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Old 10-30-2017, 10:58 AM
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I'm no body man,......But shouldn't the gaps around the drivers and passenger doors be equal all the way around? My eyeball test shows the gap in front is slightly wider than the rest. I suppose their all like that, no big deal. My Corvette has never been hit on either side and the gap is barely noticeable. Has anyone else noticed this? Maybe it's an optical illusion.




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Feel fortunate, another Forum member picked up his new C7 and the bottom of one door was rubbing on the sill. And, as I recall, it was a Museum delivery! OUCH!*

Btw, my answer to such "sins" was simply to get a black car and none show!

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Stop looking at it and drive it. It's assembly line built.
If you look for it, it's gonna be there.
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Yours look pretty consistent to me. I just measured mine all around both doors. Gap varied from 3mm to 5mm. That's slightly less than 0.08 inch difference.
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Mine is the same... wider gap at the front. Most seem this way. By design???

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You will probably be the only one that notices.
Drive your car and enjoy it.
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Zymurgy's measurement indicates the gaps are close. I wouldn't expect any closer on a production car. I'm not sure the average eye would normally notice the difference. There may be clearance issues in concern, too. I'd be curious about other car's measurements, just food for thought.

I do think there's an element of optical illusion, or optical delusion as it may be. As an amateur photographer I sometimes notice how lighting effects our perception. The white cars are a good example. Consider the front gap. There's nothing white close behind the opening of the gap, just a void with body parts, hinges, etc. recessed a couple of inches and out of the light. It makes a dark crack. Now the gap at the rear is different. The body rolls into the gap and is white all the way in. Its also in the light as light falls into the crack. This gap isn't as dark nor appears as wide due to the body side rolling into the gap. That make sense? I think we're good to go. Of all the things I've heard said about our cars, poor door alignment isn't one of them.
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Zymurgy's measurement indicates the gaps are close. I wouldn't expect any closer on a production car. I'm not sure the average eye would normally notice the difference. There may be clearance issues in concern, too. I'd be curious about other car's measurements, just food for thought.

I do think there's an element of optical illusion, or optical delusion as it may be. As an amateur photographer I sometimes notice how lighting effects our perception. The white cars are a good example. Consider the front gap. There's nothing white close behind the opening of the gap, just a void with body parts, hinges, etc. recessed a couple of inches and out of the light. It makes a dark crack. Now the gap at the rear is different. The body rolls into the gap and is white all the way in. Its also in the light as light falls into the crack. This gap isn't as dark nor appears as wide due to the body side rolling into the gap. That make sense? I think we're good to go. Of all the things I've heard said about our cars, poor door alignment isn't one of them.
that's something I was thinking about... the fact that the rear gap has painted panel right behind it vs a black void up front. Good point!
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Also, the gaps can change as the body heats and cools.
When I went to buy a new C6 years ago, the dealer had two identical cars including color. He parked them side by side in the bright sun, I spent 30 minutes comparing the fits and gaps, which kept changing slightly as the plastic warmed up.
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Kind of like paint orange peel. My corvette didn't have it until I read about it here. Now I don't see it anymore.
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Originally Posted by Gearhead Jim View Post
Also, the gaps can change as the body heats and cools.
When I went to buy a new C6 years ago, the dealer had two identical cars including color. He parked them side by side in the bright sun, I spent 30 minutes comparing the fits and gaps, which kept changing slightly as the plastic warmed up.
I like that...like an SR71! Vette bodies are thermally speed limited.
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If it’s not rubbing, then normal. If you look closer at other panels, i.e., hood, hatch, fenders, bumpers, etc., then you might see additional gap variances. Remember, it’s still a Chevy... cost notwithstanding.
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