I got started installing the side rail weatherstrip. I'm not real happy with the SoffSeal parts. They just are not shaped shaped correctly. They are wavy and I don't think they will seal correctly. The 40 year old ones look better but they are worn and have broken hardware.
I see that Steele Rubber Products has the steel core in their seals like originals. Has anyone tried those?
Does anyone have an opinion which convertible top weather strip is the best?
Well, I guess no one has an opinion of the best weatherstrip. I'll share the research I have done. Maybe it will help some one else. I saw that SoffSeal has two different sets available. The website said "the highest quality products". I called them to see what the difference is. One is cloth covered the other is not. I was surprised that the cloth covered one is the cheaper one.
Then I looked at East Coast Chevy's online catalog and it showed three choices, one T&N and two A&M. I called them and was told that T&N no longer makes the seals for the convertible top. The other two they sell are by SoffSeal. They said they believe Steele Rubber Products makes the best seals at this time. They think those are the only two manufacturers now.
I checked Steele's website. It said their seals have a metal core like the originals. I called to ask if they are cloth covered. They said they were not but they would sell me the cloth to cover them myself. Their cost for the seals are $441.59 plus the cost for the cloth tape. That is about $100 or $150 more than anyone else but I would pay it if it is a good quality product. I just haven't heard any reviews from anyone who has used their brand.
Ecklers sells a set. The website says "Best Quality Reproduction Of Original, superior weatherstrip". But I'm not sure if any of this is true. I would love to hear from anyone who has tried them.
Everybody advertises "Best Quality Reproduction Of Original". But if there only two manufacturers are all the sellers of the cheaper weatherstrip just selling SoffSeal sets? I would like to get more information before shelling out another $450 to buy the Steele product.
Sorry I was not able to help you. I have ZERO experience with top weatherstrip not made by GM or T & N.
If they sell the cloth material, I would buy that and cover yours. The metal studs could be replaced for less then the cost of new parts if it is only a few.
Another option is this: I have the parts seen in the photos. These are T & N and were from a broken set. I will sell these. They are cloth covered and all 4 studs in each are fine. These are the middle ones. Dusty from years of setting on the shelf. They will work just fine and clean up with Windex and a soft brush.
Let me know it they will help you.
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