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Old 07-26-2009, 11:34 AM   #1
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door removal issues

went to take off my doors for the first time (2005 tj x). i went to lossen the bolts on the hinges and came to a screaching hault. the bolt is too big to fit a 1/2 in socket but too small for a 9/16 socket. so i tried metric and same results. too small for a 15mm socket but too big for a 14mm socket. do i need a special tool to get these bolts off?

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Old 07-26-2009, 11:38 AM   #2
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Something should fit. I was thinking mine were 10mm but couldn't find that wrench so I just used a cresent.

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its probably just the paint making the right one not fit, try wiggling it on, there's nothing special.
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:39 PM   #4
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When I took mine off the first time, because of the paint I had to use a crescent wrench. After a few times the paint will wear off and the socket will fit fine
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When I took mine off the first time, because of the paint I had to use a crescent wrench. After a few times the paint will wear off and the socket will fit fine
x2- thats exactly the issue.
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:00 PM   #6
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yeah thats the same thing that happened to me the paints just a little thick, just keep wiggling the wrench and it will fit
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:18 PM   #7
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tap the smaller socket on w/ a hammer (lightly)
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:23 PM   #8
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Yeah its gotta be the paint.
take the nuts off and leave em off. Its the first thing i did when I bought mine. It'll make your door removal in the future that much easier.
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:27 PM   #9
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Either use an adjustable wrench or a metric socket. I believe it's 17mm but maybe 19.
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:09 AM   #10
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Just my 2Cents worth

Sounds about right - the doors probably haven't been removed for some time. Another thing about taking them off is there should be (emphasize should because you never know where your Jeep has been) a brass sleeve inside each bolt-hole. Be careful not to beat them up too much, they are a pain to replace.
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Old 07-27-2009, 07:06 AM   #11
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Also do yourself a favor and gresae your pins, keeps them from getting rusty. Some use anti seize I just use a dab of grease from my grease gun
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Old 07-27-2009, 02:04 PM   #12
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I took those bolts off with an adjustable wrench and replaced them with allen wrench nuts. Quadratec Exclusive DN-9706 - Anti-Theft Hinge Pin Nuts for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec My buddy had both his doors stolen one night and I just hope criminals don't carry allen wrenches. Plus, the allen is easy to keep in the glove box and won't give you a headache when you try to (un)screw them.
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Old 07-27-2009, 02:28 PM   #13
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I got a set of the Tuffy Door lockers for mine, the doors cannot be removed unless you unlock them. I don't even bother with the nuts anymore, although the paint has worn off and the socket fits!!
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Old 08-01-2009, 03:49 PM   #14
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I put a piece of duct tape around the bolt and went one size bigger so it fit the socket and it came off with no trouble whatsoever. not to mention it kept all the paint on the bolt if you care at all about that.
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Old 08-01-2009, 03:58 PM   #15
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That nut takes a 13mm wrench. Definitely. At least it does unless Jeep later made that nut bigger which I doubt.
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It's most definitly 13mm! Tighten them first then loosen or you will break off the threads.
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Yeah its gotta be the paint.
take the nuts off and leave em off. Its the first thing i did when I bought mine. It'll make your door removal in the future that much easier.
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15 posts to tell the guy how to get his nuts off. Something is just plain wrong with this thread.
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15 posts to tell the guy how to get his nuts off. Something is just plain wrong with this thread.
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now this is my question i've got my nuts off the bolts wont buge and if i just try to pick up the doors the whole jeep moves. i've sprayed it with pb and others tried using a hammer and still no luck. any ideas?????
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Old 08-02-2009, 03:29 AM   #22
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First time is a PIA. Just move them back and forth and pull up, a second person helping is a good thing. Once you have them off take some steel wool or emery cloth to the pins and put some grease or anti-seize on them. Make sure to not damage the brass inserts in the hinge itself.
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:40 PM   #23
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i used a crescent wrench but be sure to put something to protect the paint from the wrench, i used some masking tape

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