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Old 04-09-2012, 10:01 AM   #31
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I bought Star Fab door stops last week and installed on front doors over the weekend. Happy to report that they work as well as stock door stops on other 2 vehicles when parked on my driveway, which is about a 20 degree incline. They will not hold the door open when fully extended , but do hold them open when on the half way point (same as other 2 cars). They look stock when installed too which is nice, and as previously mentioned only involve removing 2 additional 10mm nuts to take doors off. Took about 1.5 hours to install front doors from start to finish. Going to install back doors tonight.

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Old 06-28-2012, 06:11 PM   #32
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I was glad to read this update on these door stops, as I just ordered a set myself. I am curious to know if I can get away with a 1/58" hole saw, or do I need to go out and purchase a 1/34".
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:35 AM   #33
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I got a set of 4 for my JKU, installed the rear two on Sunday (ran out of time and patience to complete all 4) - when I first put them in, they did the proper 'detent', but Sunday night when putting the soft top back up after a mild offroad run I noticed they were just 'resistance', not 'detent'. I emailed StarFab about it, assuming I just had the alignment wrong and wanting directions to fix - they emailed back and said the arm jumped the track and damaged the arm The positive thing is they will send me a replacement kit and I can send the bad ones back - and they said to call and they can walk me through the alignment on the phone (that is good customer service in my mind!). The mixed bag is that this must happen often enough that they know the symptoms immediately.

I've been looking at the setup trying to figure out how to DIY an alignment jig or gauge, but it's beyond my skill.

Has anyone had problems with alignment of the Star Fab after going doors-off?
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:51 AM   #34
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I have had no problems with alignment after doors off. The only problem i had was a popped ball bearing in my original set, which they promptly replaced. no problems so far about a year later.
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Old 09-09-2012, 03:33 PM   #35
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I got the replacement kit from StarFab last week. Just installed today. Driver side rear requires alignment on the door jamb bracket all the way to the limit to close smoothly. Passenger side rear won't close smoothly even with alignment all the way to the limit. I had to leave the door mounting bolts loose in order to get the door to close smoothly. Waiting on suggestion back from StarFab on next step.

SlackerMD, what are you doing when putting your door back on? At this rate I'm definitely second guessing myself - may not put the front set on at all.
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:11 AM   #36
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my doors are off (and back on) pretty often, and i have had no alignment issues at all with them. i simply bolt them back on center of frame-mounted studs and they work perfectly each time.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:29 AM   #37
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I'm wondering if I got the alignment of the drilled door-side holes wrong, since I'm right at the limits. StarFab themselves have been very helpful. They did indicate they have a redesign coming that uses the same drilled holes but doesn't require alignment at all.
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:32 PM   #38
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Thanks for the all the info. I have been looking at getting a set of these. Did they mention when this redesign might be available?
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:07 AM   #39
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I'm wondering if I got the alignment of the drilled door-side holes wrong, since I'm right at the limits. StarFab themselves have been very helpful. They did indicate they have a redesign coming that uses the same drilled holes but doesn't require alignment at all.
I just put my doors back on again yesterday and the alignment is still spot on, so maybe you are right and the drill template was off?
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:10 AM   #40
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when i ordered from QT, I received one of the first versions that did not have the easily identifiable fronts & rear markings, so the only problem i had was placing a front door unit on a rear door, which was easily switched out.

and their support was great.
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:20 PM   #41
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Post Install Tips on 2014

I installed the latest generation of Smart Door on my 2 door JK today. It went OK, but here is what I learned, being a DIYer but not a skilled mechanic.

- I don't know if this is new for 2014 JK, but the metal was 2 layers thick on the top half of the 2" hole. It made it difficult to get the threaded metal clip far enough along to line up with the drilled hole. It put the bolt in a bind. I had to file some on the 2" hole (no fun) so the clip could slide up just a tad more. I got smarter on the 2nd door and and moved the center punch for the bolts ever so slightly toward the 2" hole and also pinched the 2 layers of metal together on the top edge of the 2" hole with some pliers (they had separated during the hole cutting process).

- On the first door, the 2" plug fell into the door when I finished cutting. I had to rig up a magnet on a piece of wire to fish the plug out.

- When installing the threaded clips for the bolts, you will need to spread them slightly with a screw driver (especially on the top one which has to slide over 2 layers of metal).

- One of the clips flew loose while installing and it fell inside the door too! Thankfully, I was able to use the magnet rig I used above to fish it out. So, that is something you definitely want to take care about when installing Smart Doors.

But I am happy with them. They work great. And these ones don't require a longer strap (I was able to use the stock strap; I corresponded with Star Fab about this because the instructions referenced a strap extension which was not included in the kit; the instructions were for the previous generation Smart Door).

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