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Old April 27th, 2009, 06:09 PM
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Rear Door Frame Cracks

I am planning to have my rear door reinforced shortly. I was wondering if anyone had a pic of their door after doing similar work?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryrides/3356500395/

Just want ideas for when I bring it to a local welder
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Old April 27th, 2009, 09:47 PM
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What size wheel and tire combination have you been hanging on the door?
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Old April 27th, 2009, 11:14 PM
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Just the stock steel wheel and michelin
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Old April 27th, 2009, 11:16 PM
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Are you keeping that thing? It looks like the vertical has pulled away causing the crack.
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I think your only real fix is a little weld and a tire carrier. I got a Mantec from Stephen at Safari Rover.
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Old April 27th, 2009, 11:21 PM
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Or weld it and adjust the tire properly.
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Old April 27th, 2009, 11:32 PM
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Are you keeping that thing? It looks like the vertical has pulled away causing the crack.
What do you mean about keeping it? Do you mean the door or the truck? So no way to fix it without having to get a tire carrier?
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If you have it welded, and get the tire so it is pressed up against the door (this will ruin the paint eventually), it should last for a good while, but long term, you want a tire carrier like a mantec.
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Old April 27th, 2009, 11:43 PM
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but the tire doesn't touch the door now. the bolts stop it. why would it rub against the door? what did you mean about keeping it? You mean long term?
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The stock tire carriers always destroy the doors they are attached to long term. Evil is saying that if you adjust it so that the tire is pressed right up against the door, it will last longer, but it will still spell early death for your hinges and ultimately the door. I've got an old door that was welded and the welds just failed too. The only _real_ solution is to get the weight off the door and onto a separate carrier.
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Old April 27th, 2009, 11:55 PM
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so tack weld and a mantec?
Are those new style doors insanely expensive?
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There are other tire carriers cheaper than the mantec, like bearmach, but I like the mantec stuff.

The new doors are a bit spendy, but worse than that, they are not very available.
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Old April 28th, 2009, 12:04 AM
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Looks like mantec is the way to go. I wonder if I didn't fix that door if it would still rattle with the mantec taking the tire load
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Your going to need to strip all the parts away and have a good look at the crack, it may not be the only one. Welding steel attached to aluminum will take someone good with a TIG - better heat control.
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Old April 28th, 2009, 09:40 AM
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Yeah I am going to pull the wiper motor. Just wondering if I go mantec if I need to bother
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Had the crack fixed yesterday. 40 bucks and it looks great. With the mantec installed it should be a huge improvement.
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