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Thread: outer door handle gaskets E34, E32, E36, Z3 - NEW

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    Default outer door handle gaskets E34, E32, E36, Z3 - NEW

    The friendly dealer does not sell them as single items, but only the much more expensive door handles complete. The cheaper solution:
    ONE set of rubber trim for your outer door handle, 1 set = 4 pieces.
    These will crack or, over time, it will just wear out. The last thing you want creeping inside your door handle is water & dirt. They will no doubt damage your door lock mechanism.
    The old ones could look like this
    http://i39.tinypic.com/aag8yx.jpg
    http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/...e/Photo003.jpg
    http://i41.tinypic.com/10y0vtj.jpg

    1 set = 4 pieces for 4-door:
    rear http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=...n8HYh4l5k2TGxc
    front
    http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=...yDrIh4l5k2TGxc
    http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=...QjLYh4l5k2TGxc

    It will fit all E32 - 7 series, E34 - 5 series, E36 - 3 series and the Z3 series.
    On E36
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...2/DSCF0354.jpg
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...2/DSCF0356.jpg

    Price: U.S. $ 30.00 per set including shipping by unregistered airmail ex Japan. Delivery time: ex stock as long as stock lasts.
    Payment: Paypal.
    Should the parcel be subjected to import, customs, GST, VAT or sales tax, you are responsible to pay them. Send me a private message (PM) in case of interest with your complete shipping address and I will inform the Paypal account.
    Installation: (examples)
    Z3, also applicable similar to other models http://www.angelfire.com/de3/bimmert...odoortrim.html
    http://infinitier.ddo.jp/e32/page/ma...inte_50702.htm
    This is the door handle replacement procedure, same applies to the gasket/seal only http://www.bmw4life.com/doorHandle.htm

    2 door sets also available for Z3, E36 Coupe, set $18 including shipping by non registered airmail
    Last edited by shogun; 03-20-2016 at 07:12 PM. Reason: added 2-door handle price

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    @Mr._Graybeard
    It's in the mail to you. I took them out of the wrapping for easier shipping. The 2 with the larger holes are for the front doors. The large holes are for the door locks.
    The other 2 for the rear doors. It makes it easier to install the gaskets when you warm them up a bit before installing so they are more flexible.
    In summer time no problem, but in winter it is recommendable to warm them up so that the material is more flexible and they fit easy.

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    Thanks Erich!

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    here another good instruction from the japanese E34 DIY corner
    http://dd.jpn.org/BMW_HP/20060508/index.shtml

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    Feedback info for E36 owners from a 1998 E36 328iC Cabriolet owner,

    I did mine yesterday. Look through the hole and find the small sheet metal piece in there. Put the paint can opener at the top and just off the edge of this. Push towards the outside of the door and forward. Move down a little each time and try again. You will hit it. It isn't visible in my 328ic. Took me 31 days for the drivers side and 3 minutes for the passenger side. When mine released you could see the outside panel release from the door.
    lightflyer1 Location: Austin, Texas E36 328iC 1998

    pics E36

    http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=...FEboh4l5k2TGxc
    http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=...%2Foh4l5k2TGxc
    http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=...D7goh4l5k2TGxc
    http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=...Hy4Yh4l5k2TGxc

    Marty:
    I own a 328i coupe and recently changed the rubber trim. What a mission. There is a slider behind a gasket, but it is very difficult to find and move. If you lift the rubber seal on the top edge of the door (where the window meets the sill just above the latch) you will find a very small gasket (see picture). If you look inside this gasket you will see a lever that moves down when you lift the door handle (a curved grey dull colour).
    The slider is directly behind this (a few millimetres towards the front) against the outside panel. The slider itself has gold/yellow appearance and is in the shape of an "L" with the bottom of the "L" sticking out from the panel. You can just see the tip of slider. Use a flexible LED torch that you can poke it into the gasket and light up the area. Its hopeless shining an ordinary torch into the gasket and trying to find it. You cant look in and shine the torch at the same time. The best way to slide it forward (towards the front of the car) is to use an Allen key. The Allen key allows you to get in behind the handle lever. If you can imagine the slider being an L shape and the Allen key being an L shape, then the idea is to push the bottom of the Allen key (tip of the L) against the tip of the L of the slider. Be careful as the locking mechanism is in very close proximity to the slider and you dont want to damage it.

    I my case the slider was difficult to move. But a few taps on the Allen key with the handle of a rubber grip screwdriver did the trick.

    Once you get the trim off and replace the rubber use the Allen key as a hook to pull the slider back.

    The best thing you can do is to find/make and LED flexible torch that will poke through the gasket. Once you do this and get a glimpse of the slider you will see how it all works. There is no need to pull the door apart.I hope this helps you guys. Its difficult to explain and even more difficult to photograph (even though I tried).

    The Slider tip is just in front of the door handle lever (see the pic for details). Its between a small piece of painted sheet metal on the inside of the outer panel (just visible through the gasket) and the door handle lever.
    Hope these pictures explain things a bit better.

    Marty New Zealand 328i E36
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    Last edited by shogun; 11-21-2009 at 11:02 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shogun View Post
    @John in CT
    1 set sent out today to Derby, CT

    thanks
    Shogun; Got 'em last Saturday, amazing speed,

    TY,

    John

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    Thanks John for the feedback.

    The set for David Hunter was sent out today to Nashville, TN for his E34iT

    more feedback:
    I ordered a set of these a while back and they fit like a glove. Nice and pliable, and fit PERFECT. I read other posts about crap parts that had a ton of flashing, would break when installed and these are not like that at all. All four of them for my E34 fit perfect, no trimming necessary and once out of the package they were very soft.

    They are shipped quickly and packaged individual with cardboard backers.

    So to prove it, I went out at 9:00 PM and removed my door gasket just so I could show you. That should tell you something...This is my gasket which has been on the car for about 2 months now.

    A point to note here, I don't take parts off my car at 9:00 at night for nothing. It is only because I think these parts are great and I would recommend them without hesitation.
    http://briandejong.com/BMW/DG/_MG_3353.jpg
    Look how nicely it fits. The gasket overlaps the handle cover perfectly, not to tight and not to loose.
    http://briandejong.com/BMW/DG/_MG_3352.jpg
    This one shows how it fits around the corners.
    http://briandejong.com/BMW/DG/_MG_3347.jpg

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    jhughes E34 525 : Shogun's seals are damn perfect. Soft, pliable, and precisely fitting. Totally top-notch product- these seals completely surpassed my expectations.
    Last edited by shogun; 01-19-2010 at 02:35 AM.

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    I bought these and it was the fastest shipping i have ever seen and they look great!

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    Here a video how to do on the E36, made by jbate and his comment:
    This video will give you an idea of what you have to do while the handle is still in the door. First you need to pull the rubber cover back. I have seen a DIY where the guy used a paint gallon lid opener, I used a set of picks. The whole thing is done by feel because you can't see a damn thing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGE7n...layer_embedded

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    Thanks Shogun. Just received my door handle gaskets!!

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