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Old 04-09-2014, 03:07 PM   #1
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Ideas on getting the doors off

I have a 2003 TJ with full steel doors. They look like they've never been off the jeep before. The first time I tried to get the doors off the bottom nuts came right off when I tried to take them off (On both drivers and passengers sides)...with the part of the bolt that sticks out the bottom of the hinge... lol...so I kept trying, liquid wrench, pb blaster, lots of pulling, and no luck. Does anyone have any ideas to get them off? Talked to the stealership about it and they gave me an estimate for 500 dollars to replace the hinges...as I don't have 500 laying around, id really like to do this myself. Thanks.

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Old 04-09-2014, 03:16 PM   #2
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I've always wiggled the door forward and backwards wile applying up pressure.

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Old 04-09-2014, 03:33 PM   #3
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You need to pull up with even pressure. Especially if it's the first time you're taking them off.

If you're talking about the nut on the doors hinge pin, I have no idea.
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I have a 2003 TJ with full steel doors. They look like they've never been off the jeep before. The first time I tried to get the doors off the bottom nuts came right off when I tried to take them off (On both drivers and passengers sides)...with the part of the bolt that sticks out the bottom of the hinge... lol...so I kept trying, liquid wrench, pb blaster, lots of pulling, and no luck. Does anyone have any ideas to get them off? Talked to the stealership about it and they gave me an estimate for 500 dollars to replace the hinges...as I don't have 500 laying around, id really like to do this myself. Thanks.
I can't imagine that you need to replace the hinges. Some people have had luck with a floor jack and a block of wood on the bottom of the door. But BE CAREFUL! When the doors do pop they will fall on the ground if someone isn't hanging on tight (there was a thread about this recently). Good Luck!

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Old 04-09-2014, 04:01 PM   #5
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for the nuts I used the correct size metric flare nut wrench to keep from rounding corners

Had to tap wrench on due to paint on nut surface

Once nut off, doors came off very easy as the opening and closing keep hinge pin freely moving and nut kept threads corrosion free and therefore small enough to easily pass thru hinge pin hole

Never had any real trouble getting door off YJ or either TJ s everytime you open the door the pin rotates in the hinge

Could try some kroil plus removing door strap so can have wider arc for open close rotation and work it open and closed 20 times or so
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:53 PM   #6
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for the nuts I used the correct size metric flare nut wrench to keep from rounding corners Had to tap wrench on due to paint on nut surface Once nut off, doors came off very easy as the opening and closing keep hinge pin freely moving and nut kept threads corrosion free and therefore small enough to easily pass thru hinge pin hole Never had any real trouble getting door off YJ or either TJ s everytime you open the door the pin rotates in the hinge Could try some kroil plus removing door strap so can have wider arc for open close rotation and work it open and closed 20 times or so
I find that having them almost closed, me standing outside with my arm through the window towards the inside is the easiest way to take them off.
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:35 PM   #7
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Keep spraying w pb blaster or something and swinging back and forth while pulling up eventually they will pop out. Took me a few days of trying like hell for half hr at a time then one day pop!!! Then a little grease on hinge pins and they will slide in and out like butter. Don't give up just keep at it!! Good luck
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Kroil will for sure loosen it up. Mine seize up really bad every winter. I usually end up putting kroil on for a few days and working the door open and shut. After that use the floor jack and a block of wood. Has worked every time. Good luck!
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Thanks all! ...will get back at it this weekend with more pb blaster! Hoping they will pop sometime soon
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Keep spraying every day even if you don't get a chance to play with them just a little squirt here and there and a few swings to work it In. Every squirt counts
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:45 PM   #11
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Just took mine off this past weekend. The first time I did it was the toughest. I now make it a point to take them off at least once a year and it is a 10 minute job. I find that opening them all the way to where the door are almost touching the sides of the hood tends to loosen things up since they normally never open that far.
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The part of the bolt that sticks out the bottom of the hinge
Perfectly normal. Just the hinge pin. See pic below. If the nuts are off, the doors are ready to be removed.
Follow the good advise already given.
Mine were a royal PITA the first time they were removed. Penetrating oil, and constant upward pressure while opening and closing the doors. An extra person could help too.

That was many years ago. Put a little smear of grease on the pins everytime you re-install them.
I swap full doors and half doors every spring and fall and they just lift off easily.



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Just took mine off this past weekend. The first time I did it was the toughest. I now make it a point to take them off at least once a year and it is a 10 minute job. I find that opening them all the way to where the door are almost touching the sides of the hood tends to loosen things up since they normally never open that far.

Once a year?! Oh my....Mine are off at least once a week in the spring/summer/fall
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Once a year?! Oh my....Mine are off at least once a week in the spring/summer/fall
I take mine off once a year... But then leave them off for a few months before I put them back on
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:52 PM   #15
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most of the time the problem is a "collar" of paint, rust, and dirt on the hinge pin below the hinge. Get a small flat file and clean that junk off of the pin and the door should just lift off.
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Lightly tap each pin from the bottom up with a hammer. Being careful to not hit your jeep, of course.
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Old 04-10-2014, 09:53 PM   #17
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Careful you will likely damage the threads and cross thread or be unable to reinstall nuts
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Old 04-11-2014, 07:09 AM   #18
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I don't even know what I did with those nuts. I just left them off
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Old 04-11-2014, 07:30 AM   #19
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Without nuts your half doors are a 5 second toolless parking lot theft

Also you can make ( as I did) or buy round ended 3/8 inch extensions one for each hard door that replaces nut and acts as a guide pin
As it is much easier to line up one hinge pin at a time when supporting the heavy full door
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Old 04-11-2014, 07:33 AM   #20
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I'm like Dncnbear1 - may only take 'em off once a year but in no hurry to put them back on.
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:52 AM   #21
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Block of wood and some tapping on bottom of door closer to the hinge end, some wiggleing and patience, dont get frustrated and do damage that you will regret. Try with doors all the way open also.
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I'll have to give that a try. Been fighting to get my doors off for a couple days now. Any other tips?
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Have you tried the floor jack and block of wood as others have mentioned? This worked for me. No need to tap the threads with a hammer. This will only do unnecessary damage.
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Have you tried the floor jack and block of wood as others have mentioned? This worked for me. No need to tap the threads with a hammer. This will only do unnecessary damage.
Whoa, there are tons of ideas in this thread that didn't show up on my phone. Only saw the last entry. I'll give it a try this weekend, especially the floor jack idea.
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Have you tried the floor jack and block of wood as others have mentioned? This worked for me. No need to tap the threads with a hammer. This will only do unnecessary damage.
Only if you monkey it. Notice I said "tap" not "beat"
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:05 PM   #26
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The doors are finally off. Took several rounds of WD40 and opening/closing a dozen times to loosen them up. In the end, I was able to get the doors off by using my legs as a lever. I sat on the door sill and pushed up on the door from the inside with my upper thighs sorta like doing calf raises. Anyway, pretty happy to have my soft doors in for the season.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:12 PM   #27
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Here's a site that has cheap parts, including both ends of the hinge for doors.

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Old 05-08-2014, 11:52 AM   #28
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Update- Finally have the doors off and enjoying the ride!
I had to resort to drastic measures after all else had failed. I went online and began shopping for standard, black upper hinges. And a lot of sites had them out of stock. Finally found a site that had them (PM me if you ever want the site) and had them ship it to me in 2 days. Then I went to the stealership and had them take off the old hinges and replace them with the new ones. So they had the jeep for 2 days, and about 17 hours in the shop...lmao. almost all of the torx bolts stripped...and the upper hinge pin on the drivers side would not budge. They tried heat, penetrating fluid, air chisel, air hammers, weighted mallets, everything. They finally cut it off and replaced the hinges.
After all that headache they had to receive (and not a single one for me btw) after tax I paid 216 dollars for the work, and 60 for the hinges online. Total investment to get my doors off- 276 ish dollars. Totally worth it.
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:14 PM   #29
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I used an engine lift and tie downs! Use the ratchet strap to do the lifting not the engine lift
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