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Can I Swap Sunroof...Material/clear panel
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Hi all.  I am a recent convert to Berlingo''s, and I love my Forte....dings...bumps...scratches...the lot.  However, something that has niggled me from day one is the sunroof.  Now, the area I live in ain't exactly the bronx....but it ain't exactly Kennsington Gardens either.

The other day whilst jumping in to the van, I spotted a bloke that lives near me, and he always looks like he is ready to keel over.....He looks like he has been living in a cave for the last 30 years or so too, but that's by the by.  Anyway, I thought I could do with a top up in my 'good karma' bank, so I picked him up, and as I was going through town I would do my good deed for the year!

His eyes immediately settled on my stereo, and I inwardly groaned, regretting this already.  Anyhow, he asked if the stereo was any good, and I replied its rubbish, it doesn't work properly, but I already knew what he was thinking.   He confirmed this as I turned briefly to look at him, as his eyes looked first at the stereo, and then up at the sunroof.  As he got out of the van I just managed to blurt out "I take the stereo out at night, as its dodgy at night round here" but he had gone....no doubt going over in his head how he was going to 'lift my stereo' from my poor Berlingo.

I couldnt sleep that night, as paranoia ran riot in my head.  Three times I went down ( i live in flats) to check on things.  As yet no one has tried to get in through my sunroof but I think its only a matter of time.

Anyway, the reason for this post is....could I swap out the material sunroof on my 03 Berlingo forte for a clear glass/plastic one.  Do they even do the clear roof panels for 03 Berlingo's?
any help on this would be brilliant.  Many thanks.

Leefree.
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I'm just theorising here.Are you good at making things.My thought was to get a sheet of polycarbonate & fixing it to a frame or infill & waterproofing it?
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Hi Ron.

I'm not too bad at diy, but I've learnt that to waterproof anything is a nitemare. I one had a mercedes 207 campervan, and tried for years (in vain) to seal the leaks in that. It never worked. hopefully they make the proper thing for Berlingo's. Thanks for your input my friend.
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(12-04-2017, 07:53 PM)Leefree Wrote:  Hi Ron.
   
I'm not too bad at diy, but I've learnt that to waterproof anything is a nitemare.  I one had a mercedes 207 campervan, and tried for years (in vain) to seal the leaks in that.  It never worked.  hopefully they make the proper thing for Berlingo's.  Thanks for your input my friend.
Waterproofing is a mindset.Seal every joint well,even screw/bolt holes.It's easier to trim off excess than try to reseal it.
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Don't use " Silicone Sealants " as they are not suitable ... caravans are good at keeping water out and they use Butyl " rubber " sealants which are far superior.

Cannot offer more of a solution for you only that pearl of wisdom.
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Thanks geoff. I used tube after tube of silicon trying to seal leaks on my old camper van. It never was fully waterproof, as rain always finds a way in. I bet if i had tried butyl it would have saved me time and money!!!
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fix some galvenized wire mesh to the under side of your roof bar's put them off before they start.
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Might be just being optimistic here but I don't think it would be that easy to get in through sunroof- it has metal bars running through it and runs along a work gear (I think) so getting in wouldn't be just "slash and grab" I don't think.
Also the clear/glass panels are a totally different shape from the fabric panels I think?

Why not take the facia off the stereo at night?
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I'd stop worrying about it to be honest. They need coding to the car with Lexia for a start or won't work, presuming it's the original one.

Does anyone nick car stereos any more? Really?

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(14-04-2017, 10:31 PM)Growler73 Wrote:  I'd stop worrying about it to be honest. They need coding to the car with Lexia for a start or won't work, presuming it's the original one.

Does anyone nick car stereos any more? Really?

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You are kidding aren't you.  Car stereo theft is rife around here.  Anything that can be sold for a buck just isn't safe in my neck of the woods, and I assume most towns nowadays.  I do remove my stereo at night, but if someone wants it bad enough, you can bet your life that they wont let the fact that its daylight, stop them.
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