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Old 07-22-2016, 09:30 AM
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Half door/Full door changeout

Hey Everyone,

so I am switching out my half doors to full ones. Trying to get them to line up and close right is tough by yourself. I know the torx screws go into movable hinges within the doors itself, to help you tweak your door to close right. Does anyone ever use shims to help hold it in the right position till you can tighten up the torx? mine are hitting the strike plate on the doors and also on the strike pin on the body.


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Old 07-23-2016, 10:00 AM   #2
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While it has been about 4 years since I switched doors on my '95, I do remember it being a PITA. The trick is to get the door where you want in the opening, tighten hinge screws and then work on striker location. I vaguely remember having to take a washer or two off of the striker pin. Good luck, Dave

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What's even harder .... impossible almost .... is to have two sets of doors and them be interchangeable without having to make adjustments.

I swapped out a tailgate and had to both move the striker pin and remove a washer.
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Old 07-23-2016, 07:58 PM
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Thanks for the replies.

So the striker pins have washers? Are they on the back?

My passenger side is perfect, the drivers side, scrapes on the doors latch cover.

Sounds like I need to take out a washer. Do the washers allow you to move the latch pin forward or backward?

Not wanting to change too much, otherwise my half door won't just pop in.

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Try this. No guarantee it will work but it's worth a try.

1)- Make sure your 1/2 door fits well.
2)- If you have a hard top, loosen it and lift it up a bit so that it doesn't interfere with the door fitting.
3)- Install the full door and close it securely on the striker. As yjdave states, you may have to add or remove (or perhaps trade in or out a thinner) washer.
4)- loosen all 6 of the door side hinge bolts. If you loosen the cowl side bolts you will throw off the 1/2 door adjustment.
5)- Use something like a paint stick(s) (free at Home Depot) or something similar to lift and support the door into a close fit. Try to get an even gap along the bottom and an equal gap fore and aft. Tighten the bolts a little tighter than finger tight.
6)- Remove the paint stick(s) and try to open and close the door. It should be close to a good fit. You may have to make more small adjustments to get a "perfect" fit.
7)- Don't forget to refit your hard top and to tighten the door bolts good and tight.

Search this forum for how to break the torx bolts free without stripping the heads.

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