Author Topic: Rubber Seal for Front Wheel Well Splash Guards  (Read 2134 times)

Leester

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Rubber Seal for Front Wheel Well Splash Guards
« on: June 17, 2022, 16:54:40 »
For the body experts out there I am not seeing how the rubber seal is properly attached to the splash guards. In earlier posts the orientation of the seal to splash guard is explained but the metal splash guard, at its lower end (nearest the rocker panel) has bends in two different planes. See picture 0060.

I can force the rubber seal in both planes as seen in 0061 or I can cut the seal below the clip in picture 0057. The seal is an MB original and it doesn't seem like MB would provide a seal that had to have several inches cut out of it (but it does have a part number beginning with 107). But it also doesn't seem as though the seal is made to change planes as would be required if its not cut.

To clarify positioning, looking at image 0057, the pointed end of the splash guard at the left is at the bottom of the wheel well and nearest the rocker panel, at the right in that photo is the section of the splash guard at the very top of the fender.

Looked at many Motoring Investment images but the location of this panel and seal are such that the front tire is in the way of getting a good camera shot behind it.

Thanks in advance, Lee

Lee Backus
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Re: Rubber Seal for Front Wheel Well Splash Guards
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2022, 17:14:00 »
Hi Lee,

the seal doesn't take the turn onto the rocker panel flange, just cut it to fit. Be sure to use the 3M gasket adhesive and make sure its all the way seated on the flange.

Chris

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Re: Rubber Seal for Front Wheel Well Splash Guards
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2022, 21:57:06 »
Many thanks Chris, exactly what I needed to know.

Yes, I have the 3M gasket adhesive and will make sure its seated and secure on the flange.

I didn't take this car apart so some of the reassembly has been quite a puzzle. Thanks again. And great photo.

Lee
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Re: Rubber Seal for Front Wheel Well Splash Guards
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2022, 20:33:53 »
Splash guards ? I have never seen these before. Were they a factory option for all pagodas ?
How many of you guys have these on their cars ? Were they body colored ?
Interesting. Learn something every day.

jz
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Re: Rubber Seal for Front Wheel Well Splash Guards
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2022, 22:40:55 »
Hi Zak,

Its my understanding all cars came off the line with them. If MB hadn't designed them in, rust would have been an even greater problem since water and mud would be thrown off the front wheels into a huge open cavity.

As to color, mine were painted body color and when my car was painted, we painted these in body color. I believe that is correct but don't know it to be factually correct.

Thanks again to Chris. I cut the rubber seals at what seems to be the right place and installed the shields but the screws I had earmarked to use weren't big enough. After I get some larger size screws I will post more pictures of the finished install. Of course, it won't look any different from Chris's photo except for the color.   Lee
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Re: Rubber Seal for Front Wheel Well Splash Guards
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2022, 03:30:11 »
I am working on these too. All cars had them and they were body color.
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Re: Rubber Seal for Front Wheel Well Splash Guards
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2022, 15:25:16 »
I concur, the inner splash panels should be painted to match the body.

The wheels wells should also be painted to body color.
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Re: Rubber Seal for Front Wheel Well Splash Guards
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2022, 20:27:27 »
So they are only installed on the front wheels  and all pagodas came with them originally?
How many members have the splash guards on their cars today?

jz 
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Re: Rubber Seal for Front Wheel Well Splash Guards
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2022, 20:42:43 »
So they are only installed on the front wheels  and all pagodas came with them originally?
How many members have the splash guards on their cars today?

jz

Yes, front only. I think if you don’t have them, you are collecting a lot of dirt and debris in between the inner fender and the body. That’s quiet a gap.
These are available and not very expensive.
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Re: Rubber Seal for Front Wheel Well Splash Guards
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2022, 19:44:58 »
Looks great Dirk in body color. Very clean and neat look too.

jz
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