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post #1 of 3 Old 01-12-2008, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Door latch repair kit?

I have owned three Jeep grand Cherokee's over last five years and all three jeeps I've had similar problems with the drivers side door latch, the sheet metal around the door cracks until eventually the latch will no longer work, does anyone make a plate that will strengthen this area?

And how easy is it to replace the door hinge pins? Because I know the dropping of the door is the problem,

I've already done the junkyard door thing to my other jeeps, but I would rather find a way of repairing the doors I have. The metal is too thin to weld very good.


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Replacing the pins is really easy. Just unbolt the door and set it down carefully to protect it so you can work on it. Grind out the heads of the old pins and then knock them out and then remove the old worn out bushing. The, put in the new pins (napa or any auto place should have them). If you get the "older" style replacement pin that lacks C-clips, I put a dab of JB Weld on them to keep them from falling out - you will see what I mean about that because you have to put them in upside down. Then, rebolt on the door and adjust it to make sure it latches properly.

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Door Panel Patch Plate for drivers or passenger side

Yes, 5 years later November 2013 , I created a CAD DXF file that you can give to a CNC plasma cutter machine to create a Door Latch Panel Patch Plate to MIG weld over the existing cracked and broken thin sheet door metal. Use 16 gauge sheet steel and counter sink the 3 T-30 Torx screw holes to match the side you are placing the patch on (left or right side). PM with your questions. This Patch Panel allowed me to keep using my present door. Yes I replaced the door's lower hinge pin with Doorman Products Part 38422. 38423 is the upper hinge pin replacement part that has a groove and a C-clip for mounting the pin upside down.

Doorman Hinge Pin 38422

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