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Old 11-03-2010, 12:45 PM   #1
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Door hinge lock nuts

Hey everyone, Its almost winter and i'm wondering if anyone has any knowledge on the door locking nuts at the bottom of the door hinge. Do these serve any other purpose than to keep your doors from getting stolen? Do they prevent rust or can I just leave them off year round? Any input would help thanks.


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Old 11-03-2010, 12:55 PM   #2
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I took mine off in 07 and never put them back on.

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Old 11-03-2010, 01:04 PM   #3
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Took mine off last june when i got the jeep... Havent put them back on... No problems yet...
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:07 PM   #4
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i took mine off in 07 and never put them back on.
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I took those off the same day I brought my jeep home and threw them in my toolbox.

Prior to this jeep I had a 90 YJ that never even had them on at all....no issues there after 8 years.
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What lock nuts? Oh those things that I lost about a week after purchasing my Jeep. Nah, you don't need them and no they do not prevent someone from stealing your doors. That is what locks are for. All they are good for is giving you a hard time when you want to remove them.
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Old 11-03-2010, 02:02 PM   #7
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Mine have been off for about 4 years now. They're rattling around in the center console somewhere.
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They serve to keep the doors on in a rollover, which is at its most likely during winter. I leave mine on through the winter. When it starts warming up, and you're getting ready to remove your doors, spray them with some PB Blaster to loosen them up (you should spray out your hinges 2-3X a year anyway), and beware stripping the T50 screws. Otherwise, rock and roll! Mark W.
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They serve to keep the doors on in a rollover, which is at its most likely during winter. I leave mine on through the winter. When it starts warming up, and you're getting ready to remove your doors, spray them with some PB Blaster to loosen them up (you should spray out your hinges 2-3X a year anyway), and beware stripping the T50 screws. Otherwise, rock and roll! Mark W.
T50?! DAMMIT! It took me long enough to find a T40 bit for the hard top! Where do I go for a T50?!
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T50's are pretty common, T55's are a bit harder to find. Most auto parts stores will have them.
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Mine have been off for about 4 years now. They're rattling around in the center console somewhere.
LOL.. on the 2011 Wranglers, they added a handy tray under the rear carpet with nice little molded slots just for the purpose of storing all those loose nuts & bolts.
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T50?! DAMMIT! It took me long enough to find a T40 bit for the hard top! Where do I go for a T50?!
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LOL.. on the 2011 Wranglers, they added a handy tray under the rear carpet with nice little molded slots just for the purpose of storing all those loose nuts & bolts.
Sounds like a good enough reason to spend $38,000!!
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Ya man I leave mine in during the winter, during the summer I leave mine out most of the time because I have my doors off all the time. Having the nuts in does keep someone from walking off with your doors because just like you when the nuts are in removing the door takes more time. I live on a dirt road and dust getting inside the hinge is no issue for me.

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