May 03, 2018
Great Product, Needs Modifications...
I recently got these to hang my 2018 JK Rubicon Unlimited doors. The end result is AWESOME, but it took more than just bolting them to the wall to get them to work correctly. Had it not been for the incredible support I got from the ET Team, I would have certainly given this product a lesser rating (Nice work guys!!).
With that, here is what I found (and hopefully it helps those considering the product):
First, the directions are not very good. They detail basic install procedures, but really fail to explain how the setup needs to happen to get the doors on correctly.
Specifically, the flat portion of the bracket where the door pins sit NEEDS TO FACE THE HANDLE/LATCH. If it doesn't the angled brace WILL CONTACT THE DOOR and possibly create some light damage (at least that what I saw as a possibility in my application when I tried to close the door to the wall).
So, for Driver Side Doors, the bracket needs to be flipped over.This means tapping out the bushing and installing it on the other side of the hanger.
When I did this, the door would not properly sit because there was a spacing issue, this again would not allow the door to close. IF THE DOOR IS CLOSED YOU WILL DAMAGE THE METAL AND PAINT. So, to correct the spacing issue, I had to remove the busing and grind down one of the pin holders to allow the door to fall all the way into the bracket which allowed for the door to be completely closed. Additionally, to be safe, I also took a grinder to the bracket arm to remove a little bit of metal on the underside of the bracket and provide more clearance at the hinge of the door (it was way too close for comfort). Keep in mind this was ONLY for Driver Side Doors; the passenger side went on with no problem whatsoever.
Once in the bracket, the bushing are a tight fit to the door. They absolutely help to get the door set in without issue, but removal can be tough. Over time they may "break in". However, to help expedite the process, I ran a drill bit around the plastic a few time to create a bit more space which worked wonders in getting them back off. Clearly not necessary, but just a note to consider.
Other details not mentioned in the instructions:
Use a drill with a 1/4" bit to tap a pilot hole for your lag bolts. This will help ensure the bolts go in straight and with less effort, while still leaving plenty of wood for the threads to hold onto.
As for alignment, I installed the door bracket, hung the door, and then aligned the latch panel for install. the instruction measurements are good, but this way is something I found to relatively hassle free and ensured I only had to drill one set of holes because if the bracket isn't 100 plum you'll be off.
So, even with all the extra work and problem solving along the way, I think that the end result is worth the purchase. The doors are solidly on the wall; protected up and away from anything that could damage them. I would consider them a must have for those that take their doors off, but do PROCEED WITH CAUTION when fit checking how the doors are sitting in the hanger!
Best of luck!