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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 4:59 pm    Post subject: Rust on insides of Driver and Passenger doors Reply with quote

While cleaning and conditioning door gaskets, I found a line of rust where the bottom of the door panel meets the inside of the door. It's just plastic on painted metal and it seems over the years of opening and closing, the sharp plastic panel has rubbed the paint off and moisture has found metal. This is worse on the driver door, but it's present on the passenger side door as well. This is very similar to how the tailgate handle trim rubs the paint off the tailgate. If you open your door and kneel down, take a look under the door panel; hopefully it's not as bad for you yet! A foam/rubber strip here would have been smart.


I must say the fit and finish of details like this on my R50 is superior to the R51. Don't get me wrong, my R50 is a "Rustfinder" with the horrendous quarter and fenders rust caused by the flares mounting, but I didn't expect the R51 to have taken a step back in this area. The tailgate handle cover should have a gasket/spacer between it and the tailgate (which the no longer posted TSB that was raised for this issue addressed) just like my R50 has here- a black rubber gasket between the paint and plastic handle:


But the R51 lacks this




As I have to paint my peeling roof gutters anyways, I will tackle these inner doors, and the tailgate as well, then remediate the door panels, and the tailgate handle.
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