Here at Steele Rubber Products, we are well known for our direct fit rubber and weatherstripping parts for classic cars, trucks and hot rods, but there’s a whole other exciting side to us: Steele Rubber Universal!
Our “Universal line” has been carefully designed and curated for the custom car builder or for anyone doing a custom project that needs to be sealed up tight. These parts are the same quality as our direct fit parts but allow for the flexibility of adapting to any custom job you can think of.
A lot of times when people hear the term universal, they think poor quality or it’s the cheater’s way out because it’s not designed specifically for your vehicle. That is definitely not the case with parts from Steele Universal.
Some of these parts are components from our “direct fit” line but have a “generic” shape that allows them to be used in multiple applications. There are other parts that were designed specifically with the builder and customizer in mind.
We offer several different categories of universal parts:
Beltline (Window Felt) Weatherstripping: We offer many different styles of beltline weatherstrips to give you the look you’re wanting for your build. Styles range from the old school “fuzzies” with stainless bead, to the more modern, flocked-rubber wiper seals. Choose your style, cut them to size and shape them to fit your door frame. They come complete with technical support in the form of YouTube Videos to teach you how to shape and attach them to your vehicle.
Sponge Extrusions: Our sponge rubber weatherstrip is ideal for sealing trunks, doors and anything where the seal will be compressed. It’s made from the high-quality EPDM rubber you’ve come to expect from Steele. It will hold its shape despite being smashed down and we offer more than 100 different profiles to choose from.
Dense Extrusions: This weatherstripping is made of firm/dense rubber and is ideal for sealing things like windshields, rear windshields and other stationary windows. Our dense rubber is supple enough to go around radiuses and durable enough to stand up to the elements. We offer more than 200 different profiles of dense weatherstripping for all types of applications.
Run Channel Weatherstripping: From the, felt-lined, metal run channel, to the modern-day mohair-lined rubber run channel, we’ve got you covered. We offer more than 20 options in different profiles and lengths so no matter what you’re working on, you can get those roll up windows sealed.
Edge Trim Seals: Working on a project with exposed sheet metal or fiberglass flanges? You might need something to cover up, protect or give a finished look to those unfinished edges. Made of dense rubber with a flexible, spring-steel core, we have several options for edge trim seals to fit and grip different edge thicknesses.
Push-On Weatherstripping: These weatherstrips are one-part edge trim seal and one-part sponge bulb to ensure a solid, reliable seal (door, trunks, toolbox, boat hatch). Their flexible wire and segmented steel cores make these weatherstrips grip the strongest in the industry. These seals are the most common on vehicles late-70’s to present.
Rubber Sheeting: These high-quality EPDM sponge rubber sheets come in several different sizes for whatever project you need them for. Their uses are only limited by your creativity. Custom headlight, taillight, and mounting gaskets are easily made with this quality padding.
Grommets: If you’re looking for a round rubber grommet, we have a ton to choose from in various sizes, styles and thicknesses. All of which are cataloged by size so they’re easy to find.
Stem Bumpers: For various uses and applications we offer many different stem bumpers. These bumpers have uses on every part of the car. The hood, doors, side windows, trunk, and even the fuel door and glove box have bumpers and we have the parts designed specifically for those applications.
Plugs: We offer several different size and style round body plugs for whatever your project needs. Whether you need them for the floor pans, firewall or to delete an antenna, we’re sure to have the size for you.
Fabric Construction: This category includes things like fabric hood lacing, mohair channel liner and bow drill cloth tape for the finishing touches that will make your custom build stand out. The mohair channel liner is an excellent choice to line a custom run channel.
Peel & Stick: Steele Universal offers many of our weatherstripping profiles with Peel-N-Stick option for effortless application. Everything labelled “Peel-N-Stick” has the best quality 3M adhesive tape applied to it. The 3M adhesive tape is heat applied meaning that its fully bonded with the rubber so it won’t separate and is made to withstand the elements so it will last. (It’s NOT just double-sided tape!) Easiest application to use. Just prep the surface and stick it on!
Need help determining the size and shape of the gap you need to seal?
We have several YouTube Videos to walk you through that process from start to finish. We also offer free samples so you can test fit before you buy! Our sample packs offer a full line of certain types of seals and come complete with a line card giving all the details about that particular seal. Or, we can send an individual sample of any other part.
All of our Universal items can be found categorized on our website at https://www.steelerubber.com/universal-parts. We also offer a Universal Catalog that displays all of these parts, their profiles and their measurements. These catalogs are available FREE to you!
So, for your next project where a direct fit replacement part isn’t an option, look no further than Steele Universal for our 100% custom line of products.
Steele not only has all the products you need but all the knowledge you need to get the job done right, too. If you have questions about Rubber Parts or Weatherstripping on your Classic Car, Truck, Hot Rod or even your boat, trailer or RV, feel free to reach out to us! You can call us at 800-650-4482, contact us through our website or comment on this post and we’ll get you answers as quickly as possible. Check out our YouTube channel for our full library of how-to/installation videos.
Steele Rubber Products, located in Denver, NC, is a manufacturer and seller of high quality rubber parts and weatherstripping products for classic and vintage automobiles, hot rods, RVs and Boats. Steele offers more than 12,000 parts for cars and trucks as well as a large line of universal weatherstripping and rubber parts to be used on any project. Established in 1958, Steele is a trusted name in the automotive restoration industry.
Raeia is the marketing assistant on the Automotive team and she manages the social media, sponsorship program and the blog. She doesn’t have a favorite car, but especially likes things that are beautiful, fast and loud!