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Unread 10-28-2013, 10:14 PM   #1
Trainhop91
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Fender dent problem!

So I some how managed to bend the fender next to the door. I know these things get beat up, but it's causing problems trying to open the door all the way. What's the best way to pull this thin out without messing it up more!? And again I've got no clue how this happened haha.

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Unread 10-29-2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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shove a 2x4 between the unibody and fender skin through the wheel well, and twist it till it doesnt catch the door anymore
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Unread 10-29-2013, 11:49 PM   #3
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it happened to me too when i was in freezing weather. somehow the frozen water expanded something (hinge, plastic side molding on door). my dad kept pulling and pulling the door open, not knowing it pushed the fender in. i used a small crowbar with a piece of wood underneath for leverage. and gently pushed.
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Unread 10-30-2013, 02:45 AM   #4
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Check to make sure the door hinge mounts on the body aren't coming off. Common issue with those sagging because of rust. Will cause the door to hit the fender and prevent it from opening all the way
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Unread 10-30-2013, 06:03 AM   #5
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Those door hinges can come off even without rust present. (Ask me how I know). It's a fairly common thing to happen to XJs. You may have to weld the hinges back to the body.
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Unread 10-30-2013, 10:55 AM   #6
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Quote:
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Check to make sure the door hinge mounts on the body aren't coming off. Common issue with those sagging because of rust. Will cause the door to hit the fender and prevent it from opening all the way

It isn't due to rust, as this thing was a grocery getter before I bought it lol. But I was wondering about the door sagging a bit. I still haven't been able to take a look at it but I will today.
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Unread 10-30-2013, 10:56 AM   #7
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Those door hinges can come off even without rust present. (Ask me how I know). It's a fairly common thing to happen to XJs. You may have to weld the hinges back to the body.

Lol so what happend to make your door come off? And I think the door was pulled down on causing it to sag enough to catch and bend it in.
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