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Door seals

PostPost by: diablo » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:07 am

Where can I find the right door deals for my S4 FHC ? I mean the one which has a lip shape . I have bought seals from Sue Miller but they don't fit well , too thick ; too much pressure on the doors and difficulties to close them .I saw similar seals on other Lotus supplier website and i am afraid they will not suite . Last week end , on our mensual meeting in Le Touquet , I saw an Elan S3 DHC with lip shape door seals ; but the owner cannot help me , he bought his car like that .Any suggestion welcome
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:42 am

Unfortunately no one makes the original style seal any longer. There may possibly be a few NOS old ones left out there but they’ll be hens teeth. I found a company that thought they might be able to remanufacture though there were problems in getting it spot on however they wanted a minimum order of 10,000 metres. That’s enough for around 1450 Elans - just totally uneconomic.

There has been plenty of threads on this subject and lots of different suggestions for alternatives.
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PostPost by: 2tmike » Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:21 pm

Have a look at :
https://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/category/37/side-seals
Part 265A
I've fitted these to my S4 DHC and thare's no problem with excessive pressure on he doors
Woolies will send you a sample to look at if you ask
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PostPost by: USA64 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:21 pm

We are supposed to be having fun, are we not?
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:54 pm

2tmike wrote:Have a look at :
https://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/category/37/side-seals
Part 265A
I've fitted these to my S4 DHC and thare's no problem with excessive pressure on he doors
Woolies will send you a sample to look at if you ask



I’ve been looking for door trim for my FHC for years without success. The trim I bought from Matty’s (I think) years ago is close but too thick round the hinge area so the door had to be slammed shut - not a good idea. To ease the pressure I cut a foot or so of it out. The door now shuts ok but with a section of trim missing. Woolies 265A looks like the right section but millimeters count with this stuff. At £4.00 / metre though it’s worth a try.
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PostPost by: diablo » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:42 am

Thank you for these infos ; I shall check these suppliers . One of my friend told me a friend of him who knews a friend who knews........Fitted seals from an old Fiat he owned ( I' ll try to have more infos about the modell of Fiat ) Who suited very well .
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:44 am

I recall that they are the same section seals on Austin 1100 series cars.

However they are now even rarer than Elans......
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:59 am

I believe that’s correct Richard as you say not many left and doubt any of them would be long enough for a DHC.
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PostPost by: rcombs » Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:03 pm

I think I am going to try one of the seals from Woolies (265A or 113). The bulb on the seal from MacGregor is too large for my car. My S3 came with a double lip seal, and I am sure it was too much seal for the doors.

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PostPost by: tdskip » Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:45 pm

elanfan1 wrote:. I found a company that thought they might be able to remanufacture though there were problems in getting it spot on however they wanted a minimum order of 10,000 metres. That’s enough for around 1450 Elans ...


Oh come on now - think big!
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:11 pm

Touché!
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