felt the glass slides up and down in) from Slocruisers? I went to install the rear glass and can't get it in the channels without significant force. So much force that body weight leaning against the window moves the window about 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
I'm not sure what the issue is. Window channel too thick? I can insert the window without the channel and theres not much room. I've never had the glass installed in this tailgate and the glass came from another 55 that was one year older. I'm not even sure it's an original window so it could be cut a little wide? Not sure.
It looks like I can rework the channel rails with a little cutting and welding to get a little more width to support the window but I'm not sure I should go that route.
Anyone have input and am I missing something obvious before I rework the metal?
I have two SloCruiser rubber channels:
1) without felt/moleskin
2) with felt/moleskin
Both bind. When I was rebuilding my rear window, I pulled out two flat pieces of old hard rubber from one side. The other side was bare metal. I assumed they were added by the PO as the repro from SloCruisers was a U shape, ie three sides. My window gear is good. I built a new lower channel guide for the window, and noted that the PO bypassed the rear safety switch. All works good now except:
1) the rubber in the left/right channels we’ve been discussing
2) the right side of the tailgate doesn’t close all the way as it has maybe a half inch of slop/play... haven’t figured out the solution for either yet
One thing to check is make sure the glass is going up square. If it's cocked a little you'll have binding. Maybe when rebuilding the geared lift arms one of the arms slipped a few teeth.
And also make sure the window is squared in the bottom holder. If one of the arm rollers bind up it will cause the upward motion to come to a haunt.
the glass has to centered in the channels as well.