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Old 11-20-2008, 06:28 AM   #1
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spg panel rubber trim? who sells them?

and how close are they to the originals? i only need to replace the rubber trim on one door panel. so i want to find a good match.
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:00 AM   #2
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Which panel do you need the weatherstrip for? I just did mine with a modified off-the-shelf molding from an online supplier. It is made of rubber so it won't get stiff or brittle over time. I had to improvise a special tool to cut off the extra liitle bit that I didn't need for the SPG panel weatherstrip profile. It took a while to make the tool, it has to consistently cut the exact same amount off on every strip--no small task.

I just did my SPG panels I'm installing. It looks really good on the car. Very similar to OEM in size and shape. Jon Williams has used an off-the-shelf product that is readily available. I think that the profile is different enough from OEM that you'd have to do all the panels to match, and the door panels need a butt joint on them because the material comes in a fixed length that is a little short.

I've considered making up some SPG weatherstrip kits for sale, but the off-the-shelf molding is $3.50 a foot plus shipping. I don't think I could mark it up enough to make it worth my while.

I'll get up a pic of the molding on the car when I get a chance. Or you can see it at the NYSOC Adirondack Saab Run. I'll be there with the car.
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I am looking for those pieces of rubber trim too.
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:38 PM   #4
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Got the rest of my SPG panels and the wheel arches on the car today. I only had one mount strip with clips for the wheel arches so I had to improvise. I had some sheet stainless laying around so I made some custom-bent clips. I actually like them better than the OEM mount. They are easy to get on and align and they hold incredibly well. They also don't hold water along the wheel arch edge like the OEM mounting strip. I put some aluminum duct tape tabs on the fender under them so they don't scratch the paint.

Here's the clips:


Here's the clips on a wheel arch scrap I had laying around:




And here's the pics of the SPG weatherstrip I made.

Here's a comparison in cross-section of the off-the-shelf molding, the molding after I cut it, and the OEM panel molding:


Here's the molding mounted on an SPG panel with 1/4" 3M mounting tape:


Here's a couple pics of the tool I improvised to cut the o-t-s molding to fit:


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that's really good stuff. Might need some help with some molding
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:35 AM   #6
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That's a clever tool, nice.
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:01 PM   #7
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At the Adirondack Saab Run yesterday I saw a nice '86 SPG. The car owner took Jon's advice and used the TrimBrite T4002 stick-on door edge molding for panel weatherstrip. It looks REAL nice and is WAAAY less expensive than what I used. I originally thought that the TrimBrite molding was "L" shaped and that's why I looked for another alternative. It is actually "T" shaped, and pretty darn close to the profile I got with my custom-cut molding. I think it's a little more rigid too, which is a good thing--you won't get a wavy edge. Jon told me if you superglue the seam that you have to put in the weatherstrip on the door panels, it's invisible. Wish I saw that before I went through all the trouble. Well at least there's a couple alternatives to OEM now.
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:55 PM   #8
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i might need some of that trim too..... first i must reassess my panels and check.
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My solution

my SPG panels had horrific stripping on them,, my solution was to use a type of windshield weatherstripping i had kicking around in the basement... the weatherstripping pushes between the panels and the body, and theres no need to even take the SPG panels off to fit it
install instrutions= start, cut to length, push between panel and body, end

hear are some pics of the outcome






i also could not get a clear pic of the side profile of the stripping, but here is a quick drawing to help illustrate
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Bumping this thread for my own interests later..

Trimbrite T4002 seems like a good option, but I would really like to see some pictures of it in use because the sellers pictures are terrible.

Also Turbocon86: Do you want to make another set of those fender arch mounting tabs? (I could probably make my own, but wasn't sure if you had a jig/die for them or something)
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