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Old August 15th, 2011, 10:55 AM
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Windshield seal...any input on manufacturer?

So, there are several different windshield seals out there - Genuine, Allmakes, Proline, Britpart, etc. They all seem to have huge swings in price (from $35-$144) for the same/similar part MUC3733. Anyone have experience with these various brands, and at different pricepoints?

I'm thinking of going middle of the road ($70-ish), but figured I'd throw it out there first - if the cheapies are as good then heck I'll go $35. Just want to do it once and be done with it (versus if the corners crack/etc right away on a cheaper one and needing to replace it in a year or two).

Thoughts?
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Old August 15th, 2011, 11:21 AM
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I did non genuine from rn last time and it was fine but if I did it again I would go genuine.
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Old August 15th, 2011, 11:26 AM
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Why, what differences did you see?
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Old August 15th, 2011, 12:16 PM
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Looked smaller
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Old August 15th, 2011, 12:51 PM
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Wish there was a database on all of these parts and suppliers/mfg's. Sometimes the differences are small and insignificant, othertimes they can be make or break the performance of the part. So far I have found Britpart to generally be the worst with Allmakes and Proline about the same, but it varies from part to part.
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britpart SUCKS. It all depends on the part I am buying, I have found genuine parts gaskets etc to be better. Same goes for any parts of the clutch/brake hydraulic system.
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Old August 15th, 2011, 01:16 PM
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I bought my genuine parts one from George at RDS - I think it was around $75. Buy a good one you don't want to have to do that twice (or three times like I will on my Porsche 356 - second defective windshield seal in a row is failing on me after two months).
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Old August 15th, 2011, 01:37 PM
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Well, genuine it is...I was sort of leaning that way just because the windshield is a big enough job that I wouldn't want to do it twice. And with the potential issues others saw, I'd be worth another $50 or more to save the extra hours or removing/reinstalling a second time.
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The Genuine seal is definitely different, even from the OE seal. It is smaller and a better fit as Barry mentioned. In the last month I replaced my windscreen with a heated screen and Genuine seal and another windscreen with an "OE" seal from RDS. There is a difference. The one from George worked fine, it is slightly larger and had some slack once it was installed on the windscreen, but it fit fine into the frame. The Genuine one fits perfectly. Only time will tell which one cracks first.

Regardless of which seal be sure you use plenty of lubrication
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Weird I thought the not genuine was smaller
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In comparison to the OE from RDS the Genuine was smaller. Not sure about the proline...
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Jason, I have a D90 genuine still in the box if interested. I live/work in the Reston area. Paypal accepted $70, plus $5 for shipping. I had my windshield replaced last month and was able to re-use the original.
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Jason, I have a D90 genuine still in the box if interested. I live/work in the Reston area. Paypal accepted $70, plus $5 for shipping. I had my windshield replaced last month and was able to re-use the original.
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I'll take it! I was going to order one up, but not really in a rush for it...so I can just grab yours. I'm out of town now, but will be back hopefully this Friday. Your call, I can grab it from you in Reston if you'd like or if it's easier for you I can PayPal you and have you ship. Shoot me an email jasonlavender <at> gmail dot com and we'll get the ball rolling...

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I used a britpart one for mine. Went in just fine and is working great.
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