At last, a solution to one of the most common complaints about Land Rover Defender Vehicles!
As you climb in to a Defender, all too frequently, one of your belt loops or pockets gets caught on the door catch - and very often gets ripped clean off!X Engineering decided to do something about it! The result is the X-Trouser. Not only does it protect your trousers, in many cases it makes the door close more reliably and helps (though it does not entirely stop) the seat belt getting caught in the latch. If the seat belt does become caught as you close the door, it suffers less damage due to the smooth profile of the X-Trouser.
The photographs show why this happens - and also what X-Eng have done about it. In the image showing both catches, the door catch on the right is the original and you can see that the bottom left edge forms a sharp hook. This is just made to catch on belt loops etc. As you can see, the catch on the left has a smooth profile which even if your belt loop or pocket runs over it, it will slide off freely. The original also uses a plastic sleeve around the pin. This is intended to improve the sound of your door closing - making more of a thud sound. This works well, so long as the sleeve is in good condition. The catch on the right is only 3 years old and the sleeve is badly worn & damaged. This often results in the door failing to close properly - you've probably experienced this too. Instead, X-Eng have made the whole part out of high quality 304 Grade Stainless steel. X-Eng feel that the door closing properly is more desirable than the sound it makes - though, to be honest, we cannot hear the difference!
The X-Trouser door catch was designed using Solidworks 2012 CAD software. This allowed X-Eng to ensure it is a perfect fit to your vehicle and stress analyse it to make sure it is stronger than required - indeed, stronger and longer lasting than the original.
The X-Trouser catch is reversible so it will fit both the driver and passanger doors, left & right hand drive. It will also fit the rear side doors of 110 Station Wagons.
Some early 90/110's have a different style of door catch. Compare yours to the photographs to make sure it will fit
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