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post #1 of 9 Old 12-16-2018, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Upper Door Hinge Re-Weld

My son drives a 1995 XJ Sport. Completely stock specimen in excellent condition. He came in the other day and simply said, "My door is falling off."

To my amazement, this is what I saw when I opened the drivers side door and it nearly fell off in my hand.

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All the welds for the unibody side of the hinge had broken off and the door sagged and was nearly impossible to close. After some research, I figured that with the help of a friend that welds from work, we'd tackle this issue.

First we stripped off the fender skin. You will have to take off the front grill, the fender liner, and related items. Once you get to this point, you can start prepping for welding.

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I cleaned up the paint around the old welds with a wire wheel until we had no paint n the edge of the hinge and the body panel. Then my buddy sat me inside the jeep with a fire extinguisher watching for smoke or odd smell inside while he re-welded the hinge onto the body. It's not going to win any prizes, but it's a solid weld and the door works great again.

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let it cool off, ome self etching primer and some white enamel paint to cover the bare metal, slap it all back together and aside from some greasy fingerprints, good as it was before.

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In total, with cooling off and watching for any let fires in the cab, took about 3 hours from start to finish.


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post #2 of 9 Old 12-16-2018, 10:21 PM
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Good write up here thanks.
This is actually a not uncommon XJ ailment particularly on 2-dr models due to the larger heavier doors so I've added a link to this in the Useful write-ups by forum members thread. Your effort turned out a lot cleaner than many I've seen because not everyone goes to the effort of removing the fender skin.
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Upper hinge Weld

Ive got the same thing happening on my 95 two door XJ. Door starting to sag and hard to close without lifting it to align the latch. I live in South Florida, any recomendations?
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Ive got the same thing happening on my 95 two door XJ. Door starting to sag and hard to close without lifting it to align the latch. I live in South Florida, any recomendations?
https://www.hooliganoffroad.com/coll...-hinge-support
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That's sweet!

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My 2001 had the same door issue. I had a body shop install 2 new hinges when they fixed mine.
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My 2001 had the same door issue. I had a body install 2 new hinges when they fixed mine.
I'm curious how much a body shop would charge to replace a hinge and repair the door.

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As I recall it was around $300.
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