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Element door closure issues

So I've had the Bestop Element tube doors alone for a while now. For a few weeks now, the latches won't engage when I shut the doors (slamming, or gently- doesn't work either way). I just got the skins and uppers in over the past 2 days, and my problem is now serious, as with the windows on, I can't reach in and latch the doors (which I can ordinarily do, but only from the inside with a fair bit of maneuvering and two hands).

So, long and short, they don't close properly unless I wiggle the latch by hand, which I can't do from outside the Jeep. Bestop is sending me new latch assemblies, but has anyone else had similar issues with theirs, and how did they fix it? Thanks! Mark W.

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I just received my Tube doors after a 2month wait period, but received front & rears, along with the enclosures. My brother has a similar 4dr JK, and he's been running the element tube doors, and latches were a biotch to align. Driver door needed major tweaking, and the passenger door unlatches too easy in my opinion. I will be installing tomorrow after work, and I will let you know if same things are going on. Nice to hear Bestop is stepping up to replace your latches.

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Mine work perfectly. Just takes a little patience to get the latches lined up properly.
An easy upgrade to the skin mounting method:
Drill one hole in the top rear corner of each door skin and the plate in the tube door behind it.
Then mount the skin OVER the latch. The cutout in the skin is large enough to clear the mounting bolts for the latch.
Put one button head bolt through the new hole in the skin/plate and fasten with a nylock on the inside of the door.
NOW, you can remove your skins without fucking with your latch alignment!
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^ NICE! I'll try that when I get those suckas back from paint! Thanks, amigo! Mark W.

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Nice, any concern, or warp look to the enclosure after install? The tube doors have a slight curve, also, any rattling, or did you insulate between door and enclosure? Thanks

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The enclosure bolts up nice and tight with no warping.
It's just stupid that you have to remove the latches every time you want to remove the enclosures. Which is why I recommend the mod that I mentioned above. I've already test-fitted that method and it works fine. Just gotta drill a new mounting hole the next time I take the enclosures off.
Then the only bolts that would have to be removed would be the mirror bolts and one single bolt on the top rear corner of the doors, and the latches can remain in place.
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Ok- I got the new latches in from Bestop- tried the old ones off the car- the spring that holds on the bit that latches onto the body (the knobbie on the Jeep itself) was loose on both. Guess it was just a shite batch- new ones work fine! Thanks for the help- now I have to get the skins on! Thanks! Mark W.

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Perhaps Best Top has changed their latches or otherwise done something to correct their bending, but on my Element doors the latches, circa 2006 for an LJ, would bend at the latch. I had a small triangular reinforcing tab welded in and it cured the problem entirely.

Before the fix, the latches wouldn't stay adjusted and on occasion the doors would open on turns. The doors had skins.

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Any chance you have a picture of where the tab was welded on? May do that on mine, if this happens again! Thanks- Mark W.

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