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Old 05-30-2010, 12:54 PM   #1
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How Do I Get My doors Off?

Can someone tell me how i get the doors off my 2000 wrangler sport?

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Old 05-30-2010, 12:56 PM   #2
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I've got a 2000 Sport with full doors. If the nuts are off the door bolts, then you just open the door and pull up. Takes me about 30 seconds to have both doors off.

If they are stuck, spray some lube on the bolts and try... if you're still having trouble put a block of wood under the open door bottom and use a jack to lift them off.

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Old 05-30-2010, 01:17 PM   #3
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Drivebytruckerz has the best tutorial. Here's a pic of what I had to do for my passenger door.




Also, don't forget to pull the fuse for the Door Ajar chime. It should be called Door Switch Defeat or something like that.
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Old 05-30-2010, 01:21 PM   #4
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Ok cool. Thanks guys!
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Old 05-30-2010, 01:40 PM   #5
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i always swing the door and pull up that works for me
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Bit of advice...when you use a jack and a block of wood, don't pump the jack up very far or when that hinge breaks loose, it's gonna pop the door straight out of it. Speaking from experience, those doors are NOT very light when you're doing a one arm catch to prevent the door from crashing to the ground (or against your paint). Honestly, the best way to jack it up...have a 2nd set of hands available. Then you can pump the jack, jump on the Jeep, etc...and your buddy can be there to catch the door as it pops out.

Also, before you put the doors back on... use a scotch brite pad or something and clean off your hinge pins real good, then smear some multi-purpose grease all over them. That way next time you remove your doors, they'll lift right off.
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Old 05-30-2010, 02:14 PM   #7
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All u really need is some brute force, and release all ( or a penetrating oil)...
It took me roughly 3 days to get my doors off... but spray the hinges... and swing the doors back and forth... and do that then open the window... reach through the window iwth 1 arm grasp the bottem of the door and grab with your other hand where it is comfterble... Swing the door back and forth, and pull up at the same time as hard as u can... it will take time but it iwll get there... (if u count the threads u will be able to see if it moves... thats how slow mine wehre to come off... and the jack did not work for me...)
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be sure to really work it back and forth while pulling/pushing upward. Sometimes you'll find a sweet spot where it will come up easier. Such as 2/3 open or 1/4 open, makes it a bit easier coming on and off to find that spot!
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I tried PB Blaster, brute force, swinging the door back and forth repeatedly, more PB Blaster, prayer...and finally used a floor jack. If it's the first time you've removed the doors and the previous owner never did...it's gonna take more than just brute force to break em free. I jacked the side of my Jeep up about 5" before the door finally started to slide up out of the hinges (and then once it starts... that's where you run into the problem with it popping out of there before you can grab it).
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Old 05-30-2010, 03:49 PM   #10
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i've never had an issue with the full doors on my '99 tj.
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Old 05-30-2010, 05:23 PM   #11
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I'd like to thank you all for the tips, it took half a can of penetrating oil and the floor jack. But I just realized with my doors off i have no mirrors. I'm pretty sure thats illegal in wisconsin... d@mnit.
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call your local collision center if u have one... i know in ontario canada, we just need to have 1 mirror that u can see 200 m behind u with... so my rear view mirror is good... looking for a motorcycle mirror for the side right now though... but there are different ideas for mirrors... if u want... get yourself any type of mirror and u can use a gear clamp to have it hanging down from the role cage too...
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Harley mirrors work great...just bolt em into the top hinge for the doors when they're off.

Mirror relocation brackets are also an option...but the problem with them is that when the doors are on, your passenger side mirror is virtually useless due to the frame of the door blocking most of the view of it. Some people use a mirror relocation bracket on the driver's side and just drive without a pass. side mirror (leaving it attached to the door) when they're doorless...but IMO that would look kinda goofy with the doors on and the mirrors in 2 different locations.
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I read on one of the other threads that the nut on the hinge takes a torque bit, but I don't remember what size. (t-50 maybe?)
My door hinge however doesn't seem to let a t-50 fir in it, and the outside of said nut has the appearance of a standard hex nut with the factory paint job over it. I really don't want to use a socket on this and mash up that paint. Any help is appreciated.
Our rain finally stopped, and it's time to pop the top & doors (my first time!)
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I must be lucky mine have (sence I got it) just come out,someone got them nice and lose for me lol
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I never had any issues with the doors on my TJ but the doors on my LJ are being a royal PITA. First of all both lower nuts snapped the stud when removing them. Then I used all my strength to lift them out and they didnt even flinch. PB blasted the hell out of them and myself and two other guys tried lifting them out (at the same time) and nothing. Then moved on to using my Hi-Jack and it lifted the tires. WTF!
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Yeah... I'm afraid my question may have been unclear.

I just need to know if there is a size of torque bit that I need, or do I use an regular old socket? I know about the PB blaster.
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Yeah... I'm afraid my question may have been unclear.

I just need to know if there is a size of torque bit that I need, or do I use an regular old socket? I know about the PB blaster.
It's not a torx. It's not a regular socket....at least not on my '04. There is a special wrench you can buy for the hinge nuts. I got mine from 4wd Hardware. It does not rub the paint off the nuts if you are worried about that. I used to be when I first bought my Jeep. Today, I would probably just use a pair of vice grips if I didn't have the wrench.
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Mine were 1/2" / 13mm nuts if I recall correctly...
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I took my nuts off long ago and never put them back on.
Hell I don't even know where they are............
wait that came out wrong
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I took my nuts off long ago and never put them back on.
Hell I don't even know where they are............
wait that came out wrong
If you're dating or married, check the headboard...

Yeah, I neutered my doors over the winter... used lots of PB Blaster, removed them without breaking anything, and then used a grinder to remove the exposed threads so it's not so obvious the doors aren't attached by anything.
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Yeah I wouldnt worry about putting the bolts back on unless you live in a high crime area in which a Jeep is a goldmine since everything practically just falls off it with a little force and some simple tools.

I dont have the bolts anymore, and I dont run mirrors either. (I was gonna buy mirrors but havent been pulled over yet, after countless times being passed by police from many different areas and jurisdictions, and even when im right next to them at a light. Maybe im lucky or they could careless which will most likely be it) So until I get that $25 dollar ticket for a small infraction I wont get mirrors. I can just turn my head.

Oh and when you put your doors back on dont forget the lanyard! I did a couple times when I first got mine and the door will fly all the way forward and hit the flares lol, or the car next to you, luckily I caught mine.
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Just take your nuts and chuck em! When I ever get time and think about it, im cutting the threads off the hinge bolts on mine. The bolts were sitting on top of the TV in our bedroom, she went on a cleaning binge and tossed em ... I kinda wanted to keep them just for the "Accessories" look around the house LOL
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It's not a torx. It's not a regular socket....at least not on my '04. There is a special wrench you can buy for the hinge nuts. I got mine from 4wd Hardware. It does not rub the paint off the nuts if you are worried about that. I used to be when I first bought my Jeep. Today, I would probably just use a pair of vice grips if I didn't have the wrench.
Thanks, that's exactly the info I was looking for!
Unfortunately, that is probably another thing the P.O. kept. I guess I'll be running to the stealership tomorrow.

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Mine were 1/2" / 13mm nuts if I recall correctly...
Yeah, I was thinking it looked like a 13. I was hoping there was a way to get them off without cramming a wrench on it though.
I've only had my Jeep for 10 days, and I'm still deciding what to do to it. So, I was hoping to avoid damaging those nuts, just in case. But then, I'm overly protective of my nuts!
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I dont know of a tool that wouldnt take off a little paint
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Still haven't gotten mine off yet. Quick question though, will pb blaster eat away flat black rustoleum? I would hate to have to buy another can lol
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no ... I have never had pb blaster eat paint ... I didnt need pb for taking my doors off... Roll down your window, reach through the window, grab the bottom of the door and then wiggle it up ... it might be a bit heaver than you think, but they are not heavy.
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Door Hinges

Once you get the doors off, you might want to run a wire tube brush thru the hinge holes and then run a swab with some grease in them. The pins will need to be cleaned, probably with a little sand paper, then put a little grease on them too. Unless the doors have been damaged, they should lift on and off easily. BE CAREFUL if you "jack" your doors, I seen nasty results from trying to straighten and/or remove them...
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I took my nuts off long ago and never put them back on. Hell I don't even know where they are...
My wife has mine hanging from her rearview mirror.
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This probably isn't the best solution, but I PB Blasted and smacked the crap out of my hinges with a really soft rubber mallet until they broke free. No damage though!

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