Just ask the questions in the specific thread...........that should put it to the top in the Thumpers section so it will get noticed.
The seal will be fine, just go ahead and use it. The new seal probably has a steel case under the, what you call inmold, coating.
Most of the stuff in the manual for an 03 and 04 should be the same......with a few minor differences....
And since this is the index thread, should I have even answered you here???
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