The Pro Armor brackets do their job of stiffening up the latch bracket. They've really done their homework. That being said, I still plan on building the better mousetrap and will run a metal cross brace strut from the latch bracket to the steering column bracket. I'll do something similar on the passenger side.Nice. How much did the braces stiffen up the latch bracket. I have been wondering how the door manufactures were addressing that issue. That bracket is kinda out there in the wind so to speak.
Could you take a close up of this pic ... specifically in the lower front area where the gap is in front of the door surround pipe. Is it a chunk of black plastic they have you install? That's the piece that I couldn't get any answers on so I went with the one that has "metal" there and matched the lines ... that being Blingstar.Right now there is no competition.....
No, it's not plastic. This part is powder coated steel. The door panels and tube frame is aluminumCould you take a close up of this pic ... specifically in the lower front area where the gap is in front of the door surround pipe. Is it a chunk of black plastic they have you install? That's the piece that I couldn't get any answers on so I went with the one that has "metal" there and matched the lines ... that being Blingstar.
Number three is my favorite!Installation suggestions:
1. Recommend the installing the drivers side door first. It seemed easier to install and you'll learn how to best remove and reinstall the plastic side panel.
2. Recommend using duck tape to cover up the floor holes otherwise you'll lose bolts and screws, which you'll never find again.
3. This is definitely a job requiring a case of beer
4. Each Commander is built slightly different and I found that a round file helped in getting Pro Armor parts to fit exactly. The Pro Armor stuff was on target, but some of the Commander bolt openings were off The passenger side was more of a challenge than the drivers side.
5. Once you pry back the side panel to see 2 speed clips on the bottom of the side panel plastic. That's the best time to snip them off as it will facilitate an easier removal and later, the reseting of this panel. You'll move these 2 speed clips to rocker panel plastic and they'll do the same job in attaching the bottom of the side panel to the body. Nice tip from Pro Armor!
The kit has changed a bit... BUT..The tip on cutting those tabs is the best thing I've ever seen!! I installed a set of doors yesterday and it took me 3 hours on one side until I found your pictures of cutting the tabs. Then it only took about 45 min on the other side. You saved me for sure!!