Clay and I were attempting to install the soft doors on his Jeep as the weather is getting a bit nippy (28* is our low so far)! Since we don't have any experience with installation, everything is a frist-time. We knew (we THOUGHT we knew) we would have to change the WS angle to fit the door uppers. And I thought, "Cool, guaranteed to have the correct WS angle." But what a HUGE PITB this has been! I guess we knew it would be difficult, and that's why we have waited so long to do the install. We had to mount the lower hinges (Kentrol black SS). We hung the door on the upper hinge, closed the door, marked the location for the lower, drilled, and bolted it up. Bending the door pins to make it fit better, making sure the gasket sealed around the door opening, these are the things that drove us in our installation. Shoulda worked! Here are the pics of our progress.
It's all good...
Pencil marks the spots.
Drilling fiberglass with a slow drill speed is BETTER than drilling fast! Something NEW I learned.
Looks good from a distance. The door was hard to close. It would bind on the weatherstrip just under the hinge. The PO had bent the pins outward for his application. We needed to bend the pins inward.
This is the gap we ended up with. The door sealed everywhere else quite well. We are wondering, at this point, what our WS angle is going to be. We also wanted to move the door forward some, so we bent the pin.
And cracked it!
Just a *Progress* pic to make it look like we are actually accomplishing something GOOD!
This is the gap at the top. The WS frame is pretty much touching the A Pillar. I told Clay we were going to have to remove the cage, and he just about died! Just kidding, of course!!! Sorrry Clay! I don't see any other way to bend, change, modify the steel in the door to make it fit properly to the WS channel. We are talking about getting some 3/8 round stock and bending our own uppers, then a sail shop. Whadyallthink!?
Why didn't I fall in love with F150s? I mean, I have TWO of them right now! I could have nice, heavy doors with great weather seal characteristics, comfortable seats, premium sound system, smooth ride, and room for... for... whatever!