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Dummies guide to defender hinge repair needed


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I have a wobbly door hinge, a repair bolt of the right length, a pillar drill and a tap and dieset and no idea what I’m doing. 

so i am looking for the dummies guide to hinge repair seen the process from a couple of places but I’m not quite following it so looking to make a fool proof guide here.  
 

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so step 1 take hinge off.

whats step 2 and what size hammer do I need ?

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That’s the plan. But I might also plan for new hinges. Where is good to get some from ?  Not the £300 stainless sets 🙂

Drill the top and tap the bottom. Trying to find the old thread that talks about it. 

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I tried knocking the pins out of a few hinges with a view to doing the modification but could not get them to budge, even with a MAPP torch.

In the end I gave up and just bought new hinges. Proper genuine parts seemed to be the only standard ones that don’t have loads of slop from new. 

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On 5/19/2020 at 11:55 AM, mad_pete said:

Okay these look at a price point I can live with as a backup 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/113108794015

That particular kit, many write that it's a Heavy Duty kit. But I can't see what is heavy duty about it?? I mean it looks no different than any other defender door hinge, is it the stainless steel bolts that stop them from wearing out what seems like ever 3-4 years?? 

 

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Okay they turned up and they are britpart hinges. Took the drivers door off and the amount of play in the old hinges is what I would describe as “a lot”.

I’ll put the new ones on which means working out how to paint them or getting someone who knows how to paint them to paint them.

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Many years ago I had a S2a with a side-hung rear tailgate with a S3 hinge on it - only problem was that the pin would drop out.  Trouble is the thing measure 7mm and at that time I hadn't got a lathe and couldn't knurl things.

It probably ended up with a 1.4 in bolt and nut

I'm sure the pin drives in. 

 

 

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I got fed up of the door hinge issue and now got some expensive SS ones on, got to say 3 yrs later they're still as tight as the day I installed them.

I had a pair of Genuine LR later type hinges give up in just under 5 years. no impressed as they're not cheap.

 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Retroanaconda said:

Are there better aftermarket ones out there that last longer than Land Rover ones but don't look horribly blingy?

No :blush: - you can paint them, I just couldn't be arsed.

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