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Old 06-07-2010, 09:16 PM   #1
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DIY: Replacing Coupe Edge Protector (drooping door seal)

After trying a variety of glues in vain attempts to permanently fix my failed edge protectors (the felt/rubber door seals), I finally plunked down $386 and bought one of the seals for my coupe. I found a DIY for the sedan, but there are a few quirks and extra steps to pulling it off for the coupe. Hopefully this DIY helps out the coupe owners who want to do this. It took me a little over an hour. Considering it would have taken me that long to get to the dealer, explain the problem and drop off the car, there isn't much of a good reason to pay anyone to do this. If ~I~ can pull it off, anyone can.

First off, I ordered the part from Penske, which has got to be the absolute best parts site on the web. The edge protector showed up a couple days later with a bag of M&Ms (I don't get it either, but they seem to be a very customer-oriented group of folks).
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Here's a sideways look at the problem.
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First step is to disconnect the battery (you'll be working near an air bag). Disconnect the negative terminal first, then the positive. Next step is to pry up the kick plate. It has 8 very sturdy plastic connectors.
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If any connectors remain in the door, use needle nose pliers to grip them as shown (grab them anywhere else, and they'll break).Click image for larger version

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Grab the seal at any spot except near the front fender, and start pulling it away from the car body. You'll find a wire going into your A-pillar and a flap of plastic extending from the edge protector to a small black plug.
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Go wash your hands to avoid getting grime on your interior. Pry off the "HPS" flap on the A-pillar. Use a Torx T-20 to pull out the three Torx bolts under the HPS flap. I had a hell of a time getting these out, but eventually succeeded.
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Gently remove the A-pillar (if you force it, the connector at the dashboard will break).
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Disconnect the wire coming from the old edge protector. Remove the edge protector entirely, and discard. Find the rubber flap on your new edge protector and connect it to the black plug near the fender.
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Connect the wire to the plug on the A-pillar. Find the right angle on the edge protector and press it into place in the upper-rear section of your door. You need to cram it in as far as you can get it (a rubber mallet is helpful here).
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Work your way straight down, pressing the protector into place. If the notch in the protector lines up with the trim from the rear window, you know you're on the right track.
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Keep working around the door frame pushing the protector into place. The protector has a handy feature to tell you that you've screwed up and you need to start over.
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I used a rubber mallet to knock it into place, and that seemed to work well. Once you've got it in, push the rubber lining underneath the trim along the upper portion of the doorframe.
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Reattach your A-pillar cover. Getting the Torx bolts back in was even worse than getting them out -- I finally shot some WD-40 into the holes, and that did the trick. Put the HPS strip back in place, and presto!
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Reconnect your battery (positive terminal first), and job's done.

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Old 06-08-2010, 07:07 AM   #2
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Great job, thanks for taking the time to show us the DIY.
Question though, why did you have to take the A pillar off?
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Old 06-09-2010, 02:02 PM   #3
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There's an electrical cable that goes from the edge protector to the air bag assembly (I think). In any event, you have to remove the pillar to get to the plug.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:21 AM   #4
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Thanks for the DIY Yoshi I am considering doing this myself since gluing has failed several times. My question is though will it just happen again or have they changed the seals? My mate has a facelifted coupe and it doesn't seem to be a problem on that.

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Old 06-19-2010, 03:23 PM   #5
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Happy to help! I've gotten a lot of tips on other project from the site -- figured it was time to return the favor.

BMW actually changed the part. If you look at the parts list at Penskeparts.com, you'll see there are discontinued versions of the edge protector. Here's the link. Go to "51" in the "main groups" on the top of the page, then scroll down to the "edge protection" box. From what I can tell from other discussion threads, the new part solves the problem of the rubber separating from the felt. Due to the cost of the part, however, many folks spend time experimenting with glue (which I did). I think the glue might be more feasible in cooler areas, but I've been living in hot-summer places, so it was always just a temporary fix.

Anyway, as far as I can tell, this is a relatively permanent fix. But I guess only time will tell ...
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Old 12-30-2010, 04:59 PM   #6
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Don't mean to bump an old thread, but if anyone else is replacing these parts, I've found the updated versions for a better price on KO Performance, free shipping as well!

Right door ($340):
http://www.koperformance.com/online_...-51717161688-9

Left door ($339):
http://www.koperformance.com/online_...-51717161687-9

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Old 12-30-2010, 05:43 PM   #7
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Don't mean to bump an old thread, but if anyone else is replacing these parts, I've found the updated versions for a better price on KO Performance, free shipping as well!

Right door ($340):
http://www.koperformance.com/online_...-51717161688-9

Left door ($339):
http://www.koperformance.com/online_...-51717161687-9
These are so freaking expensive it's insane.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:55 AM   #8
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Thanks for the writeup. I ordered the parts and only took a week to delivery from Tischer in the US to Switzerland. Gonna give it a go this weekend, hopefully all works out.
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:26 PM   #9
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One done, took a little while but the next will be faster. would never have made it without the writeup. Bye the way, did anyone else notice that the new ones aren't as wide along on the bottom and therefore there is a little gap near where your feet are? Or where the ones I ordered not 100% right?
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:29 PM   #10
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Great write-up. Took me about 45 minutes and was easy as pie thanks to the photos and instructions. I imagine the dealership would have charged around $200 for this job.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:49 AM   #11
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Quick question

Hi all,

I recently bought a 2004 M3, and at the time of buying it I didn't notice, but it seems like the felt covering that goes on top of the rubber seal is missing on the passenger door. I do not think there is an issue with leakage, I think the previous owner removed it to put in the wiring for Sirius Satellite Radio. I wanted to put the felt covering back on, but I cannot find the part number for it.

Since you guys have replaced your rubber seal, could you please point out if the felt covering is a part of the rubber seal, or if it is sold separately.

Thanks in advance.

--Kiran.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:58 PM   #12
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Bumping an old and useful thread. After checking the prices on KOPerformance (currently $360 each), you can get these door much cheaper shipped from the following site.

LEFT DOOR: http://www.thebmwpartstore.com/oempa...714337539.html - $279.98
RIGHT DOOR: http://www.thebmwpartstore.com/oempa...717161688.html - $279.98

The shipping for these seals is is $23. I just placed my order. I wanted to go with KOPerformance, so I contacted them about their price matching policy, and they never responded. So far the customer service from BMWPartsStore has been very good, and I am looking forward to replacing my seals this weekend._nr_
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Old 10-14-2014, 10:48 AM   #13
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Excellent post for the DIY minded people!
Thanks for taking the time to take all the photos and write all the steps in a great howto.
Bookmarked it so I can find it easily when I have to change the edge protector on my coupe.
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