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Kia Sportage weatherstip rocks!

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Is there anything else on it that's of use to a Zed?  I like those mirrors wit the  reading lamps, or the compass/speedometers (Cadillacs have those.)  I think my cigarette lighter is a little loose or worn out.  I will look it over when I see it.

 

Hey-  I'll send you some snow.  You can have it!

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Hey-  I'll send you some snow.  You can have it!

Got some of that, too. My wife and son went skiing today in the local mountains - good snow and temperature in the 50s. All part of the charm of California.

Years ago, to prove a point, some friends and I left the warm desert and headed up the mountain to go sledding in the snow. After sliding down the hill a few times and a quick lunch we jumped back in the car and headed for the beach and went wading in the Pacific before heading back to the desert. I don't miss the snow I grew up with in Wisconsin too much.

Dennis

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We do that here with the help of the local Bally's.  You go there in the winter (after sledding or skiing) then get into the sauna room where they have some live palm trees (little ones.)

 

Sorry, I had a little SAD (snow-attributed dialog.)

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I tried my luck, and it paid off- sort of.

 

I went to the pull-it JY  and I located the 2001 Sportage.  the LR door weatherstrip was not hard at all to remove;  I only had to unscrew the  plastic sill protector and the weatherstrip pulled right off-  no screw driver needed.  I checked the liftgate weatherstrip and it looks close, but I'll bet it just a little short.  I will go back when the yard fully drains.

 

I looked the vehicle over for anything usable, and I think the front seats look interesting.  They are low-back seats with headrests and lots of side-bolstering.  I wasn't able to measure the mounting rails, but I think it might be close.

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For the princely sum of $5 I got 9 pieces of Kia weatherstripping. 

I found that the rear passenger Sportage door seals work on the Z driver and passenger doors, and the front Sportage seal works on the Z hatch, having a few inches left over in both cases. The doors and hatch all close nicely with a good seal 'crush' all around. Hoping this is a good first step in eliminating some fumes...After being picky and discarding a couple pieces I shouldn't have bothered with, I have enough to redo the car when I need to. Fun cheap project, thank you to all for showing the way.

 

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From left, Original Driver Side, Ten Year Old Black Dragon Replacement, and Kia Sportage.
When I replaced the passenger side years ago I was also painting a fender, so I scuffed and shot the inside bead to kinda match the original piece. It held up well, was never noticed, or mentioned, so eventually I'll find a better color and do the same to the Kia stuff when I repaint the car.
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I got a photo of the original and Kia weatherstripping too.  maybe someone could explain why the Datsun door seal is split and not tubular?

 

I haven't tried it yet, but it looks like it should be interesting to get the Kia one to fit into the hatch frame.  Would someone please get a close-up photo of a bit of the Kia  seal on the hatch frame?

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Count me in as a believer . I've messed with everything else and never got my doors to close easy. Found some Kia seals (( FREEEE)) at the junkyard. I can't hardly believe it. Door lines up perfect , closes easy.

Once again I was fooled by MSA . Another product I purchased from them that sucked. I guess there is no QC or R&D at that place. Cost me years of hassle

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As this seems to be the thread that never dies, I guess it's a good place to ask.  For those who've used the Kia weatherstripping on the hatch, how did you deal with the raised lip on the opening?  It seems to be keep the weatherstripping from sitting properly, but I haven't tried persuading it with a mallet yet.  Grinding the lip down or off would get the job done, but I'm hesitant to go with the irreversible option whenever possible.  What did you guys do?

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Im using the Kia door seal on the hatch (and doors) and I can't remember having that problem. I do remember rolling it on, sought of like it had to go around a corner because of the small lip. I also managed to get it in without cutting the seal.

Btw: The Kia seals are an excellent alternative. Doors shut easy and firm, no slamming the door to get it shut.

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Here are some photo's of the the lip you mentioned and the seals I used. You can also see a test piece (left over from the drivers door seal) to see how it would fit.

They only cost €85 for all three and I am happy with the results.

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18 hours ago, charliekwin said:

As this seems to be the thread that never dies, I guess it's a good place to ask.  For those who've used the Kia weatherstripping on the hatch, how did you deal with the raised lip on the opening?  It seems to be keep the weatherstripping from sitting properly, but I haven't tried persuading it with a mallet yet.  Grinding the lip down or off would get the job done, but I'm hesitant to go with the irreversible option whenever possible.  What did you guys do?

I didn't have any problem with the installation of the KIA seals on the doors or hatch, the hatch I just used the palm of my hand to push the seal onto that lip, no leaks.

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4 hours ago, grannyknot said:

I didn't have any problem with the installation of the KIA seals on the doors or hatch, the hatch I just used the palm of my hand to push the seal onto that lip, no leaks.

did you buy new or used?

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Bump  - Just did the KIA door seal on hatch and both doors on my 72' 240z.   Very nice looking and closes easily with 1 finger push.  

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Hi guys...

what do you think of the dimensions of this profile.. is that similar to the Kia one ? 

my seals were toast when I got the car so dont have anything to compare to 
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Why don't you go to www.koraps.com and buy two new ones.

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Left and right. I could tell the difference. The most people that have used them find they fir very well as an alternative to finding originals this in usable condition.

I have to admit they are darn expensive at $26 each an $6 shipping. They were $12.50 each when I bought mine.

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