DIY: Door hinge protection film

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Tried to install the R3 hinge protectors. It was impossible for me to get a satisfactory install. There were no instructions so I ruined the first one not knowing the tricks. If you're not familiar with the product, watch the r3 offroad instruction video.

Also the plastic wasn't cut all the way through so I had to finish many of the cuts myself and didn't get them perfect. I spent a lot of time trying to install a second one, but ended up ripping it off. Just couldn't get it good enough - it was visible at the edge cuts with many imperfections, some from my cuts.

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After an hour or so I gave up and just cut the ends off and covered the fronts of my hinges. That turned out fine.
If you have more patience than I do or have worked with this kind of material before, or if the cuts are all the way through the plastic, you may have better luck. It's a neat product, just takes a while to get the hang of it. I may have got a bad set without the cuts going through.

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After 3 hours of work I have the fronts of 4 hinges nicely covered and it feels like I'm getting the hang of it.


Also be a more careful reader then I was when ordering - you need to buy 2 kits (at $20 each + $7.50 shipping) if you have the 4-door model. So the cost is about $55.

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Tried to install the R3 hinge protectors. It was impossible for me to get a satisfactory install. There were no instructions so I ruined the first one not knowing the tricks. If you're not familiar with the product, watch the r3 offroad instruction video.

Also the plastic wasn't cut all the way through so I had to finish many of the cuts myself and didn't get them perfect. I spent a lot of time trying to install a second one, but ended up ripping it off. Just couldn't get it good enough - it was visible at the edge cuts with many imperfections, some from my cuts.

MVIMG_20180901_131227.jpg


After an hour or so I gave up and just cut the ends off and covered the fronts of my hinges. That turned out fine.
If you have more patience than I do or have worked with this kind of material before, or if the cuts are all the way through the plastic, you may have better luck. It's a neat product, just takes a while to get the hang of it. I may have got a bad set without the cuts going through.

IMG_20180901_145836.jpg
IMG_20180901_145903.jpg


After 3 hours of work I have the fronts of 4 hinges nicely covered and it feels like I'm getting the hang of it.


Also be a more careful reader then I was when ordering - you need to buy 2 kits (at $20 each + $7.50 shipping) if you have the 4-door model. So the cost is about $55.

MVIMG_20180901_131237.jpg


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Cuts were also not all the way through on mine. I was able to work through it but it created more of a headache than seemed necessary.
 

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All of the cuts were fine on mine, but it took me a while to get not terrible at the install. The first door took me over an hour and a half and the remaining three collectively took an hour (with the last door taking about ten minutes). It took me forever to understand the right amount of liquid (too much was usually my problem).
 

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Another idea is to just rhino line them or something.. or maybe someone could make an armor plate that mounts in-line and protects/deflects the rocks away...
 

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Do the door sill protectors go up and over the lip? The spot mopar door sill protectors leave exposed closer to the seat.
 

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These hinge protectors are kind of a PIA to get right. I tried it with just a little less baby shampoo and it seemed to stick better. Also a lot of heat, I don't see how you can get them without heat. The problem areas I sprayed while heating it with my hair dryer at the same time, then held down in place while it cooled.
 

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So I saw that someone mentioned the rear hinges were taking all the abuse, is that the general consensus?
 

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Had some left over helicopter tape which I used to protect my carbon fiber mountain bike. Used that to cover the leading edge of the hinges.

Removing it could leave some sticky residue but it's much thicker than paint protection film and much more malleable which makes it very easy to install. Took 5 minutes to do both sides.
how did the install look?
 

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So I saw that someone mentioned the rear hinges were taking all the abuse, is that the general consensus?
Depends on your set up. Tire tread, tire width, wheel offset, fenders... The more aggressive set ups will sling debris starting at the front hinges. As a side note, I bought a roll of 4" wide xpel from amazon, made a paper template, cut xpel to fit and installed all 4 in less than an hour. It's the round, leading edge of the hinge that takes the bulk of the beating
 

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Yeah are people getting any wear on the flat part of the hinge? The full hinge may be overkill and they suck to install.
 

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Depends on your set up. Tire tread, tire width, wheel offset, fenders... The more aggressive set ups will sling debris starting at the front hinges. As a side note, I bought a roll of 4" wide xpel from amazon, made a paper template, cut xpel to fit and installed all 4 in less than an hour. It's the round, leading edge of the hinge that takes the bulk of the beating
I just put ACE rock sliders on, so the lip seems to keep rocks from being thrown up.
 

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I paid the $40 for the door hinge 3M kits, way overkill. Only the hinge portion facing front needed covering, just like the OP did. I just cut off the rest of the 3M material and didn't bother trying to do the whole hinge. Also, I found only the rear door hinges and lower front hinges get rock chips on a stock JLUR, fwiw. I touched them up with paint before applying the material.
 

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