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Unread 01-23-2011, 03:57 PM   #1
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Door Adjustment

Hard half doors
My drivers door won't latch completely without standing outside and slamming with both hands. When closed normally it latches in the 'safety' position, stays closed but rattles. Back of door stands out from the body more at the top than at the bottom as if it were slightly twisted.

Is there adjustment available and is it in the strike or the latch or somehow in the hinges? I haven't been able to move either.

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Unread 01-23-2011, 04:32 PM   #2
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There is adjustment in the hinges. Loosen the bolts on body hinges. The last ones I adjusted in my dad's rig, we used my hi-lift, 2x4's and two set of hands. We were not able to do anything with the strikers.
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Unread 01-23-2011, 04:38 PM   #3
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You can adjust the door side of the hinges, as well as the lower body side hinge. You can also adjust the striker bolt(on the tub). the best procedure is to loosen the striker bolt, and adjust the door to the body. then, once the door fits the tub opening, adjust the striker bolt.
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Unread 01-23-2011, 05:45 PM   #4
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You can adjust the door side of the hinges, as well as the lower body side hinge. You can also adjust the striker bolt(on the tub). the best procedure is to loosen the striker bolt, and adjust the door to the body. then, once the door fits the tub opening, adjust the striker bolt.
Does the striker bolt just unscrew in the normal fashion? When I try to turn it it moves about 1/8 of a turn then refuses to go any farther. Should I apply more force or will I break something?
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Unread 01-23-2011, 05:49 PM   #5
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You can adjust the door side of the hinges, as well as the lower body side hinge. You can also adjust the striker bolt(on the tub). the best procedure is to loosen the striker bolt, and adjust the door to the body. then, once the door fits the tub opening, adjust the striker bolt.
Does the hinge adjustment give only up and down movement or can make the back edge of the door move in and out? The rear edge of my door is good for up and down but it sticks out past the face of the tub at the top.
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Unread 01-23-2011, 06:42 PM   #6
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Does the striker bolt just unscrew in the normal fashion? When I try to turn it it moves about 1/8 of a turn then refuses to go any farther. Should I apply more force or will I break something?
I used a pipe wrench and a piece of rubber to grip on it. It has loc-tite on the threads so it wont move easily... You shouldnt break the striker by turning it... no guarantee on the torx though.
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Unread 01-23-2011, 07:29 PM   #7
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I adjusted mine today. First check the striker bolt and see if your door is hitting on it. That was my problem. I took the entire bolt assembly off the tub and took the striker bolt completely out. Reason is if you try to adjust it in while on the tub you are working the torque on the two rivets that hold the bolt into the housing and could break one or both. After you remove the bolt assembly use a crescent or other wrench on the inside of the housing and back the bolt completely out, clean out the hardened Loktite and replace it with new then remove one of the spacer washers and replace the bolt hand tight in assembly and one the tub. Now you can adjust it as needed.
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Unread 01-23-2011, 07:36 PM   #8
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Use some heat on the striker, it will help with the locktight. I had to twist my drivers door a bit to make it sit flush. But the better the door sits in the opening the more it will be flush to the outsided ,due to the way the jamb is formed.
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Unread 01-24-2011, 06:57 AM   #9
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Does the hinge adjustment give only up and down movement or can make the back edge of the door move in and out? The rear edge of my door is good for up and down but it sticks out past the face of the tub at the top.

Door hinges give you up/down, and front/back adjustment.
The only part that will give you in/out adjustment is the striker bolt.
HOWEVER, if the door is only sticking out past the tub at the upper rear corner, I'd suspect that either the door or the tub is bent.
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Unread 01-25-2011, 12:53 PM   #10
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Door hinges give you up/down, and front/back adjustment.
The only part that will give you in/out adjustment is the striker bolt.
HOWEVER, if the door is only sticking out past the tub at the upper rear corner, I'd suspect that either the door or the tub is bent.
Thanks for confirming what I thought I was looking at - that there is no way for the hinges to provide in/out adjustment like there is on a standard jamb mounted hinge and also confirming my thoughts that the door is slightly twisted.
Guess it's time for the big block of wood wedged between the bottom of the door and the sill while I throw myself against the door top
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Unread 09-03-2011, 12:43 PM   #11
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Hmm...Worst case scenario, you can just buy the replacement strikers. I will try to adjust mine tonite.
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Unread 09-03-2011, 06:31 PM   #12
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Check for a bent hinge if your door doesn't close flush to the tub. The lower hinge on my driver's door was bent out away from the door and was a beast to get closed.
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