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GT Trunk Weatherstrip Alternative by IMSA GT
Started on: 03-13-2009 11:17 PM
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Report this Post03-13-2009 11:17 PM Click Here to See the Profile for IMSA GTClick Here to Email IMSA GTSend a Private Message to IMSA GTDirect Link to This Post
I just received my shipment from J.C. Whitney for a roll of weatherstrip that I wanted to try on my trunk. It comes in a 25ft roll so there is actually enough to do another trunk if I needed. This has been done by a few members in the past so I thought I would show how the finished fit looks. You do have to push a little harder to shut the decklid so I know it is making a good seal. Not bad for $37.99 compared to a couple hundred for an exact replacement





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Report this Post03-13-2009 11:19 PM Click Here to See the Profile for exoticseClick Here to Email exoticseSend a Private Message to exoticseDirect Link to This Post
Looks awesome !

Can somebody throw out that part number ?
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Report this Post03-13-2009 11:27 PM Click Here to See the Profile for IMSA GTClick Here to Email IMSA GTSend a Private Message to IMSA GTDirect Link to This Post
Sorry about that. One other concern that I had was that the decklid has a square shape around the turns where the weatherstrip curves in the turns. Fortunately, the weatherstrip is angled outwards so it sits right on the outside edge of where the original weatherstrip sat and clears the square edges of the decklid. One other thing, the rubber seal is said to be 5/8'' tall. It is actually 3/4" tall which is a little taller than the specs which is great.

http://www.jcwhitney.com/au...NTRY_ID:100000163412

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Report this Post03-14-2009 10:07 AM Click Here to See the Profile for mcaandaClick Here to Email mcaandaSend a Private Message to mcaandaDirect Link to This Post
Good stuff right there - there's alot of people out there that want / need a new seal but just dont have the duckets to shell out that much for a seal. Great alternatives sometimes are the way to go about things.

Thanx for sharing and a + to ya.

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Will write the part number down for this one as well. I saw this part number SN132568 on another post and it looked the same as yours. Wonder if there is a difference between ZX and SN ?
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Report this Post03-15-2009 06:54 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 1MohrFieroSend a Private Message to 1MohrFieroDirect Link to This Post
Did you wet test it? It certainly looks water proof.

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Report this Post03-15-2009 10:15 AM Click Here to See the Profile for IMSA GTClick Here to Email IMSA GTSend a Private Message to IMSA GTDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by 1MohrFiero:

Did you wet test it? It certainly looks water proof.



Honestly....no. I am still finishing my paint job right now but I really don't know how to test this without actually driving in rain. A garden hose will just flood the decklid and the water will run off where a rain storm "pushes" water into areas of the car. With my original trunk weatherstrip, there was no effort to close the decklid. Now, I have to shut it pretty hard to get it to close so I know it is making a good seal.
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Report this Post03-15-2009 02:11 PM Click Here to See the Profile for PatrickClick Here to Email PatrickSend a Private Message to PatrickDirect Link to This Post
A selection Here of many different types of automotive weatherstripping made by this same company.

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And Here's a possible option for less than 10 bucks!



And what about using the stick-on type weatherstripping shown Here? Just cut off the ripped up part of our deck lid seals and stick this replacement foam to the original rubber/metal base which would still be in place fastened to our decklid openings.



IMSA GT, I wasn't trying to hijack your thread, but your posts motivated me to see what else might be available to replace our old decrepit decklid seals. What you've done is great, and it may indeed be the best way to go, but all sorts of options seem to be available!

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Report this Post03-16-2009 01:19 PM Click Here to See the Profile for blakeinspaceClick Here to Email blakeinspaceSend a Private Message to blakeinspaceDirect Link to This Post
WTG IMSA! It's great to see info like this shared!

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Report this Post03-16-2009 03:21 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 87_specialClick Here to Email 87_specialSend a Private Message to 87_specialDirect Link to This Post
Great Info! I'm deffinately going to put this in my favorites!

a + for man!

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good stuff +
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Originally posted by IMSA GT:

...You do have to push a little harder to shut the decklid so I know it is making a good seal.



That's better than the alternative and I bet over time it becomes the perfect fit. Thanks for sharing the info.
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Report this Post06-17-2009 03:07 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Michael D. JamesSend a Private Message to Michael D. JamesDirect Link to This Post
Thanks friend. I've been trying to find a solution for my '86GT. I guess I have to cut the 45s at the corners and glue them.
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Report this Post06-17-2009 03:19 PM Click Here to See the Profile for revinSend a Private Message to revinDirect Link to This Post
so what to do now?
I also heard that the weatherstripping at autozone will work as well. and cheaper than the $150 FS is selling them at.

So...which one to get and do this??

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Report this Post06-19-2009 09:14 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Dennis LaGruaClick Here to Email Dennis LaGruaSend a Private Message to Dennis LaGruaDirect Link to This Post
I believe that eventually someone will reproduce the trunk weatherstrips. The tooling for making Rubber weatherstripping is not prohibitively expensive but volume will need to be run.

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Originally posted by Dennis LaGrua:

I believe that eventually someone will reproduce the trunk weatherstrips. The tooling for making Rubber weatherstripping is not prohibitively expensive but volume will need to be run.




Working on it. It is making the corners that is hard and costly to tool up on.


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Working on it. It is making the corners that is hard and costly to tool up on.



Let's get the ball rolling. This is one product that everyone will need because the old gaskets may be in good shape but they all evetually shrink and leak. Put me in for a one.

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Report this Post06-19-2009 02:29 PM Click Here to See the Profile for PatrickClick Here to Email PatrickSend a Private Message to PatrickDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by Daredevil05:

This is one product that everyone will need because the old gaskets may be in good shape but they all evetually shrink and leak.



Are you referring to the trunk weatherstripping?

I don't know about it "shrinking". My experience has been that over the years the weatherstripping on the side closest to the engine bay gets all chewed up from people leaning on it as they curse at work on the engine.

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Report this Post07-13-2009 04:00 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BMTFIEROClick Here to Email BMTFIEROSend a Private Message to BMTFIERODirect Link to This Post
A "I'm adding this to my favorites" Bump
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Report this Post07-13-2009 05:45 PM Click Here to See the Profile for gem1138Click Here to Email gem1138Send a Private Message to gem1138Direct Link to This Post
Pre 88 Fieros have a fan in the trunk that draws air from the trunk to blow in the alternator and ignition coil/module.
I have an 88 so I installed a thermostat operated inline fan in my trunk from Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies.
The point is that for any such fan to work, the deck lid cannot be air tight. My problem is that the weather stripping has deteriorated along the front edge of the trunk where the heat is. So I am pulling air into the trunk from the engine compartment and blowing it back into the engine compartment.
I plan to modify my fan plumbing to draw air in through the trunk floor above the exhaust tip recession. Then, I can seal my trunk if I see fit.
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Report this Post07-13-2009 08:27 PM Click Here to See the Profile for grkboy707Click Here to Email grkboy707Send a Private Message to grkboy707Direct Link to This Post
nice, just too bad my seals in great shape
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Report this Post12-06-2010 11:19 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Docs87gtClick Here to Email Docs87gtSend a Private Message to Docs87gtDirect Link to This Post
has it been reproduced? mine is all torn up
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Report this Post12-06-2010 11:26 PM Click Here to See the Profile for joesfieroClick Here to Email joesfieroSend a Private Message to joesfieroDirect Link to This Post
Will makes them, best deal on weatherstrips so far.

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Originally posted by gem1138:

Pre 88 Fieros have a fan in the trunk that draws air from the trunk to blow in the alternator and ignition coil/module.
I have an 88 so I installed a thermostat operated inline fan in my trunk from Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies.
The point is that for any such fan to work, the deck lid cannot be air tight. My problem is that the weather stripping has deteriorated along the front edge of the trunk where the heat is. So I am pulling air into the trunk from the engine compartment and blowing it back into the engine compartment.
I plan to modify my fan plumbing to draw air in through the trunk floor above the exhaust tip recession. Then, I can seal my trunk if I see fit.


It does not draw air from the trunk itself, if you remove that factory fan you can see the hole behind it that is open to air, but not water or dirt because the fender liner blocks it.
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