Hi Mike and everyone!
I’d like to thank Mike Stone for finding a great replacement
door actuator and sharing it with everybody. The actuator in
the right rear door stopped working a few weeks ago and it
gave me the good opportunity to try the Crimestopper unit.
So I ordered the 2 wire one but I had to make a small link
to make it work. The factory bent wire didn’t work, the
jiggle was too much and the rod couldn’t go high enough to
unlock the door. Then I attached it directly to that plastic
arm and I had the same problem. That plastic arm has some
play up and down so I pushed it up gently until it stopped
before unlocking the latch and then I pushed all the way
down the rod of the actuator and measured the length of the
link which is around 3/4 inch. I used an 1/8’’ thick
aluminium file bar that we put in the file drawers years ago
to hang files. I made it oval shape by filing the corners
and drilled 2 holes. Now the rod of the actuator with the
link goes high enough to unlock the door.
I read that someone successfully installed the 5 wire
actuator, with no modification?
So that’s my experience with the rear actuator and I wanted
to share it in case someone has to replace it and runs into
the same problem like I did. I made a 2nd link for the left
rear door and tried it out in the right door and it also
worked great. So next time I have to replace the left rear
actuator, it’ll be a faster and easier process.
Joseph '94 XJ40 (British Steel, Maiden England) Naples, FL
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