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Old 05-19-2013, 09:34 PM   #1
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Door removal advise?

Ok, so I had my doors off my '08 X lots of times, but I !@#$ed up my paint on the hinges upon reinstalling the doors, as did several other folks I have talked to. Is there a trick to doing this with out chipping the hinge paint? I mean besides just being SUPER careful and having two people to do it? I really want to take my doors off my 2013 sahara, but I am scared too chip and then have to deal with rust down the road...

I know this seems like a "just be carful stupid" kinda thing, but in the chance that there is a "trick" or process to prevent hinge rust, I am all about it! LOL

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ok, answered my own question... just ordered this nifty product for those who are interested...lol

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I drive a 13, but a lot of people I wheel with complain that the doors are a lot harder on a 13 vs the old interior. you can roll down the window on yours and reach in and grab the handle. nothing to hang on to on the 13!
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I take mine off and put them back on by being on the interior side of the door. Then, I can reach one arm through the open window and grab the exterior handle. My other hand grabs the bottom of the door closest to the hinge. That's my "trick" on removing/installing the doors.
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I take mine off and put them back on by being on the interior side of the door. Then, I can reach one arm through the open window and grab the exterior handle. My other hand grabs the bottom of the door closest to the hinge. That's my "trick" on removing/installing the doors.
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I had a TJ with half doors. Now a JKU full doors and thought it would be a breeze. Even being a pretty big guy, it was sketchy taking them off by myself. Wasnt ready for the weight, and the effort lifting out of the bracket. FWIW have a friend help first time so you are prepared. WD-40 the bolt before you put them back on.

Hardest part was unhooking the electrical connection. You have to be a gymnast to reach back there.
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ok, answered my own question... just ordered this nifty product for those who are interested...lol

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I bought some at jeep beach.... They make it a heck of alot easier to install!!
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hardest part was unhooking the electrical connection. You have to be a gymnast to reach back there.
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I drive a 13, but a lot of people I wheel with complain that the doors are a lot harder on a 13 vs the old interior. you can roll down the window on yours and reach in and grab the handle. nothing to hang on to on the 13!
Totally agree I traded in a 2010 for a 2013 and previously I would reach thru the window and grab the Inside door handle, on the 13' there not one. So now I man handle/ bear hug the door ha ha


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Old 05-20-2013, 06:15 AM   #10
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You can also use small diameter rubber hose that just fits over the threaded part of the hinge pin. Make the bottom one about 2" longer then the top to guide the bottom in first. Once the door is on just pull the tubing off of the pin from the bottom of the hinge.
Pool noodle slit lengthwise makes a good door protector for the bottom of the door will storing.
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Some blue painters tape on the receiving hinge may help as well. Put a couple of layers on, then peel it off when done.
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ok, answered my own question... just ordered this nifty product for those who are interested...lol

American Outlaw DP-1 - American Outlaw EZ On Door Pin Guides for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Have these on order now. I've beat the crap out of the paint on my doors. Seems like you sneeze at the Jeep and the paint chips. And attempting to touch up the edge of the door is pretty much impossible. Also ordering those stupid door-edge guards.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:53 AM   #14
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My hinges were already chipped from rocks being tossed up from the tires.
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Ahhhh, the number of times I have cussed the "book smart" Chrysler engineers from making the top and bottom hinge pins the same length. What looks right on a CAD drawing doesn't always work in the real world.

I will check out the pin extenders, but dang, $30 for 2 threaded pieces. Well, they know they are solving a problem and that we will likely pay it...

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Old 06-04-2013, 10:16 PM   #16
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So i am not the only one frustrated with the '13 doors. Seeing the edge marred made me sick. Anyone take to body shop or is it not worth it?
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:02 PM   #17
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Thread covers for bolts bought from a hardware store at 10-20 cents each works great. They are color coded by thread size and the black soft plastic ones fit tight and saves your hinges.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:31 AM   #18
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Scratched my hinges to. Sux. Just touched them up with factory touch up paint and I run the bestop hinge covers when the doors are off.

Jeep Door Handles, Hinges & Accessories - Direct Fit Hinge Cover From Bestop

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Old 09-26-2013, 07:53 AM   #19
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ok, answered my own question... just ordered this nifty product for those who are interested...lol

American Outlaw DP-1 - American Outlaw EZ On Door Pin Guides for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec



How do they come, in a pair? I've got an Unlimited, so am I ordering 2 sets, or do they come 1 per order?
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Here's how I do it. To remove my doors, I roll down the window and get on the outside of the door. I put my right hand under the top of the upper window track and my left hand under the door. Then I swing the door out and lift up at the same time to remove.

When I put them back on, it is kinda hard to line up the pins. The way I do it is to grab the door in the same way as I remove it. When I get next to the Jeep, I press up with my right hand to lift the door and I prop the bottom of the door on my thigh. This way I have more control of the door as I line up the pins. I also still have my left hand on the bottom of the door keeping things steady, but I found that resting the bottom of the door on my upper thigh really helps keep things from moving and I can line up the pins much easier.
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:58 PM   #21
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Unhappy Door Pins

I really like this idea. Especially since I have had the rag top down since 1st week in March & the doors off since 3rd week of March. Yes I have had 5 showers in the Jeep in VA this year. Pain in the a..

My question tho, 2 sets of pins for a Wrangler Sport or just one set?

Oh 4WD has the pins for $19.99 per set + s/h
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:09 PM   #22
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I also have the EZ pins, I love them, makes all the difference in the world
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:56 PM   #23
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Ahhhh, the number of times I have cussed the "book smart" Chrysler engineers from making the top and bottom hinge pins the same length. What looks right on a CAD drawing doesn't always work in the real world.

I will check out the pin extenders, but dang, $30 for 2 threaded pieces. Well, they know they are solving a problem and that we will likely pay it...

Thanks for the link
I can tell you from experience (I've been a Tier One auto supplier product designer for 20yrs) that this isn't from "looking right" in CAD. This is bean counters wanting the nonproliferation of part numbers for cost savings. You'd need different nuts on those longer pins or different upper and lower hinges.

We had an '08, a '10, and now the '14. I agree the interior handle on the first two made it much easier. I still like to lift mine from the outside though as I feel I can watch the pin/hinge better to protect the paint. I use a hand under the bottom and just pinch the inside door handle. Just VERY careful as I line them back up on install.
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Today, I used this! Works like a charm. The only think I would like to do is fill the tubing with a bit of "something" to make it bit snugger. Or maybe some thread tape on the hinges. I never put the nuts back on anyway. From day one they have been off.

This 1/4 plumber tubing used for lines...like under a sink.




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Old 06-27-2014, 02:29 PM   #25
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^^looks like a good solution^^

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