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Old January 22nd, 2015, 12:20 AM
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Tips on mounting the rear... door that is.

I'll be putting a new rear door and hinges on my 97 SW shortly and was wondering if you all had any pointers on the install. It seems pretty straight forward, but it is a Defender.
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 12:46 AM
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Make sure to put new rebuild kits in the hinges. Have a friend help line it up. Strongly consider spending the money on a proper rear tire carrier rather than keeping the spare on the door.

What is your new door? Getting the glass out can be a PITA.
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 07:46 AM
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I'd add...if you are not going with a proper tire carrier, consider moving the wheel as far back as possible on the stock carrier by removing the retaining nut and moving the backing washer all the way back.

I'm not an engineer but IMO this takes some stress off the door frame. My 97 rear door still opens and closes with two fingers even with a 255/85 tire and Jesus heavy Wolf wheel.

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Old January 22nd, 2015, 11:58 AM
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Make sure to put new rebuild kits in the hinges. Have a friend help line it up. Strongly consider spending the money on a proper rear tire carrier rather than keeping the spare on the door.

What is your new door? Getting the glass out can be a PITA.
The door already has the glass installed. I also went ahead and got new hinges as well. So I would assume that no rebuild kit is needed. I'm looking into the tire carrier.

------ Follow up post added January 22nd, 2015 11:02 AM ------

@1of40- Thank you for the tip about the stock tire carrier.
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