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Old April 29th, 2016, 07:49 PM
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Swing away rear door

I am always impressed with the amount of knowledge on the Source and the willingness to share it so I was wondering if I could tap some of it. I bought a nice 110 5 door and plan to run it with the top off for summer and am wondering if I can use the hinges from the hard top rear door on a swing away gate? also need to buy the door latch mechanism if anyone knows the part number (no lock needed) or has one for sale? Let me know what you have. Will also need the side rails that go from the windshield to the front door pillar if anyone has those or another solution to make sure that the doors close properly without he roof. Thanks!

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Old April 29th, 2016, 08:02 PM
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Latch, I think I have a NIB one.
Brewie (here) for the gutter kit a pillar to b pillar

Not sure on the hole placement to convert to a NAS style swing away rear half door.. I'll leave that for others- you might need to drill some.
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Old April 30th, 2016, 08:20 AM
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I went soft top with no door gutters, works just fine. Looks a LITTLE goofy perhaps but then again I'm just on a 3 door.

I bought a new pair of the lower hinges for a full door for this mod and then a locking latch which, you're right, isn't really necessary and makes one less large hole to cut in your nice tailgate.

It's a fully figure-it-out-as-you-go custom job but actually quite easy.

One pro tip that it took me awhile to figure out: the latch mechanism is one riveted piece, it does not come apart to be sandwiched on either side of the door. You just have to drill a large enough hole to pass the somewhat bulbous handle through the door.

Happy to take as many pics of my setup as you'd like.
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Old April 30th, 2016, 02:50 PM
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Thanks Dan, Good call on the hole for the latch handle. I was able to line it up today and it looks like it will work with minor drilling. Once I get a latch I can finish it.
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Here is what I have
yup, that's what i used.

------ Follow up post added May 1st, 2016 09:28 AM ------

Oh, also, be sure to get the rubber seals you're going to use before trying to align jt all perfectly. That'll affect the fit. You'll definitely want them to at least fill in the gaps cosmetically.
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Definitely noticed the difference when I added those seals - lines up much better- Thanks Dan

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