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Summer Doors

Discussion in 'General Side X Side Discussions' started by Jaybey, Apr 29, 2019.

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  1. Jaybey

    Jaybey Joe SXS Nation Expert

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    I’m looking for ideas about an alternative door on the Ranger. What I am looking at is lift gate type of attachment with a single attachment point at the top rear of the door material that swivels down on to the floor and set inside the foot well. I have made a proto type out of cardboard with a single screw holding it in place. Flimsy single layer cardboard has held up to speeds of 45 MPH and seemed to block out about 60% of the dust kicked up by the front wheels. I am thinking the final product will be made of a polypropylene mud flap 30” x 15”. I would like to go up to 24” tall but that will restrict the entry into the ranger to much when in the up position.

    What I need from you is your thoughts on how to make this work. I want to eliminate the full doors for summer.
    All ideas will be considered.
    Thanks for your consideration!
    Here are couple of concept photos from my testing:
     

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    Looks good. You could make a upper section hinged along the top of what you have fold it down then raise both like you have pictured and when down then raise the top and have it held up somehow maybe a magnet on the corner not sure what you have to work with but a thought!
     
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    Jaybey Joe SXS Nation Expert

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    Interesting idea Ron. A piano hinge and some velcro or a slide up bar to hold the top part up.
     
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    I am looking for two door latches just like what is on the Polaris Ranger soft side doors. The door pin appears to be about .75” diameter so it is nearly impossible to find a slam latch of that size. I don’t want to go to popo to buy. Any good ideas out there? One idea I got from my friend Marty is using a seat belt for the latch. Weld the male end onto the door frame and the female onto the frame. If you have heard or seen something like this send a picture please.

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    Door mounted.jpg Fitting frame.jpg Frame done.jpg Frame fab.jpg HDPE on frame.jpg Painting frame.jpg I have a friend who is a fantastic welder that has volunteered to do the needed welding for summer doors. We are using the canvas door frame as the pattern. He put gussets and curves in the frame and it matches the contour of the body perfectly. We did just the driver's side and took it for three major rides of about 125 miles all together, NO RATTLES. The only weak place was the door latch I tried to use, a boat locker latch. Not enough throw to the latch system. So I have decided to use the latch system off the original doors. If anyone has a pair of OEM door latches they want to get rid of????
     
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    Joe those doors look great. Is your door skin HDPE? What thickness and what size is the square tubing for the frame. I have been trying to decide how to do doors for mine. Thanks Tim
     
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    tims900xp Tim SXS Nation Regular

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    Also Joe what did you use for hindges? Tim
     
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    I used 1/8th inch HDPE and 1/2 inch square tubeing that was donated by Jordan. I guess I am being cheap. The hinges are from my canvas doors for now, may stay that way. I am going also use the slam latch from the canvas doors for peace of mind, the boat latches pop loose when the vehicle twists.
     
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    Thanks Joe. I appreciate the info. Maybe I"ll have as good of results as you did.
     
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    Well the HDPE came in white and it matches the white on my Ranger. I have a friend who is great welder and has excellent eye judgement to put things together so they fit very well. I tried and tossed the small boating hatch latches. I went with the OEM hinges and door latches off the canvas doors. I’ll just have to swap them back and forth as needed.

    My next goal is to put in some kind of weather stripping. It will need to be pretty thick to fill the gap between the body and the door. I had a test ride with it last week and they actually sucked in more dust than I would have gotten without doors. I am thinking a combination of on the body and on the door to get a good seal on the front edge and bottom. The back may just be a single piece of weather stripping.
     
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    Joe, when you rode with the summer doors and still had dust coming in, did you have your front windshield cracked or raised completely? I recently put on a set of take off tires and wheels from a new 1000XP, and it seems the dust is worse that with the PXT's that came on the ranger. I love my ranger, but the dust is a bummer. I hope the weather stripping solves your dust problem. Thanks Tim
     
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    The widndshield was crack open to begin with but as it warmed up I opened it all the way. Down here in Arizona we always have lots of dust except during the monsoon period.
     
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    Thanks Joe. Some of the gravel roads and my field roads that I ride on are also dusty even an hour after a shower. So it's either mud or dust. I usually crack my windshield and I guess it helps, but I still need more help in curbing the dust. Thanks again Joe.
     
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    Tim, do you have a back window? A lot of dust rolls up from behind the buggy and into the cab that way.
     
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    Yes Joe I have a back window. I just wondered if you thought when you changed tires if the dust was worse than with the stock tires. Mine came with the PXT's. I wanted a spare and found a new set of Maxxis take off's from a XP1000 at a very good price. I really think they kick up more dust than the PXT's. I think (don't know) that 1/2 doors would help if they were sealed good. I have tried to seal places in the cab where dust can enter. I guess I will keep trying to eliminate the problem and share what I find out. Thanks Joe for all your help. Tim
     
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    I changed tires in February from some soft rubber to a harder more aggressive tred and YES the dust has increased considerably. Like I said I am working on getting a seal around the doors which should help considerably. Right now I am experimenting with pipe insulation and some stick on seal for an AC unit on the leading edge of the drivers door. Not sure what I am going to do with the bottom yet. Additionally, I haven't finished painting the door frames yet.
     

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    Thanks again Joe for the info and your help. I've got to get some tubing and HDPE and see what I can come up with. Yours really do look good. Tim
     
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    When I get the chance I really want to curve the leading edge of the doors in more to cut down on the gap I need to fill with weather stripping. Also I want to make a new post holder for the latch, one that pulls the door in somewhere between a quarter and half inch more. I am currently using the OEM hinges and door latch mechanism frommy canvas doors.
     

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