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When I got outta the FJ I noticed some water along side the floor mat. Figured I tracked it in w/ my boots. But It seemed like too much... looked. Up and sure enough looks like the water came through rack holes. Is there anything I should check behind the panels? Just pull the bolts and some silicone to the threads? Aaaargh I'm pissed!
 

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I've got a leak as well. Not from the rack though. It's coming from where I punched the hole for my HAM antenna. Hopefully, it won't be raining tomorrow and I can get in there to fix it. I think I have some silicone in the garage...
 

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I used liquid nails to secure the bolts and keep water out when I added a light back in the day.
 

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which liquid nails? Isn't it permanent? Talking about racks get yours mounted?
No not yet. I do have a pic of what it was on before I got my hands on it. I am suppose to get fit kit Friday. We will see...

This is my rack on it's previous home. Bad a$$ 200 series TLC.

 

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***it was not too permanent because when I parted the FJ I removed light bad and sold it.
 

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The one thing I did when I installed my rack, and when removed it was to keep the OEM Toyota washers intact. There are a few OEM pieces in the assembly, and they are crucial to maintain a waterproof seal. Thats just my experience. I'm sure there are other successful ways.
 

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The one thing I did when I installed my rack, and when removed it was to keep the OEM Toyota washers intact. There are a few OEM pieces in the assembly, and they are crucial to maintain a waterproof seal. Thats just my experience. I'm sure there are other successful ways.
I kept the washers intact also.
 

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Home Depot or Lowes carries blocks of gray-black putty for sealing duct holes--we call the stuff "monkey sh!t" at work, where we use it to seal around harnesses and fittings in environmental chambers. Kind of a Play Dough consistancy. Pack it around the bolt hole. If it leaks, you missed a spot.
Huh, Dan?
 

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I had this problem twice, first time I just sealed the threads on the bolts, then I noticed there is a ridge with a gap around it that the bolt sleeves into. I then re sealed the threads as well as glopped on a bunch around the rest. Check for a thread labeled SEAL YOUR ROOF RACK BOLTS PART 2 for a step by step photo how to as well as lots of other inputs like how overtigtening can actually crack the roof causing leaks from other areas.



 

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Saw that! Thanks FJ. How do u know if anything is broken (is it obvious, rattling etc?)

Miguel--the mounting for the roof rack is basically a threaded steel plate, tack welded under the roof's skin. It's real easy to break the spot welds holding the plate, and then the plate will spin when trying to tighten the rack mounting bolts. Then you gotta drop your liner to hold the plate in place while tightening the bolts, or refasten the plate, somehow. You're probably asking how you can tell if something else is cracked/broken, but I thought I'd just throw out the info...
 
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