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Installed new door seals, can’t get side swing out doors adjusted properly #745449
February 19th 2019 7:15 pm
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Hey guys and gals,

I’ve got an 86 g20 and decided to replace the torn up seals on the swing out side doors as well as the rear cargo doors.

I started with the side doors and the seals clipped in without a problem. As soon as I tried to close the doors I noticed they are now WAY out of adjustment(no issues before replacement). I’m at my wits end loosening and tightening the hinge bolts to get them right. Does anyone have any experience with this or any tips/tricks?

Greatly appreciated,
Aaron

Re: Installed new door seals, can’t get side swing out doors adjusted properly [Re: amcochrane] #745450
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When you say "out of adjustment", do you mean the doors won't close completely shut. Anytime I installed new weatherstrip, I had to let the doors half latched for a few days till the rubber compressed. Installing new weatherstrip should not of changed the hinge adjustment or alignment on the doors. Be careful trying to close them. I have seen doors bent or buckle because guys were using to much force to try to close them. Also sometimes the new weatherstrip is a thicker bulb than the original.

Re: Installed new door seals, can’t get side swing out doors adjusted properly [Re: Meanmachine] #745451
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Thanks for the quick reply meanmachine.

It looks to me like the striker side of the “front” side door is about 1/2” away from where it’s supposed to be. I don’t think the seal is touching the “rear” side door at all. I’ll leave the door half shut for a couple days and see what happens.

Re: Installed new door seals, can’t get side swing out doors adjusted properly [Re: amcochrane] #745453
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Hold the old weatherstrip up against the new seals and see how the size or diameter of the rubber compares. That will give you an idea if the thickness is the problem.

Re: Installed new door seals, can’t get side swing out doors adjusted properly [Re: amcochrane] #745454
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Also, cold weather and new weatherstrip don't get along well together.


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Re: Installed new door seals, can’t get side swing out doors adjusted properly [Re: amcochrane] #745456
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I got the same problem. Been almost 2 years and they still won't shut without slamming th s#%@ out of them.Thinking about some stick on or glue on universal from Steele.


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Re: Installed new door seals, can’t get side swing out doors adjusted properly [Re: amcochrane] #745457
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The Desert did wonders for the set on my '93 .... molded it self nicely ... the seals are thicker.


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Re: Installed new door seals, can’t get side swing out doors adjusted properly [Re: amcochrane] #745466
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I'm going to try (carefully) warming the seals with a heat gun and see if i can shut the door. I'll leave it like that for a couple days and see if that helps.

Re: Installed new door seals, can’t get side swing out doors adjusted properly [Re: amcochrane] #745513
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My 1985 has all new seals on the doors as well and after a year they finally are getting a little easier to close. Unfortunately it's just kind of how it is with the aftermarket seals available today. My "60" door was especially hard to close (and still kind of is). I found that the main issue is the leading edge of the seal. It starts putting pressure against closure when the door is still a few inches from closing. This might be able to be remedied bu adjusting the hinges, but for me panel gaps/fitment > easy closure.


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Re: Installed new door seals, can’t get side swing out doors adjusted properly [Re: tuner4life] #745516
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Tuner, that's the exact same issue i'm having. the "40" door is tight but closes pretty good. The "60" door is so bad that i dont think the seal is touching the "40" door at all (where the two meet up). I didnt get a chance to hit the seals with some heat last night but i'm hoping that will help.

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