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I have my new seals fitted and put the glass back in for my front windshield and rear window. I also have the filler strip insertion tool - handle with diamond shape wire for opening up the seal to install the filler strip.
My question for those that have installed their own seals, glass, & filler strip is what is the right technique for installing the filler strip. I originally went to use my old seals and managed to tear the seal - probably in part due to its age. This was probably a blessing as I was trying to save some $$ and was probably a bad idea.
Now I am concerned about damaging the new seal and my first attempts to install the filler strip did not go well - can anyone help with some pointers on how best to accomplish the installation????
Thanks for any help!
2012 Surf Blue Countryman S with Blackjack accents and matte black striping...
I did it late this past winter without the benefit of that post. First, make sure its really warm when you work...trust me on that. Second, I used white lithium grease to lubricate the channel before insterting the strip. Messy but I found it worked a lot better than soapy water, windhshield cleaner, silicon spray. But maybe if I had not been doing this in like 35-40 degrees the less greasy methods might have worked. Also, it takes some elbow grease to get going but once its under way it goes fairly smoothly. The tool is funky and it takes a few tries to get a feel for how it works. I found at times I had to sort of work it side to side to get the strip down in the channel. It left some dents in the strip but those went away after we thawed out. Check the fitting as you go along, you likely will need at some points to partly pull it back out and re-do a section to get it properly fit down in the channel. When you begin, you should check the centering of the starting point at least till you round the first corner, as it will shift from pulling. Use a very sharp razor knife to cut the end when you are fully around for a nice tight fit. When done, use your fingernail or something very thin to work the lip of the rubber up over the strip where it is puckered. Then clean it up and admire your good work!
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