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Old 11-05-2011, 09:07 AM   #71
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Well said. I used a ladder from outside. I think that might be easier.
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Old 09-08-2015, 11:00 AM   #72
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Sorry for resurrecting an old thread but I see a few of the current guys chipped in at the time....

So.....vertical (or rather diagonal) weather strip on the drivers/passenger side slider; mine seemed OK but in using Bella I have found it had gone brittle and has started to crack away (felt seals and weather strip around the windows is new). So I picked up some replacement and reading the thread I can see I am going to have a fight to get it in, but the first fight is getting the old brittle stuff out? Any suggestions?

It seems to be breaking away leaving the "bead" still in the groove, having lost all its compressiblity from going brittle.
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Old 09-08-2015, 06:51 PM   #73
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Send me a picture, since I have just finished mine.
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Will do Bob, just may take a few days as I have a couple of long days at work (dark when I leave, dark when I get in....)
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Managed to get home a little earlier than expected today, so here are some photos.

Drivers side vertical seal is almost 'solid' so cracking along the edge of the blade.



Passenger side is worse (may because we open that slider quite often to adjust mirrors etc.) and sections are breaking away.



Trouble is the remaining 'bead' is so solid that it won't pull out to allow the replacement seal to be squeezed back in.

Sorry for the terrible photo - hopefully you can see/can remember what the seal cross section looks like



The first bead gets pushed back into the groove
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You have to trim off one side of the new trim to re-install. See if you can remove a small piece of the original trim intact. You will understand what I mean when you see the original trim in your hand once you have removed it. Use a small pick tool to remove the torn part that you are showing in the picture.
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Thanks for the input Bob. I will try and hook out a piece of the original - probably not until next week though; its raining here today and we are away camping again for the weekend.
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this works for me:
If the old piece in channel is broken, stuck and hardened, try to cut it in half inside the channel and pull out one side at a time.
To insert the new piece cut it slightly longer than the space and start by inserting the lip facing the inside and slowly work the outside lip in with a small screwdriver.
you want it to be like 1/4-1/2" longer than the space and slightly compress it once it is almost all installed to counteract future shrinkage.
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Thanks Peter, I picked a similar theme about installation from the last couple of pages of the thread. At the corners does the vertical seal go under or over the seal that runs around the window edge (I am more concerned about the lower overlap than the top)? Any benefit to putting a dab of Vulkem on that overlap? Or should I cut both to a miter so they don't overlap at all?

I will break out the razor blade and slice in two next week (or maybe Sunday afternoon if we get back early from the NEU "Fun" to the Rock Rally).
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Thanks Peter, I picked a similar theme about installation from the last couple of pages of the thread. At the corners does the vertical seal go under or over the seal that runs around the window edge (I am more concerned about the lower overlap than the top)? Any benefit to putting a dab of Vulkem on that overlap? Or should I cut both to a miter so they don't overlap at all?

I will break out the razor blade and slice in two next week (or maybe Sunday afternoon if we get back early from the NEU "Fun" to the Rock Rally).
run it as high and low as possible, hence the little extra length. No need for vulkem in the corners since the the other seal will shrink in a season or 2. Down here in Texas is just takes one summer. I consider that seal just to be decoration.
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And for the ambitious among us, there are 2 more ways to do it:
If you open up the window channel on the top, you can actually push that piece of trim back far enough to slide the old out and the new in, but it involves disturbing the fixed window gasket and I don't recommend doing it.
See the picture below, sorry for the bad quality

The other way would be to cut a Y with a dremel tool, like 2 railroad tracks meeting and sliding the new seal in that way.
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