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Old April 29th, 2016, 03:25 PM
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Door and Bulkhead alignment

So i've been troubling shooting an alignment issue with my doors. Primarily the passenger door is contacting the side panel at the top most corner an it doesn't close very easily. I started searching on the site and I learned the hinges and striker bar are adjustable by loosening up the bolts and moving the door around. I was going to do that but then one of the search results highlighted that usually it's the bulkhead that's the issue, not the doors themselves. So I took the advice of other threads and measured the bulkhead to tub gap and naturally, it's not aligned. The passneger side (where the door is contacting the body) is shorter. Measurements are:

From the trailing edge of the bulkhead to the leading edge of the tub (just above the door handle):
Driver: 35 inches even
Passenger: 34 3/4

I wasn't able to find what's a tolerable variance. I'm assuming a 1/4 inch is too much. Do I adjust the door or do I have to figure out how to adjust the bulkhead.

If I have to adjust the bulkhead, I wasn't able to find any details around doing it with all the body work on. Everything i found details doing it when the truck is being built. Can anyone detail the process for performing this adjustment?

My truck has never been hit nor has it even been to a body shop. not even a light tap in traffic. It his wheeled regularly though. Could the frame be twisted or is it normal for this to be out of alignment after 21 years? Its an NAS 90 SW.
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Old April 29th, 2016, 04:34 PM
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Let us know when you get the gap smaller than a 1/4 inch, lol
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Old April 29th, 2016, 04:52 PM
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As long as you need a child to be able to reach past the gap and open the door, you are golden.
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Old April 29th, 2016, 05:15 PM
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Let us know when you get the gap smaller than a 1/4 inch, lol
Haha - I was thinking the same thing!
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So I'm guessing that having a 1/4 inch difference in the measurement isn't a big deal? In other words to fix my door I should loosen the hinges and adjust it that way?
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If that is what it takes, do it. You can spend hours/weeks getting thing to line up. Only to see it shift months later.
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