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Old 09-14-2020, 11:40 AM   #1
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Mirrored Door Latches

What has been used to replace the latches for the mirrored closet sliding doors? The only thing I find are the clear plastic latches, which I've ordered. Not sure if those are original.

My rear mirrored door has an additional piece of wood on the back, along the right edge, about 4" wide top to bottom. It has what look like the remnants of the typical 2pc drawer latches attached to it and the edge trim the door closes against; I'd guess it would need to be a 20-30lb holding latch.

My front mirrored door has no remnant of a latch/catch on either side of the wood trim it closes against.


Just wondering what anyone else has used, other than pillows on each side so the doors don't slide back & forth while driving.
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Mirrored Door Latches

These are the ones used on our 2008 Affinity [ATTACH]301082
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Thanks! That's what the remnants on the rear door look like.

Do both of your doors have these, or just the one?
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Yes both have these latches.
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FWIW, our two doors are each pretty heavy and each one has two of those plastic latches in order to provide sufficient latching strength.
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Our mirror doors use the same 10# latches -- two on each door. We also place cut-to-length dowels in the bottom track to prevent mirror movement when traveling.
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DJ55 & tcharsch, in regards to your glass doors having two of the latches. Are they placed one at the top and one at the bottom or near each other? I need to replace ours on one door and one does not seem to be strong enough to hold The door. I might as well add a second latch. Thanks
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Our latches are both mounted on a single 5" x 7" x 0.5" wood block attached directly behind the outside pull handle. The latch "centers" are separated by 3.5".

Just noticed (while measuring) the wood block "attachment" on one door is coming loose and need to be secured. The block appears to be attached by a single 1" x 7" double-sided strip of tape attached to the door frame -- NOT extending to the backside of the mirror. Must be a very high-strength tape to have lasted so long -- perhaps 3M VHB!
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Thanks all!


I replaced the two 10lb latches on the rear door, all seems good.


Looks like the front door is missing two boards; one attached to the back of the mirror from top to bottom, the other attached to it, placing it flush with the back of the metal door end. The latch body is mounted to it, one near the top, one near the bottom.

Looks like I'll have to install new boards in order to get latches installed.



I tried one of the clear plastic 'latches', but it won't work with the door edge design.
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Boy doesn’t that make my job easier to decide. In 2002 “Latches near each other” then in 2004 “Latches at top and bottom”. I have a 2007, so maybe one 1/3 down from the top and 1/3 up from the bottom. That should do it 😜🤪😳. I think I have some of that tape somewhere in the garage. Used it to help secure a very large picture on the wall. When we removed the picture to paint, it removed some of the wall board when pulled off 😳. My latch is currently in the center of my closet doors.
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After replacing several of those cheezy plastic latches I gave up and went and bought 2 barrel bolts. Simply bolted them to the bottom of each door, then drilled a hole for the bolt to drop into when closed. No more problems ever.
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I believe this is the tape I purchased from Amazon that is super strong.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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DJ55 & tcharsch, in regards to your glass doors having two of the latches. Are they placed one at the top and one at the bottom or near each other? I need to replace ours on one door and one does not seem to be strong enough to hold The door. I might as well add a second latch. Thanks
Sorry I'm late replying. For each door, one latch is centered and the other is just 2 or 3 inches above. The latches are screwed into a trim piece that runs the full height of the closet opening and is screwed to the side wall of the opening. No tape or other blocks needed.
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