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Old 11-01-2011, 10:06 PM   #1
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I am having problems taking my door off

I have a 2012 Jk and am having problems removing the electrical connection. I moved the red tab to the up position and have tried squeezing an pulling to get it removed but I have had no luck. What am I doing wrong? I feel kind of stupid right now.

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Old 11-01-2011, 10:08 PM   #2
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You're not stupid.... I broke.my passenger side one

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Old 11-01-2011, 10:08 PM   #3
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I used a screw driver to push the lever down and to help it slide out. Worked for me.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:08 PM   #4
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I have a 2012 Jk and am having problems removing the electrical connection. I moved the red tab to the up position and have tried squeezing an pulling to get it removed but I have had no luck. What am I doing wrong? I feel kind of stupid right now.
Shouldn't be that difficult. If you slide the red tab over, then press in on the lower, center part of the connector it should come apart fairly easily.

Are you squeezing in the center while pulling?

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Old 11-02-2011, 02:45 AM   #5
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push pull wiggle wiggle

It should come out like butter...but if not...

- Remove the door strap to give yourself more wiggle room with the wires.
- Push in on the connector to break loose any corrosion then pull them apart (like I said...shouldn't be a problem on a 2012).
- when you do get the connector apart then you may have to swing the door back and forth to get the hinges to wiggle apart.

- when you put the doors back on...put some lithium grease or something on the hinges because they can and will rust into place making them extremely difficult to remove next time.

they should come out fairly easy though. If you're still having a tough time then go to the dealership and have one of the salesmen there help you. There's no reason they shouldn't.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:15 AM   #6
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Wiggle it side to side. Mine were tight also.
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:43 AM   #7
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I have a 2012 Jk and am having problems removing the electrical connection. I moved the red tab to the up position and have tried squeezing an pulling to get it removed but I have had no luck. What am I doing wrong? I feel kind of stupid right now.
The red clip should slide side to side. Hold the connecter in the cradle of your fingers so that you thumb can push the red clip. Then push the center of the lower portion (there is no real button there) and slide the lower portion out.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:21 PM   #8
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Same problem here just pic'd up a '12 rubi, and do I press the red tab up and in or down and in?
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:43 PM   #9
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Honestly for us crank window Jk drivers is there even a point to this plug besides killing the radio when the door is opened and telling us a door is open? I've been tempted to get rid of the plug completely and just keep the strap. And to be relavent to this thread my passenger side comes off with zero effort, but the drivers side gets hung up every time and it takes a lot of wiggling.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:51 PM   #10
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you can slide the whole clip off of the metal bracket and use two hands on it. I found this out struggling the same way you guys were.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:13 PM   #11
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need to squeeze down low and pull. only had our doors of once so far and i don't think my wife coulda got them seperated. was actually kinda surprised at how hard the doors are to remove but i guess that's why i don't see many people around here runnin around sans doors.
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need to squeeze down low and pull. only had our doors of once so far and i don't think my wife coulda got them seperated. was actually kinda surprised at how hard the doors are to remove but i guess that's why i don't see many people around here runnin around sans doors.
Huh? It takes me 4 minutes to remove and store 4 doors (I've timed it). With a little practice, it should be a piece of cake. I can remove my doors faster than removing my soft top and windows.

When I put my doors back on, I don't slide the tab back to it's original position, so I know all I have to do is press the lower part of the connector and pull down when it's time to remove them again.

Most people probably don't remove their doors because they think they'll fall out.
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:02 PM   #13
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I also broke my passenger connector. Lol
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:07 PM   #14
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Just keep at it; it took me a few tries to figure out how to finesse it out. Once you get the first one, the 2nd is really easy. Just remember not to let the door swing out as the mirror will dent the body.
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:16 PM   #15
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push up then pull down is what worked for me. just have to make sure its not binding up.
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Honestly for us crank window Jk drivers is there even a point to this plug besides killing the radio when the door is opened and telling us a door is open? I've been tempted to get rid of the plug completely and just keep the strap. And to be relavent to this thread my passenger side comes off with zero effort, but the drivers side gets hung up every time and it takes a lot of wiggling.
I have the same trouble one side comes off super easy other side I have to wrestle a bit with.

As far as unhooking it I would assume the alarm is connected to it also? So while your doors are on the alarm might not work properly? Also power Mirrors/defrosters if you have them.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:11 PM   #17
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I just took the red tabs out completely. Pain in the ass. Then press tab and pull down slightly. wiggle off.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:26 PM   #18
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Good info. Coming from a TJ all the power options are a bit much to get used to. I feel spoiled!
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:31 PM   #19
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Honestly for us crank window Jk drivers is there even a point to this plug besides killing the radio when the door is opened and telling us a door is open? I've been tempted to get rid of the plug completely and just keep the strap. And to be relavent to this thread my passenger side comes off with zero effort, but the drivers side gets hung up every time and it takes a lot of wiggling.

I have the same question. With no power windows, no power locks, and no power windows, why do I need the wires at all?
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:07 AM   #20
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too easy. I just press the center in and come off easily. I guess some people are just not patient and actually LOOK the first time to see there is a tab to depress. Once you figure that out, you will never have an issue.

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Shouldn't be that difficult. If you slide the red tab over, then press in on the lower, center part of the connector it should come apart fairly easily.

Are you squeezing in the center while pulling?

Here's a link to a video:


The guy in the video says you have to "lift" the red tab. Idk wtf he is talking about when you just press it in and it slides laterally to release the clip, not "lifting". LOL
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:58 AM   #21
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Red tab slides down for the door wiring harness (towards the floor).

red tab slides left to right for the hard top wiring harness in the back.
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Red tab slides down for the door wiring harness (towards the floor).

red tab slides left to right for the hard top wiring harness in the back.
my 2012 JKU slides LATERALLY, not up and down. That's left to right for those who need more clarification.
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I have the same trouble one side comes off super easy other side I have to wrestle a bit with.

As far as unhooking it I would assume the alarm is connected to it also? So while your doors are on the alarm might not work properly? Also power Mirrors/defrosters if you have them.
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I have the same question. With no power windows, no power locks, and no power windows, why do I need the wires at all?
I got no alarm or power/heated anything. So whenever I put my doors back on, probably tomorrow I'll leave them unhooked for a while and see how I like it. I never thought about it until I saw my buddies TJ which only has a strap.
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I got no alarm or power/heated anything. So whenever I put my doors back on, probably tomorrow I'll leave them unhooked for a while and see how I like it. I never thought about it until I saw my buddies TJ which only has a strap.
Because a strap is all that you need
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:30 PM   #25
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Thats because all TJs are what the old guys refer to as stripper vehicles. Only the necessities.
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For the JK guys, I agree with kbwolf and Black Ops on this post! I am a first time 2012 Wrangler Rubicon owner. And I had trouble recently removing my doors. Only one year old! Well, WD-40 got me past the crisis (removing the doors), but Lithium grease is the way to go for future success.

But I can't state emphatically enough that REGULAR MAINTENANCE is the key. Check this often (meaning more than once a year)!

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