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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:52 pm    Post subject: Front door comparison: pre-86 and post-86 Reply with quote

Ive got an 87 tin top that beeds new doors. Im a hot sweaty guy and im lazy so i need power windows and locks.

Ive noticed there is a difference between late model passenger doors pre-1986 and post- 86 doors. According to the bentley pre-86 didnt have power windows. Id like to fit power mirrors, winows and locks. Anyone tried to retrofit these accessories to the pre-86 doors?


Here is the pre-86 info.


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And the later model info. Sorry about the rotated photos. Not sure how to fix them in the samba.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Front door comparison pre-86 and post 86 Reply with quote

The lack of the hole for the wiring harness to pass through the stock location is often a stumbling block for people with early model doors.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Front door comparison pre-86 and post 86 Reply with quote

I saw that and cut a new opening. Not pretty but will do. I see an indent near the big opening where the window crank cable can be seen.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Front door comparison pre-86 and post 86 Reply with quote

FYI..... Front doors were redesigned for the 1988 model year as well......

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 2:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Front door comparison pre-86 and post 86 Reply with quote

syncrodoka wrote:
The lack of the hole for the wiring harness to pass through the stock location is often a stumbling block for people with early model doors.


I found this out the hard way when replacing a front door on my 87. The door was supposedly from an 86 and did not have a hole for running any wiring into the door. Of course I found that out after I had installed it Wink It would be nearly impossible to drill the hole in the factory spot on an early door that allows you to use the factory rubber boot that the wires run through.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Front door comparison pre-86 and post 86 Reply with quote

The stock power window mounts are not on the early model door. You can see the difference in the pictures above.
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