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    Default Bulkhead Vent Seals

    Hi all,

    About a year ago I replaced the crusty seals on the vents of my Defender. I got them from British 4x4 (no fault of them) who at the time only had Britpart available. Those who have seen these seals know they are two parts, a high density foam and low density foam and they're glued/fuse/molded together. Anyway the past week or so these two layers have started to separate. This has obviously caused them to not seal properly and also be unsightly when open.

    My question to everyone is, are there alternative brands because my search only returns more britpart ones? Also, I see the older defenders used a rubber seal which fitted to the bulkhead and not the vent, would these still fit on a 2002 Td5? I have a feeling the foam is an inherently bad design and a rubber seal would outlast even the best manufactured foam seal.

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    Default Re: Bulkhead Vent Seals

    At some point I want to visit Pro Auto Rubber and see what they have. They might have something that works in this area. I need to change on both my Landie's
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    Default Re: Bulkhead Vent Seals

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon93 View Post
    Hi all,

    About a year ago I replaced the crusty seals on the vents of my Defender. I got them from British 4x4 (no fault of them) who at the time only had Britpart available. Those who have seen these seals know they are two parts, a high density foam and low density foam and they're glued/fuse/molded together. Anyway the past week or so these two layers have started to separate. This has obviously caused them to not seal properly and also be unsightly when open.

    My question to everyone is, are there alternative brands because my search only returns more britpart ones? Also, I see the older defenders used a rubber seal which fitted to the bulkhead and not the vent, would these still fit on a 2002 Td5? I have a feeling the foam is an inherently bad design and a rubber seal would outlast even the best manufactured foam seal.

    Thanks!
    I replaced my Defender's seals and they did not last very long - then I used the grey self adhesive tape - the type you get at any building or automotive store and that sealed better than the original seals. Several years now still working fine.

    I also wanted to go the rubber seal way but was told that is for earlier models of Land Rovers.
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    Default Re: Bulkhead Vent Seals

    Only way is original LandRover seals and that goes with door seals as well
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    Default Re: Bulkhead Vent Seals

    Unfortunately that is the feedback I get from other forums to.

    For seals on doors and vents go original.
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    Default Re: Bulkhead Vent Seals

    So are the Land Rover vent seals also two part foam just better quality or a different material?

    I had heard this about the door seals, which I am struggling with as well as previous owner/s had used a britpart door seal as well and now it's affecting the drivers door closing.
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    Default Re: Bulkhead Vent Seals

    I don't know, mine is only 14 years old now.
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    Default Re: Bulkhead Vent Seals

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon93 View Post
    So are the Land Rover vent seals also two part foam just better quality or a different material?

    I had heard this about the door seals, which I am struggling with as well as previous owner/s had used a britpart door seal as well and now it's affecting the drivers door closing.
    Yes also 2 part seals but quality is way better, I imported all my seals from UK
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    Default Re: Bulkhead Vent Seals

    This may seem like sacrilege but I sealed the vent flaps completely, this took away some road noise as well. The defender AC does what it needs to...for the front passengers at least.
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    Default Re: Bulkhead Vent Seals

    Quote Originally Posted by pjf110 View Post
    This may seem like sacrilege but I sealed the vent flaps completely, this took away some road noise as well. The defender AC does what it needs to...for the front passengers at least.
    One can do that and a lot of ppl have, but I love my vents use them all the time, even the puma should have had the flaps at least stuck on it just makes it look better with flaps even if closed permanently
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    Default Re: Bulkhead Vent Seals

    Quote Originally Posted by clivemd View Post
    Yes also 2 part seals but quality is way better, I imported all my seals from UK
    The 2 part seal seals better for older vents, which are not 100% straight anymore. On my old Defender I replaced the rubber seals with new OEm, but they did not seal properly, no matter how much I tried to straighten the Vent flaps.

    2 part seals from LP4A sorted it.
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    Default Re: Bulkhead Vent Seals

    Quote Originally Posted by clivemd View Post
    One can do that and a lot of ppl have, but I love my vents use them all the time, even the puma should have had the flaps at least stuck on it just makes it look better with flaps even if closed permanently
    Me too. Itís one of the things that makes a defender, a defender. Also I like levers and switches and buttons.
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    Default Re: Bulkhead Vent Seals

    Photos please.

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    Default Re: Bulkhead Vent Seals

    Quote Originally Posted by TRON View Post
    Photos please.
    Explain better of what the seals
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    Default Re: Bulkhead Vent Seals

    The older s3 landy had a solid rubber vent seal which was glued to the firewall instead of the vent flap..thats the way to go but the problem is it isnt easy to install..

    I tried to stick on the series type but gave up trying ..its tricky.

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