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Old 06-23-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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warped door problem

We took delivery of our new 320RS on May 31st and have had it out twice since then to check everything out. A few smaller problems were discovered, but one that has me puzzled is the entry door. It is warped so much that it's impossible to lock from the inside. You can't pull on the handle hard enough to get it latched. (From outside we can push hard enough to latch it.) I took pictures and sent them to my dealer and he said he would try to adjust it. The door is warped about 5/16" and is not touching the weatherstrip in the center.
We have been waiting for delivery of a back up camera that got missed on the order, and will then take it back to the dealer to fix all problems.
Has anyone else had warped door issues?
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:47 AM   #2
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Being a new unit, I would let the dealer handle it. If it were out of warranty, I would tape a short pc of 1x 2 at the top of the frame and another at the bottom and then gently press the center of the door. That's probably what the dealer will do anyway.
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:24 PM   #3
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My entry door is hard to close from the inside as well. I haven't checked to see if it is warped or not though. Can you post a pic of it for us?
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:55 PM   #4
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Mine was too. Had it to the dealer 3 times and they could/would not repair it. I did the same repair as suggested by OldCoot. I used a 2x4 at one end at a time. I had to use a fair amount to a lot of force to straighten the door(the door can take a lot of abuse when straightening), works like a charm. Don't forget too lubricate the sliding part of the latch.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:29 PM   #5
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I also had a hard time closing the outside door but mine was just a simple latch adjustment...just to be sure, I put a straight edge against the door and found it was just ever-so slightly warped in the middle. Hopefully, time will straighten it out!
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:52 PM   #6
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Since it is brand new, I would demand a new door.
Letting the dealer bend it back into shape wouldn't be my first choice.
If the door is bent, it is faulty.
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:28 AM   #7
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I checked mine when I installed a new electronic lock on the door yesterday. It was a little bit warped out in the middle. I used a small piece of 1X3 taped in the upper and lower corner of the frame, and then pushed slightly in the middle. It took out the warp and now the door is straight.

And the new lock works cool too!
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:56 AM   #8
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Before eevryone gets in a tizzy, the doors are designed with a slight warp in the middle.

They only latch in the middle, and are a flexible design to withstand the torque while twisting down the road.

They are designed slightly arched in the middle, so that the top and bottom maintain the seal when latched, otherwise, they can be loose at top or bottom when they are only latched in the middle.

These aren't solid core doors like a house, they need to flex or they would twist the door frame when flexing.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:03 AM   #9
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We had the same problem on our Sabre. The dealer tried to fix it but ended up bending it to much so it was warped the other way. We told them we weren't happy with the fix and that we wanted a new door. They replaced the door, complete with decals, without question.

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I can't speak for the others 2008Wildcat, but when you have to pull so hard on the inside handle that you feel you are going to break something just to get the door to latch that is not acceptable.
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Before eevryone gets in a tizzy, the doors are designed with a slight warp in the middle.
That's odd, because ours is not.
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