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The Final Summer Push



Day ~63 – 68

I’m trying to get a whole bunch of things done so that I can drive this car before winter comes and as you may know, it comes pretty quick around here.

Weather Stripping/Seals
- Driver/Passenger Doors Seals (Uro)
I had read some negative reviews about the Uro door seals but I also read that some weren’t happy with the OEM version. Given the big price difference, I cheaped out and went with the Uro door seals. Installing the door seals, is a slight bitch. Jamming it in to the aluminum bracket channel isn’t fun and then removing it to add weather stripping adhesive is even less fun. When sticking the trim to the frame curvatures (where there is no channel), it’s not as it does not want to stay in place.


Following the window adjustment, here are my issues with the URO door seals L


- Trunk Seal (OEM)
Much easier than the door seals, I simply stretched it out in to place and glued it in with some binder clips.


- Front & Back Windshields (OEM)
As with the headliner install, I followed ClayW’s instructions (BMW2002FAQ) for installation. Installing the glass with the seal was surprisingly easy, installing the lock-strip was a little more difficult but with the help of a lock-strip tool it wasn’t that bad.

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Interior Finishing
- B-Pillar Trim
I cut and glued in some new vinyl trim (fabric) on the B-pillars. Similar to what I did on the A-pillars but without a foam backing.

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- Door Cards (Rear)
Cleaned them up, popped in new clips and installed them.


- Carpet
I purchased a carpet from Esty way back in Feb of 2015, it was finally time to install it. I used Myrtle’s instructions (BMW2002FAQ). It went in pretty easy, but like most things it was time consuming. About the carpet, I don’t like the way the 2 front pieces (driver/passenger “mats”) sit, they have pleats… but Esty does not recommend any additional insulation/sound deadening below the carpet so maybe the additional ½” - ¾“ made the difference. I think the pleats might ease out with some heat/time.

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- Handbrake Bearing Upgrade
Installed the handbrake bearing upgrade I purchased from williamggruff (BMW2002FAQ), seems like a big improvement for little effort & money.


- Seat Belts
They functioned properly, so I simply washed them with some liquid laundry detergent and hung them out to dry before re-installing them

- Speakers
The front speakers were originally in custom pods when the foot rest would normally be, I didn’t like that… so I mounted them under the dash. I’ll see how that works out, and might change it in the future but for now, out of sight out of mind.


- Seats/Steering
Re-Installed the Moto-Lite wood wheel on the weekend… then re-installed the lovely E21 Reccaro seats from Aardvark Racing, last night. Now I have somewhere to sit while bleeding the brakes.


Exterior Trim
- Cleaned and installed the lower (knee) trim. I used Meguir’s plastic cleaner followed by the polish. They came out pretty good.
- Installed the door window finishers.
- 1 of the clips was aftermarket and didn’t really hold the trim, so being an impatient SOB, I rigged up a new clip with some scrap aluminum, a bolt and some steel weld.



Exhaust / Wideband
- I went to a local muffler shop (Federal Muffler) and had a bung installed for the O2 sensor. I sanded it, and painted it with some VHT exhaust paint. Upon installation, I noticed the fit was tighter than I expected (transmission support bar), so I pulled that off and modified it slightly for more clearance


- I did the ASPX O2 sensor calibration and waiting to fire it up and see what’s what.

The trunk and the hood were still at the paint shop, unfortunately the hood won’t fit in my XC60 but the trunk lid did.


Popped the trunk on, it still needs some alignment but at least it’s out of the way.

Up next…
  • Take 2, at bleeding brakes, 1 of the fittings is leaking, seems like it’s not seating properly :(, nothings ever easy with this piece of junk.
  • Timing & Carb adjustment. I ordered a Innova advanced timing light but before trying that out, I want to rig up a bracket for a throttle return spring.
  • Building a new center console. To accommodate the new gauges & switches.
  • and some other stuff I can't think of right now.


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18 minutes ago, duckdudess said:

What did you use for "weatherstripping adhesive" to get the Uro door seals to stick?  Nothing I've tried has worked.

Permatex Super Weatherstrip Adhesive, 59 mL

It used to be called Permatex Weatherstrip Adhesive "Pit Crews Choice" or something... because the first tube I bought was of that, then the labeling changed slightly. Don't use too much, put some on each side (body + strip), make sure there's no powder (if it's new). It's especially important to wait until it's tacky, then attach.


It looks and behaves like Armaflex adhesive (armaflex, the insulation for refrigeration piping), if you have some of that you could test it out.


Edited by MildSeven

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Car looks great!

So you don't recommend the URO door seals? But the windshield seals ok?

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16 hours ago, ClarenceTE72 said:

Car looks great!

So you don't recommend the URO door seals? But the windshield seals ok?


Well, I'm not sure if I would recommend them but I would buy them (door seals) again. My logic is... I had read that the OEM seals aren't perfect either and there's a significant difference in price.

There are a lot of  opinions out there, not installing the seals properly, not adjusting the windows accordingly... etc. There's a "current" thread in the gen. discussion forum on the subject.


The reasons I bought the OEM windshield seals, the price difference isn't that substantial plus they're holding in the windshield in front of my face :P . I can't say that I've read anything bad about the URO windshield seals... but I also haven't really dug in to it.


good luck!



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