Side window weatherstrip question.

Smokey15

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Aug 13, 2017
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Caledonia, MI
I'm have trouble getting the door glass to fit properly in the weatherstrip. First problem I had was trying to install door glass that, after spending many hours on, was about 3/16 too wide. So, after getting new glass, it's kicking my butt trying to get it to fit properly. The adjustments were way out of wack from trying to fit previous glass. I have a diagram showing how to adjust glass. I can get it to fit nicely when I shut the door, but when I get inside and try rolling it up it will bind in the weatherstrip on the A pillar, leaving a gap at the top. What I'm wondering is if I have the weatherstrip installed properly.
On the stainless weatherstrip track that the weatherstrip installs in, there is one "channel" for the weatherstrip lip to fit into on the 'outer side". There are two 'channels' on the inner side. One is at the very top and one farther down. I have the weatherstrip in the top one. I removed the weatherstrip from one side of the car. (yes, I trashed a new one) and installed (no glue) a different weatherstrip with the inside in the lower. It looks better but I can't really try to fit the glass without it being fully installed. Which 'inner channel' is correct?
 

krabben1

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Cant tell without pics.Did you loosen the three window guides?The ones uptop under where the rail goes,with the felt glued on them? They are the "kickers" for how it stands when adjusting.
When I did mine,I kept the glass about a half inch from the top when I lined it all up.
 

xten

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Sep 24, 2014
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Pittsburgh, Pa.
Hey Smokey, those windows are ignorant. Question; Does the window go all the way up when the door is open? I've had some luck putting the window up and loosening all the adjustments. See where the window is comfortable in the weatherstrip. Might have to have someone on the outside to push the window in at the top before you tighten it up. This always gave me a good starting point. Make fine tune adjustments from there. Hope you git'er. They can be frustrating.
 

Smokey15

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Aug 13, 2017
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Caledonia, MI
Thank You, Guys.
The windows roll all the way up when the door is open. When I get in, shut the door, roll the window down, it will not roll all the way up. I'll get some pics up. I was wondering if I was installing weatherstrip too far up in the channel as well.
 

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Mar 27, 2016
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Yes pictures will help, does sound like the adjustment , should be easier, when you show pictures of the window up, and then have someone take pictures when you roll down and then when you try and roll it up, should be able to see when it is binding up.
 

badazz81z28

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May 4, 2001
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Alabama
I have the same issue on the driver side. I just swapped the regulator today and will adjust it again. I think the problem is too much tilt inward
 

ULTM8Z

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May 19, 2000
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Los Angeles
One thing I had to do was to shim the weatherstrip channel in the center since the curvature of the roof rail didn't quite match the window. The window curvature is a little flatter than the roof rail. Basically I brought the weatherstripping a little closer to the window in the center area.

What the shimming allows for is to not have to roll the window up so far that the front of the window jams into the A-pillar portion.
 

Smokey15

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Aug 13, 2017
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Caledonia, MI
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First picture points to the upper groove in the channel.
Second one points to lower groove.
Third shows where glass binds when trying to roll up with door closed.
Fourth shows where it doesn't seal at the top of window.
 




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