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Old December 30th, 2017, 17:46
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ZJ cracking door latch

I was doing some basic maintenance to the 1998 Grand and found one of the torx screws for the drivers door latch was backed out and the other two weren't very tight. There is also a crack starting at one of the screws.

From what I gather my door hinges are worn and need replacement. I also need to add a reinforcement to the latch area and I'd like to do it before it becomes a total disaster. Is the aluminum brace on eBay the best one. Its from CS Door Plates for about $24. Is this the best (maybe only) one to use?
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Old December 31st, 2017, 14:09
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Re: ZJ cracking door latch

i just took some big washers and put on the outside. there's room where the door closes.

next time i get a chance to get to the door, i'll snap a pic of it.

i brought a door that was a mess of smashed metal back to life.

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Old December 31st, 2017, 20:37
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I thought I remember reading you making that repair. I was wondering how you fixed it.
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Re: ZJ cracking door latch

Can you recommend a door pin kit to replace the worn stockers?
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I use these.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Old January 4th, 2018, 08:14
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That isn't bad at all. It's the installation that will suck. I dread that job.
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I take the door off.

Theres plugs in the door for the wires.

Usually its the bushings that are bad.

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Old January 20th, 2018, 14:24
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I am thinking about trying these pins. They are a quite a bit higher but they seem high quality and a lot of guys on YouTube recommend them.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/371707978237
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Finally snapped a pic Ed...

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Re: ZJ cracking door latch

There are also these for the crack issue: https://www.ebay.com/itm/192110662941
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There are also these for the crack issue: https://www.ebay.com/itm/192110662941
Those are what I was planning to use for mine. I just need to get them ordered along with a door pin kit to fix the root problem.
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Re: ZJ cracking door latch

I recommend these for the pins: http://www.hingekits.com/search/JEEP...rokee/4%20Door

Much better than the usual Dorman crap. They are also the original company that came up with the idea for the improved design.
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We are thinking on the same page. I was looking at that very kit.
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Re: ZJ cracking door latch

It took long enough but I finally ordered the hinge kit for Verde and for a 1998 XJ that we drive. I also got the CS door reinforcement plate.

Looks like I will be doing door hinges over the 4th of July holiday.
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