If you’re wondering which door seal kit to buy, I was happy with the BASENOR one and I’ll tell you why…
I used the “BASENOR Tesla Model 3 Door Seal Kit”…they have a crap ton of keywords…the official name is “BASENOR Tesla Model 3 Door Seal Kit Soundproof Rubber Weather Draft Seal Strip Wind Noise Reduction Kit”.
If you don’t know how to install it, follow my door-seal installation guide.
Overall…I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars. Actually works, great service. My only gripe is that even the company didn’t bother to make installation videos for it. It’s ok, I’ll release my own later anyway.
- NOISE REDUCTION – yes, it actually works! You hear less wind/road noise (at all speeds). Honestly, I think the people complaining about it not working are simply not installing it correctly. You can check my install guide.
- CLEANER DOORS – yes, cleaner door area overall since less dirt and water is getting in.
- HIGHER-QUALITY CLOSING *THUD* SOUND – doors feel a little heavier and more premium when closing it.
- QUALITY – I felt the seals were good enough quality and longterm durability. Besides, the kit was enough to buy and re-install again if you want to do over later.
- CUSTOMER SERVICE – BASENOR was great customer service. I had an issue where I installed one piece wrong at first and then it tore when I tried to correct it. They were very fast to respond and ship out replacement pieces. I highly recommend them!
- NO INSTRUCTIONS – seriously, it’s terrible when a company sells products without instructions.
- DOORS HARDER TO CLOSE – it’s not that bad! Requires slightly more pressure but not annoying at all. They definitely sound nicer and more solid (“premium”). I think the seal will probably soften slightly over time and then will be perfect.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why did I use BASENOR and not other kits?
BASENOR had good reviews at the time I researched. Almost all of those Amazon sellers are selling the same copycat stuff anyway. I think any would be fine. I’m sure you can save a good $10-20 going with a smaller one and still get same quality/functionality. Heck, many will give you the kit for free if you leave them a 5-star review.
But did I take a chance on a smaller company? No, I did not. I don’t have time to order something that turns out to be really bad crap.
Why did I use BASENOR instead of buying P-seals and Z-seals separately on eBay?
What about getting seals on eBay? Well, the thing is you would need 3 different kinds of seals, and also the adhesive promoter wipes. And if you buy each one for $7-10, the price comes out to about the same BUT you get a lot more material (probably enough to do 2-3 cars).
The kits already have exactly the amount of material you need, pre-cut, and labelled for where they go (left/right, front/rear, A/B pillars), and also the adhesive promoter wipes. They’ll save you lots of time and worth the cost IMO.
Is this door seal better than other noise reduction methods?
- Depends on how your car was made, what kind of noises you’re having (wind vs road), and how your car was made (different cars have different “defects”).
- This kit is probably better than the RPMTesla wind reduction rubber tube that goes on your sunroof. But I do recommend using that one as well.
- This kit is not better than installing sound dampening material (CLD like Dynamat, CCF separators) or soundproofing material (acoustic foam, MLV).
Do I recommend doubling up on seals?
- No. It would make your doors even harder to close and doesn’t block more noise, IMO.
- I’m also not sure how the logic would work as I think to some degree the extra “seals” would only widen the gaps. There are some areas however that do look like you could add more material at a different angle but really I don’t think this is the way to do it. If you want to do extra, put actual soundproofing material.
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