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    FYI - don't get the malaysian door handle seals unless you have a 91+ car, because they don't fit on the older ones, like my 89.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesAFerg
    FYI - don't get the malaysian door handle seals unless you have a 91+ car, because they don't fit on the older ones, like my 89.
    Any idea where to get new ones for an older ('89) 535i?

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    what's the problem, Charles? What is the exact difference?

    01 DOOR HANDLE OUTER LEFT 1 up to 09/1991 51221928207 $59.15
    01 DOOR HANDLE OUTER RIGHT 1 up to 09/1991 51221928208 $59.15

    http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...=41&fg=45&hl=1

    01 DOOR HANDLE OUTER LEFT 1 from 09/1991 51228138951 $59.15
    01 DOOR HANDLE OUTER RIGHT 1 from 09/1991 51228138952 $59.15
    http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...=41&fg=45&hl=1

    I have sold >100 sets in Japan, but never got a complain. But I do not know if one of them has an E34 built before 09/91.

    On the other hand, maybe someone here has bought some from Malaysia and installed them successfully on his E34 built before 09.91?

    @JMI: there is no other supplier worldwide, only these.

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    not necesarily..my door handle stick up,because it interferes with the trim around the handle itself..its an ongoing project.At the moment the trim is off..it doesnt notice on my car because its black!
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    I've installed the new seals for my 89 and 90 cars without any problem. If you take your time to install them correctly then they work perfectly.

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    That is what I thought so far. I tell all people which buy them to heat them up with a bit with warm/hot water or a hair dryer, that they become very flexible to fit snug when installing them. Especially now in winter time the gaskets are of course hard when cold.
    And I give them this instruction in Japanese with pics as I have done it.
    http://infinitier.ddo.jp/e32/page/ma...inte_50702.htm

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    Probably as good a time as any to remind folks that WD40 is not a lubricant. Even if WD40 does help remove the corrosion and free-up the handle hinge, the best thing to do is to lubricate the mechanism afterward with a real lubricant that stays around to continue the job.

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    I use silicone lubricants on my door handles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shogun
    That is what I thought so far. I tell all people which buy them to heat them up with a bit with warm/hot water or a hair dryer, that they become very flexible to fit snug when installing them. Especially now in winter time the gaskets are of course hard when cold.
    And I give them this instruction in Japanese with pics as I have done it.
    http://infinitier.ddo.jp/e32/page/ma...inte_50702.htm
    I tried in both summer and winter, heated them up and left them cold, even left them in the sun.

    I did that, they don't fit properly, even when heated up - they would be too large, I'll show you guys.

    The little holes for the pins were like a millimeter too far apart to get the tiny little pins into. Every hole, because of the difference, would be about an extra milliliter too far away. The plastic piece was slightly too wide.
    The one from the dealer fit PERFECTLY. That proves I was doing it correctly.

    I still have a dealer piece that I haven't installed yet, I'll find my malaysian ones and show you.
    Maybe I got a bad batch, because I do remember some other people having the same problem.
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