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    Question Gen 2 GTS Outer Stanchion Cover weatherstrip upgrade/replacement

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

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

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    Default Re: Gen 2 GTS Outer Stanchion Cover weatherstrip upgrade/replacement

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

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    I am in whenever you find a solution -

    Ron - '96 GTS

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    Default Re: Gen 2 GTS Outer Stanchion Cover weatherstrip upgrade/replacement

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

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    Default Re: Gen 2 GTS Outer Stanchion Cover weatherstrip upgrade/replacement

    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.

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    Default Re: Gen 2 GTS Outer Stanchion Cover weatherstrip upgrade/replacement

    Pictures...?

    Ron - '96 GTS

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    Default Re: Gen 2 GTS Outer Stanchion Cover weatherstrip upgrade/replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron View Post
    Pictures...?
    Won't do pics until I get a "Test" outer stanchion.

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    Default Re: Gen 2 GTS Outer Stanchion Cover weatherstrip upgrade/replacement

    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

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    Default Re: Gen 2 GTS Outer Stanchion Cover weatherstrip upgrade/replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by steve e View Post
    Did all the years of gen 2 have a problem, my 99 seems perfect still like new.
    X2 My 99 is fine also.

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    Default Re: Gen 2 GTS Outer Stanchion Cover weatherstrip upgrade/replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by steve e View Post
    Did all the years of gen 2 have a problem, my 99 seems perfect still like new.
    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.

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    Looking good

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    Default Re: Gen 2 GTS Outer Stanchion Cover weatherstrip upgrade/replacement

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

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