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I bought the above seal from minispares today, to fit onto my 1990 cooper. The boot was off the car for painting, however the hinges were not removed from the body. I fitted the boot to the hinges (with gaskets) and got it aligned well without the seal.
When I put the seal on (both ways) I can’t get it to close, even with 2 people pushing against the boot.
I’ve read on here that other people have had problems with this.
Is the best solution to bend the latch from the upper panel of the boot down? I guess If I can get the boot to close, the rubber will morph into shape over time?
Second question, which way around does the seal go? Pic 2 looks better to me (and fitted slightly better).
Thanks as always.