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Door hinge repair?

Ok, so I've never had to mess with a door hinge before, but it's time to redo the bushings on mine.

I don't know what parts are out there to do the job...any insight? Should I be looking for a generic kit or something specific?

I only need to do the bushing for the spring detent lever, the hinge itself is fine, no sagging or anything.
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I talked to a body shop near me about doing mine, they wanted $150 parts and labor.

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Go to your parts store. They should have door pin kits - come with pins and bushings - should be about 20 bucks a side.
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Swung by vato zone today for a new CV clamp and checked out the door pin crap while I was there. Looks straightforward enough, I'll just have to check back to find the right size pin and bushing. Pin in there measures .350" which is just a shade under 9mm.

Looks like I'm gonna have to make a mess though and grind the factory pin to get it out.
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Hello, I am a newbie from NH, I haven't given up my info in the "tell us about yourself section" frankly because I am to lazy to type about myself.

I am going through the door pin scenario on a 1997 4x4 5.2 that I bought a couple of days ago. I did get the top pin changed, PIA and I have yet to do the bottom pin. I will be trying to cut the pin in half and push the top up and the bottom down to get it out. I will let you know how it works.

oh yeah, $7 a kit at local auto parts store
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Door hinge kit turns out to be a big failure. The pins are not correct for the Dakota.

Looks like I will have to go to the dealer who only sells the hinges whole.
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Dead thread, come back to life...

Got real damn bored today and fixed my hinge. Vatozone hinge kit had the right pin (came with two different sizes).

Sawzall'd the pin in half, air hammered it out each way, removed factory bushing from detent lever, pushed new bronze bushing into lever, pushed new pin in. Done.

Now, if only it was that quick...I accidentally yanked on the detent lever while the pin was out and it came out, along with the spring. If this happens to you, use three zip ties and a vice to compress and hold the spring compressed. This makes it a breeze to get the spring back in.
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Bronze? Don't you mean brass!
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I got hinge kits off ebay for $11 a set...which does upper & lower hinges on 2 doors...bought 2 sets for the two 66 Chargers...I did one set of hinges already..took about 45 minutes...

was not that bad

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Bronze? Don't you mean brass!
No. The material looks like bronze, not brass. I know the difference.
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Brass is the usual material for bushings. May not have a high gloss finish, but dull and pitted.
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Brass is the usual material for bushings. May not have a high gloss finish, but dull and pitted.
I've seen bronze used for bushings all the time.......

http://www.nationalbronze.com/
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Hey Caulk, any idea what exact size you used in that bushing kit for your hinge?
Or did you save the hinge kit part #?
I've had no luck with Pep Boys or any place like that getting the correct size.
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Brass is the usual material for bushings. May not have a high gloss finish, but dull and pitted.
No, it's not. Bronze is harder and more wear resistant. Commonly oil impregnable as well. FYI - I'm a machinist, I've made my share of bronze bushings and wear pads. Can't say I've ever made a brass one.

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Hey Caulk, any idea what exact size you used in that bushing kit for your hinge?
Or did you save the hinge kit part #?
I've had no luck with Pep Boys or any place like that getting the correct size.
The pin is 9mm and the bushing od is 11mm. 9mm is just under 3/8", 11mm is 7/16". AutoZone had the pin kit back with their other 'Help!' products. Came with one pin of this size and one pin that is a bit larger, each with two bushings and an e-clip.
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