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#1 AlasdairM

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Posted 13 May 2020 - 09:05 PM

Hi folks (Sorry I’m always posting on here these days- furlough means lots of mini work!)

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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.

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#2 MiddletoM

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Posted 13 May 2020 - 09:19 PM

pic 2 looks to be correct, you want the seal curving out away from the boot opening (best description i can come up with).

 

I had/have the same issue. I really have to lean onto the boot latch to close and lock it. really not ideal as i feel like its too much pressure on the latch

 

Id like to know if the material has changed, i definitely think the "rubber" windscreen seals have changed, its an absolute bugger getting windscreens in with new seals. The door seals arent too bad but you do need to keep moving the door catch inwards as the seals settle.



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Posted 13 May 2020 - 09:19 PM

I bought the mini spares one and had the same problem. I was advised to buy another from Pheonix and use that instead. The phoenix one was tough to close as well but not nearly as bad. Once shut i left it closed for a few weeks and it got easier to close the next time. No its a breeze.

Pic 2 is the correct way. Make sure you put the seem on the bottom as well.

Edited by kit352, 13 May 2020 - 09:20 PM.


#4 AlasdairM

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Posted 13 May 2020 - 09:27 PM

Ok I’ll keep trying to ram this one tight and if I can’t get it, I’ll give up and go for Phoenix.

Thanks. I’ll stick with pic 2. I was in the middle of peeling it off to turn it around- but thanks.

#5 RedRuby

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Posted 13 May 2020 - 09:43 PM

I had a similar problem after restoration. I ordered the boot hinge gasket set and when fitted it made closing the boot lid much easier. The boot lid/hinge gaskets probably do little but the hinge / body gaskets move the boot lid out a little which helped.



#6 AlasdairM

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Posted 13 May 2020 - 09:54 PM

Thanks but I already have the gaskets fitted.

Has anyone tried bending the latch down?

Edited by AlasdairM, 13 May 2020 - 09:55 PM.


#7 Harry L

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Posted 13 May 2020 - 09:55 PM

Second photo is correct, with it fitted the way in the first photo, it doesn't seal around the corners properly (ask me how I know  :whistling: )

 

Mine was extremely hard to close the first few times too, but after leaving it shut and a few sunny days it feels perfectly normal. I think they just need to bed in a bit.

 

If it absolutely won't close, you can 'adjust' the plate where the latch goes a little with mole grips, you still want a good tight fit though so it seals correctly.



#8 MikeRotherham

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Posted 14 May 2020 - 07:42 AM

Personally, I wouldn't try bending the latching plate. The paint could crack.

 

I think this is another case of a the type of rubber on a modern replacement having different characteristics to the original.


Edited by MikeRotherham, 14 May 2020 - 07:43 AM.


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Posted 21 November 2021 - 01:29 PM

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pic 2 looks to be correct, you want the seal curving out away from the boot opening (best description i can come up with).

Bringing this post up, I fitted this new seal for 6mths and have been getting leak in my boot specifically on the left & right as well as centre. I think I may not have adjusted the seal correctly.

While I have fitted the seal the right way, I realised that the seal flap can be tilted to provide a good sealing effect. However, which way should be the correct way? I have drawn out something on my phone for reference. (Pardon my bad drawing)

Also, the centre leak seems to drip from where the reinforced strike plate (on body) meets the latch. Something to note is that part of the bottom seal is worn out by the latch but I don't think that is contributory. For this leak, should I put silicone to reinforce the area? Or get a pair of pliers and tighten the gap?

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Edited by rae07, 21 November 2021 - 01:30 PM.


#10 T.Harper

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Posted 23 November 2021 - 12:36 PM

Left, as per pic 2 above



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Posted 25 November 2021 - 03:39 AM

Thanks for reply. Appreciate it.




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