Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

Posted 11/27/2013 by Jonathan McDonald

Don’t let the inner door belt weatherstrip on your 05-07 S197 Mustang scratch your door window tint! Replace the weatherstrip with the updated version off the 08-09 Stangs. This updated weatherstrip featured felt material to protect your tint from scratches and tears!!

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If you own an 2005-09 Mustang & have the windows tinted, you've experienced the frustration of having Scratched Window Tint.  The reason for this is Ford (in their infinite wisdom) used a bare rubber Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip (the one on the left in the picture below).  In previous Mustang model years (2004 & earlier), the Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip had felt bonded to it to protect the Window Glass & Window Tint.  Us 05-06-07 Mustang owners are fortunate however because Ford (without ever admitting that they had a problem) started using a felt bonded Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip (the one on the right in the picture below) on the 08-09 Mustang. 

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

If you have been lucky enough to have your Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip;replaced under warranty, consider yourself extremely lucky.  For those of us that wish to replace our Scratched Window Tint & keep it from happening again, or prevent it from happening in the first place, follow along as I install the updated Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip on my 07 Mustang GT.

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

Start by removing the 8 screws around the perimeter of the Door Panel.  Use a 7mm nut driver or equivalent.

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

Two on the back of the Door Panel..............

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

Two on the front of the Door Panel............

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

And 4 on the bottom.

Next, remove the Mirror Hole Cover by gently pulling it away from the Door.

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

On the drivers side (shown) the Mirror Switch needs to be un-plugged.  Simply press down on the release tab on the connector & pull it away from the switch.  This step is not needed for the passenger side.

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

Using a small flat blade screwdriver, remove the inner trim cover from the Inner Door Handle.

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

Using the 7mm nut driver (or equivalent), remove the single screw in the Inner Door Handle.

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

Once again, grab your small flat blade screwdriver & remove the trim panel from behind the Door Armrest.

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

When that is out of the way, remove the single screw with a T-30 torx screwdriver (or equivalent).

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

When that is done, remove the Door Lock & Window Switch assembly by firmly (but gently!) pulling it away from the Door Panel.

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

When it is loose, remove the electrical connector by depressing the release tab & pulling away from the switch.

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

With the Door Lock & Window Switch assembly out of the way, remove the single screw with the 7mm nut driver  (or equivalent)

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

At this point you are ready to remove the Door Panel.  Lift straight up on the Door Panel & pull away from the Door.  There is no need to fully disconnect the Door Panel, so it can be left hanging.

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

Finally, remove the Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip by starting at the outer corner & lifting up until the Weatherstrip is free of the Door.

Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197) - Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (2005-09 S197)

To install the new Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip on your Mustang, simply reverse the removal proceedure.  These instructions are good for both the passenger & driver door.  Once this is completed, there are no more worries about Scratched Window Tint on your Mustang!

 


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Published on 2014-07-07
Don't let the the inner door belt weatherstrip scratch or damage your window tint! Watch as we show you just how easy it is to replace the inner door belt weatherstripping on your 2005-09 S197 Mustang.

This upgraded weatherstrip came factory on 2008-09 Mustangs once Ford realized they had an issue with the 2005-07 versions. This Ford OE weatherstrip installs easy and fits perfectly on your Stang. You will have to remove the door panel but don't worry we will walk you through this process step by step!

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Transcript
2005 to 2007 Mustangs featured a inner door belt weatherstripping that did not protect your window tint from scratching. In the 2008 and 2009 models, Ford did fix this with a new door belt weatherstrip design. It featured a felt backing to help protect your window tint. Now, follow along in this video as I show you how to remove your door panel and install some new weatherstrip.

Start by taking a seven millimeter nut driver and removing the eight screws around the perimeter of the door panel. Remove the mirror hole covers by gently pulling it away from the door. Disconnect the electrical connector on the mirror switch. Take a small screwdriver and remove the inner trim cover behind the door panel, then remove the t 30 torques bit screw located behind the cover.

Now, remove the trim panel behind the door arm rest with a flat blade screwdriver. You can then remove the t 30 torques bit screw behind the cover. You can now remove the door lock and window switch assembly by gently pulling it away from the door panel. You will need to disconnect the wiring harness from the switch assembly before you can put it aside.

With the assembly out of the way, you can now remove the seven millimeter nut located behind it. With this nut removed, you can now remove the door panel by simply lifting up on it and gently pulling it away from the door. Disconnect the door lock and speaker wiring harnesses from the back of the door panel.

To remove the old door belt weatherstripping, simply pull it off the door. Now to reinstall the new one, all you have to do is align it and firmly press it into place. For more S197 Mustang restoration and performance parts, simply click on the link in this video or head on over to latemodelrestoration.com.

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