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 Posted: 06-26-2017 07:16 pm
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Some of you may already know this, but there is now "FRESH" rubber for our cracked/deteriorated side light markers(also the same for Interceptors).
I received a sample from British Part Northwest(sku 54583858/9, $47.52 + ship; Layton, 503-864-2001, has all the info)and the fit is excellent and yes, the rubber I was told is only 3 months old.
Layton told me that originally, they had tried Malaysia, but the rubber and fit were not good. He finally settled on an Italian firm(these were made for a Triumph Spitfire)
I just got off the phone with him about one slight difference: the rubber labeled "L", which is for the right front/left rear(RF/LR) has the 2 bulb socket mounting holes on the opposite diagonal? Layton told me the Spitfires had 4 body holes for the mounting, but he may have this altered. The other rubber label "R" for left front/right rear is fine. Drilling 2 holes in the "L" rubber for our cars is fairly simple, so not to worry about ordering.

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 Posted: 06-27-2017 03:27 pm
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For what it's worth, Delta also sells the rubber for the side markers - at least they did 2 years ago when I got the rubber for all 4 of my markers. It is the "Spitfire" mold, which means that it doesn't have that "tapered profile" like the originals. However, the rubber is brand new, soft, and holds together perfectly when you have to change a bulb (which I had to do a couple of weeks ago). Delta gets $20 per marker, and it's completely worth it. You receive the rubber for the marker and just move everything else (meaning the internal mounting plate under the reflector, the bulb socket, the red/yellow plastic pieces, and the chrome finisher) over to the new rubber. For me, it was a perfect fit and an economical alternative to trying to buy original "tapered" rubber that is about 4x more expensive than these rubber pieces. If our cars ever start to become crazy expensive collector cars and original tapered rubber is mandatory, I'll do it. Until then, I have yet to have a JH owner notice any difference, unless I specifically point it out. Thanks for posting on this subject!

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 Posted: 06-27-2017 03:57 pm
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Didn't know Delta sold any except for complete assemblies:
The ones that B.P. Northwest sells ARE tapered with one side(the top/upper side) a little wider than than other long tapered side. These are a PERFECT match to the originals, except for the small bolt holes as I already described. (and no, they don't have "LUCAS" etc. stamped on them either on the "unseen" areas)

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 Posted: 07-24-2017 09:19 pm
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might anyone have a spare trim to go on the rubber? I just looked at my left front, and on my last drive, it must have flown (ha) off.

BTW, just ordered the rubbers mentioned above from BPNorthwest. I thought they were $47 each, but that is for all four! Yay!

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 Posted: 07-24-2017 09:31 pm
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yes; have whatever you need(EXCEPT new rubber) use & new, for whatever you need. Good idea to check ALL the light fixtures after you get new rubber(don't forget to drill the 2 hole I mentioned above; used a 3/16" drill bit)

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