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Door storage adjustment

Just wondering if anyone's seemed to find a way to tighten this up. It's obviously not as tight fitting as it should be.
I admit that I haven't dug into it to look myself, but I always consider every door panel removal as one more chance to break something.

Thanks for any input.
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The door pockets have loose fitting hinges, and tend to break the plastic that the hinge pin goes through.

I've drilled very small holes on the hinge brackets and safety wired the hinge pin to the bracket through these holes. Same for the small rear panel covers for the convertible top.
It helps to tighten up the hinge, but not to solve the loose door pocket issue. They are not as loose afterwards.

Check to see if your hinge pin brackets are partially missing. I can send pictures to show the repair if you need me to.

Post your car year and mileage so we can see when it broke. Mine are 94K and 15 years old.
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Check to see if your hinge pin brackets are partially missing. I can send pictures to show the repair if you need me to.

Post your car year and mileage so we can see when it broke. Mine are 94K and 15 years old.
I would appreciate any pics - I already had to "fix" the rear small cover for the convertible top.

Mine is a '04, just turned 90k. This has loosened up over the past 2 years, or 20k.

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I’m out on business but will get some pics when I return next week. Stay tuned...
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I too will appreciate pictures. '03 with 54K miles, and the hinge doesn't seem to be loose, but I'd like to 'be ready', or even do some preventive work.

Thanks for the help.

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DIY Door pocket top hinge repair

OK R230 fans...here is fix to a weak link in the brittle plastic parts.
The door pocket top hinges tend to break the plastic brackets that hold the hinge. Mine were both broken in the most forward location. This makes the door pocket tops loose and floppy.

My ‘fix’ was to add a safety wire hinge.

First I drilled a small hole ~1mm in the remaining hinge bracket. Then use a fine stainless safety wire ~0.010” and loop it around the hinge pin and through the drilled hole. Twist to obtain the proper tension. Then clip off the excess wire. Admire your work.

This helped, but did not 100% cure, the loose tops on my door pockets.
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