windshield seal alternatives

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  1. Sean Haas

    Sean Haas New Member

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    Anything happen on this?
     
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    In a different direction, has anyone looked into the possibility of having someone besides BMW manufacture the part? For example in the the vintage Mustang world, Daniel Carpenter Mustang Reproduction Parts produces excellent windshield weatherstripping for mid to late 1960's Mustangs. I realize that the Mustang market is larger, but if this crowd is looking at paying $500 per unit, you are a lot closer than you think to covering the tooling cost.
     
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    I spoke to a couple independent places who make gaskets. Smallest amount I would have had to front to get it done was like $20,000 worth. Most places said they had no interest for that model car. Seems crazy we can't get them, I wrote BMW Mobile Traditions as all I got was put in orders and we'll see.
     
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    to be honest, I haven't called the dealer to see if they are in stock yet. I'll try to do that tomorrow or Thursday
     
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    Any more word on E3 seals? We've gotta figure out a work around...this sucks.
     
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    Thanks for the reminder. I just ordered four of the window crank plugs (22 left in the U.S.) I'll put in my seal order when I pick them up.

    I've often wondered that myself but have never gotten deep enough into the industry (NOT hobby at this point) to find out. What do the guys like Leno and the Peterson Museum do for NLA parts? Or the guys that do Duesenberg's? They're not going to use some cheap knock off stuff
     
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    edited reply below
     
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  8. duct-tape

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    okay folks heres what I know;

    I've made 9 phone calls to BMW mostly resulting in people who were very confused about how things work and what NLA means. lol
    BMW has a standing order for 460 of the later 8284 part number, they were supposed to be fulfilled on March 1st and shipped but from what I have found, they were not ever produced.
    I don't know where that leaves us, but at this time, I'm going to work on modifying the e12 gasket I bought to test out. I bought it here;
    https://www.ecstuning.com/b-uro-parts/windshield-seal/51311822185~uro/
     
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    Here is how the e12 gasket fits. It's correct at the bottom corners and about 2 inches too long at the top. I plan to make a cut and remove 1.5 inch, glue/cure and then test fit it. If it's still loose, I can take out more.
     

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    Will you be using this in an early or late e3 and what trim do you think will fit?
     
  12. duct-tape

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    I have early trim. From what I understand, the depth of the trim is the same, the width is different, but should fit. The early trim is narrower.
    No promises because my time seems to be managed by other people, but I will try to get the trim pulled out and test fit this weekend
     
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    The later trim is twice as tall, around 2”.
     
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    Been to Leno's a few times...he can either make, in house, or have made whatever he wants...it's good to be the king..:) unbelievable place.
     
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    My local dealer (Woodlands North) was able to ID the part and confirmed it is NLA but has put me on the backorder list. So it's still available for backorder which is better than some parts that can no longer be accessed in the system at all. So we'll see what happens. Only 399 left to order!
     
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    398, I've had an order in for over a year now.
     
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    there's actually 460 already preordered. which is why it was supposed to have a run done in march.
     

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