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    W124 Door Alignment Tools

    Hey Guys,

    Anyone know where I might find/buy/borrow a set of door alignment tools?

    I tried to buy them the other day and they are NLA

    Part Number Part Name Price Quantity Total
    124-589-01-21-00 Centering Gauge $43.00 1 $43.00
    124-589-02-21-00 Centering Gauge $49.50 1 $49.50
    124-589-03-21-00 Catch $61.00 1 $61.00

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    Re: W124 Door Alignment Tools

    I bought these many years ago, and ended up re-selling them shortly afterwards. They were completely useless, and not needed to adjust the door / striker.

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    Re: W124 Door Alignment Tools

    Indeed, mostly useless tools. The main thing that most people mess up when attempting to adjust the door is they wind up having the position of the striker being an influencing element on the adjustment. The striker has one job and that is to hold the door closed. It should not be pushing the door up or down in the slightest.

    The first step of correct door adjustment is to REMOVE the striker. Make your adjustments at the hinges as required. To check your adjustments in the closed position, simply hold the door closed and give everything a look over. Once you’ve got everything where you want it, then reinstall the striker and make a few trial and error adjustments with the bolts just loose enough that the striker moves with some degree of resistance. Move the striker in or out as required to hold the door fully closed.

    Also, focus your adjustments on the big main “meat” of the door. Don’t worry so much about the upper window frame. The upper window frame needs to be bent into the proper position once the door body is correctly adjusted. Sounds horrifying to those unaccustomed to body work, but it’s actually pretty easy, and yes, that IS how it’s done.

    If you really want to get fetishistic with a door adjustment, and warning, this is fraught with peril, you may need a new seal when you’re done, but to remove all the resistance of the seal as you are making and checking your adjustments, REMOVE the seal. When you’re all done with your adjustments, including installation and setting of the striker, THEN reinstall or replace the seal...

    Putting the fun in dysfunction...

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    Re: W124 Door Alignment Tools

    Quote Originally Posted by Klink View Post
    Indeed, mostly useless tools. The main thing that most people mess up when attempting to adjust the door is they wind up having the position of the striker being an influencing element on the adjustment. The striker has one job and that is to hold the door closed. It should not be pushing the door up or down in the slightest.

    The first step of correct door adjustment is to REMOVE the striker. Make your adjustments at the hinges as required. To check your adjustments in the closed position, simply hold the door closed and give everything a look over. Once you’ve got everything where you want it, then reinstall the striker and make a few trial and error adjustments with the bolts just loose enough that the striker moves with some degree of resistance. Move the striker in or out as required to hold the door fully closed.

    Also, focus your adjustments on the big main “meat” of the door. Don’t worry so much about the upper window frame. The upper window frame needs to be bent into the proper position once the door body is correctly adjusted. Sounds horrifying to those unaccustomed to body work, but it’s actually pretty easy, and yes, that IS how it’s done.

    If you really want to get fetishistic with a door adjustment, and warning, this is fraught with peril, you may need a new seal when you’re done, but to remove all the resistance of the seal as you are making and checking your adjustments, REMOVE the seal. When you’re all done with your adjustments, including installation and setting of the striker, THEN reinstall or replace the seal...

    Klink, I love this writeup. Door adjustment has always seemed like such a black art to me. You've really cleared up some things. Thanks.

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