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Old 01-27-2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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Doors off

Coming up this summer I would finally like to go doorless. After 5 jeeps its time to do it. How do I do it correctly?

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Old 01-27-2013, 06:35 PM   #2
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A 50 torx bit and lift off

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Old 01-27-2013, 06:38 PM   #3
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Undo the hinge nut, disconnect the wiring and lift off. I have found it esier to do with the window rolled down.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:42 PM   #4
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Don't drop them on your toes. My girlfriend's daughter did that. She and the emergency room physician do not recommend it.

X2 on rolling down the window, at least part way. I haven't taken the full doors off my JK yet, and my TJ had half doors. But when I removed the full doors from my Scrambler, having the window down a little made it easy to use the top of the door frame as a handle to lift and carry the door.
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X2 on the window gives you something to lift on
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:44 PM   #6
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Window down and one hand on the exterior door handle and one on the window frame seems to be the easiest for me.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:13 PM   #7
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Window down and one hand on the exterior door handle and one on the window frame seems to be the easiest for me.
Exactly how I do it too but I also put my hand under the door on initial lift off to give myself more power and so I can put my back into to it. (I'm a female and I can do it by myself) the first time is a little scary but once you do it you soon realize its not so bad. I recommend deciding where you are going to put them and preparing a soft landing place ahead of time. Have fun! It's a blast!!
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:21 PM   #8
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WIRE HARNESS
First open the windows. Then the red tab on the wire harness has to be down to get it off. It's a bit hard to get out, and you going to need to wiggle it some. When you put the wire back in when you put your doors back on give it an extra twist in its natural coil direction, once. That will help from it sticking out like a diving board where it will rub your leg.

REMOVING THE STRAP
First you need to remove the T50 bolts off the bottom of the hinges. Make sure you know where your going to put the door before unlatching the door strap. After it is unlatched for no reason take you hand off the door. Otherwise you will get an idiot dimple on the cowl from the mirror hitting it. I got a dent on mine and there was no wind and it was on level ground with the slightest nudge.

REMOVING THE DOOR
The 2011+ models don't have the handle you can grab. The do have a spot to hold the T50 bolts in the cubby though. I grab with one hand on the top of the open window to hold most of the weight. The other hand I hold the mirror just to guide it.

STOPPING THE SEATBELT FLAP
Your going to find the seat belts will flap a bunch with the doors off and it will be annoying. Luckily there is a simple fix with a seatbelt pad. Get one that is rather loose like the ones made by "custom accessories" sold at wal-mart http://mobile.walmart.com/m/phoenix;...0A65D70CA37451 . You put them on the belt at the belt feed. If done right you won't even notice they are there, and it will totally stop all flapping.

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And watch the door once you take off the straps and don't let it swing back. Otherwise it will swing back and your side mirror will go right into your cowl - if you don't know what that part is- you will soon learn if you don't watch it. Save removing the straps for the VERY LAST step right when you are ready to take them off and don't let go of the door. It happens fast. I was warned and did it anyway. It pi55es me off every time I look at it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:11 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone for the input. Noticed that all 4 of my other jeeps had painted torx screws. The 2012 is not painted. Guess Jeep got smart.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:59 AM   #12
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Once I removed the torx screws from the hinges I have never put them back in. I see no reason to. Makes removal the next time that much easier and quicker and removes the risk of slipping and scratching something with the wrench or stripping the head of the bolt.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:21 AM   #13
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I skipped the video, this may have been in it:
If the door has been on a while you may need to use a jack and a block of wood to apply pressure while you tap the door up. It helped me when I took mine off.
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I have a 10 foot piece of 3/4 inch pipe mounted to the ceiling of the garage with a "cheap" Harbor Freight chain hoist on in, I put a strap thru the window opening and gently lift the door up. After reading some of the stories of people dropping the doors I'm not taking a chance.
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Built this using some plans I "borrowed" off another forum. Works equally well for hanging bikes or doors. Total parts cost was about $40. It's perfect for keeping the doors off the floor and out of the way.
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Something nobody's mentioned (unless I missed it): When you take the doors off for the first time, put a little bit of white lithium grease on the hinge pins, especially if you live in a cold weather state that uses salt on the roads in winter. It'll make removal the following Spring much easier...
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Something nobody's mentioned (unless I missed it): When you take the doors off for the first time, put a little bit of white lithium grease on the hinge pins, especially if you live in a cold weather state that uses salt on the roads in winter. It'll make removal the following Spring much easier...
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Something nobody's mentioned (unless I missed it): When you take the doors off for the first time, put a little bit of white lithium grease on the hinge pins, especially if you live in a cold weather state that uses salt on the roads in winter. It'll make removal the following Spring much easier...
Never had a problem with that...yet. You do need to make sure you open them the right amount, maybe 45degrees and they should lift right off.
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And watch the door once you take off the straps and don't let it swing back. Otherwise it will swing back and your side mirror will go right into your cowl - if you don't know what that part is- you will soon learn if you don't watch it. Save removing the straps for the VERY LAST step right when you are ready to take them off and don't let go of the door. It happens fast. I was warned and did it anyway. It pi55es me off every time I look at it.
I did this too .... How can I bang it out?
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And watch the door once you take off the straps and don't let it swing back. Otherwise it will swing back and your side mirror will go right into your cowl - if you don't know what that part is- you will soon learn if you don't watch it. Save removing the straps for the VERY LAST step right when you are ready to take them off and don't let go of the door. It happens fast. I was warned and did it anyway. It pi55es me off every time I look at it.
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Your going to find the seat belts will flap a bunch with the doors off and it will be annoying. Luckily there is a simple fix with a seatbelt pad. Get one that is rather loose like the ones made by "custom accessories" sold at wal-mart Walmart Mobile . You put them on the belt at the belt feed. If done right you won't even notice they are there, and it will totally stop all flapping.

^^^^^^. Times 100 on this...the flapping will drive you nuts. Worth $3.00!
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:41 AM   #22
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When you're getting ready to take them off and you disconnect the harness, tuck it in that little pocket on the side of your door for safe keeping. I let it dangle and let my door slam shut while I went to grab something and crushed the plug between my door and door sills.
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Ill give some advice regarding putting the doors back on. It's a bit harder IMO than removing them. Those doors are a bit heavy and it can be difficult to line up the pins.

I put one hand under the door and one on top and brace the doors against my upper legs for stability. I sort of use my body to guide the door rather than my arms.

First time I had to put my doors back on I couldn't get the pins lined up and had to set the door down for a sec.

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