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Old 10-22-2011, 09:52 AM   #1
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Crack in Door Liner

There's a 3 inch crack in my black [driver's side] door panel near the window pane. While checking around for jeep replacement sites, it looks like the replacement panels only come in pairs. Any experience buying/replacing these panels?

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Old 10-22-2011, 10:02 AM   #2
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Mine is cracked in the exact same place. I would check a salvage yard for a door panel although it's likely to have a crack too but you never know. I'm just going to live with it.

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Old 10-22-2011, 10:34 AM   #3
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Is this door panel crack another one of those "everybody's got one" ?

We're the proud owners of a Ford Explorer with the crack in the center of the rear hatch. Walk through a shopping center parking lot and check out every other Ford Explorer with that same crack.

Thanks, Rubicon2. I can live with it, too.
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:08 PM   #4
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I have the same crack in my drivers side door. It never bothers me so I can live with it. Bought it with the crack over 3 months ago.
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:11 PM   #5
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WOW! I have a 2.5" - 3" crack on my passenger interior door panel...right on top where the window is. Amazing....
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:43 PM   #6
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My drivers side panel is cracked too.
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:48 PM   #7
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Now, who can tell WHY they crack? Jerry B????
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:43 PM   #8
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Long version goes into chemical engineering and the polymer attributes of plastics...

Short version is Sun damage
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:43 AM   #9
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Mine too! How funny.
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:56 AM   #10
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What's strange is that the top of the interior door panel is thick plastic. Plus, my windows are tinted so I can't imagine UV rays being the culprit. I am tempted to remove it, and use an epoxy on the backside. Every time I look at it, it ticks me off.....
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:13 AM   #11
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I am tempted to remove it, and use an epoxy on the backside. Every time I look at it, it ticks me off.....
Keep us posted if you do that work. Repairing these cracks has been discussed before on this forum and a solid fix will take some ingenuity.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:18 AM   #12
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AMEN, same one on the drivers side... I've thought about taking mine off and gluing it from the back. We'll see.
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:40 AM   #13
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Keep us posted if you do that work. Repairing these cracks has been discussed before on this forum and a solid fix will take some ingenuity.
I most certainly will (however I typically save this type of stuff for the winter months)....
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Old 10-24-2011, 12:07 PM   #14
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I used to be an Auto upholsterer in a former life Problem is Plastic (which that part of the panel is) and the Ultra Violet (I.E Sunshine) don't mix. Another factor is you, meaning your skin oils. Where do we rest our arm when we drive especially with the window open? On the plastic upper part of the door panel. Outside of replacing the door panel or just ignoring (as most of us do) there is a fix. Clean the area with a plastic and Vinyl cleaner (I use Sems) first. Then, lay a small bead of liquid vinyl (usually found in a tube with a pinpoint applicator) laid into the crack until the proper drying time is met. More than one application may be needed to fill the crack. After dry, a little "light" sanding with a 1000 or more grit sand paper to roughen the entire top plastic area of the door panel. Then apply a Vinyl/plastic paint to the area following the directions on the rattle can until the desired look is achieved. Not a permanent fix but it will look better for quite a while. I need to do this to my TJ doors and I will try to remember to do a step by step write up on the task if any one is interested.
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:24 PM   #15
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I don't think mine is from someone resting there arm on it because the crack is forward of the interior door handle, but I could be wrong. I've thought about repairing it but haven't done anything about it yet because I think it will probably just crack out again.
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I don't think mine is from someone resting there arm on it because the crack is forward of the interior door handle, but I could be wrong. I've thought about repairing it but haven't done anything about it yet because I think it will probably just crack out again.
Unfortunately, you are right. As long plastic is in cars, eventually it will crack whether we put our arm on it or not.
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I don't think mine is from someone resting there arm on it because the crack is forward of the interior door handle, but I could be wrong. I've thought about repairing it but haven't done anything about it yet because I think it will probably just crack out again.
Mine too. It is toward the front of the panel...nowhere where an arm would rest.

What a bummer that we all have this issue.
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:01 PM   #18
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It's got to be something up with that panel, I can't see the sun deciding that it only wants to mess with the drivers door panel of wranglers and leave the passenger side alone. Not really much we can do now though except live with it, repair, or replace.
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:49 PM   #19
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Maybe you have done the same thing, but I have checked on the replacement panels from a few vendors. Not too pricey given the item we're talking about if it gets serious, but I'm gonna leave mine alone for the time being.

I've decided to focus on something more urgent - like selecting a more full-bodied beer suitable for a geezer.
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:09 PM   #20
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Mine has it too. Right in the middle of the drivers door panel from window down 3 inches.

Agree w rayman375, it has to be the panel was made without enough flex for the door or something if we ALL have it.
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Mine has the crack on both doors. I just live with it, been that way for years
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:19 PM   #22
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Well if we can all pair off drivers door and passenger side, split the cost of the pair we'd be set!! My drivers' side half door panel is split right at the middle window support. Anyone got a passenger side in Agate that is damaged they want to split the cost of a set? Also, I haven't even been able to find the half door panels anyone know where to get them?
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Here are a few pics of my passenger door cracks:
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Well if we can all pair off drivers door and passenger side, split the cost of the pair we'd be set!
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I believe the crack is there b/c of the stress put on the door when it swings open and is caught by the strap making the door bend slightly



I have them on both doors
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Here are a few pics of my passenger door cracks:
Mine look just like this !!!!
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Mine has the crack on both doors. I just live with it, been that way for years
Same for me. It's one of those "Jeep thin
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Yeah it is annoying as hell can't stand it the crack started small now it is getting bigger
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I have one on my drivers side, forward up towards the mirror area. I had thought about filling it with epoxy and lightly sanding it down and painting the interior.

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