...and it SUCKS! Good lord it's tough. Guarantee you this is the first time the doors have ever been off. I'll be greasing the pins before they go back on for sure. Actually, driver's door is off, still waiting on the passenger to move a bit. Anyone have any "tricks"?
I should say, they're coming off in preparation for the soon to come tube doors I just ordered! I've had the '01 for 2 weeks and I can see this is going to get expensive quick.
That's the same method I used, It got me some slack. After that I ran a jack underneath the door and brought it up ever so slightly. After a good side to side with the help of the jack the passenger side came off fairly easily. And thanks!
Mine sucked too. I had to use a long 2x4 under the door for leverage. The first thing I did was grease the pins when everything was finally off. My neighbor helped because once they popped loose they came flying off.
PB Blaster, I'll look around. I did get 'em off, greased the pins and that helped a lot. I ended up putting the jack with on a cinder block and jacking up the bottom of the door slightly, then I used the bit of play I had to work the doors out. Don't forget, this is an '01 that's never had the doors off. It'll be easier from here on in.
Now I've got the tube doors on, not gonna worry about the others for a while! Had a blast all weekend...
Now that the doors are off, pick up some "Anti Seize" (Permatex) or "Never Seez" (Bostik) compound from your local auto parts store. Lube the hinge-pins and inside the hinges, and the doors will slide off (and ON) easily.
This is good stuff for mounting receiver ball hitches. And I'll bet others can weigh-in on other (in)appropriate uses, too. ;-)
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I may an issue with this soon! I looked at the hinges of my 98 TJ after I recently bought it. I dont think either of the 2 previous female owners of mine ever removed the doors. The nuts are like brand new.
PO of mine didn't keep the nuts on either. I've only gone top down/doors off twice in the three weeks that I've owned my Jeep (south LA summer would be perfect if not for the rain EVERY DAY). I had sticking issues with them the first time, but the second time they slid out pretty easily and I didn't put anything on the pins. I assumed it would get easier over time.