Originally Posted by pasinbuy
What the heck is going on here. If it don't work get a bigger hammer. This is a window!
You have a badly made seal. You should not have that problem. Do not force it. The seal should only compress a little.
Get your money back and get a different seal from someone else. I know time has value, but do it right.
When you order your new seal make sure it is not the same brand.
EDIT: I see your problem. Your new seal is not trimmed around your windshield hinge. That is hopefully why it is to tight. Do not force it, trim it.
I've done a few of these with various gaskets. They're all a headache trying to install (I'd be concerned if it folded back easy). Once it takes a set ...yes, it will be easy to fold back, but on a new gasket they're anything but easy.
Also, if he trims a seal, why not just leave the old one in? Yes, it'll be a bit stiffer to fold down the first time, but if you trim it, you're begging for a leak at the hinge locations.
This is a picture of mine just before folding the windshield up. Yes, pulling it back far enough to start the bolts was difficult (very difficult), but I'd rather fight it once and be done in lieu of going through the effort to end up with a leak and have to do it again.