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Old 04-06-2018, 07:42 AM   #1
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Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Westchester, NY
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Chassis: Chevy Express 3500
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Front Door Latch

I've got a shortie with a front door that splits in the middle. I wanted to remove the door arm mechanism (that allows the driver to open/close the door) and install a deadbolt on the door. Reasons are: create more usable space up front (the mechanism is in the way of a lot of stuff), and give the ability to lock/unlock the passenger door from the outside (unrelated, the driver door locks but has no key, so I'd like to enter from the passenger door instead of from the rear door).

I installed the common apartment deadbolt that's been passed around here without any issue (, but when I began to remove the door arm, I discovered that the door has too much range of motion with only the deadbolt. Basically, I'm worried about how much it will wobble when driving down the highway.

So now I need to find a way to anchor the door to something on the interior that's easy to latch/unlatch and more compact than the original arm mechanism.

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