Easy 8 Front Hatches

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Don Payne
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Easy 8 Front Hatches

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I’m having trouble fitting the two front hatches. With hinges installed the hatches will not sit flush or open and close. Before I ruin something, can someone tell me the trick or adjustment needed?
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Hi,
I had the same trouble. You need to file some of the opening away. It gives an instruction in the manual on roughly where to do this. Basically its the front / hinge side of the opening. Even with this I found the hatches a bit awkward to open /close. Also to fit the pin I used a 4mm drill to drill through the whole hinge assembly while the hatch was in closed position so that the holes fully line up. I found this left a fair bit of play in the hinge during operation.

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Re: Easy 8 Front Hatches

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Fitting hinges on any Model Armortek included , are always difficult, plenty of adjustment, fettling, pulling and pushing especially on an opening that has that movement, keep at it gently, regards simon manning.

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Thanks to both of you. Sounds like I should take off a little here and a little there until it fits. I’m back at it.

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Phew. I thought it was just me. I'm making small wedges to adjust the angle. I thought I'd glued the top plates on wrong and there was no way to get them off. Had me stumped on the first assembly.

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After easing the hinge and hatch clearance a little, I used my milling matchine to change the slope on the upper face of the hatch hinge. It serves to raise the hinge helping with clearance and also tilts the hinge allowing the hatch to lay flat. It’s tricky to clamp onto a milling machine and only a small cut is needed. This could also be done with a hand file, but would take a long time. Job done.

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Don Payne wrote:
Wed Jan 19, 2022 4:19 pm
After easing the hinge and hatch clearance a little, I used my milling matchine to change the slope on the upper face of the hatch hinge. It serves to raise the hinge helping with clearance and also tilts the hinge allowing the hatch to lay flat. It’s tricky to clamp onto a milling machine and only a small cut is needed. This could also be done with a hand file, but would take a long time. Job done.
This was my way out, only I made a small wedge. Having the hinge base on an angle helps a lot.

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