They sent a "filler" piece after I debated back and forth with me saying they're all supposed to be like that. Then I sent them a picture of an aftermarket carbon fiber top that doesn't have that hole.
what the actual eff. Did you send them the last photo since then? Does this seem to be all of them having this issue, it sort of seemed like yes at first, but then later they spoke with the manager in the warehouse, to compare the two. I don't suppose they ever got back to you on the findings?
P.S. Sorry about all them problems. Definitely sucks!
You could probably get a generic cut that is a square "tube" I mean that would fill it better (they sell at autozone, etc. I once did that for my viper RT10 I used to own, I had air gaps from the "factory" top I bought. They didn't send all the weatherstripping. thanks, dodge.
With the factory soft top part on the body (rubber rain guide), where the gap exists and the added sponge foam seal is on top of it. Perhaps remove it to let the aftermarket rubber piece seal down to the body? Saves the expensive factory seal from wear and deformation.
Black licorice bubble gum will fix that.
Seriously I'd consider using hi-tech acrylic chauking used in construction trades. Flexible , paintable, sticks well and can be smoothed with a wet finger before curing. Through The Roof (Sashco, inc.) sealant is clear and remains very flexible.
If after some time, I can't find a used one, I think I will go with the carbon fiber one, seeing as price is similar (assuming professional paintjob) and it has a higher quality fit / finish. Not necessarily looking to "rice" it out.