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Rear inner wing seal - good or bad?

Discussion in 'Bodywork & Interior' started by Willy Eckerslyke, Jun 14, 2018 at 6:06 PM.

  1. Willy Eckerslyke

    Willy Eckerslyke Well-Known Member

    Hello everyone,
    The rubber seal, held in a channel which runs horizontally above the rear wheel, then dips at the back... only visible once the rear wing is removed...
    Useless mud trap or valuable original detail? What's the consensus?

    I don't remember ever revealing one that wasn't supporting an accumulation of damp soil, encouraging rot to start. But if it's missing, does even more mud build up in the top, front corner of the rear wing?
    Having just spent an arm and a leg getting all outer panels resprayed, I really want to choose the best strategy for refitting them, so would appreciate your views.

    I do like to drive my P6, all year round. My intention is to remove the wings every couple of years to give it all a good going over, but I know how easily that couple of years can turn into three or four. So rust protection at this stage is obviously vital.
     
  2. Dave3066

    Dave3066 Active Member

    Hi Willy

    After getting into a black sticky mess trying to fit a new front wing seal I was thinking much the same about the effectiveness and necessity of these panel seals. I suspect that without a seal on the rear wing water might get up to the boot channel and into the boot. I also wonder if the panel fit might be affected by the compression of the seal ie if it wasn't there would the panel fit tight to the base unit?

    Cheers

    Dave
     
  3. Vern Klukas

    Vern Klukas Active Member

    Yes it does.

    Yours
    Vern
     
  4. Willy Eckerslyke

    Willy Eckerslyke Well-Known Member

    Thanks Dave and Vern.
    I feel some experimenting coming on... there must be a better method.
     
  5. unstable load

    unstable load Well-Known Member

    Sikaflex?
    You can get it in black and it would be more effective than a rubber seal if you put it where it needed to be rather than where it was meant to be.
     
  6. Willy Eckerslyke

    Willy Eckerslyke Well-Known Member

    That sounds a great idea for protecting the narrower areas along seams, etc. Thanks, I'll definitely get a tube or three.
     
  7. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Active Member

    I posted a picture of the said seal and bought 2 from Wins. Just glued them on with contact adhesive and refitted the rear wings.
    Needed a bit of push and shove to make them fit. Definitely stops mud etc getting up into the the upper boot area.
    Note : if it was fitted from new, it was needed and leaving it off when fitting the rear wings is a no no, ( in my opinion)
    Peter

    NOTE: the pic is the old seal :cool:
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    Last edited: Jun 17, 2018 at 1:17 PM
  8. sdibbers

    sdibbers Well-Known Member

    The modern approach is to not try and seal spaces like this but to have free airflow. I think the sikaflex with smooth transitions to stop mid build up make a lot of sense.
     
  9. Willy Eckerslyke

    Willy Eckerslyke Well-Known Member

    Vern, thanks for posting the photo. That's not the area I originally asked about but is one I need to consider. I really don't like the original design of that vertical seal but hadn't appreciated that it prevents dirt being thrown up as you describe - accurately I'm sure.
    I'm now all the more determined to trial fit an old wing with a variety of home-made seals to see if I can find an improvement...

    "The modern approach is to not try and seal spaces like this but to have free airflow. I think the sikaflex with smooth transitions to stop mud build up make a lot of sense."
    It does indeed, but the modern approach is also to fit more substantial guards boxing in the entire area which could be the ideal solution. Not practical at the front but may be possible at the rear.
     

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