Well for starters they only ship 8 grommets (for the bolts) in the kit, which I understand is supposed to be a significant part of preventing the bolt heads from vibrating the paint off. Of course there are 16 bolts (8 short and 8 long).
Second, and I am certainly not knocking RN, but they advised the "clip nuts" in the bulkhead were only accessible if you pulled the dash. (I had obviously never removed them and there was no ref in the shop manual for same) I was advised most “cheat” and reuse the old bulkhead fittings that are already mounted “inside” and though it turns out that it did not really matter, they are a different pitch. Of course the “clip nuts” easily snap right to the bulk head once you remove the hinge they are easily accessible.
When mounting the clip or “fixed” nuts I used a string in the clip to prevent it from dropping down inside the bulkhead. Saves time – prevent you having to fish one back out as they can slip inside very easily)
Also you may have to tap (w/ hammer or put in vice) the clip closer to the nut on some as they fit too tight at some points (width) (did on mine anyway)
Third, they send (4) #MWC1898 (Rectangle) shims and (4) #BDC710040 (lager rounded on one side) Shims, which are the plastic “gaskets” to go between the door and the hinge itself. However, the #MWC1898 do not fit flush with the hinge edge and the #BDC710040 simply does a cleaner job for all mounting points.
Fourth, you may get a bolt are two that have bad torx heads (as did I) and then you don’t have enough to complete the job. Good to add a couple extra long/short just in case.
Fifth, you do not need to tighten the bolts very much (use a hand driver and not a ratchet) Its common sense not to “over tighten” the door bolts but, and of course it was my ignorance, but I stripped one “clip” nut in the when screwing to the bulkhead. Again you might get an extra as there are not a lot of threads in the clip or “fixed” nuts. Part#ASR1459
Six, you may are may not have enough paint. I did but it was close, however, I had ordered extra set (they send you one Land Rover Genuine set (1can color + 1can clear) with the kit - Which works very, very well by the way. The alpine white matched perfectly. (don’t forget a light but functional primer - Rustoleum make a good “clean” Primer that is white.)
Hinges can be easily replaced if you remove the door panels as the nuts can be reached through the window allow the door latch to hold the door in place. This allows you to remove and replace them one at a time without concern re door removal or alignment.
CLEANING: I used a product called Tarminator by Stoner – they have a great line of products http://www.moreshine.com
- Tarminator is a grease/Tar remover spray that is safe on most painted surfaces (providing they are cured)
My D90 had some very tacky grease that had been put between the hinge gaskets and the body and there were gobs of it on the old clip nuts in the bulkhead. Without that stuff (or something like it) I would have never gotten it off. I then cleaned, polished with polish compound and waxed the area(s) before putting new hinges on. Tarminator works great on removing adhesive, stains, rust and cleaning paint of seals etc . . .
They have been selling an auto line for years - (more shine less time and invisible glass are great products they produce and are now available in many stores i.e. Sams and Advance Auto)
IMO, in addition to the kits you might consider adding
4 new mirror mount screws – as the old may be rusted behind the hinge.
8 more grommets #MRC1980 (to have enough for all bolts)
4 additional #BDC710040 shims (the ones that have the hinge curve on one side and fit flush) and discard the others (#MWC1898)
2 extra short and long bolts (M8 Torx) and even perhaps an extra 2 nyloc nuts (#NY108041L) in case of error and you have to remove.
1 or 2 extra clip or “fixed” nuts. Part#ASR1459
1 extra paint set - Land Rover Genuine set (1can color + 1can clear) does not hurt to have anyway
Add some door panel clips and snapsacks in case some break when you remove the door panels – they are only a few cents
If you want to be extra sure – you can add a cpl of #MWC9918LCS which are the grey (2 on each door panel) inner door fasteners which have a center core that expands clip like an anchor. I.E as of Disco rear bumpers.
All and all - Its only a few extra bucks but might be worth it.
Of course, for those in the know and have knowledge of these vehicles, this is needless detail. However, re past profession, I feel I am technically and mechanically experienced to a degree and I certainly could have used this data.