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One additional point I wanted to add that I hadn't seen mentioned elsewhere is that I could not get the OEM "kick plate" to fit over the Kia gasket. This kick plate is the metal screwed-on panel that goes along the bottom of the door, and acts as the "push-on" welting in that area.

Interesting, I definitely put the kick plate back on but I don't remember having any issues with it. I'll check more closely this evening.

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Just did this today, picked up a set from Pick-n-Pull for $5.83! My oem rubber was toast, so I started with the passenger side. The Kia weatherstrip went on super easy, I cut it at the bottom like the oem one. I was able to get the trim plate back on but it is not flush against the rocker. I moved my striker plate inward for a nice tight fit at the back. My only problem is the front edge of the window frame one spot has a two nickle thickness gap. I'm gonna tinker with it but overall it is a good fit. -Todd

-FYI, Pick-n-Pull has a parts tracker on their website that will show what they have instock and when they got it in. The St. Louis yard had 2 Sportages. I got them off a '98 that was barely picked on.

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In an effort to close the gap at the top, I pounded the lip outward with some light taps with my mini-sledge hammer. I think it helped by 1-1.5mm or so at most.

The trim piece just seemed like it was a tad bit too small to fit over the welting. The edge was pretty sharp too and, from looking at the gasket, it seemed like it would cut into the base of the bulb if I were to force it on there. As it was, I couldn't lightly press it on such that I could match the screw holes up either and I chickened out.

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Just put some of the Kia WS on my hatch and doors. I pulled 3 pieces off a four door Sportage at my local Pick-N-Pull and can confirm that the WS for the rear two doors fit snug.

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I'm not sure whether I am missing a part or not (see photo "Quarter Window Before") but there was still a bit of noise from the rear of the door. So I took some cheap self-adhesive foam weatherstripping ("The Foam") and laid it in under the seal (see "Quarter Window After"). Even better, that eliminated an annoying whistling sound from the top rear of the door / frame intersection. Not sure how long the foam will last, but at $3.00 / roll and a five minute install job, I can put up with replacing it every six months, if need be.

Chris

In Feb. 2010 I posted a thanks for the tip on the KIA weatherstripping and added this bit. Another poster asked if I was worried about moisture being absorbed by the foam. I hadn't thought of that, told him that I'd keep my eye on it.

One year and with a rainy season almost in the books, I can say: to myself; at least one year and to the inquiry; Ah, no worries.

Link to original:

http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37308&page=2

Chris

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Picked up 2 sets from the junk yard for a total of $20. I can't believe how easy this was to do and how well it turned out.

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I just picked up a complete set, down here in SoCal at a Pick a Part. Hoping it will turn out as nicely as everyone else. I installed standard w/s out of another Z and now my doors need way too much force to close and they leak! Tried rehanging, shimming, adjusting striker and latch to no avail. :( Hopefully this is the answer to my woes. Thanks to everyone in the thread for adding info and pics

-Shaun

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In an effort to close the gap at the top, I pounded the lip outward with some light taps with my mini-sledge hammer. I think it helped by 1-1.5mm or so at most.

Hey Andrew, did you ever figure out a way to close the gap at the top of the door? I just installed them on my 73 and although there is no visible gap, the window frame is *just* contacting the strip thereby creating a fairly mediocre seal to moisture.

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Went to the Cash N Carry (pick and pull) the other day and pulled 3 weather strips from a 2001 Sportage.

Passenger side front and both rear doors, Driver front was damaged.

I did notice that the front door gasket was bigger than the 2 rear ones.

The passenger front fit the rear hatch like it was made for it. :) Going to do the doors today with the rear door set.

Also found a nice 90 300ZX passenger seat to finish up my seat swap. All this for $22

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I picked up a set of them as well last weekend, they went in easy and sealed tight. Plus They had a 50% off sale so they were dirt cheap!

Chase

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Just picked up 3 today for $10 for all three. Installed. Nice!

Edited by Burl

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The picture on our web site we borrowed from BD, and some of their seals are discontinued so there may not be a complete kit from them.

We make all the seals our self, here in the USA, locally, so we can monitor the quality and fitment to make sure you get a perfect reproduction in brand new rubber, and not a seal that might have been sitting on a shelf for a couple of decades.

Brand new, high quality rubber with a "keeping you happy" guarantee that you can't get anywhere else. We stand by our stuff!

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No we make them in an actual factory, with real machines and stuff!

...and when i say "we" I mean a bunch of guys in lab coats who make rubber products for the aerospace industry, so yeah, they actually know what they are doing.

We stand behind our products, and we are doing this for us, and for you guys, and for the love of these cars!

We are all car enthusiasts, and would rather see all these classics stay on the road, high and dry!

Get them from Black Diamond, get them from us, it's your choice, but get them where you can! Keeping these cars rolling for years to come is more important than who you get them from.

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I have a BD seal kit waiting for the car to be painted. Would it be possible to get

a sample of each of the seals you include in your kit 78 z to compare to BD.

Would like to see side by side comparison. Maybe 2 inches of each seal with part#

or label. I could send this on to anybody that would like to see the sample or back to you.

BGM

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post-21264-14150818277863_thumb.jpgThe welting is part of the seal as opposed to being a separate part.

We used a 850 Volvo seals which cost 10 bucks at the wreckers.

Casey

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