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Old 08-17-2010, 11:14 AM   #31
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can you use a torx rachet set? or will the rachet be too wide and strike the body?

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Old 08-17-2010, 11:38 AM   #32
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The problem isn't getting the nut off, its getting the hinge to break free from the pin. If you use a rachet make sure you put a rag next to the body just in case you ding it.

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Tried taking my doors off for the first time this afternoon, and I was having similar problems when it came to my passenger side door not wanting to come out of the slots. When I went to take the bolts off the driver side door I encountered a totally new problem.

The nut on the bottom seems like it's just spinning, and can be turned with a wrench but will not come off. The nuts almost completely devoid of paint now because I've turned it back and forth so many times, but it seems like it won't even screw back on to tighten. I even had some leverage and tried to force it downwards to pop off like the rest did, but it seems pretty stuck on there.

I've lubed that thing up with enough WD-40 to fit a fat kid through a straw, but it's definitely stuck. Kinda bummed now, especially since it looks absolutely retarded with only bolt half screwed on.
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shimmy them! thats what i did the first time i took my doors off!
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The nut on the bottom seems like it's just spinning, and can be turned with a wrench but will not come off. The nuts almost completely devoid of paint now because I've turned it back and forth so many times, but it seems like it won't even screw back on to tighten. I even had some leverage and tried to force it downwards to pop off like the rest did, but it seems pretty stuck on there.
I can think of at least two possible causes. One is that the threads are completely disengaged and the fastener is still being gripped by the hinge. Or the threads were stripped on the assembly line and you are just now finding that out. Of course this is assuming that you didn't try turning it the wrong way and stripped them yourself. I doubt that you did that though because that would require a lot of torque and the type of head without an impact type of drive to remove it would most likely not produce enough torque to strip it.
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Both seem extremely plausible. Pretty sure everyone in the whole world knows righty tighty left loosey, and I was only using a hand wrench and light force. I'm a bigger guy, but not big enough to strip a bolt on two turns. The other three bolts seemed like after two tugs it unplugged right out into the socket where I had to push it out it was so stuck in.

So, with either option I'm hoping I'm not screwed without going to a shop, I really hate going to those places. Especially since I can't seem to find anywhere worth going here in Orlando.

I even tried picking the door up quickly, because the bolts about 1/4 inch off from the original spot. Thought it might just pop it right off, but after quite a few tries I realized that wasn't going to happen without potentially doing some serious damage.
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ok, after everything posted, I'm revitalizing this thread for the sake of my doors. I have a 2003 that the doors REFUSE to come of. The bottom bolts on both doors broke off fairly easy ( don't care too much). Tops unscrewed just fine. spraying the living crap with pb blaster and working it in. I'm gonna try again later, but sh*t, taking them off for the first time is no easy task.

I finished a 2" bb for my first time today. took me about 3 hrs with 2 stops to the store. these doors are pissing me off. any good ideas out there?
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can you use a torx rachet set? or will the rachet be too wide and strike the body?
Get a role of 3" painters tape and put it below the hinges when ratcheting.... double up on it.. Works for me
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:05 PM   #39
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Can't get the doors off

I have a 2000 wrangler sport, just got it and ordered about $1000 worth of stuff from quadratec. went to take the doors off today and put on the new trail doors I ordered and, they aren't budging. I got the nutz off on the passenger side and the door won't lift off. I tried beating it, still no luck.. Then on the drivers side, I cant get the nutz off. They spin and thats it. Any suggestions? Is there anything to try that I'm overlooking?
Any help would be appreciated. The new doors look awesome and I want to get them on ASAP
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My doors were stuck at first on my jk. I cut a 4x4 to the height of the base of the door, put it under there and I held the door while someone stepped on the side step. Popped right off. Maybe not the best way but it worked.

As for the nut that is spinning that won't come off, there are a couple possibilities: the nut or bolt could be stripped or the bolt sheared off, but I would think eventually it would come off. Can you stick the claw of a pry bar between the bolt and the hinge? Don't pry it off but just a little downward force could make it catch non-stripped threads if its stripped or it may pop the bolt off if it is sheared off inside
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:28 PM   #41
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I had an 07 JKU and could not get the doors off. I tried the jack thing. It did not work. I ended up pullling the hinges off the body and used a block of wood and a hammer to seperate the hinge. I sanded all of the rust and corrosion off the hinge pin and greased them up before putting them back together.

I have the feeling that I am going to have the same problem with our 09. Tried pulling the driver's door to work on the seat and could not get it off. (job for another day)
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mine come off easier when i have the doors 90 deg out. Roll down windows and lift.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:43 PM   #43
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My doors come off with 1 finger as I synthetic grease the pin at least once a month, but a friend of mine with his 07 got curious and tries removing his....no luck. So we got 5 big guys and wiggled the door open, closed, open, closed, and so on while ALL pushing upwards. Each door came off 1mm at a time and we were all dripping sweat but we must have had 1000lbs of upwards force. When they get tough.....they get REAL tough. Work at it and they will come. There are no tricks...remove nut....lift out door. NEVER re-install nut...EVER. It's just not necessary.
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Mine weren't budging on the driver side. Pulled something rusted out of the bottom hinge and that allowed it to go up 1/4 inch. Hit it with PB blaster and tried the next day and it came up another 1/8 inch. Tried it again today got another 1/8 inch. Got another inch or so to go so I'm thinking this weekend I'll have it off.
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Ordered the synthetic inserts from black magic brakes. The first time the doors are off, those are going in.
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Well, finally removed the doors for the first time today

After reading all these comments, with a '97 TJ (new to me), and having no idea whether the PO had ever removed the doors, I was prepared for a fight. Squirted a little WD40 on them and let that seep in while I gathered up my tools and pulled the dome light fuse. Removed the nuts from the passenger side hinges, readied myself for a herculean effort, pulled up....and they slid off like butter! Smooth and easy, no problems at all, like they'd just been off last week. Driver's side just as easy.

Sounds like I got lucky....
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Well, had to put to top up and doors back on today (rain coming) but I'm curious about one thing....do you guys ever NOT replace the nut under the hinge pin? The door doesn't seem like it would be prone to getting displaced any....seems like gravity would keep it firmly in place. If you're going to be removing and replacing it frequently (we get a lot of rain), would this simplify things or not a good idea?
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Make sure you are lifting the door equally. Grab it from the middle and make sure you are not pulling more on the front or the back. I had the same problem just to realize I was pulling more on the back of the door.

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Well, had to put to top up and doors back on today (rain coming) but I'm curious about one thing....do you guys ever NOT replace the nut under the hinge pin? The door doesn't seem like it would be prone to getting displaced any....seems like gravity would keep it firmly in place. If you're going to be removing and replacing it frequently (we get a lot of rain), would this simplify things or not a good idea?
I haven't used those nuts in two years. Never had an issue getting the doors off/on because of it. Once the doors go on for the winter I hit the door "pins" with a little lithium grease is all.
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I haven't used those nuts in two years. Never had an issue getting the doors off/on because of it. Once the doors go on for the winter I hit the door "pins" with a little lithium grease is all.
2x I don't even know where my door hinge nuts are.
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I haven't used those nuts in two years. Never had an issue getting the doors off/on because of it. Once the doors go on for the winter I hit the door "pins" with a little lithium grease is all.

Yeah, I put a little dab of lithium grease on each one before I put them back on. Next time I remove the nuts I may just leave them off. I have a little Ziploc bag in the glove compartment with the screws I took out when I moved the mirrors (just in case I ever want to move them back), I'll probably just keep then I'm there in case I ever see a need for them.
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Mine weren't budging on the driver side. Pulled something rusted out of the bottom hinge and that allowed it to go up 1/4 inch. Hit it with PB blaster and tried the next day and it came up another 1/8 inch. Tried it again today got another 1/8 inch. Got another inch or so to go so I'm thinking this weekend I'll have it off.
Just got them off today. And I discovered why it was so hard to get them off. There was paint on the entire lower post?! Unfortunately I had to put it right back on because there was a T-storm 30 mins out. It will probably take me another two days to get it back off
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Help... Can't get my doors off!!

Did you try rubbing them gently and playing some soft music?

Sorry, couldn't help myself......
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what's kinda cool is that if you look up mirrors to drop in the door hinges (as opposed to making them) you get part descriptions like this:

Olympic 4X4 Products Safari Mirrors for 76-13 Jeep® CJ-5, CJ-7 & CJ-8 Scrambler, Wrangler YJ, TJ, JK & Unlimited

I can't think of another full production vehicle that has exterior part fitment ranging from 1976-2013.

It's not a bug, it's a feature.
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It's probably just seized up...WD 40 it and tap it with a 3/8" socket extender from underneath to force it out and then lift...mine came right out without any effort but mine is a 13
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what's kinda cool is that if you look up mirrors to drop in the door hinges (as opposed to making them) you get part descriptions like this:

Olympic 4X4 Products Safari Mirrors for 76-13 Jeep® CJ-5, CJ-7 & CJ-8 Scrambler, Wrangler YJ, TJ, JK & Unlimited

I can't think of another full production vehicle that has exterior part fitment ranging from 1976-2013.

It's not a bug, it's a feature.
Tour-pack hinges on the Harley-Davidson Electra glide ultra classic.....fitment time frame is close! Started around 1980 and they are still the same part number on the 2013's!
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Well, had to put to top up and doors back on today (rain coming) but I'm curious about one thing....do you guys ever NOT replace the nut under the hinge pin? The door doesn't seem like it would be prone to getting displaced any....seems like gravity would keep it firmly in place. If you're going to be removing and replacing it frequently (we get a lot of rain), would this simplify things or not a good idea?
I bought my jeep....drove it home brand new....removed the 8 door hinge bolts....and never put them back in. When the door is closed it will never fall off. When the door is open I am usually stopped and the doors are too heavy to "fall off".
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I've lubed that thing up with enough WD-40 to fit a fat kid through a straw, but it's definitely stuck. Kinda bummed now, especially since it looks absolutely retarded with only bolt half screwed on.
ROFL, I love the analogy. Sorry about your problem
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Get a role of 3" painters tape and put it below the hinges when ratcheting.... double up on it.. Works for me
When I used to use the nuts on my doors still, I went to a sign maker that does magnetized auto signs and picked up a couple scrap pieces. Slap them on the door and ratchet away.

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