I've been advised that ISP has the proper felt trim and that it works...my plan, for now, is to call WW and find out the ETA for their felt. If it's a ways off, I'll roll the dice with ISP. At some point, I'm going to need this thing to have functional windows...I need to get some miles on this engine for break in and it's going to take forfuckingever if I do it 5 miles at a time.
I'd rather not install and remove the door trim five times if I can help it...but the ability to roll the window up and down is kind of the deciding factor about whether or not I have to do it again.
I'm still on the fence about pulling the outer scraper rubber but since I have the Type 2 scrapers I bought from Wolfsburg West, I may just try to install them. I discovered today that I can use aluminum pop rivets and then smash them flat in the vise.
The passenger's side door got cleaned and primed with red oxide paint. Depending on how it sticks, I plan to top coat with a red rattle can paint and then apply sound deadening once the majority of the guts are in the door. I put it in first on the driver's side and it got a little fucked up when I installed the window channel and vent window.
I still have the weird groaning to chase down in the rear of the car. The camber compensator is off the car so that's not it...I'm going to back the parking brake cables off completely to eliminate them...then I'll have to dig into each wheel assembly until I find the source of the noise. Below is a video of the last test drive I did in the car - I start the video at about the five minute mark as I'm driving through a parking lot and it's pretty easy to hear the groaning. I don't know if it happens at higher speed because of the engine noise. Either way, I need to figure out what it is and eliminate it.