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Old 09-07-2013, 10:29 AM   #1
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full door adjustment

new-to-me 98 TJ, came with half-doors. I picked up some full doors from craigslist, and just put them on. The driver's side went in perfectly; the passenger side was difficult...the pins didn't want to go in too easily, but I managed to get them on. I didn't notice any problem at first, (door closed up ok, and I drove off to work), but later, when I was showing the new doors to a buddy at work, and he opened the door, it didn't want to close; the top of the door frame is forward of the windshield frame.
(imagine facing the passenger side of the vehicle, and rotating the door clockwise).

I've seen multiple hing-adjustment threads, so I'm all set with those instructions...but I'm wondering, since it was difficult getting the pins in place when I installed it, if they could possibly be bent? Would it be better to try to bend them back? maybe open the door and put some weight on the back side to try to push it down?
or just adjust the hinges?

gotta go buy some torx bits.

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Old 09-07-2013, 02:11 PM   #2
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look at the outline on the door hinges did it look like either one of them moved? you should be able to tell, if they have just re adjust them and tighten them back up..... you may have to adjust your door latch too there is plenty of adjustment all the way around that unless it was wrecked you should be able to get it to fit well.

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Old 09-07-2013, 02:36 PM   #3
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no, doesn't look like the hinges moved. definitely not a latch adjustment; the window frame is not fitting behind the windshield frame.
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:39 PM   #4
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Loosen only the door side of the hinge bolted onto the new door itself for the adjustment. Loosen both hinges on the door side, close and completely latch the door, center it up in the opening & tighten its hinge bolts. The hinge bolts thread into a movable plate inside the door which is where the adjustment is. Make sure not to loosen the hinge bolts on the tub side of the hinge.
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:58 PM   #5
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yeah, thanks. I've see you post this before; just wanted to confirm.

I was inside the door replacing the lock/cylinder earlier, and made sure to hit the back of the bolts with PB.

Now I just gotta go buy some torx bits. (or at least, some bigger ones).

I've seen people mention using a manual impact driver to get them loose; I have an electric impact driver. (18v). Would that be too much? (likely to strip?)
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:12 AM   #6
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got it done; didn't wind up needing the impact; just a 3/8 socket wrench w/ a t45 bit.

It needed a lot of adjustment, though...and I had to move the latch down as low as it could go in order to get it to fit, and there's a lot of unpainted door showing now that used to be hidden behind the hinge.
It just seems odd that the other door just dropped into the tub hinges, and fit perfectly, while the other side needed so much tweaking. I wonder if it could be that one of those hinge pins is out of whack?

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