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Tech Tips – Body

HOW ATF INSTALLS ELECTRIC DOORS:


 

  • REMOVE THE OUTSIDE DOOR HANDLES & FABRICATE SHEET METAL PATCHES FOR THE HOLES LEFT IN THE DOOR BY THE HANDLE.
  • WELD THE PATCH PIECES INTO PLACE – BE CAREFUL NOT TO WARP THE DOOR.
  • GRIND THE WELDS & SMOOTH THE AREA WITH BODY FILLER.
  • REMOVE ALL THE INSIDE DOOR HANDLE MECHANISM.
  • FABRICATE A SHEET METAL PATCH FOR THE OLD LATCH IN THE DOOR JAM.
  • WELD INTO PLACE & SMOOTH THE AREA LIKE YOU DID ABOVE FOR THE OUTSIDE DOOR HANDLE.
  • TAKE THE LATCH SHEET METAL PLATE SUPPLIED BY ATF IN THE DOUBLE SAFETY LATCH KIT.
  • FIGURE THE BEST PLACEMENT OF THE ABOVE PLATE & TRIM THE BODY JAM TO HOLD THE SUPPLIED PLATE.
  • THE REASON FOR PUTTING THE LATCH IN THE BODY JAM IS MANY FOLD:
    • FIRST: IT LEAVES THE PIN FOR THE LATCH ON THE DOOR JAM SO YOU WON’T SNAG YOUR CLOTHING OR GET GREASE ON YOUR CLOTHES FROM THE LATCH LUBRICANTS ON THE PIN.
    • SECOND: THE ELECTRICAL WIRING FOR THE DOORS DOES NOT HAVE TO RUN THROUGH THE DOOR JAM IT CAN BE IN THE BODY. THIS ALLOWS THE WIRES TO STAY STATIONARY AND NOT HAVE TO TRAVEL THROUGH THE JAM ALL THE TIME.
    • THIRD: YOU CAN EASILY INSTALL A CABLE TO RUN VERTICALLY FROM THE LATCH THROUGH THE FLOOR AND BE HIDDEN FOR A MECHANICAL ACCESS TO THE VEHICLE.
  • INSTALL THE LATCH PIN IN THE DOOR JAM. THE PIN COMES WITH A CAGED NUT, TO ALLOW EASIER DOOR LATCH ADJUSTMENT.
    • WE HAVE FOUND THE DAKOTA DIGITAL COMMANDER 10K TO BE THE BEST & MOST ECONOMICAL REMOTE ENTRY SYSTEM. THIS WILL ALLOW YOU TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO USE LOTS OF OTHER FUNCTIONS EITHER NOW OR IN THE FUTURE. I.E.: ELECTRIC WINDOWS, TRUCK, HOOD, BURGLAR ALARM ETC.. YOU MAY NOT HAVE A USE FOR ALL THE FUNCTIONS AT THIS TIME, BUT YOU MAY LATER. THE COMMANDER 10K COMES WITH ALL THE WIRING, RELAYS, INSTRUCTIONS AND HARDWARE TO MAKE THE JOB SIMPLE.
    • STREET WORKS MAKES A NIFTY ALUMINUM KNOB & TRIM SET UP FOR INSIDE THE VEHICLE, THAT GIVES USE A MECHANICAL EXIT SYSTEM AND WORKS GREAT WITH THE ABOVE LATCHES. YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO USE THIS FOR YOUR ONLY EXIT SYSTEM, JUST INCASE THE BATTERY WENT DEAD OR AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM OCCURRED. WE HAVE THEM IN STOCK.
    • STREET WORKS ALSO MAKE A NIFTY MOMENTARY SWITCH FOR INSIDE THAT HAS A RECESSED BUTTON SO IT CAN’T BE ACCIDENTALLY PUSHED & OPEN THE DOOR. ALSO IN STOCK AT ATF
      • THE COMMANDER 10K HAS A SAFETY FEATURE BUILT INTO IT THAT WON’T ALLOW IT TO WORK WHILE THE ENGINE IS RUNNING. THIS KEEPS YOU FROM ACCIDENTALLY HITTING THE KEY FOB REMOTE ACTIVATOR WHEN DRIVING THE VEHICLE. TWO KEY FOBS ARE IN EACH KIT.

JANUARY 21, 2003

NOTE: WE HAVE ALL THE ABOVE LISTED PARTS IN STOCK AT THE ATF TO MAKE THIS JOB EASY.


 

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