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Thread: outer door handle gaskets E32, E34, E36, Z3 - NEW

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    outer door handle gaskets E32, E34, E36, Z3 - NEW

    The friendly dealer does not sell them as single items, but only the much more expensive door handles complete. The cheaper solution: ONE set of rubber trim for your outer door handle, 1 set = 4 pieces.
    These will crack or, over time, it will just wear out. The last thing you want creeping inside your door handle is water & dirt. They are no longer soft like this http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/...e/Photo004.jpg

    The old ones could look like this
    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Y...0/IMAG0114.jpg
    http://i39.tinypic.com/aag8yx.jpg

    It will fit all E32 - 7 series, E34 - 5 series, E36 - 3 series and the Z3 series.

    Price: U.S. $ 30.00 per set including shipping by airmail, non-registered, non-trackable ex Japan. In case registered airmail is prefered, plus $5.00. 2 door set $ 18 shipped by airmail, non registered. For registered mail add $5. Delivery time: ex stock
    Payment: Paypal.Should the parcel be subjected to import, customs, GST, VAT or sales tax, you are responsible to pay them. Send me a private message in case of interest with your complete shipping address and I will inform the Paypal account.
    Installation: (examples)
    http://workshop-manuals.com/bmw/3_se...left_or_right/
    http://infinitier.ddo.jp/e32/page/ma...inte_50702.htm

    comment by jamesjtyler dt. 02-24-2012: Just want to let everyone know that Shogun's a great guy to work with. These are the best gaskets on the market. Don't buy the ones from eBay. They're plastic and don't fit properly. I spent an hour try to make them work and threw them out. The one Shogun sells are rubber and install literally in minutes. Thanks Shogun for a great product!

    Here another good instruction for installation http://dd.jpn.org/BMW_HP/20060508/index.shtml
    by Alan from Australia, E34 owner: Shogun, I received the door handle gaskets today. The rubber is very pliable so it will make a good seal. Thanks mate.

    instructions for the E36 Coupe
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...4&postcount=12
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...4&postcount=13
    and on a 318ti
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...4&postcount=13
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...8&postcount=13
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...2/DSCF0354.jpg
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...2/DSCF0356.jpg

    how to E36 coupe
    http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=...FEboh4l5k2TGxc
    http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=...%2Foh4l5k2TGxc
    http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=...Hy4Yh4l5k2TGxc

    Marty: I own a 328i coupe and recently changed the rubber trim. There is a slider behind a gasket, but it is very difficult to find and move. If you lift the rubber seal on the top edge of the door (where the window meets the sill just above the latch) you will find a very small gasket (see picture). If you look inside this gasket you will see a lever that moves down when you lift the door handle (a curved grey dull colour).
    The slider is directly behind this (a few millimetres towards the front) against the outside panel. The slider itself has gold/yellow appearance and is in the shape of an "L" with the bottom of the "L" sticking out from the panel. You can just see the tip of slider. Use a flexible LED torch that you can poke it into the gasket and light up the area. It’s hopeless shining an ordinary torch into the gasket and trying to find it. You can’t look in and shine the torch at the same time. The best way to slide it forward (towards the front of the car) is to use an Allen key. The Allen key allows you to get in behind the handle lever. If you can imagine the slider being an “L” shape and the Allen key being an “L” shape, then the idea is to push the bottom of the Allen key (tip of the “L”) against the tip of the “L” of the slider. Be careful as the locking mechanism is in very close proximity to the slider and you don’t want to damage it. I my case the slider was difficult to move. But a few taps on the Allen key with the handle of a rubber grip screwdriver did the trick. Once you get the trim off and replace the rubber use the Allen key as a hook to pull the slider back. The best thing you can do is to find/make and LED flexible torch that will poke through the gasket. Once you do this and get a glimpse of the slider you will see how it all works. There is no need to pull the door apart.I hope this helps you guys. It’s difficult to explain and even more difficult to photograph (even though I tried). The Slider tip is just in front of the door handle lever (see the pic for details). It’s between a small piece of painted sheet metal on the inside of the outer panel (just visible through the gasket) and the door handle lever.Hope these pictures explain things a bit better. Marty New Zealand 328i E36
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    Last edited by shogun; 09-21-2017 at 07:13 PM. Reason: update
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    Ok Guys.. I received the gaskets.. they look good. I'm decently mechanically inclined and I cannot figure out how to get this 'slider' off. Where the heck is it? I thought I found it but gave it a few knocks without any luck..

    Any help?

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    look here
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/members/davidc/IMG_3531.JPG
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/members/davidc/IMG_3532.JPG
    Take a small, flat-blade screwdriver and pry open the inner cover on the side of the door.

    http://www.bimmerboard.com/members/davidc/IMG_3533.JPG
    Then remove the outer ring.
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/members/davidc/IMG_3535.JPG
    Here you can see the end of the metal clip inside the door that holds the handle in place. Stick the tip of your screwdriver in there and push toward the front of the car (approximately 1" is all it takes).
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/members/davidc/IMG_3541.JPG
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/members/davidc/IMG_3543.JPG
    The door handle can now be pulled away from the door. The rubber gasket just peels off of the back of the handle.

    http://www.bimmerboard.com/members/davidc/IMG_3544.JPG
    The old gasket (top) and the new gasket (below).

    Reverse the steps to install the new rubber seals. A small L-shaped hex wrench or a box-end wrench work well to pull the metal clip back into place inside the door.

    here changing the complete outer door handles on an E34
    http://www.bmw4life.com/doorHandle.htm
    and here some pics from the japanese side
    http://infinitier.ddo.jp/e32/page/ma...inte_50702.htm

    and here a disassembled pair so you can see the th mechanism and the sliders from inside
    http://bmwe32.masscom.net/johan/door...orbrackets.jpg

    and here where the green arrow points
    http://bmwe32.masscom.net/johan/door...croswitch.html

    pics are from E34 and E32.

    on the E36 they should be under a cover
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...4&postcount=12

    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...5&postcount=11
    Last edited by shogun; 11-02-2009 at 02:14 AM.
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    I did mine yesterday. Look through the hole and find the small sheet metal piece in there. Put the paint can opener at the top and just off the edge of this. Push towards the outside of the door and forward. Move down a little each time and try again. You will hit it. It isn't visible in my 328ic. Took me 31 days for the drivers side and 3 minutes for the passenger side. When mine released you could see the outside panel release from the door.
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    i got mine the other day, thanks very much. havent put them on yet though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightflyer1 View Post
    . Took me 31 days for the drivers side and 3 minutes for the passenger side.

    when i read this l laughed at you... but you were exactly right! once you see what has to move its a piece of cake...

    they look great, thanks very much!

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    My door handle gaskets arrived today for my 1990 735i. Installation was very easy and they look great. And as a bonus, I now have some cool Japanese postage for my stamp collection.

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    Hey guys I my shipment for gaskets went out Feb 19th and I just got them last night (March 9th). So just be patient guys they WILL come it just takes awhile coming from overseas! The gaskets are great quality I'll be putting them on today!

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    Hi Shogun,

    The gaskets arrived today . 8 days from Japan to Germany.

    Thanks a lot, as soon as the weather here begins to cooperate and move above freezing I'll install them.

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    Here a video how to do on the E36, made by jbate and his comment:
    This video will give you an idea of what you have to do while the handle is still in the door. First you need to pull the rubber cover back. I have seen a DIY where the guy used a paint gallon lid opener, I used a set of picks. The whole thing is done by feel because you can't see a damn thing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGE7n...layer_embedded
    Last edited by shogun; 04-04-2013 at 12:19 AM.
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    Thanks, Shogun!!

    They arrived yesterday. I'm looking forward to installing them this week.

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    got mine yesterday. FAST shipping! and the product looks great. THanks again!

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    Lightning fast shipping and personable service to boot - most grateful!

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    Thanks for great product, superior guidance, and delightful communication!
    Installation completed with ease.

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    Thanks!! Got em today! Super fast shipping you rock bro!

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    Installed them yesterday, very easy, and looks great! Thanks Erich!

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    Received rubbers in perfect condition....thanks Shogun

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    Thanks for the gaskets!

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    Just want to let everyone know that Shogun's a great guy to work with. These are the best gaskets on the market. Don't buy the ones from eBay. They're plastic and don't fit properly. I spent an hour try to make them work and threw them out. The one Shogun sells are rubber and install literally in minutes.

    Thanks Shogun for a great product!

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    Shogun's the man. Buy dem gaskets. Extremely easy to fix!

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    Just wanted to report back that the gaskets arrived, according to my wife. I'm traveling until Memorial Day, but over video chat my wife showed me what showed up. They look perfect and I see others saying install is a breeze.

    Many thanks to Shogun. Can't wait to install these in a week and a half when I get home.

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    Just got mine today, didn't take more than 20 minutes to do all four, even with some pretty thorough cleaning of both parts of the handle and the body underneath.

    Many thanks to shogun, he had already shipped them out within a few hours of receiving payment, and they really are excellent quality -- perfect fitment. Definitely recommended over the cracked and now-useless gaskets so many of us probably have.

    EDIT: As far as shipping goes, I sent him payment the evening of May 11 my time (morning of May 12 in Japan), and they were delivered today (May 18)....Japan to metro Atlanta GA in under 7 full days.
    Last edited by Ars3nic; 05-18-2012 at 10:03 PM.

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    Wow quick shipping, got my set today, will install tomorrow..

    Thanks

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    Awesome fit Shogun. First took some time to actually see the locking bar but the other 3 took a few minutes each!

    Was going to take a picture of the old but there were none! All disintegrated with only minor bits still hanging on. Makes door closure no longer rattly sounds good.

    Thanks

    Now onto the lights issue .......... :/
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