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Old 08-05-2007, 02:48 PM
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380 SL Soft Top Leak with New Top

Hi, just bought a 84 380 sl with a new top and noticed that there are two good sized gaps above both door glass sections which allow a lot of noise and of course, water at some point when the wet weather hits again in Northern California. Is there a definitive thread on this site for adjusting soft top correctly ti avoid excessive noise and leaks? Thanks!

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Old 08-05-2007, 06:01 PM
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Hi, just bought a 84 380 sl with a new top and noticed that there are two good sized gaps above both door glass sections which allow a lot of noise and of course, water at some point when the wet weather hits again in Northern California
There's not really an adjustment, but there's supposed to be a couple of seals above the window and it sounds like yours are missing.

First, there should be a seal on the frame of the soft top that acts as a seal around the window. Second, there should be a seal glued to the soft top itself, sealing it to the portion of the frame on top of the window. Maybe the top installer didn't finish the job?
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:36 PM
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Providing that you have the seals. The height of the windows can be adjusted.
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Old 08-06-2007, 10:09 PM
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Thanks, I believe that I am missing the seals that are glued to the top itself, will check a schematic, thanks!

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Old 08-07-2007, 03:57 PM
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I just bought an AllDataDIY subscription for the 107, and I was looking at this very topic. There is a service bulletin from MB about adjusting the windows.

What I learned:

- there are lots of adjustments.
- the basic starting point for correct window height is to have the front edge aligned with the top of the triangular seal on the door.
- the window is always adjusted to fit perfectly with the soft top, and then the hard top seals are adjusted or shimmed.
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great information, thank you! I hope to compare soft tops/seals soon at a golden gate chapter meet soon, Many thanks

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