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PostPost by: Concrete-crusher » Tue May 14, 2019 5:57 pm

Hi can anyone confirm the depth of the aluminium roof gutters on an S4 elan?

I have mine cleaned up ready to refit but they seem wide particularly at the front where the roof meets the pillar

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PostPost by: nmauduit » Tue May 14, 2019 8:18 pm

not right off since my car is (still!) in storage, but I recall the profile is parallel, and goes all the way to the vertical lip that holds the door seal. If you reuse the same ones alignement may be found via the screw holes (small ones, easy to fill up though). They don't stick out significantly more front vs. rear of the door top I would think.
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PostPost by: Elan45 » Fri May 17, 2019 1:59 pm

I have the ones off my pre-Airflow coupe and close to being ready to re-fit, but I meant to bring them north and let the shop that did the aluminum work on my Sprite do a final smoothing on the left one. I have one NOS left one that was always going to be to replace the damaged left one on the car, but the finish is so different I now don't want to use it with the good used RH gutter. But then I forgot to bring the gutter with me along w/ some other items, so not sure how I'm gonna handle this.

I've had the NOS gutter for a long time, perhaps 30 years. I picked it up in one of the "Sports Car World" sales Frank used to have. I think my aluminum shop can probably repair my old LH one to look more matched as a pair.

If I had to guess, I'd say the gutters are about 1-1/4 in wide, maybe as much as 1-1/2 wide and constant width their whole length.

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Fri May 17, 2019 7:44 pm

The gutter rails on my Sprint (same as S4) are approx 32mm wide through their entire length, they do stick out away from the body which is quite normal.
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PostPost by: Concrete-crusher » Mon May 20, 2019 5:16 pm

Thanks that's how mine look, my next job is yo actually refit them

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