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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-14-2009, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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steel doors on a fiberglass tub

does anybody have any tips/photos on mounting steel doors to a fiberglass tub?

i have a 4wd tub and the strikers from my old tub.

4wd.com has two brackets for this, one utilizes the old strikers and the other does not.

is either inherently better or stronger?

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The Nader bolt striker that goes with the paddle-handle doors is stronger than the turn-handle door striker, but it's probably moot. It would take a terrific amount of reinforcement to get a glass tub stronger than any latch mechanism that's been built in the last forty years.

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What year doors? Do they require the NADAR bolt of the 82-96 varity, or do they require the striker type of the older doors? I have older doors, and they are a snap to install. The newer NADAR bolt adaptation is not hard, but it does require drilling. If that's the type you've got, I'd suggest running an "L" braket of 3/16" metal up from the floor as a mounting bracket.
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There would be a difference for the door latch style. The other difference might be in the B pillar. My AJís tub has the pillar, like used on the late tubs, molded in. I looked at 4WD and it doesnít look like their's has it. Itís like the early tubs.

Can you give links to the 2 different brackets? If itís nothing more than reusing the Nader posts, then itís just a question of whether yours are good or warn.

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4wd.com sells two different brackets that allows you to use steel doors on their fiberglass tub. my doors are the later paddle handle style.

this is one bracket. with this i would not use the nadar bolt from my old tub.
Door Latch Mounting Bracket Kit and Other Jeep Parts and Jeep Accessories by 4 Wheel Drive Hardware

and the other bracket i can't seem to find the link to right now.
but its a bracket that allows you to bolt the original nadar to it. they're both the same price, i was just curious if either was any stronger than the other.

if i find a link to the other bracket ill post it.
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You should get the parts shown in your link. They go with the paddle handle doors and the late-model tub, as Taz pointed out. If your tub doesn't have the pillar that runs up from the floor, about 4" wide where it meets the top of the tub, you should mold in a piece like it to give good support to the bracket and the side of the tub. The design is much superior to the early style that had a gusset from the front of the fenderwell to the side of the tub.

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I donít know what to tell you.

The back view


doesnít match the front view.


The back view looks like molded plastic, the front view looks like metal.

I have no idea how it mounts. It would be nice to be able to view the installation instructions. Hey, itís just pixels on the internet, itís not like they have to pay postage or anything. Maybe there arenít any instructions and itís up to you to figure something out.

I do know you canít just bolt those to fiberglass. You would need to make a backing plate or use some REALLY BIG washers to keep the fiberglass from tearing out around the holes. Maybe you could just shut the doors really, really softly.

If it were me, Iíd just cut off the rivets that hold the nut bracket from your original latches and figure out something better than this.

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