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Ed

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When I finished my car I used the body seal "kit" that's available through just about everyone (MSA, VB, Too Intense). And as we all already know the door seals are a [email protected]#. I've done just about everything except wait a year. It's actually been about 3 months and they are still tight.

Well, at this past convention I spoke with several people who used a universal door seal from JC Whitney . They told me it was an easy fit and the door closed right the first time. When I looked at the seal they looked almost like the OEM factory style. If you didn't know they were from JC Whitney then you wouldn't even notice.

So my question is, has anyone here tried these? Any feedback? And is the seal in the above link the correct one?

Thanks,

Ed

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For the price it would be worth it to find out. Sure looks like the original....

At a second look they have a number to call for a sample, when I get to the point of replacing mine I'm going to call, I still have my originals which are OK but not great so I at least have something to compare to.

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I got the free sample and I like it. Don't know if you "factory-original" guys will think it is a good match to the original... but I like the stuff and will pull it around both doors and inside the rear hatch... just for a better seal and to keep the doors from rattling at 130pmh! I just ordered 45ft. of the stuff. Thanks for the tip Ed!

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If I order from them are they going to start sending me their stupid catalogs every three weeks again? It took two moves and several years to get off their mailing list. There must be another place to get this stuff from!

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this looks like the stuff my PO put on mine, same profile. doors and hatch closed ok. i replaced the hatch seal with VB since i didn't like the look of this replacement. not enough lip to cover the ends of the interior vinyl and i wanted to make sure no air/exhaust fume leakage. i can't comment on air leakage on doors (not on the road yet) but upon detailed inspection with light, it seems to give a complete seal.

bart

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Is someone able to post a picture of what the original 240-Z door seals look like; the ones which are glued down to the keeper strip.

If someone had some off the door it would be good to see the shape of the section used for both the rubber and the keeper strip.

If anyone can help out it would be appreciated.

Thanks

Joseph

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I held by breath and installed the door seals on my '73 Z . I bought the kit built by Progressive. They went in great and both doors close great . I do need to close them firmly but I dont have to slam them . After all that I have heard about the after market seals I expected the worse. All the seals for he entire car have been top notch and fit vary well. I have no complaints. Gary

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I used the JC Whitney door seal material on my 320. Try finding the original ones for that! I know it's not a Z but I installed them in 1994 and they still don't leak. Like Gary says, I have to close them firmly, even after 11 years, but I don't have to slam them.

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I held by breath and installed the door seals on my '73 Z . I bought the kit built by Progressive. They went in great and both doors close great . I do need to close them firmly but I dont have to slam them . After all that I have heard about the after market seals I expected the worse. All the seals for he entire car have been top notch and fit vary well. I have no complaints. Gary

Isn't it Precision that makes weatherseals and Progressive that sells insurance?

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Well I gave those other seals 6 months and they were still tight. The drivers door wouldn't seal and you could hear the wind blowing while driving. Sooo I pulled the old seals and installed the J C Whitney seals. I ordered two seals and had about 1 1/2 feet left over on each side so there is plenty. They look pretty close to the OEM seals. And they are softer than the last ones I had. I was able to close the drivers door a bit more than before but it is still tight. The passenger door is much better. I'll get back with you in a couple of weeks. I want to see if the drivers door improves. When I get my car running again I'll see if the wind noise is gone.

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OK, now I'm totally confused. I've been looking at door seals for a while, thinking all along that OEM is the only way to go, and if I pony up the bucks, I'll get 240Z seals to go with my stock welting. A while back I emailed Charlie Osborne in response to one of his emails on the 240Z email list, and he said the only OEM seals left were for the 280Z, but they should fit fine. Courtesy Nissan said the same thing. $hit, I thought. Why pay $150+ per seal if it isn't the right one?

Now MSA says on their website that Precision's seal works very well, and the phrasing implies that maybe something has changed in their design...VB's stuff is major inexpensive, and I suspect that the quality is, well--suspect.

So JC Whitney is now the better choice? Can I use my stock welting with it?

Help!

Steve

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OK, now I'm totally confused. I've been looking at door seals for a while, thinking all along that OEM is the only way to go, and if I pony up the bucks, I'll get 240Z seals to go with my stock welting. A while back I emailed Charlie Osborne in response to one of his emails on the 240Z email list, and he said the only OEM seals left were for the 280Z, but they should fit fine. Courtesy Nissan said the same thing. $hit, I thought. Why pay $150+ per seal if it isn't the right one?

Now MSA says on their website that Precision's seal works very well, and the phrasing implies that maybe something has changed in their design...VB's stuff is major inexpensive, and I suspect that the quality is, well--suspect.

So JC Whitney is now the better choice? Can I use my stock welting with it?

Help!

Steve

Steve in nutshell. Most door seals being sold now no matter who sells it, is an after market one. For some people they work fine for most they don't. You won't know until you try. OEM seals are the way too go but $$$ and there are still a few out there. The J C Whitney seals don't require the welting and are softer then the aftermarket ones. (The aftermarket ones are solid and the C ones are hollow). HTH

Ed

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OK, now I'm totally confused. I've been looking at door seals for a while, thinking all along that OEM is the only way to go, and if I pony up the bucks, I'll get 240Z seals to go with my stock welting. A while back I emailed Charlie Osborne in response to one of his emails on the 240Z email list, and he said the only OEM seals left were for the 280Z, but they should fit fine. Courtesy Nissan said the same thing. $hit, I thought. Why pay $150+ per seal if it isn't the right one?

Now MSA says on their website that Precision's seal works very well, and the phrasing implies that maybe something has changed in their design...VB's stuff is major inexpensive, and I suspect that the quality is, well--suspect.

So JC Whitney is now the better choice? Can I use my stock welting with it?

Help!

Steve

Keep in mind that they are selling a product. They aren't going to say, "Oh by the way, these seals SUCK for many people who try to use them.

Incidently, what is different about the current Precision seals is that their original seals (sold for 240Z's) used separate welting like the OEM 240Z seals and were even worse than the current product for fit and function. The current Precison seals are sim ilar to the 280z OEM style that have the welting built into the seal as one unit. They still don't work very well.

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This thread is great, guys!

I have been wondering about what seals to buy. I have a '72 and the door seals with that one (dont know if they are stock or not) are thick, hollow, and a bit fuzzy (but in bad shape), and on a '71 donor car I got, the seals are more rigid and smaller, not fuzzy just flat rubber, and I think theres a 'welting' under it. Does anyone have pics of what OEM look like?? I'd like to see what is actually stock and what is replacement.

Zak

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Keep in mind that they are selling a product. They aren't going to say, "Oh by the way, these seals SUCK for many people who try to use them.

Incidently, what is different about the current Precision seals is that their original seals (sold for 240Z's) used separate welting like the OEM 240Z seals and were even worse than the current product for fit and function. The current Precison seals are sim ilar to the 280z OEM style that have the welting built into the seal as one unit. They still don't work very well.

Yeah...I get that they are selling something. My point is that they SEEMED to be acknowledging the fact that the priors sucked and that (inferring here) Precision has made it better. They sell three varieties--repro, repro with attached welting and "genuine." I'll call tomorrow and ask about what "genuine" means if I get a chance...

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The J C Whitney seals don't require the welting and are softer then the aftermarket ones. (The aftermarket ones are solid and the C ones are hollow). HTH

Ed

I know this seems lame but I read the whole thread and I still don't understand which door seal to use. On the J.C.Whitney site they all looked about the same to me. Which one was decided to work on a 73Z. I need all the help I can get.:stupid:

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I know this seems lame but I read the whole thread and I still don't understand which door seal to use. On the J.C.Whitney site they all looked about the same to me. Which one was decided to work on a 73Z. I need all the help I can get.:stupid:

I guess so.

Did you click on the "JC Whitney" link located in Post #1 of this thread?

If you do, it will take you directly to the item being discussed.

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I just got a set of Precision weatherstripping off ebay, decent price for what's out there!

As soon as the weather warms up a bit, i will try to de-strip my car and let you guys know what's up with the Precision set.

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