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Richard Greene
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Username: benzjag

Post Number: 64
Registered: 12-2012
Posted on Sunday, 10 September, 2017 - 10:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I drove a pristine one-owner Silver Shadow today with only 12,000 miles. The doors shut like a "vault" without the clanking noise I hear on every Shadow I have seen. What can be done to make my doors shut like this? Seem like I remember there is a worn rubber piece in the lock mechanism???

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Jeff Cheng
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Username: makeshift

Post Number: 102
Registered: 2-2016
Posted on Sunday, 10 September, 2017 - 07:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

The typical 'click clack' door sound is from stiff/heavy duty springs and chunky mechanical linkages within the latch.
Compare this with the (mine anyway) trunk lid, which just makes a 'thwump' of the seals compressing, with nary a hint of any latching mechanism.

There are 2 things happening which make noise when you shut the door; the seals making contact and compressing, and the latch, latching. My 135k mile Shadow's doors go 'click clack', but I know my doors seals are not the best, so the 'seal noise' is much less, making the 'latch noise' louder in comparison.

New/tight door seals will make the door sound like it's heavier, as the tighter contact of the new seals will dampen the tinnier frequencies.

My last daily driver was a 1999 Fairlane, on which I rebuilt the door mechanisms and fine-tuned them so their action was imperceptible. The doors shut like a vault with a heavy 'thwump' sound only, not mechanical sound of it latching. Pulling the handle to open was an even spring pressure; no increased load then a sudden release as the latch opened. That was satisfying, but felt almost remote and completely non-mechanical.

I kind of like the heavy sound and feel of the Shadow mechs; reminds me of the heavy duty design.

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