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RR Rear Upper Tailgate bottom rubber seal fitting


Tony Carter
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Hi all.

I have just bought and fitted a new replacement Aluminium upper tail gate for my Rangie, but cannot work out how to fit the Aluminium channel that holds the bottom rubber seal in.

If I fit (pop rivet) the Aluminium channel in place, it would seem impossible to then fit the rubber seal, which "looks" like it is meant to slide in "somehow".

Does anyone have any ideas how to fit the Aluminuium channel and rubber seal ?

Thanks in advance.

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I rivetted it on, then gently pushed the seal into the channel, inch by inch using a blunt trim removal tool. A wee bit of lubricant ( I used Hellerine) helped enormously.

So did I. With alot of swearing. Try to resist the temptation to throw the tailgate across the drive and stamp on it! Take it out on the old one instead! Anyway, above method works fine.

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With enormous difficulty, and probably the odd stabbed finger.

I rivetted it on, then gently pushed the seal into the channel, inch by inch using a blunt trim removal tool. A wee bit of lubricant ( I used Hellerine) helped enormously.

I have just tried to rivit ithe Aluminium channel in place but my rivet gun wont get in close enough to pop the rivet! I have fixed the Aluminium channel in place with tiny self tapping screws. (I hope the heads dont stop the rubber going in!) Tomorrow I will try and fit the ruber!!!!

Watch this space...

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So did I. With alot of swearing. Try to resist the temptation to throw the tailgate across the drive and stamp on it! Take it out on the old one instead! Anyway, above method works fine.

Fortunately, I cant throw ithe old tailgate.. I took it down the skip, as the trail of rust was making a mess of the garage!!

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I used self tappers on mine and it seemed like it was gonna be an impossible job to get the seal to stay in as you work along.

I used an old bone handled cutlery knife with a nice flat, thin, wide blade and ground the rounded end square - much better than a screw driver to feed the seal in.

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real PITA job...

i had not actually slid the thing in because i was not managing...

what i had done was offered the seal to the metal thing and pushed it in all along the way from both sides bit by bit using a screwdriver.. took a long time and you get very close to resorting to an angle grinder and cutting the whole window up....

I too had used rivets by grinding off a piece of the rivet gun head and it worked a treat...

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