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Old May 29th, 2017, 12:40 PM
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Swapping Puma Doors on my 86 Defender ROW

Hello Everyone,
I did some searching here and didn't come up with an answer to my question. I have a pair of complete puma doors I have mounted to the door pillar but I am having an issue trying to figure out the door striker/latch. The stock latch obviously wouldn't work so I was wondering if there is a latch/striker conversion parts I should get?

Thank you in advance for your help.

Khan
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Old May 29th, 2017, 08:57 PM
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They started using the new strikers in '87. I believe this is the part number you need: FQB500130

STRIKER DOOR LATCH DEFENDER , RNI844, FQB500130 - Rovers North - Classic Land Rover Parts

Or from Lucky8 on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Land-Rover-De.../dp/B01E8VN8LE
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Old May 30th, 2017, 12:40 PM
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Thanks Bozman. I did buy these but not seeing a clean install option. I am guessing I will have to drill new mounting locations. Would love to see someone's install so I can emulate.
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Old May 30th, 2017, 01:24 PM
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Yes, drilling new holes is definitely part of the story. I'm taking mine into the shop later this week in part to get said holes drilled - they have a ton of D's sitting around to make a studied observation of where & how the holes go & I can only assume that they're less likely to miss a cut than I am anyway...
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Old May 30th, 2017, 01:51 PM
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Yes, drilling new holes is definitely part of the story. I'm taking mine into the shop later this week in part to get said holes drilled - they have a ton of D's sitting around to make a studied observation of where & how the holes go & I can only assume that they're less likely to miss a cut than I am anyway...
That's a great idea. Wish I had some shop nearby that could do it.

Is there any way you can get them to take pictures of the process? I would be very appreciative and could send you a six pack of your favorite beer.
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Old May 30th, 2017, 02:41 PM
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Gotta say no on that one, bro. If I were doing it diy, no problema...but, my mechanic is old school & he's doing this "on a Friday" as it is.
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Old May 30th, 2017, 02:46 PM
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understood. Had to ask.
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When I installed the new style doors on my 84 I made a template from a stock truck with the new style doors and just drilled the holes where they needed to go.

Maybe you find someone with a tub that can make a template for you?
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Old May 30th, 2017, 03:28 PM
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I had some replacement T-Supports which appeared much older than my new style doors. I simply engaged the striker in the door latch and closed the door to where body lined up. I held the plastic and metal spacer to align with the striker, Marked location and drilled new holes. Happy with the results and doors latch and line up.

I did need to modify the nut plate as there was internal interference on my T-Supports with some sort of reinforcement.

Mine was probably a bit easier since I have no seat in the vehicle so it allowed me to crawl around and mark locations. Also no door seals to obstruct view.
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