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Old January 25th, 2014, 04:13 PM
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Best replacement front door hinges

Can someone clue me in on the best door replacement hinges? Giving up on the old ones for my '97.
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Old January 26th, 2014, 02:48 AM
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I went through this search last year... I ended up with the newer td5 style hinge... There are other alternatives but they are very expensive... Stay away from the britpart stuff... Horrible tolerances... You may as well just put the old ones back on...
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Old January 26th, 2014, 07:53 AM
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The CroyTec ones look interesting:
http://www.croytec.co.uk/products.htm
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I have Smiling Hound 316L stainless steel hinges on mine. They're a little expensive and blingy but they will last forever and can be media blasted and painted. Their site is here: http://smilinghound.co.uk/hinges.html
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The stainless ones look like a nice factory looking replacement.


Any issues with galling in the hinge pin?
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No galling yet. Three of them tend to migrate and have to be tapped back into place every couple of weeks. Down the road I'll tap in set screws and flush grease fittings for easy servicing.
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How about galvanizing the original hinges with stainless screws? something I am thinking of doing... not too keen on aluminum hinges (w/steel screws).
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How about galvanizing the original hinges with stainless screws? something I am thinking of doing... not too keen on aluminum hinges (w/steel screws).
You need to figure out a way to make the pins work.
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Old January 27th, 2014, 12:46 AM
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The new td5 hinges have a plastic bushing that prevents the pins from rusting out and dripping rust like the old style ones do... The cryotec ones are the cats ass but they are about $600... And they will eventually wear out too..
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I've got the aluminum hinges. They're Britpart-labeled but I don't know if Britpart actually makes them. Came with all hardware -except- new mirror screws - the old ones don't fit. Good fit and no problems so far (four months on), although if you have the soft top doors like me you may have to trim the door capping a bit due to the larger size.
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Any recommendations on the best place to find solid td5 hinges?
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genuine ones are great ... cheap pattern parts are pretty crap
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Old February 6th, 2014, 10:53 PM
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I bought mine from rovers north... They have a complete set with all new shims and bolts etc... Pricey but if you do it, might as well do it right...
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