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Old 11-21-2015, 08:06 PM
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JK door latch adjustment help

Anyone know how to adjust JK doors? Just bought a used 2012. The back doors shut easily but I have to slam the front doors for them to fully shut.

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Old 11-21-2015, 09:21 PM   #2
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The doors aren't supposed to be easy to shut. It takes some effort. They have a tight seal. If you have a hard top the doors are sometimes more difficult to close. When you close the doors, push them closed. If both doors are closing the same way I would leave it alone. Sometimes when the doors are adjusted when it's not necessary you'll get leaks. Good luck with your JK.

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Old 11-21-2015, 09:26 PM
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Yeah, I have a hardtop and both front doors close the same. Seems like if I pull down on the handle slightly it closes easier but that could just be me. Definitely don't need any leaks. Thanks!
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:22 AM   #4
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I unfortunately did adjust my doors to make wife happy. Does anyone have the measurements for where the striker should be from the factory? I just want to pit it back to factory specs and call it good. Thanks.
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Old 11-22-2015, 10:16 AM   #5
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There are no set measurements. Each JK is different based upon the build tolerances. In order to properly adjust JK doors, it's more involved than just moving the latch striker bolts. It involves adjusting the door itself by making adjustments to the hinge fasteners, hinge to body fasteners and the latch striker bolts. That's why I recommend unless the door is really way off, the factory adjustment shouldn't be touched. I haven't seen a JK door aligned from the factory that has been off enough that it needs to be further adjusted. Of course some don't come through perfect and if the dealer catches it they take care of it during prep. The primary complaint from new owners is that the door(s) are too hard to close. Once they break in, some become easier. That's the way that they're designed. Most passenger vehicles aren't designed to move through a couple of feet of water, so the doors close easier. The seal should be tight and it should take effort to close them. Sometimes what seems like a misaligned door is actually the door seal that has come out of the track. The seals aren't glued in. If that happens, the door will appear to be not totally flush with the body. The seal just has to then be re-set in the track.
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The doors aren't supposed to be easy to shut. It takes some effort. They have a tight seal. If you have a hard top the doors are sometimes more difficult to close. When you close the doors, push them closed. If both doors are closing the same way I would leave it alone. Sometimes when the doors are adjusted when it's not necessary you'll get leaks. Good luck with your JK.
^ This. Kik is right on, and there are a number of horror stories on this and other forums of peeps trying to adjust their doors to make them easier to close, and winding up with leaks.

I'd steer clear of hinge adjustment unless you already have a leak, and out of options.
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Seems to be a consensus to leave them alone. That's why we bring these matters to the forum. Thanks guys!
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I have adjusted the strikes on both my JKs because the latches were dragging on them slightly. To determine if this is the problem slowly close the door while watching the strike. If the strike contacts the upper or lower part of the latch instead of going in the center it's probably dragging. To adjust slightly loosen the to strike torx bolts and tap it up or down as needed. Do not move it in or out. I would not mess with the hinge alignment.
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Old 11-23-2015, 09:09 AM   #9
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Funny to read about the high science involved in leaving the door strikers alone for horror stories about straying from factory adjustments, yet many of us will tear into our factory suspension systems without thinking twice about the potential repurcussions from doing that!
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Funny to read about the high science involved in leaving the door strikers alone for horror stories about straying from factory adjustments, yet many of us will tear into our factory suspension systems without thinking twice about the potential repurcussions from doing that!
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You're right. I'll basically do anything to my JK except touch my doors. I don't even like if they have to be opened.
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Kind of on topic...

My drivers door was clunking, latch bouncing on striker, when going over big bumps and open street culverts.

I know this was the issue because a few wraps of electrical tape, around the striker, fixed the noise/problem.

I don't think the electrical tape will hold up over time.

Would you guys recommend making an adjustment in this case?
If so how should I proceed, direction, distance etc.?

My JKU is still under warranty so I could also let the dealer do it, but I know there is some risk involved there also.

Thanks.
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Kind of on topic...

My drivers door was clunking, latch bouncing on striker, when going over big bumps and open street culverts.

I know this was the issue because a few wraps of electrical tape, around the striker, fixed the noise/problem.

I don't think the electrical tape will hold up over time.

Would you guys recommend making an adjustment in this case?
If so how should I proceed, direction, distance etc.?

My JKU is still under warranty so I could also let the dealer do it, but I know there is some risk involved there also.

Thanks.
Since you have an obvious issue I would have the dealer take care of it under warranty. There are techs that do know what they're doing. If there's a subsequent problem, then it's on them. I would take it in.
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Thanks, that's probably the best bet.
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Old 11-23-2015, 08:13 PM   #14
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Door strikers arent rocket science, even on a Jeep. Suspension is a much higher science with much more serious implications.

That said, I have adjusted my strikers and have no leaks, no whistles, and no extreme slamming required anymore.

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