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Summer Doors

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  1. jaybey's Avatar

    jaybey said:

    Summer Doors

    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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  2. RJ's Avatar

    RJ said:
    You said any and all. So... How about Velcro at the front, right in the door jam. And the back attachment point, use the rubber grommets like they've used on the glove box and seat bottoms on the older models. Would pivot nicely and make for easy removal.
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    jaybey said:
    Interesting idea. Thanks
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    , led driving lights for back up light, EZ turn signal kit, Garmin Montana 600, UMC ATV tool/storage box, Ricochet rock sliders, home made mud blockers, in bed mounted spare tire, Big Sky roof mount gun rack, Wolo Bad Boy air horn.
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    RJ said:
    You inspired me Joe. Picked up some hpde and backed it with plywood. Hinges are going to work good. Just mocked up. Going to coat the play with black enamel. Haven't decided what to use for latches yet. Gettin there

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    2018 1000 XP Titanium Matte Metallic
    Lock n ride glass windshield and roof
    MMA lift
    27-11-14 Tusk Trilobites
    G5 tune

    Past rides
    2004 Ranger. 2x4 with trusty 425
    Built like a tank and still running strong.

    2012 800 XP LE
    Wire chaffing fuel pump eater but never left me stranded!

    2016 900 XP Titanium Matte Metallic
     
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    jaybey said:
    RJ, That is cool. What are you going to use to lock it in place when moving? I could easily mock up a hinge for my mud flap May need to stiffen it a bit.
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    If guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. An armed society is a polite society.

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    2015 Ranger 900 XP EPS, Polaris tip out windshield, glass rear window, Polaris canvas doors. 3600 lumen driving lights, TMH 20'' Dual Row High Power 126w Cree Light Bar 13000 Lumens
    , led driving lights for back up light, EZ turn signal kit, Garmin Montana 600, UMC ATV tool/storage box, Ricochet rock sliders, home made mud blockers, in bed mounted spare tire, Big Sky roof mount gun rack, Wolo Bad Boy air horn.
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    jaybey said:
    Think I am going to use the soft door frame as a template and put 1/4" HDPE skin on it. I have the idea for the hinges but I need latches for both sides. 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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    , led driving lights for back up light, EZ turn signal kit, Garmin Montana 600, UMC ATV tool/storage box, Ricochet rock sliders, home made mud blockers, in bed mounted spare tire, Big Sky roof mount gun rack, Wolo Bad Boy air horn.
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    RJ said:
    Well, this is what I ended up with and am totally satisfied. Just got back from a 50mph run down a bumpy road and no rattles.

    The plywood was too heavy for the one hinge. So I just used a couple of oak spars to stiffen it up and is working fine. I made a beveled hinge block so the bottom of the door hits first by a fair amount and tightens up nice when you pull it closed and latch it. Ended up finding latches at the local big box stores. A little black paint on the wood and calling it good. Maybe an orange army star on the doors to finish it off.

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    2018 1000 XP Titanium Matte Metallic
    Lock n ride glass windshield and roof
    MMA lift
    27-11-14 Tusk Trilobites
    G5 tune

    Past rides
    2004 Ranger. 2x4 with trusty 425
    Built like a tank and still running strong.

    2012 800 XP LE
    Wire chaffing fuel pump eater but never left me stranded!

    2016 900 XP Titanium Matte Metallic
     
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    jaybey said:
    Rj, Looks real good. I take it the hdpe was not stiff enough to support itself without the plywood? What thickness of plywood? Interesting choice of a latch.
    I am considering a couple of options. 1 welded steal frame around the whole door. cost here is $105. for a 1/4" x 96" x 54" black stabilized sheet.
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    Freedom has a taste only those who have fought for it will ever know.

    If guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. An armed society is a polite society.

    FEAR THE GOVERNMENT THAT WANTS TO TAKE AWAY YOUR GUNS!

    2015 Ranger 900 XP EPS, Polaris tip out windshield, glass rear window, Polaris canvas doors. 3600 lumen driving lights, TMH 20'' Dual Row High Power 126w Cree Light Bar 13000 Lumens
    , led driving lights for back up light, EZ turn signal kit, Garmin Montana 600, UMC ATV tool/storage box, Ricochet rock sliders, home made mud blockers, in bed mounted spare tire, Big Sky roof mount gun rack, Wolo Bad Boy air horn.
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    RJ said:
    It was too flimsy without some support. Do.you have a Menards where you're at? A 4x8 sheet was $58. If you stay in the door jamb where i did, it's a flat surface without any bends. No use of the factory bolt catch though. Im pretty happy with the one i chose. Just a simple push pin. The foam i put around the door holds everything tight. If you put some heat to the hpde bend it and cool it with a wet cloth it holds its.shape nice. Cool.stuff to work with.
    2018 1000 XP Titanium Matte Metallic
    Lock n ride glass windshield and roof
    MMA lift
    27-11-14 Tusk Trilobites
    G5 tune

    Past rides
    2004 Ranger. 2x4 with trusty 425
    Built like a tank and still running strong.

    2012 800 XP LE
    Wire chaffing fuel pump eater but never left me stranded!

    2016 900 XP Titanium Matte Metallic
     
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    jaybey said:
    I am moving ahead on the idea of summer doors. I have acquired an 4' x 8' by 1/8" HDPE in black. I have ordered two round boat hatch slam latches. At this point I am planning on using the canvas door frame as a template to make a 1/2" steel frame and attach the HDPE with either pop rivets or screws. This project is still in the planning stage and I am open to suggestions. Wish me luck. I will try to take pictures along the way, no promises.
    Freedom has a taste only those who have fought for it will ever know.

    If guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. An armed society is a polite society.

    FEAR THE GOVERNMENT THAT WANTS TO TAKE AWAY YOUR GUNS!

    2015 Ranger 900 XP EPS, Polaris tip out windshield, glass rear window, Polaris canvas doors. 3600 lumen driving lights, TMH 20'' Dual Row High Power 126w Cree Light Bar 13000 Lumens
    , led driving lights for back up light, EZ turn signal kit, Garmin Montana 600, UMC ATV tool/storage box, Ricochet rock sliders, home made mud blockers, in bed mounted spare tire, Big Sky roof mount gun rack, Wolo Bad Boy air horn.
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    Joe - Tucson, Arizona