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I just finished putting my door seals on and the door only partially closes. I've read that people have had the same problem but couldnt find how to fix it. Some said to use baby oil but i dont know...

If any one has over came this problem i would greatful for your advice on how to solve it.

Thanks,

Hunter

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Howdy,

This is very common when putting on new weatherstripping. Over time they will get easier to close. You will want to make sure that the doors are properly aligned. Read this link

http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=12484

Essentially, by putting on the new weatherstripping you "will" have to realign them. It's just the nature of the beast.

Best Regards,

Landmizzle '72 240Z

I just finished putting my door seals on and the door only partially closes. I've read that people have had the same problem but couldnt find how to fix it. Some said to use baby oil but i dont know...

If any one has over came this problem i would greatful for your advice on how to solve it.

Thanks,

Hunter

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Ditto Landmizzle's post.

Part of the problem is that the very early Z's and the later Z's (and I'm not sure when it happened) had a slightly different dimension between the closed door and the door frame opening. The later Z's had a thicker weatherstrip which on the earlier Z's causes the problem you mention. Unfortunately, it is this newer weatherstripping that's readily available that is thicker than the one your car requires. Also, even if it were the exact year that the rubber was made for, there will also be some time before the weatherstrip gets "crushed" to shape.

Just remember that when you adjust your doors, that you adjust them to fit the body and opening properly, and force the weatherstrip to adjust.

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Enrique

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I've found the aftermarket door seals are made from "better" rubber that is more resilient, but for our application makes the doors too hard to close. So now I only use OEM door seals. The rest of the aftermarket weatherstrip kit is good.

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with the PRP w/s kit i put on about a month ago, which actually kinda worried me. The door closed perfectly with the new seals but i guess the 78's have more clearance than the early Z's. Got mine from zspecialties.com

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I had the same problem with after market seals so I changed to OEM and everthing was fine.

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Spray weatherstripping with silicone, wipe off excess, close door(s) leave for the day. Redo until door(s) close right. It works as mentioned in about a dozen earlier posts....

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I replaced the weatherstripping on one of my doors and initially it didn't close. I sprayed the weatherstripping with silicone for two days in a row then finally it closed. I've treated it twice since and the door is closing just fine. Thanks to gnosez for such great advice.

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what do you mean silicone? Brand names? in the auto shop? Do I get it from a boob job doctor? help the impaired! Thanks!

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You can go to any auto parts store and get spray silicone. Be careful when you spray it though as it will make your seat and steering wheel slippery if the overspray gets on them too much.

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Thanks Jman!

Curious, what have y'all paid for the 2 oem door rubber gaskets from Nissan?

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I bought gasket sets for both of my z's from Z Specialties and they fit fine. They advised me to use Sil-Glyde and it works really good. You can buy it from Napa and it comes in a squeeze tube. Use it on the door ones and the hatch ones as well. You have to make sure that your doors are adjusted properly, and lube your door latches too, that makes a big difference. Are your using the PRP gaskets,or did they come from another manufacturer. I tried some from VB a couple of years ago, and I had to slam my door so hard I thought it was going to break all the glass in the car, not just in the one door. I returned them and got my money back.

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The ones VB sells are Precision Replacement Parts (PRP) brand. I think the ones from Z Specialties are the same PRP brand also. I haven't seen any other brand of weatherseals for Z's (except OEM).

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I saw the OEM ones on Zbarn. They were I think about $65-75 each. They are the ones I will be getting when I get there. Call Roger at zbarn (1-800-247-2793 sales@zbarn.com) and see if he has them in stock. He is great guy to deal with.

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I wonder if they make the MSA ones where the welting is built into them....(PRP).....curious, has anyone reading this bought the welting built into them ones from MSA?

What do the OEM Nissan ones cost?

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