For whatever reason, the original door check mechanism for LGL was missing when I bought the vehicle so the door was never held open correctly.
The weight of the spare wheel on the door did help it open to a certain extent but on anything other than level ground it tended to swing shut.
Now the spare wheel on the rear door has been removed, the door opens to about an angle of 110 degrees. Firstly, this look odd and secondly it chips the pain on the upper door hinge as its only supposed to open 90 degrees.
The rear door I have came from Ashtree in the UK and it’s effectively the same construction as a Defender door to cope with the weight of a spare wheel. To this end, it also has the bracketry for the Defender door closure mechanism.
With some hunting around the inter-web I came up with a list of the part numbers I needed. All readily available in either Genuine Land Rover, OEM or… and I can’t believe I’m saying it… Britpart.
I’m not going to dwell on the latter but the are 4 things on LGL from Britpart (3 in this post) and they have all needed some modification to fit and or needed to be finished off. Weld spatter removed, painted properly straightened etc…
Parts Required: (excluding fixings)
(top row, left) Check strap bracket: MXC2047
(top row, middle) Bracket rear door: LR016768
(middle row, left) Pivot bracket MWC6450
(middle row, middle) Stud plate BFU710200
(middle row, right) Torsion bar MXC1790
(bottom row) Check rod LR016708
First of all the door components are fitted:
There are a number of gas strut alternatives for Defender rear doors available from quality aftermarket manufactures. I had thought of going that route myself but after calculating the length of the gas strut (which are readily available online) it was apparent that I would have to start hacking about with the rear door trim.