Is it me or are these land rover jobs infuriatingly complicated and designed to ruin a good weekend.
Today I decided to replaced the brass balls and the pins in the rear safari door .Thought it would be a simple 2 minute job .
Purchased 'Allmakes' pin ,spring and ball sets but spent nearly an hour trying to get the nut on the bottom of the pin /bolt. They have made the bolts so short that when you put the spring on plus the lock tab, the pressure you have to exert on the spring to compress it to get the nut on just totally defeated me for ages. The material which its made from is also like cheese and I could virtually strip a thread on the pins by putting on the nut by hand pressure alone . Is it me or are they just trying to save costs by slimming the pin length down or was I doing something wrong?
Any reason for me not to go and by a stainless bolt & washer and nyloc nut and use the same springs and brass balls-must be a better solution to the original
Also can anyone confirm that the rear safari door is only aligned with the actual hinge bracketry onto the door and rear side rather than adjusting the above brass ball/spring pin contraption?? If so how (far) do you adjust the above spring/pin arangement and for what reason
Last gripe is the front door which i had had only 2 of the 4 bolts into the bulkhead side of the hinges there .So like the above thought it would be a quick job to put 2 new bolts and 'j clips' into the top and bottom hinge .
Got the 2 holding bolts undone but what a crazy time getting the new "j clips' into position ,they first of all would not accept the the brand new accompanying bolt and had to have the threads properly threaded so the bolt went in easier ,but that was only half the problem as the 'J clips were so springy that as soon as the bolt got to the nut it would just push the clip nut further away and not allow the bolt to get started in the thread.
Got that all done, but hey i am wacked out now and the trouble is i have to do it all again in a week or so`s time as i have some new replacements that i am sending of to get powder coated and replace door bolts with some ordered stainless fixings