Gen 2 GTS Outer Stanchion Cover weatherstrip upgrade/replacement

Discussion in 'RT/10 and GTS Discussions' started by Snakewatching, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. Snakewatching

    Snakewatching Viper Owner

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    Knowing that the Gen 2's have issues with the weatherstripping for the Outer Stanchion Cover on the GTS (Part MS80RX8 passenger and MS81RX8 driver):

    1) Replacements are hard to get (if even still available for drivers side).

    2) It is very expensive to purchase a whole cover just to replace the weatherstrip.

    3) Original attachment is weak and can pop off if pressed hard.

    I am pursuing getting this issue solved for both Driver and Passenger side.

    I would like to make weatherstrip so it is stronger than OEM and an easy replacement process while looking OEM (at a reasonable cost).

    I could use items below if anyone can help me (PM me please).

    A) old weatherstrip piece (any length or condition) and/or junk outer Stanchion for testing (don't want to tear mine up just yet, unless I have to).

    B) any old drawing or OEM spec on who made the weatherstrip for Dodge (and the dimensions if possible).

    NOTE: This will take time (I am a busy guy).

    To gauge interest >> Who would be interested in the final product? (if my part works out).
     
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  2. MAVPR

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    I would be just in case I have a problem down the line.
     
  3. TalonTSi90

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    I would, but i dont have one yet, so... dont count on me lol.
     
  4. steve e

    steve e Viper Owner

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    Did all the years of gen 2 have a problem, my 99 seems perfect still like new.
     
  5. Ron

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    I am in whenever you find a solution -
     
  6. 1MEANSNAKE

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    I'd be in for a set, Mine suck!
     
  7. Snakewatching

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    I received my first sample weatherstrip and it looks promising.

    This weatherstrip (beyond normal attachment surface) has a curl of rubber that wraps over the outside front edge of the outer stanchion (which the OEM did not) for increased attachment strength.
     
  8. Ron

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    Pictures...?
     
  9. Snakewatching

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    Won't do pics until I get a "Test" outer stanchion.
     
  10. Snakewatching

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    The NEW test weatherstrip worked out really well. I am working on the install instructions.

    This outer weatherstrip should be able to be installed without removing any hardware, just prep work on the attachment point.

    NEW_Weatherstrip.jpg
     
  11. Mopar Steve

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    X2 My 99 is fine also.
     
  12. Snakewatching

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    My drivers side was damaged by transporter driver, getting in the car during a delivery, climbing through the drivers window to drive car out of trailer.
     
  13. Ron

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    Looking good
     
  14. Snakewatching

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    Anyone near western MD that needs their outer stanchion fixed in person? As a tester to my new kit?
     

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