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Old May 24th, 2005, 08:09 PM
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Smile Quick-release nuts for door tops - can anyone remember these?

Hi and greetings from a particularly miserable night in England. Some time ago I was reading Land Rover Owner magazine and I seem to recall, from the news section, a column on some new nuts from a clever chap in America that allowed the front aluminium door tops to be quickly removed from the door bottoms, rather than having to sit and un-do the normal nuts. If I remember correctly they looked a little like a socket from a ratchet set.

Can anybody recall these and if so, do we know the name of the company that supplied them?

Many thanks,

Gareth.
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Old May 24th, 2005, 08:17 PM
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Quicknuts?
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Old May 24th, 2005, 09:22 PM
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Quicknuts!
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Old May 24th, 2005, 10:29 PM
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Or, slightly less expensive at http://www.roveraccessories.com/RA/quicknut.htm
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Old May 25th, 2005, 02:47 PM
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OK, I looked at the photos on the link. Do these really make it that much easiler?
I took my windows off last week, and the nut was the easy piece (OK, OK I f@#K'n did not look first first so I took the door panel off thinking that was the way to go BUT...). Ratch the nuts, off they came. The sticky part was that the windows had not been off in at least 3 years so the plastic insert tubes were really dirty and those stuck, not the nuts.

So are these things really that useful. If you convince me, I will be buying them as I am replacing the plastic tube & bolt already,so this not out of the question (though $43.00+ shipping ?).
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Old May 25th, 2005, 03:31 PM
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Paul, I think that the quicknuts are a good solution. They protrude below the door panel so you can use a crescent wrench to remove them. I also recomend the stainless door top studs that Atlantic British has. They are not cheap at $79, but I think they are worth it. When I took my door tops off for the first time I found that the original studs were very rusted. Now I don't have to worry about future problems.

On a different note, were you driving on Santa Monica Blvd on Monday? I saw a green Defender with the door tops removed drive by.

-Mark

This post inspired me to go down to the garage and take my door tops off. It only took a couple of minutes. Of course, now that they are off we can expect rain soon.....
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Old May 25th, 2005, 03:31 PM
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Theoretically the advantage of Quicknuts is that you don't need a ratchet and socket to remove/replace your doortops. You can tighten/loosen the Quicknuts by hand. In practice, I've found that my hand-tightening never really lasts very long, they rattle loose, and I end up using a wrench anyway. But, that said, I do still prefer them to the original setup.

On a related note, at some point since my '97 D-90 was new, Land Rover redesigned the door-top studs. The new studs are thicker and tapered, eliminating the need for plastic sleeves. As you've noticed, the sleeves have a habit of sticking. Plus they're four extra parts to loose track of. I'd recommend converting to the new thicker studs.
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Old May 25th, 2005, 03:49 PM
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I have both the stainless studs and the quicknuts and it takes me about 2 min to get both door tops off or put them back on. I highly recommend them.
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Old May 25th, 2005, 04:09 PM
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I have both the stainless studs and the quicknuts and it takes me about 2 min to get both door tops off or put them back on. I highly recommend them.
I have the same and second that....
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Old May 25th, 2005, 04:15 PM
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I need a job to pay for all this.
And Matt, I was in the area then. Did not see you though.
I have the top off, been sporting the fastback top (now off), windows out and my 6yr old loves it!

We love the D

Damn, there is my license plate lv da D

Love the Defender, but also love daddy
if some one has this, bummer
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Old May 25th, 2005, 10:21 PM
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Cool,

thanks very much - just what I was looking for. Now just have to find out if they'll fit the Rocky Mountain Series 3 door tops I want or if I'll have to fit some from a 110.
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Old May 26th, 2005, 02:32 PM
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BAd news I sent an email to roveraccessories.com and they replied they no longer carry QuickNuts. Anyone know of a vedor that still does as I would like a set also.
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Old May 26th, 2005, 02:44 PM
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http://www.roverparts.com/ProductLis...artNumber=9788

Atlantic British... That's where I got mine.
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Old May 26th, 2005, 02:45 PM
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Now that is really weird.
I was on their web site yesterday and I was about to order them.
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Old May 26th, 2005, 04:19 PM
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Now that is really weird.
I was on their web site yesterday and I was about to order them.
Ditto. I just sent an email to confirm they were in stack and the reply said they stop selling them. They should update the website
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Old May 26th, 2005, 04:28 PM
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If you are any good on a metal lathe, or know of any one that has one, you can make your own. It was my first time using a lathe and was able to make four of the studs in about 5 hours. I bought the stainless steel stock local for $10.00. My door stubs were extremely rusted and pitted. I called British Pacific and they said that I had to us the plastic sleeve with the stainless steel. I read up above that this is not true, now I wish I would have tappered mine so as not to use the plastic.

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Old May 26th, 2005, 05:56 PM
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I got my stainless dortop studs and quicknuts from Atlantic British. Their website lists them as currently in-stock. They are not cheap, but worth it in my opinion.

Gareth - Rovers North sells a type of quicknuyt that fit series trucks.

-Mark
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Old May 28th, 2005, 10:40 AM
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Anyone know of a source for these in the US? Trying to avoid paying to ship overseas.
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Old May 28th, 2005, 11:00 AM
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Anyone know of a source for these in the US? Trying to avoid paying to ship overseas.
Rovers North, Atlantic British and the other sites are all in the US...
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Old May 30th, 2005, 08:45 PM
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Mark - your a legend. Going to send them an email to see what they look like,

Cheers mate,

Gareth
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