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Old 04-10-2013, 08:21 PM   #1
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door re-install tips

Does anyone have any tips on reinstalling our hard doors for us with 2 doors? I read a member accidentally broke off the upper hinge piece (the threaded portion) connected to the door, and said it was alittle easier to reinstall. Anyone rear have other suggestions? TIA

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The easiest way i can think of is- lift up, align pins, and drop down. I dont know how much you can do without messing up anything.

My only tip would be (and this is coming from a 6'3" guy with a nonlifted jeep) roll down window and support weight by putting one hand there, and for stability put a hand on the mirror mounting spot. I dont know if you have to be tall to do it that way or not, but thats how i do.

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Hey Mango, what size tires are those in your signature? haha I also have a Mango Tango 2011, best color IMO
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get some small Vacuum Caps to put over threaded portion but not bigger then the stem so you dont nick the paint on the hinge like all of us have done lol
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I'm 5'9" and roll down the window to reach inside and grab the inner grab handle to move the door near the door opening. Once i get there i set door on a rag I toss on the ground so I can reposition my hands. Facing the outside of the door I place one hand on the outside handle and the other on the side of the door in between the hinges. Take your time line it up and set it in place. "I bought some plastic thread covers from a hardware store that make it so you don't scratch the hinges with the threads while reinstalling the doors". I haven't put my bolts back on since I got the thread covers, it's been about 2.5 years now and no problems at all.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:16 PM   #6
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My issue is that I'm 5'-7" its a bit difficult due to the lack of leverage and I own a Rubi, 32" tires don't help. I'll try the thread protection tip. Thanks.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:28 PM   #7
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oh sorry you need a RV Platform Step or a Wide Exercise Step
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"I bought some plastic thread covers from a hardware store that make it so you don't scratch the hinges with the threads while reinstalling the doors".
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What type of covers? Can you post a picture?
Thanks!
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:47 PM   #9
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They look like this:


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They cost like 10 to 20 cents each. They just slide over the threads of the door hinges. I can snap a pic tomorrow if you'd like but in sure you get the idea.
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Don't try to put them back on in the dark I did that once, it was a bad idea.
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They look like this:


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They cost like 10 to 20 cents each. They just slide over the threads of the door hinges. I can snap a pic tomorrow if you'd like but in sure you get the idea.
Do the doors even fit when those things are on the hinge? It seems like a tight fit as it is, adding that to the hinge would make it even harder.
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Do the doors even fit when those things are on the hinge? It seems like a tight fit as it is, adding that to the hinge would make it even harder.
Not to the hinge. The threaded part at the bottom where the lock nut screws into
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They look like this:


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They cost like 10 to 20 cents each. They just slide over the threads of the door hinges. I can snap a pic tomorrow if you'd like but in sure you get the idea.
Augi, Thanks, yes a picture would help!
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:21 AM   #14
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Roll down Windows, Grab door handle and mirror and pull up
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Not to the hinge. The threaded part at the bottom where the lock nut screws into
If I'm understanding you correctly, you mean the hinge on the Jeep and your talking about putting those rubber caps on the bottom hole? How would that help anything, if the door gets inserted at the top hole?

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Bestop 51293-01 - Bestop® Door Hinge Protectors for 88-12 Jeep® Wrangler YJ, TJ, TJ Unlimited, JK & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
its made of plastic and helps guide the door pin into the hinge.
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A step stool may make my life a touch easier...
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The easiest way i can think of is- lift up, align pins, and drop down. I dont know how much you can do without messing up anything.

My only tip would be (and this is coming from a 6'3" guy with a nonlifted jeep) roll down window and support weight by putting one hand there, and for stability put a hand on the mirror mounting spot. I dont know if you have to be tall to do it that way or not, but thats how i do.
this is it...
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If I'm understanding you correctly, you mean the hinge on the Jeep and your talking about putting those rubber caps on the bottom hole? How would that help anything, if the door gets inserted at the top hole?

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Bestop 51293-01 - Bestop® Door Hinge Protectors for 88-12 Jeep® Wrangler YJ, TJ, TJ Unlimited, JK & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
its made of plastic and helps guide the door pin into the hinge.
I think the caps are to protect the body hinge from getting nicked while attempting to reinstall the doors?
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:21 AM   #19
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A little anti-seize compound on the hinge pins first.
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Here is a pic showing the bottom of the thread cover..



As you can see the cap has plenty of room, its not as big as the nut that's supposed to be used..

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Here is a pic showing the bottom of the thread cover..



As you can see the cap has plenty of room, its not as big as the nut that's supposed to be used..

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I got now. Thanks Augi!!

Where did you find these?
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:51 PM   #22
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True value/ ace hardware store but I'm sure home depot or lowes would have them.
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I used these guys. Makes it a snap to put them back on.

E-Z ON door pin guides
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:42 AM   #24
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Don't try to put them back on in the dark I did that once, it was a bad idea.

been there, done that, got the scatches to prove it on my
TJ lol and it was raining t oadd to the darkness lol


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A little anti-seize compound on the hinge pins first.
i do this every time i re-install mine. PO of my TJ didnt remove the dorrs for 2 years. it took me 3 hours to get them off, even bent the door in process. i got the JKUR doors off within a week and applied a dab on each pin.

i dont like the design of the JK doors vs the TJ, the way the pins are kinda recessed into the door makes it much easiere to damage the paint.
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Squat down, put one hand under the upper portion of the window seal and the other hand under the bottom of the door. Lift with your legs. Align BOTH pins and drop. That's it! Albeit, the aligning part can take a little longer sometimes!

I can't imagine trying it with a lifted Jeep though.
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:27 PM   #26
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Do you even lift, bro?! Kidding.. I hold it from the inside.. with the window open, one hand on the curved bottom corner and the other grabbing the window frame near the mirror. Just align the pins and drop it in. This is what works for me at least..

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