Humvee DIY – How To Adjust HMMWV Doors

Humvee DIY – How To Adjust HMMWV Doors So, your HMMWV hard doors don’t close right, huh? After installing surplus x-doors and x-door strikers on the Project Humvee Battlewagon I […]

Humvee DIY – How To Adjust HMMWV Doors

So, your HMMWV hard doors don’t close right, huh?

After installing surplus x-doors and x-door strikers on the Project Humvee Battlewagon I quickly realized that the doors were hard to close. It was nearly impossible to get the door latch to engage the 2nd click, and if you could, then getting the door unlatched was difficult. On one of the doors it was so hard to open that I usually had to walk to the other side of the vehicle and open the door for the passenger.

Safety issue

Obviously, doors that can’t be opened from the inside are not acceptable. If there is a problem and the passengers need to get out in a hurry, like a fire in the vehicle, then all doors MUST be easy to open.

Problem solved

I did a bit of research and discovered that the hard doors were never intended to be mounted on soft top HMMWVs. Go figure. However, there is a pretty quick and easy solution… add a spacer behind each door latch. Once the spacers are installed the door hinges and striker may also need adjusted. See the video below for the skinny on how to fix your x-doors. Parts and tools required are listed below the video.

DIY HMMWV door adjustment video

Jeff shows how to adjust the latch and hinges on Humvee X-doors so they close tight and are easy to open.

Parts required

You should only need one part for this fix, “Spacer, Plate lock assembly” Part 5584299 (ebay link)



Cameron M left the following note: “I ended up just stacking two 1/4″ ID washers as spacers on each bolt as that was easier. The total thickness of two washers was about 1/8″. Works great!” and sent these pics.

HMMWV stuff

More HMMWV articles can be found under the Humvee category menu above or by clicking HERE. You might also like the HMMWV section of our Amazon store where we have listed lots of replacement and upgrade parts for Humvees. We have also found a lot of HMMWV parts on eBay (link).


Please leave a comment if you have suggestions on other HMMWV projects or upgrades should consider, or you have done upgrades that we can share on Gear Report.

The Project Humvee Battlewagon

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About Jeff

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits. A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management. Jeff founded and manages Cress Sales & Marketing LLC, offering online sales and marketing consulting and services to online merchants and service providers.