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Old 02-21-2016, 01:52 PM
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So even with my adjustable hinges, the passenger side door still needs to be bent.



If you have done it, how and where did you bend it?

Drivers side turned out good.












 
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One side I had to bend the curvature of the hinge to bring the door in, I also had to tweak the frames to lign up, passenger side I had to cut the back of the cab along the door Seam and put in 1/4 filler to close the gap,if you remove the drip rail like I did,you'll find another headache!
 
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One side I had to bend the curvature of the hinge to bring the door in, I also had to tweak the frames to lign up, passenger side I had to cut the back of the cab along the door Seam and put in 1/4 filler to close the gap,if you remove the drip rail like I did,you'll find another headache!
I'm on the fence. I was going to shave the drip rail but I kinda like it. Plus I think less work if I don't shave it. Just repair it
 
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I'm on the fence. I was going to shave the drip rail but I kinda like it. Plus I think less work if I don't shave it. Just repair it
I like the drip rails. They are part of the trucks character. When you start shaving too much off these trucks they just don't look as good. But this is just my opinion, which doesn't mean much.
 
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Old 02-23-2016, 09:08 AM
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I kept the drip rails on mine too, I like the way they function. For that door Chad I'd brace the door open and use a couple pieces of 2X4 through the window open and pry it in until you got it to fit properly..
 
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I'm on the fence. I was going to shave the drip rail but I kinda like it. Plus I think less work if I don't shave it. Just repair it
Keep the drip rails! (my opinion)
 
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Old 02-23-2016, 07:22 PM
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I kept the drip rails on mine too, I like the way they function. For that door Chad I'd brace the door open and use a couple pieces of 2X4 through the window open and pry it in until you got it to fit properly..
I just tried the 2x4. Worked good! And was easy.

Just wondering what I should do with the drivers side. See pictures. Should I edit the A pillar to match the door? Other than bending the door out to it.



Drivers side (cant live with this)





Passenger side (can live with this)
 
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Don't do anything to the A pillar or your windshield will never fit properly
 
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Don't do anything to the A pillar or your windshield will never fit properly
I just went out for a few minutes. Moved the top of the door out a bit. Not perfect but good enough I think.
 
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The A pillar has a flare just in front of the door edge...it's supposed to stick out. The rationale for this is that the flare deflects the wind away from the door seam as you drive down the road. If you pull the edge of the door out to meet the outer edge of this flare then you have defeated the purpose of the design...results in more wind noise and possibly poor weatherstrip sealing in that area.
 
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Old 02-24-2016, 06:50 AM
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The A pillar has a flare just in front of the door edge...it's supposed to stick out. The rationale for this is that the flare deflects the wind away from the door seam as you drive down the road. If you pull the edge of the door out to meet the outer edge of this flare then you have defeated the purpose of the design...results in more wind noise and possibly poor weatherstrip sealing in that area.
Makes sense. It's definitely not flush. Its in a little bit from the a-pillar.
 
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Are you planning on building your own frame? If so you might want to read through this thread:

Chassis Building 101. Ride Height

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Are you planning on building your own frame? If so you might want to read through this thread:

Chassis Building 101. Ride Height

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I am making my own frame yes. It's basically a copy of original. My steering rack and everything will be adjustable, like a racecar, so getting my 'bump' and everything should be easy.

Upper control arm mounts will be adjustable, up and down, side to side as well as trailing arms etc

I'm going to get the chassis at a basic ride height I want so I have some adjustment up and down if needed though.
 
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Old 02-27-2016, 01:59 PM
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So after staring at it for over half an hour, debating to keep the drip rail or shave it, I decided to try and repair the roof/drip rail.





 

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