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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 2:20 pm    Post subject: Anyone tried KGRP / Airhead Parts Front door seals ? Reply with quote

My son is fixing up a `70 dlx bus and we have bought all the rubber we need from West Coast Metric but we held off on the front door seals. From our reading on the forums we see there are 4 various door seals available.

-Brazil non VW (which are said to be garbage)
-Brazil VW OEM (which have so-so reviews)
-German (have the best reviews of the 3 but have read a LOT of people who still have severe issues with them and at the high price has kept us from buying)


-The last style, I recently read on KGRP Airhead Parts web site they are making their own bus front door seals in the USA. Says they did this because all the others have issues. So has anyone tried these seals and do you have a critique of them? How are they compared to the German seals? They are both comparable in price but want to choose the best out of the two. Any info, comments, pictures on the KGRP seals is appreciated.

Here is link to their ad and description.
https://airheadparts.com/vw-part/bay-window-bus-door-seal-front-door-type-2-211-831-722-d/
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried KGRP / Airhead Parts Front door seals ? Reply with quote

Sounds like the best thing since sliced bread, the rest of their stuff is usually pretty good, I'd take a gamble on them.
Please report back with your findings if you do get them, my German ones are still not quite right 4-5 years on, great fit, but too dense and stiff.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried KGRP / Airhead Parts Front door seals ? Reply with quote

I just installed the Airhead front door seals on my Ď71. They are super nice! Although the doors are a little tight, I did not have to adjust the door strikes. I used German seals on my last bus and I like these ones better. They are nice and soft and I donít think itíll be long before the pack down.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried KGRP / Airhead Parts Front door seals ? Reply with quote

I put the Airhead cab door seals on my bus. They fit great. For the first few months they held themselves in place. After they were broken in I applied a small amount of cement in the corners and below the door checks. I couldn't be happier with the way they fit and work. After a year installed the doors still require a strong pull to close tightly, but the fit and seal are way better than other "German" seals I tried.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried KGRP / Airhead Parts Front door seals ? Reply with quote

Worked great for me. A little black adhesive in the corners, doors closed right away unlike the other seals that take a long time to break in.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:42 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried KGRP / Airhead Parts Front door seals ? Reply with quote

I bought one door seal from BusDepot and another from JBUGS. I threw them both in the trash and bought Airheads seals. They are shaped properly and fit perfectly. I very highly recommend them.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:30 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried KGRP / Airhead Parts Front door seals ? Reply with quote

I had purchased them for my 72 recently. They seemed to fit good. I have never tried any other seal so I have no comparison.
Recently sold the 72 but gonna buy them again for my 69.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 2:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried KGRP / Airhead Parts Front door seals ? Reply with quote

Best ones I have tried, and I tried two others but can't remember which vendors exactly.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:20 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried KGRP / Airhead Parts Front door seals ? Reply with quote

Iíve installed two sets of Airhead Parts bay front door seals in the last few months. Theyíre pretty good, no complaints. They will be a tad tight at first, but they break in perfectly.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:55 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried KGRP / Airhead Parts Front door seals ? Reply with quote

Similar experience here.

My 73 Westy had a Brazilian right front door seal on it when I got it.
Did not fit well.

Got a German seal. Better fit than the Brazilian, but very stiff. Took a lot of effort to get door closed. Spent a lot of time adjusting door, but still not right.

Then I purchased and Airhead Parts seal. Fit perfect. Adapted very well in a short time. If I ever have to do another, without a doubt, it will be this seal.

Take care all, best wishes and happy trails!!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried KGRP / Airhead Parts Front door seals ? Reply with quote

Awesome replies guys, it is appreciated. Will be ordering the KGRP ones for sure tonight
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