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rancherman 09-10-2010 02:33 PM

.....speaking of replacing the striker...
in my previous post I mentioned I replaced the striker and latch in the door. Some, not all early generations DID NOT USE A SECURED BACKING PLATE.... where the screws go through from the striker into the nuts behind the door opening.

SO! before you remove all the screws, put one back into the hole and thread it up a few turns..(after swinging the striker out of the way)

Otherwise, you will 'hear' a distinct CLUNK when the backing plate falls into the deep crevice of hell. Plan on an hour to retrieve.
Reverse process to install. Profuse amounts of profanity doesnt help at all!

RootBeer 09-10-2010 02:35 PM

sorry to laugh, but that is damn funny. I've chased many nuts and bolts around cars. :LOL:

erm 09-10-2010 02:36 PM

And how, may I ask, is it that you know all this??? ;)

rancherman 09-10-2010 02:46 PM

Lets just say...."I am in a personal relationship with my '97 now".

erm 09-10-2010 05:13 PM special is that?!? LOL

CajunDodge 09-10-2010 05:17 PM

LOL @ rancher! Don't know how many times I've dropped bolts or the like in impossible places. Just figured if I didn't hear anything clunking around after then all was good, but those extendable magnetic retrievers are a lifesaver! :smileup:

- Cajun

erm 09-10-2010 05:21 PM

you got that right, Dana. They do come in super handy!!!

My SRT8 has an underbody tray that covers the bottom of the engine cavity, rail to rail. I'm always dropping something down there. I have, within handy reach, two extendable magnet retrievers and one small three fingered spring loaded grapple just in case it ain't ferrous metal I'm chasin.

CdnoilRAM 09-10-2010 08:30 PM

Sorry rancher, I'm laughing too... been there done that :LOL:

Toms Blue Ram 1500 09-10-2010 11:48 PM

Sorry to hear of your unfortunate problem . But you know if you can't handle a simple job like this , leave it for the pros . OK . lol

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