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I bought the tool below and am not impressed. Either I'm doing it wrong or it's just a crappy tool. It scratches and gouges the lock strip and doesn't really place it well as it goes around. The tool in the FAQ tech article has a roller and would seem to place equal pressure on the strip as you go along, but it's no longer for sale on that link. 

 

I spent all morning struggling with this thing and just broke for lunch when I discovered only half the strip was locked down after my second go round. Argh. Yes I'm lubing as I go with Dawn liquid but, argh again. I hate this thing.

 

Anyone?

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That's the same tool I used and it worked great for me. It did leave a couple small marks on the lock strip, basically anywhere I stopped to reposition. Are you holding the tool so it is leading the strip as it goes in or so it is is following it? It has to lead the strip. Here's the link to the 2 part video I watched about 30 times before I did it. You may have already seen it.



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Sorry. It's a 3 part video. You can start watching here...



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Well Nick after checking out the video, your problem is obvious. 

 

You need at least 2 and 1/2 additional guys to help you out...

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Yeah, that's how I'm using it. After lunch I improvised by following the tool with a screw driver wedged behind it perpendicularly that pushed the strip down as I went. Worked much better.

 

Not happy with the scratches on the $50 plastic strip, but so it goes. Thx for the reply.

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18 minutes ago, Vicleonardo1 said:

You need at least 2 and 1/2 additional guys to help you out...

So simple.

From now on, take a trunk load of parts to the Vintage (or Brisbane or Bimmerfest), then stand back and let the elves work their magic.

 

Kludger elf, not Keebler.

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Nick, problem is not your tool or person doing the job. what’s the temp in your garage? that’s job for days that temp is 80+

Did you soak lockstrip in warm water?

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1 hour ago, Buckeye said:

Nick, problem is not your tool or person doing the job. what’s the temp in your garage? that’s job for days that temp is 80+

Did you soak lockstrip in warm water?

1) 50 degrees

2) yes

3) argh

4) got the front one in. Giving up until I get back from vacay for the second stinkin' lousy godforsaken POS rear one. 

 

Thanks guys!

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I thought the current thought was to put the lock strip in first, then mount the window. I've never done it that way but....

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I had big problems with the new lock strip being twisted and then naturally wanting to twist in the rubber. Definitely need heat, if it’s cold by you (it’s 35 degrees Celsius here by the way), I would take it into a warm room and let it relax on the floor until it is flat and untwisted. I also made my own tool from braising rod which worked fine when I overcome the twisting problem. 

 

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so,

 the guy putting the lock strip is me.

you can put it in any time of year.

i have put them in during the dead

cold of winter. just the opposite in this

case, the sun was blazing down and

the body of the car was hot enough

to cook an egg. soak the strip in hot

water before you put it in. then while

you push that particular tool, it was the

first time i had every used the tool in the

video. smooth action and having the

strip rolled in the correct orientation

is most important. also, more than 100

front and rear glass make it easier.

just go slow and steady.

stone

 

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