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Old 03-01-2020, 02:26 PM
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Question door alignment

Boy-o-boy I need some advise on how to get my doors aligned....so far all margins look OK but. can't get door flush with front and body panels.
OH this is on my 2 door Cherokee
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Old 03-01-2020, 03:19 PM
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In/out at the front is adjusted by moving both hinges on the jamb.

In/out at the rear is by moving the strike on the jamb.

The door seal may fight you on this. Is it new?
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Old 03-01-2020, 06:43 PM
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Thanks SJTD for the response....My problem is trying to get some kind of leverage to move the hinge out. I have tried loosening the hinge bolts into the body with the door attached and using a crow bar to attempt to move the hinge at the body mount and...no go.
Maybe I will just have to remove the door and try again
I can't believe this should be so hard , but what a fight it's been
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Old 03-03-2020, 07:46 AM
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Sounds like somethings wrong if you need a crow bar.
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Did you loosen the 2 deep bolts on the pillar as well?
There are 3 bolts on each hinge...
That would be the only reason I can think of that you cannot move the hinges.
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Old 03-03-2020, 10:42 AM
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Did you loosen the 2 deep bolts on the pillar as well?
There are 3 bolts on each hinge...
That would be the only reason I can think of that you cannot move the hinges.

Yes, I loosened ALL the bolts and then tried moving the hinge at the deep pocket with crow bar.

This why I am trying to figure out what I have done wrong. Seems like I need to start over with out the door hung to see if that might work.
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loosen more??
they should move fairly easily once loose??

maybe try just one hinge @ time? really loosen all 3 and try just that hinge.
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Old 03-03-2020, 04:02 PM
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the body shop
that did my j10
had a hard time with driver door

driver door
handle side
at bottom corner is out too much
they finally gave up
but I have friends that may try to adjust at a later date.

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Many many that I have seen door alignment is great yet lower corner sticks out.
I would venture guess it's from worn tooling?
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Old 03-03-2020, 11:53 PM
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Can you move them the other way? Maybe the adjustment is maxed out in the direction you want to go.

Maybe the mounting surface on the door is bent? Might have to shim where the hinges mount to the door.
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Yes SJTD,
I think shimming the door hinge at the door is another option to explore.
I am going to start over one more time and if no success I think shimming is the next best solution.
Thanks for the thoughts...
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OOPS I just thought of some thing the door needs to come out to match the fender......ssooooo I am going to have to make the hinge pocket bolt to body adjustment as necessary. Back to the beginning here I go
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I had to take my doors completely off, clean the mating surface of both the hinges and the body to get any movement. Mine were pretty rusted together.
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Old 03-04-2020, 10:20 PM
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Another thing you can do is grind the holes in the pillar on the side you want the door to go. IF it's the bolts hitting and not the nut plates banging against their cages inside the pillar..
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I had to take my doors completely off, clean the mating surface of both the hinges and the body to get any movement. Mine were pretty rusted together.

Thanks ....good idea
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Ive been fighting my doors for years because Ive never gotten them right. IMO, Never-Ever touch the hinge inside the jams They cant be loosened or tightened with the doors closed. Not like other vehicles. GRRR
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What I dided, before removing the doors/hinges from the jambs, was drill a 1/8" hole through the jamb and hinge. I'll use some pins to get it roughly back where it was after painting.

If I pull the hinges off the doors I'll do the same thing.
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Ive been fighting my doors for years because Ive never gotten them right. IMO, Never-Ever touch the hinge inside the jams They cant be loosened or tightened with the doors closed. Not like other vehicles. GRRR

You are right!!!!!!
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What I dided, before removing the doors/hinges from the jambs, was drill a 1/8" hole through the jamb and hinge. I'll use some pins to get it roughly back where it was after painting.

If I pull the hinges off the doors I'll do the same thing.

I should have done that
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the body shop that painted my 88 wagoner
drilled holes like you mentioned to get them back in same position.

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