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Old April 26th, 2009, 10:31 PM
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School Me On Door Adjustments

I've read all the threads about adjusting body lines, etc.
Also know that you can move the striker around.
My body lines are aligned, I've adjusted the striker but I still need to slam the door pretty hard and the door top is barely touching the rubber seal.

One thing I haven't done is add/remove hinge shims. What kind of adjustment can I get from those?

Do I have to follow a certain order of steps to do this properly?
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Old April 26th, 2009, 11:02 PM
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I second that. After replacing my hinges I cant for the life of me get my passenger door to align correctly
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Old April 26th, 2009, 11:38 PM
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Yeah, my fronts still need adjustment as well. I have the rears just right but the front two (especially driver) take a bit too much force and don't fit as tight to the body as the rears. If someone has some tips/tricks that would be great.
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Old April 26th, 2009, 11:43 PM
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I've had good luck on my 90 and 110 with the following approach/steps. First, ensure the striker is centered in the latch, if you hear metal on metal scraping as the door closes, you need to shim the striker to be centered. (you can order original parts or be creative with some scrap sheet metal) With the striker dragging on the latch it's near impossible to get the door to close without slamming. Then loosen the striker bolts until they are just past snug. Close the door once or twice to get the striker centered. Tighten the bolts and try again. Door should close nicely now. May have to move the striker in or out just slightly to get it just right.

A couple other notes: If the plastic roller is missing or damaged on the striker, replace it. I've never been able to make the doors close well in either case. Spray some lubricant on the latch assembly. I use Rem Oil with teflon to make sure it operates smoothly. Both my trucks have push button type handles, for what it's worth.

Ze - considering your build up, I wouldn't be surprised if you have to put your knee in the center of the door and tweak the top to get it to seal correctly. But that should be a last step.

Hope this helps.

Mark
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Old April 27th, 2009, 08:58 AM
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Plastic roller? Do you have a picture? I too suffer from the "can't align my doors properly" syndrome.
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Old April 27th, 2009, 12:51 PM
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No picture handy. But pretty simple. The stiker has a round post that the latch mechanism pivots around to close and secure the door. It should have a plastic roller on that post.
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No sign of these on either of my trucks
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Old April 27th, 2009, 08:41 PM
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Soft top door strikers are completely different
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Soft top door strikers are completely different
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