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Unread 02-07-2013, 05:04 PM   #1
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ZJ Latch repair

The 98 I bought for my son had a saggy drivers door that had caused the latch to get damaged and door skin to tear and dent. Couple days ago we took care of the lower hinge pin and bushings so that the door was solid and then ordered a new latch/actuator. I initially planned on welding the crack but then decided that the metal was so thin it would be a waste of time. So a reinforcement plate was in order. Oddly enough, Jeep provides you with one when you replace the latch - you just take the metal off the old one, cut off the tabs and there you go. A perfect plate that already has the countersinks on both sides and fits perfectly.






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Unread 02-07-2013, 05:51 PM   #2
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Great idea! Much easier than fabbing a new plate.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 08:25 PM   #3
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how much did you pay for that? get it from the dealer or online?
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Unread 04-05-2013, 08:41 PM   #4
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how much did you pay for that? get it from the dealer or online?
The new latch? Bought it from the dealer, I think it was about $120.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 05:08 PM   #5
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Any idea if you can just buy the plate?
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Unread 04-06-2013, 05:38 PM   #6
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Any idea if you can just buy the plate?
The plate was a piece I cut off the old latch - so no.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 05:57 PM   #7
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Ha, ha. My bad, didn't read thoroughly, I saw 'Jeep provides you with one when you replace' then didn't catch that it was off old one...

I just put on 3 really thick washers on the outside, had to trim a little bit of one of them, but didn't have new latch so no old plate. Thanks.
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Unread 09-05-2013, 10:00 AM   #8
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Just did this on mine, thanks for the hot tip!

Though I didn't cut the tabs off (mostly because I burnt my Dremel out cutting off the hinge pins and haven't replaced it yet), instead I heated up the plate with a torch and flattened it out with a hammer, it still fit well, and found that it adds room to put a couple self tapping screws in to hold the plate in place so it doesn't move around.

Thanks again, and GREAT idea!

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Unread 09-05-2013, 02:12 PM   #9
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Really great idea.....about 6 months late for me....but still a great idea.
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Unread 12-13-2013, 09:28 AM   #10
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hey man do you think this will work for me too?

mine looks a lot worse then yours did...


http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/s...at-do-1885273/
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Unread 12-13-2013, 09:33 AM   #11
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hey man do you think this will work for me too?

mine looks a lot worse then yours did...


http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/s...at-do-1885273/
I doubt it since there isn't enough metal left there to really keep the plate in place. You could try doing what I did and then weld a couple spots to secure the plate to what is left of the door so that it can't rotate.
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Unread 12-13-2013, 10:03 AM   #12
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thanks for the response.
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Unread 12-13-2013, 03:53 PM   #13
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I have the same partial shear at the exact same bolt on mine that the PO used some bondo or something on... Looks like this is in order. Sub'd!
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Unread 12-13-2013, 09:20 PM   #14
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Go to pick-n-pull and grab a bracket (from inside door latch) as shown above. That should fix problem (if you fix the dor pins causing the sag...May get away with no welding.
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Unread 12-15-2013, 08:49 AM   #15
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PO fixed door sag but didn't fix it soon enough and the door was damaged. They did a poor bondo job on it and called it good. It's been on my bucket list of things to fix when I found a good, cheapo way to do it a proper way.
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