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Old 03-21-2012, 07:13 PM   #1
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Door wiring harness

Search high and low in the threads and didn't come across anything. So here goes.

Took the doors off today for the first time. I went to unplug the wiring harness which I though would be easy and boy was I surprised. I messed with my drivers side one for 30 minutes. I push the red tab one way then another and pressed in the black tab then pulled it out. I tried every combo I could think of. In the end I broke the tab. Then it came right off.

Anyone have a quick fix mod for this to be able to take it off quickly. I am thinking of using tape with a quick release on it. It seems like it would be way easier then the tab thingy. Beside I have to figure something out anyways since I broke the tab thingy. Thanks.

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Old 03-21-2012, 07:17 PM   #2
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The red tab slides down than you press it. It will release very easy

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Old 03-21-2012, 07:25 PM   #3
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Actually the red tab slides to the side. Then you push the center of the bottom section and it slides apart.
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Actually the red tab slides to the side. Then you push the center of the bottom section and it slides apart.
On my '11 JKU, that is how the back doors work. But on the front ones, the red tab actually slides down.
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Actually the red tab slides to the side. Then you push the center of the bottom section and it slides apart.
That is what I thought too. But for whatever reason the darn thing wouldn't budge. I am thinking about using a little Velcro and see how that works when I put the doors back on.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:03 PM   #6
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my red tabs are floating around in my toolbox... relocating them made the whole process a LOT easier
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I never use the red tabs and haven't had any problems. After the first time I took my my doors off I just never bothered with locking them back in.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:51 AM   #8
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On my '11 JKU, that is how the back doors work. But on the front ones, the red tab actually slides down.
Is the plug turned to the side? The slide should be oriented perpendicular to the way the wires run.
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Is the plug turned to the side? The slide should be oriented perpendicular to the way the wires run.
Nope. Like I said, the rear doors are like that. But the fronts are different. They slide up and down "parallel" to the wires. I just walked out and snapped a pic real quick. This is my passenger side front door harness. I pulled it free from its mount and I slid the clip partially down so you can see how it slides.
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On my '11 JKU, that is how the back doors work. But on the front ones, the red tab actually slides down.
That's right. I forgot thats is different from front to back doors
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Nope. Like I said, the rear doors are like that. But the fronts are different. They slide up and down "parallel" to the wires. I just walked out and snapped a pic real quick. This is my passenger side front door harness. I pulled it free from its mount and I slid the clip partially down so you can see how it slides.
Those are completely different then the ones I have. I will find out tomorrow if my to is going to work when doors go back on tomorrow. Major storms enroute and I am going to be gone on business for a week: crossing fingers:
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Nope. Like I said, the rear doors are like that. But the fronts are different. They slide up and down "parallel" to the wires. I just walked out and snapped a pic real quick. This is my passenger side front door harness. I pulled it free from its mount and I slid the clip partially down so you can see how it slides.
Can anyone else confirm the same thing for an 11 or 12?
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Can anyone else confirm the same thing for an 11 or 12?
Yes, Daggo, I can confirm with a pic. 2012 JKU Dozer. Pic is of the pass front kick panel.

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Thanks, looks like we have another change that no one really knew about.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:22 PM   #15
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Thanks, looks like we have another change that no one really knew about.
Yea I'm having a hard time getting these ones off my 12. The back has the red notches that slide left to right which are easy to get off but for some reason I'm having no luck with this harness.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:27 PM   #16
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Once you slide the orange, press the black tab and pull. Sometimes you have to hold one half with one hand and the other half with the other hand.
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Yea I just tried for a 3rd time. Pulled the red tab all the way down and pressed on everything imaginable and pulled down. Now I have to bleeding thumbs and I broke something on the passenger side. These things will not come off.
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same problem with my 2011 2dr sport--I can't get the red tab to move left or right becuase it is not made to move down.

I'm taking it for an oil change in the next few weeks, I'll ask the Jeep guys to show me what the hell I'm doing wrong!
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same problem with my 2011 2dr sport--I can't get the red tab to move left or right becuase it is not made to move down.

I'm taking it for an oil change in the next few weeks, I'll ask the Jeep guys to show me what the hell I'm doing wrong!
On a 2 door, they slide side to side. One side of the tab has a raised edge. If you slide it so that raised edge slides away from the connection it's unlocked. If you slide the raised edge in towards the connection, it will be unlocked.

On a 4 door, the front slide up (locked) and down (unlocked). The rears slide side to side though.

When you slide the red tab to the unlocked position, it will move a little, but should click over to unlocked.

Then press at the VERY bottom of the black tab (last 1/8 of it or so) and should slide right out.

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On a 2 door, they slide side to side. One side of the tab has a raised edge. If you slide it so that raised edge slides away from the connection it's unlocked. If you slide the raised edge in towards the connection, it will be unlocked.

On a 4 door, the front slide up (locked) and down (unlocked). The rears slide side to side though.

When you slide the red tab to the unlocked position, it will move a little, but should click over to unlocked.

Then press at the VERY bottom of the black tab (last 1/8 of it or so) and should slide right out.

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I got mine off finally. The passenger side came right off. The drivers side took me pulling on it so hard I thought I broke it when it finally came free. Now it goes on and off smooth.
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I got mine off finally. The passenger side came right off. The drivers side took me pulling on it so hard I thought I broke it when it finally came free. Now it goes on and off smooth.

On a side note....another surprise I was just fed. After driving the last 2 hours to find a T50 Torx socket to remove the door I go to slip release the strap that holds the door and that is actually locked on a bracket that needs ANOTHER different size Torx I don't have (anybody know what size?)....so much for thinking these doors came off easy...
All you need to do is slide the retaining strap off the hook attached to the inside of your wheel well. There's a hook at the top – like the barb on a fishing hook – that keeps the strap from accidentally sliding off by itself, and letting your door bang into the cowl. Should just slide up over that, and off.

You don't need to unscrew the closed hook on the door...
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Welp 1quick1, looks like I was a little late posting in the other thread regarding your difficulty. Glad you got the harness lose. And, like wolf said, just slip the retaining slip off the hook.
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Pics. First one is of the hook on the door. It is a closed hook with T30 screws. You shouldn't have to even TOUCH this to remove the doors.

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This photo shows the hook on the inside of the passenger side footwell. All you do is lift the strap off it...notice there's a little barb on top of the hook. That's to keep the strap from coming off when you open and close the door, and allowing the door to bash a dent in your cowl. Lift the strap over the barb and off. Unplug the harness. Lift door off and heave it to the side, scratches be damned.

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All you need to do is slide the retaining strap off the hook attached to the inside of your wheel well. There's a hook at the top – like the barb on a fishing hook – that keeps the strap from accidentally sliding off by itself, and letting your door bang into the cowl. Should just slide up over that, and off.

You don't need to unscrew the closed hook on the door...
Got it! Thank you. It was dark so I missed that. Time for a beer
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Got it! Thank you. It was dark so I missed that. Time for a beer


You know what...I was just putting my camera away and I thought, "Bet he was up in there w/no flashlight..."

Ah well. Glad I caught you before you embarked on a T30 odyssey. Have fun!
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You know what...I was just putting my camera away and I thought, "Bet he was up in there w/no flashlight..."

Ah well. Glad I caught you before you embarked on a T30 odyssey. Have fun!
Yup that was the exact problem haha. Thanks for the pics. I'd buy you a beer if I could
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Thnx Freezer!

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On a 2 door, they slide side to side. One side of the tab has a raised edge. If you slide it so that raised edge slides away from the connection it's unlocked. If you slide the raised edge in towards the connection, it will be unlocked.

On a 4 door, the front slide up (locked) and down (unlocked). The rears slide side to side though.

When you slide the red tab to the unlocked position, it will move a little, but should click over to unlocked.

Then press at the VERY bottom of the black tab (last 1/8 of it or so) and should slide right out.

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Thanks for the instructions--got 'em off!
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On a 2012 jeep wrangler, unclip front door wireharness by pushing the orange clip up. Then push on the middle button and it will release.

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