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Old 09-15-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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Hard Door Storage; To Hang or Not to Hang?

Hey guys, so I like to plan ahead and am looking at different options for storing my hard doors in the future, and I've noticed lots of people hang their hard doors on various hooks available at Home Depot and I'm curious to know if anyone has had any issues with separating welds or warped doors from the excess weight on the window frame?

I'm wondering if hanging or building a "door cart" is the best solution, and I'm curious to know what fellow Jeepers are doing.

Also if you hang, do you hang from window frame or door pins?

Can you please let me know if you hang or cart and what your experience has been, either positive or negative and your views of pros and cons of either solution.

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Closing on a new house at the end of the month where we will actually be able to DO something like this! Can't wait to hear everyone's opinion!

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Mine lean against the wall in my garage, so….. None of the above. I have a padded floor in my jeep's garage so it doesn't hurt the doors. I will probably purchase some ACE door hangers in the future though.
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I use padded hangars that go in the window frame. That being said I did go buy better lag bolts to hold it after one snapped as I was installing.

My doors have been on the hangar since spring. No issues. And keeps them off the floor and out of the way.
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Closing on a new house at the end of the month where we will actually be able to DO something like this! Can't wait to hear everyone's opinion!

Thanks, FX!

Congrats on the new house!

For me, I'm torn.. Part of me wants to build hangers for window frame storage to keep the doors up and away from my 4 year old son, and the other part of me feels the excess weight may be detrimental to the door if hung. I had a set of CJ doors years ago that I used to hang, and they did start to come apart and rust between the window frame and main door structure.. Granted, they were old and CJ doors I would assume are built differently than today's JK doors.. but in my mind it still has me a bit concerned and hesitant to hang.

Also, my doors will be off for most likely the entire summer or a good part of it (I plan on buying Bestop soft doors and Trektop over the winter) so they would be hanging a couple months at a time.

Hanging from door pins concerns me a bit about "tweaking" the position of the pins from hanging from this point for a long period of time.

What I think would be ideal and I would love to see is a combination of a pin hanging system with a door striker point to help spread the weight load naturally like if the door was actually on the Jeep. I would see this as the perfect solution.. (hmmmm... wheels turning....)
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In case this helps you decide.

Just use high grade lag bolts.

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Mine have VentVisors on them so you Cannot hang them from the window tops. You have to use a cart to support them or set them on the floor and lean against the wall.
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In case this helps you decide.

Just use high grade lag bolts.
Any concerns at all about future separation in the circled area below?:


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Congrats on the new house!

Hanging from door pins concerns me a bit about "tweaking" the position of the pins from hanging from this point for a long period of time.

What I think would be ideal and I would love to see is a combination of a pin hanging system with a door striker point to help spread the weight load naturally like if the door was actually on the Jeep. I would see this as the perfect solution.. (hmmmm... wheels turning....)
Thanks! We are REALLY looking forward to it!

I was thinking along the same lines, but I am not super mechanically inclined. I was wondering about maybe those same hooks that are used through the window instead used underneath, more like a shelf for them to sit on, and then another set through the window opening, just barely touching in case one of the bottom arms gave out. And then somehow (bungee, ratchet straps, something) securing the doors so they can't tip or swing.

As I said, I'm not a mechanical genius and there are probably a dozen reasons why this is a worse idea. But I'm one that goes for OVER safe than under safe.
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Any concerns at all about future separation in the circled area below?:
I was worried when I first hung them but got used to it over time. Personally I have no concerns.
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$4 at Home Depot, eye bolts and put the hinge pins through. Doors mount the same way they do on the jeep.
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$4 at Home Depot, eye bolts and put the hinge pins through. Doors mount the same way they do on the jeep.

X2 I did this exact same thing for my TJ. No added stress to the window frame and they fold flat against the wall. Less that $100 per door. and took maybe 5 minutes.
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Hey guys, so I like to plan ahead and am looking at different options for storing my hard doors in the future, and I've noticed lots of people hang their hard doors on various hooks available at Home Depot and I'm curious to know if anyone has had any issues with separating welds or warped doors from the excess weight on the window frame?

I'm wondering if hanging or building a "door cart" is the best solution, and I'm curious to know what fellow Jeepers are doing.

Also if you hang, do you hang from window frame or door pins?

Can you please let me know if you hang or cart and what your experience has been, either positive or negative and your views of pros and cons of either solution.

Thank you!
Door hanger from skinny pedal. Hangs from the pins. Put it at a good height and you can pop the doors off, turn and put them on the hanger.
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Door hanger from skinny pedal. Hangs from the pins. Put it at a good height and you can pop the doors off, turn and put them on the hanger.

Wow that looks like a nice setup! Do you have any pics by chance of the product without the doors hung?
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I use the skinny pedal door hangers and love them. They are very sturdy and have worked great all summer. If you go with these just be prepared to wait. I copied Kramer 2k and did I say I love these?
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I used a storage cabinet for mine. With wheels on the bottom, I can move it around.
This picture has the half doors for the Unlimited that I sold. It holds all four full doors.
Still have the half doors and cabinet for sale for the Unlimited.

it does take a little room but really worked for me.
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I use padded hangars that go in the window frame. That being said I did go buy better lag bolts to hold it after one snapped as I was installing.

My doors have been on the hangar since spring. No issues. And keeps them off the floor and out of the way.
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Mounted brackets 16" on center and bent slightly inwards, just fits... Used the pool noodles cut at 16 1/2" and 21" pieces to protect the window seals.
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Made a set of cabinets.
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A garage, a garage! My kingdom for a garage!

Jealous of the setups in this thread, you guys are pretty handy. Mine just lean against the wall in my dining room until my fiance gets tired of tripping over them
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I've posted my setup before but will share again here. These are the old '10's doors but haven't changed anything other that we use two pair of pants hangers per rear side window and hang those behind the doors. Rear window I just drape the rail across two sets of hooks.

Used pipe insulation over the padding that came with the hooks. Have had not one issue. Wasn't comfortable hanging from just the hinge pins without the striker supported too (like when on the body).
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I just throw a couple of cheap towels on the floor and prop them up against the wall. I would be afraid of the doors falling if I mounted them on the wall, but it sure looks good and keeps them out of the way.
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I've posted my setup before but will share again here. These are the old '10's doors but haven't changed anything other that we use two pair of pants hangers per rear side window and hang those behind the doors. Rear window I just drape the rail across two sets of hooks.

Used pipe insulation over the padding that came with the hooks. Have had not one issue. Wasn't comfortable hanging from just the hinge pins without the striker supported too (like when on the body).
Omg. Are those your freedom tops behind the doors!? Laying directly on the concrete. Aaaaaaaaaaaa
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Omg. Are those your freedom tops behind the doors!? Laying directly on the concrete. Aaaaaaaaaaaa
Hell no! lol Would never do that. That's an old piece of salvaged wainscoting that we plan to use when we redo our guest bath. Our '14 is softtop only now but when we had the Mango Tango '10 the freedom panels went into the basement in the bag for the season.
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Hell no! lol Would never do that. That's an old piece of salvaged wainscoting that we plan to use when we redo our guest bath. Our '14 is softtop only now but when we had the Mango Tango '10 the freedom panels went into the basement in the bag for the season.
Ohhhh. The color looked similar and I guess I was fooled, once again. Lol.
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I just throw a couple of cheap towels on the floor and prop them up against the wall. I would be afraid of the doors falling if I mounted them on the wall, but it sure looks good and keeps them out of the way.
+1 .. I do the same thing
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I had CJ doors split in the past also so I was a bit paranoid about this...so mine are supported on the bottom and the top is just to keep them against the wall, for the new one we will be doing the same thing once I make some more wall space in the spring.
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I cart mine because I had the material on hand and wouldn't have to rearrange the garage.

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I cart mine because I had the material on hand and wouldn't have to rearrange the garage.

That is probably the coolest DIY rack I've seen thus far...

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