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S3 Door fit

PostPost by: Concrete-crusher » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:08 am

I know the topic has been discussed before and cutting the door skin and re-forming seems to be the normal route to achieve a good fit around the lower rear corner. I noticed yesterday a company on eBay selling new doors for S1,2,3 and 4s , would a new door also solve the problem , ie is the distortion in the door or is it in the body meaning a new door would be exactly the same

Cost wise the doors are ?170 each , I imagine time and materials to cut the existing doors would amount to more

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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:41 am

Depends where they got the moulds from.

The distortion is in the door, but not all S4s/ Sprints suffered from it. If the moulds were made from a ?good? donor car, then you may be ok, buy you won?t know until you offer it up to the body.
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PostPost by: jimj » Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:00 am

On our S3 one door was badly crazed and sort of delaminating so, about 10 years ago Santa brought me a new door. I don`t remember where from, presumably Lapland. I had it professionally fitted and it stuck out just like the originals.
Subsequently, maybe 3 years later, tired of being told I hadn`t closed the doors properly, I bit the bullet and did the "cut and shut" with trepidation. With a little care it was remarkably straightforward and really worthwhile. Chipsaway repainted the door shuts for a nominal amount and I`ve been delighted with the result ever since.
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