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Old 05-30-2012, 06:14 PM   #1
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2012 JK Door Removal?

Ok, Here it goes. There is nothing in the so called manual to do most of what I've done so far and this is no exception.

I have loosened the lower torx hinge pin nut slightly knowing the pin would need a little tap to loosen from the hinges a bit.

Being a brand new Unit a gentle tap should have worked, but it did not, so I got in the ol' Snap On Box and got a Blue Point 3 pound ball pen hammer and smacked it a couple of times firmly to no avail. I do not want to scratch the paint or damage the threads on the hinge, so:

What am I doing wrong?

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What about the upper hinge pin nut? Isn't there one up there too? (I haven't gotten around to taking my doors off yet but that will happen soon.)

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What about the upper hinge pin nut? Isn't there one up there too? (I haven't gotten around to taking my doors off yet but that will happen soon.)

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No there is not a torx on top, just smooth?

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Took my doors off today for the first time and I've never removed a door from anything. Took me 25 minutes start to finish.

a. WD-40 the joint in the hinge and use a #50 torx bit on the 8 nuts from the bottom. The hinge/bolt is part of the door and runs all the way through the body part of the hinge. No top bolt or anything, its part of the door.

b. Front doors, push the red tab all the way down, hit the little black pressure tab and pull off. Then remove the restraint from the hook. The backdoor tabs slide OUTWARDS away from the plug.

c. The front door weighs about 50 lbs but I managed okay. You might need help. DO NOT try to hammer it up. You can't replace the threads with a bolt, its part of the door. For the 3 difficult doors I used a pry bar against my rockrail with a towel draped over a wood block so I wouldn't damage the bottom of the door or paint. Just lift it a 1/4 an inch to free it up and then lift by hand.

Bingo...You are done.

And driving without the doors was bitchin! Below are pics of it right after removal and then a few hours after with my rock doors on that I painted to match.
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1). Take the torx bolts out.
2). Spray some WD40 in the hinge.
3). Take the limit strap off and do not let the door get away from you or the mirror will dent the cowl.
4). Open the windows (easier to carry the door)
5). Lift the door at the same time opening and closing it (a few inches not all the way open or closed). It will gradually lift off the hinge.

Most people don't both putting the torx bolts back on.


Edit: Rainynite beat me while I was typing.
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Ok, Here it goes. There is nothing in the so called manual to do most of what I've done so far and this is no exception.

I have loosened the lower torx hinge pin nut slightly knowing the pin would need a little tap to loosen from the hinges a bit.

Being a brand new Unit a gentle tap should have worked, but it did not, so I got in the ol' Snap On Box and got a Blue Point 3 pound ball pen hammer and smacked it a couple of times firmly to no avail. I do not want to scratch the paint or damage the threads on the hinge, so:

What am I doing wrong?

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The nut on the bottom must come completely off of the upper and lower hinge. Remove the limiting strap from the hook on the inside and disconnect the wire harness. Do not let the door swing open or the mirror will dent your cowl. With the window open, stand outside the door facing front. Reach through the window and grab the arm rest handle. Open the door at a 45 degree angle. Swing the door back and forth slightly and lift upward. The door will come right off the hinge.
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Hey Bill,

Thank you for the link, because that is exactly what a guy like me needed. Never would have thought the pin was false? That's why I had to ask, before I did something dumb!

Thanks to all of you,

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That's why I had to ask, before I did something dumb!
Hey, I'm an old pro at doing dumb things. It's a good thing I have the .pdf Owner's Manual!
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Wow

After reading the link Bill sent me it took me all of 5 minutes to take the drivers door off while answering this site...

Going for round two on the passengers side which is close to the wall, but wish me luck...

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Hey All,

My new storage unit is very happy now. She was just waiting on the doors.

Now all I have to do is put the cover on and figure out how in the hell my black Jeep hood reflected total color of the wall reflection???

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Now all I have to do is put the cover on and figure out how in the hell my black Jeep hood reflected total color of the wall reflection???


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Well, thats easy. You haven't taken her outside to get her dirty.

On that note, with the doors off the missus and I hit the back roads on the mtn behind the house yesterday and picked up enough dust inside I think I'm just going to plant the tomatoes in the backseat.
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Hey All,

My new storage unit is very happy now. She was just waiting on the doors.

Now all I have to do is put the cover on and figure out how in the hell my black Jeep hood reflected total color of the wall reflection???

50 Something

Thank you all once again:

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Black absorbs color so it shows the reflections better. White reflects it so you won't see reflections anywhere near as clear in it. Plus you were at the right angle for the reflection of the wall to bounce of the hood of the Jeep towards the lens of your camera.
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No there is not a torx on top, just smooth?

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I misunderstood you. I thought you meant you had only removed the nut from the lower door hinge and had neglected to do so for the upper door hinge. I know there is only one nut per hinge and it is on the bottom.

Glad you got those doors off. When it looks like the rain is out of our forecast for a few days I will take the doors off of my Jeep too.

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...Reach through the window and grab the arm rest handle...
That works well with the 07-10, but not with the 11+. The interior redesign took away the area to grab hold of.
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That works well with the 07-10, but not with the 11+. The interior redesign took away the area to grab hold of.
I do it backwards and it works well. I grab the doors from the inside out with my left hand on the door handle and my right hand on the metal undneath the door while standing with the interior against me.

It makes it fairly easy to put them back on. I need to go to the gym though; it's going to be difficult getting them higher than stock without a step stool when I get my lift.
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I find the easiest way to dismount/remount the doors is to get a big bath towel, fold it up and wrap it over my neck. Then with all the bolts and straps undone, roll down the window and stand on the inside of the door. Then put your head through the window opening with the towel around your neck. Then just stand up and carry the weight of the door around your neck. It really works well for putting the doors back on because the pin is right in front of your face and you can see what you're doing.
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I find the easiest way to dismount/remount the doors is to get a big bath towel, fold it up and wrap it over my neck. Then with all the bolts and straps undone, roll down the window and stand on the inside of the door. Then put your head through the window opening with the towel around your neck. Then just stand up and carry the weight of the door around your neck. It really works well for putting the doors back on because the pin is right in front of your face and you can see what you're doing.
I get this weird image of whomever you are wearing an old school spandex wrestlers outfit with the chin guard attempting that from your discription.
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Took my doors off today for the first time and I've never removed a door from anything. Took me 25 minutes start to finish.

a. WD-40 the joint in the hinge and use a #50 torx bit on the 8 nuts from the bottom. The hinge/bolt is part of the door and runs all the way through the body part of the hinge. No top bolt or anything, its part of the door.

b. Front doors, push the red tab all the way down, hit the little black pressure tab and pull off. Then remove the restraint from the hook. The backdoor tabs slide OUTWARDS away from the plug.

c. The front door weighs about 50 lbs but I managed okay. You might need help. DO NOT try to hammer it up. You can't replace the threads with a bolt, its part of the door. For the 3 difficult doors I used a pry bar against my rockrail with a towel draped over a wood block so I wouldn't damage the bottom of the door or paint. Just lift it a 1/4 an inch to free it up and then lift by hand.

Bingo...You are done.

And driving without the doors was bitchin! Below are pics of it right after removal and then a few hours after with my rock doors on that I painted to match.
Hey Rain,

I love the Cherry my Friend! Looking good!!!

Thank you for your help,

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1). Take the torx bolts out.
2). Spray some WD40 in the hinge.
3). Take the limit strap off and do not let the door get away from you or the mirror will dent the cowl.
4). Open the windows (easier to carry the door)
5). Lift the door at the same time opening and closing it (a few inches not all the way open or closed). It will gradually lift off the hinge.

Most people don't both putting the torx bolts back on.


Edit: Rainynite beat me while I was typing.
EAD,

Worked out well, so thanks to all of you folks!

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The nut on the bottom must come completely off of the upper and lower hinge. Remove the limiting strap from the hook on the inside and disconnect the wire harness. Do not let the door swing open or the mirror will dent your cowl. With the window open, stand outside the door facing front. Reach through the window and grab the arm rest handle. Open the door at a 45 degree angle. Swing the door back and forth slightly and lift upward. The door will come right off the hinge.
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Black absorbs color so it shows the reflections better. White reflects it so you won't see reflections anywhere near as clear in it. Plus you were at the right angle for the reflection of the wall to bounce of the hood of the Jeep towards the lens of your camera.
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You are a Photog, for sure! I was just doing a check to see who was?

Thank you for the input,

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I misunderstood you. I thought you meant you had only removed the nut from the lower door hinge and had neglected to do so for the upper door hinge. I know there is only one nut per hinge and it is on the bottom.

Glad you got those doors off. When it looks like the rain is out of our forecast for a few days I will take the doors off of my Jeep too.

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Thank you for the help,

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I find the easiest way to dismount/remount the doors is to get a big bath towel, fold it up and wrap it over my neck. Then with all the bolts and straps undone, roll down the window and stand on the inside of the door. Then put your head through the window opening with the towel around your neck. Then just stand up and carry the weight of the door around your neck. It really works well for putting the doors back on because the pin is right in front of your face and you can see what you're doing.
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You scare me! LOL

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Great thread! And thanks Up Hill for the link. My JKU arrives Monday and that's the first thing I'm doing!
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Body Armor Doors

Now Here Is What All of You Folks Helped me to do!

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Everyone knows what kind of wheels those are but me since I'm new. Care to fill me in? Very nice jeep.
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Everyone knows what kind of wheels those are but me since I'm new. Care to fill me in? Very nice jeep.
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OK, what is the trick for disconnecting the wiring harness on the door? 2012 has a slider switch on the connector and neither the "in" nor the "out" position lets me unplug the door. I have spent half and hour on both sides and have been totally unsuccessful. I have pulled so hard on the wires I am afraid I will break something. These plugs should unhook pretty easily, no?
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after you slide out the red switch, press on the edge of the male plug near the wires. Mine doesn't require pulling on it hard, but you gotta press at the right spot or it won't come off. If you do find the right area to press, it slides out very easily. I know you are thinking I'm making it sound simple, but once you press the right area on the male plug, you'll wonder why you thought it was so hard. I own a 2012 2 door, and I guarantee you that after you do it once, you'll never have another problem.

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