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What size hinge pins if I...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by pvfjr, May 18, 2005.

  1. pvfjr

    pvfjr 1/2 ton status

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    ...want to lose the bushings and just go with a larger removeable pin? I don't want to fork out the dough for all the "hinge pin repair kits" (I know I'm cheap). I know someone here has just swapped out the old ones, removed the bushings, and put in larger pins, but what size?
     
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    Taken from here.
     
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    Sorry, but not what I'm talking about.

    I'm referring to the actual hinge pin, not the retaining pin for it. I want to use a larger hinge without bushings, rather than a stock one with bushings. I know someone has done it.
     
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    gotcha, you are just going to wear the hinge metal itself out and have to replace the entire assembly that way. If this is a daily driver I'd definetally say don't do it. Just get new bushings and measure the outside diameter of them. They are like $1 in the help section of parts stores.
     
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    Well it's not really a DD, and it's just an old truck so I'm not too worried. If I keep them greased it shouldn't be too bad. If I did it by way of the article, I'd have to get the kit with the bushings and the hinge pin, which are 6.99, and I'd need four, so that's $30 and I haven't even gotten the holes drilled with retaining pins yet. Not to mention the grinding and drilling...
    If it works out that I can just slap in some convenient size of pins from the hardware store that already have holes in them and have no knurling to grind off, then I'd be good to go.
     
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    Go to the dealer and get the hinge kit. IIRC, it was $40 for everything and the pins are just long enough that you can drill them for the keeper pin. Better way to go IMO. I have done this mode both ways. I do not recommend any other way. Paid for it by having my door fall off in a parking lot. That really sucked. :(
     
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    I just used some bolts with nuts. It probably takes me an extra minute per side to pull the doors off.
     
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    Yep, el cheapo way : nuts & bolts (that aren't threaded all the way) along with some brass tubing.
     
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    Anybody have any sizes? I don't want to take the doors off and screw around trying to get it all figured out. Running out of time, maybe I'll just have to put this off till after memorial day.
     

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