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    Question Defender Door Hinge Pins

    Does anyone know if the pins in the Defender front door hinges are replaceable? Both top pins on each front door have become loose making the doors sag a little and hitting the lock bar on the door post. Lifting the doors allows about 7mm movement.

    Happy with removing the hinges (had them off before) but looking for a cheaper option if the pins can be replaced.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJC View Post
    Does anyone know if the pins in the Defender front door hinges are replaceable? Both top pins on each front door have become loose making the doors sag a little and hitting the lock bar on the door post. Lifting the doors allows about 7mm movement.

    Happy with removing the hinges (had them off before) but looking for a cheaper option if the pins can be replaced.
    I've never heard of replacement pins for sale, but it wouldn't be enough - it's not just the pin that wears, but also the part of the hinge that moves on it.

    If you have access to the machinery you could knock out the old pin, and bore the hole out before fitting a larger pin. But then it'd almost certainly be cheaper to just fit new hinges.

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    Cheers Simon. New hinges it'll be then. There's all the fuss of getting them painted too.

    AJ

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    Default Re: Defender Door Hinge Pins

    Simon's bang-on about the hinges wearing out, however a short-term fix and some improvement may be achieved by replacing the worn pins with rollpins, which can be bought from hardware stores or auto factors for pence.

    I've not actually done it on a land rover yet myself, but have done it on vw beetles which also have external hinges. Someone else on here may have done the same on a LR?

    Roll pins are usually mild steel, so they do wear out quite quickly on a daily driver, but on the plus-side they come in endless sizes so you can get a tight fit. At pence each it's a cheap fix too, provided you can get the original pin out....

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    Cheers, but as they are external, there's security issues too, notwithstanding the hinges can just be unbolted. I'll just go for replacemnet hinges.

    Cheers.

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    If you really want to have something that'll last, you could get strip the hinges, have the bores of the sections machined and fit some tapered pins that can be screwed in further as they wear. I think that's what was done on the stainless hinges that Scrapiron (expensively) sell.

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    Cheers Nick, but if it come between bog standard replacements or Scrapiron, it will be bog standard everytime.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJC View Post
    Cheers Nick, but if it come between bog standard replacements or Scrapiron, it will be bog standard everytime.

    Cheers.

    AJ
    I meant you could copy the idea - there's no way I'd pay 300+ for door hinges either!

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    What's wrong with knocking the pin out. Drilling and fitting a bolt.....Maybe even drilling one part and drilling and tapping another.

    Not had to do mine yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmgemini View Post
    What's wrong with knocking the pin out. Drilling and fitting a bolt.....Maybe even drilling one part and drilling and tapping another.

    Not had to do mine yet
    When I tried to do that the pins wouldn't knock out, at least with a hammer and a punch. When I tried to drill them out they proved to be harder than the hinge material .... Made it very hard to keep the drill straight. Finally I just bought new hinges and secured them with stainless bolts with stainless Nylockers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gatvol View Post
    When I tried to do that the pins wouldn't knock out, at least with a hammer and a punch. When I tried to drill them out they proved to be harder than the hinge material .... Made it very hard to keep the drill straight. Finally I just bought new hinges and secured them with stainless bolts with stainless Nylockers.
    Thanks for that info Steve. I know what you mean. Years ago I was given the job of removing a broken bolt from some plant equipment. It proved a long difficult job. Eventually I got the thing out.......only to find it was a brioken tap. I hope I don't have to buy new hinges.

    As for SS bolts. Are they HT or carrot like like the 8.8 stuff ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snagger View Post
    I meant you could copy the idea - there's no way I'd pay 300+ for door hinges either!
    I'm just after a quick swap Nick. Cheers.

    Quote Originally Posted by mmgemini View Post
    What's wrong with knocking the pin out. Drilling and fitting a bolt.....Maybe even drilling one part and drilling and tapping another.

    Not had to do mine yet
    Let us know how you get on when the time comes Mike.

    Thanks for the links. Never thought of e=Bay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmgemini View Post
    Thanks for that info Steve. I know what you mean. Years ago I was given the job of removing a broken bolt from some plant equipment. It proved a long difficult job. Eventually I got the thing out.......only to find it was a brioken tap. I hope I don't have to buy new hinges.

    As for SS bolts. Are they HT or carrot like like the 8.8 stuff ??
    Carrot like the 8.8 stuff, but they don't quite go all the way to full counter sunk position. With the Nylock nuts, at least, nobody can open your Landy with just a Screw Driver!

    One other bit of door hinge trivia: The bottom hinges interchange with the top, just use the old top hinge as a template and drill out the mirror holes.

    Good luck and do let us know
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    When I last looked at the hinges the holding bolts to the body were in such a state that anybody that wants to take those out will need a drill.

    I bet they'll be even wore after four weeks on the high seas....

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