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Any reason I NEED the rain rubber gutter molding installed? (After Bajarack install.)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by HoffmanDesigned, May 7, 2012.

  1. May 7, 2012 at 8:26 AM
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    HoffmanDesigned

    HoffmanDesigned [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Installed a Baja rack over the weekend. I couldn't seem to get the bracket bolts to line up with the rain gutter sandwiched in between, so I got everything lined up without them. (Completely my own coordination issue.)

    Now I no longer have the gutters installed. Is there any problem in leaving them off? I have sealing washers and spacers at the bolts. I think this makes it water-resistant, but I'm going to RTV the threads as well to make it water-proof.

    When I get it all off again, I'm going to try again to incorporate the molding when re-assembling, but wondering if there's any downside (other than aesthetics) in not using them.

    Does the rain gutter molding do anything for water-proofing where it meets the windshield or rear window? It just sits there so I don't think so, but wanted to check.

    And pictures!

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  2. May 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM
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    dlg636

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    if your talking about the ones on the roof then there is no need for them in my opinion. i have a 05 access cab and my driver side flew off back in 06 so i took off the passenger side to match (cause was to expensive to replace) and i've been running that way ever since. i have had no leaking issues or anything else. hope this helps you out.
     
  3. May 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM
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    It does. Thanks!
     
  4. May 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM
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    John BIG

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    I put mine back on its place. Even with the sealant and everything, it's good to have a peace of mind knowing that there will be no big volume of water running thru it because of that rubber.

     
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    Where did you get your roof rack from on your tacoma -HoffmanDesigned
     
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