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Old 03-10-2010, 09:06 AM   #1
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jk door removal

Hello, i searched previous threads but i couldnt find it.....how do you remove the doors in the JK? i remember in the TJ it was easy, this seems a little more difficult

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Old 03-10-2010, 09:11 AM   #2
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The bottom of the hinge is locked with a T50 bolt. Remove them and disconnect the wire harness on the door. Unhook the strap and be careful not to let the door swing open unless you want to had the hood dimple mod. If you have the window open, it is easy to reach through, grab the handle and lift the door from the hinges.

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Old 03-10-2010, 09:15 AM   #3
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When disconnecting the harness, just be careful when sliding the red tab, so you don't break it. And yes having the window down makes removal much easier.......
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:23 AM   #4
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Daggo66 says it right and it's a good idea to put just a little dab of grease on the hinge pins while the doors off

Now most guys will dissagree with this, but I always put the torx bolt back in the door hinge, when I re-install the door, it's not needed to keep the door in place when you're driving or away fron the jeep, cause it's CLOSED, but

Once in a great while, while you're off-road and you, or someone else might be "JIGGLING" the "open" door, for WHATEVER reason--best to have the little security bolts in place !!

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Daggo66 says it right and it's a good idea to put just a little dab of grease on the hinge pins while the doors off

Now most guys will dissagree with this, but I always put the torx bolt back in the door hinge, when I re-install the door, it's not needed to keep the door in place when you're driving or away fron the jeep, cause it's CLOSED, but

Once in a great while, while you're off-road and you, or someone else might be "JIGGLING" the "open" door, for WHATEVER reason--best to have the little security bolts in place !!

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Good catch! I forgot to mention the dab of white lithium grease. Some people have had issues removing the door from the hinge and that helps the next time. I also keep my hinge bolts in. I used to own a CJ7. It was a rarity in that I had full hard doors and a soft top. There were no hinge bolts back then and when the doors were on that thing rattled like crazy.
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Old 03-10-2010, 02:13 PM   #6
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I KNEW this pic would come in handy. Second time I've used it this week:



The Red Tab on the upper right, is the Lock Tab. Slide it out to the right about 1/16th of an inch, until you hear a "CLICK".

The Black Tab just above my Thumb is the Release Tab. Press it, and slide the Connector straight down.

As others have already mentioned, LOWER YOUR WINDOWS FIRST, if you have Power Windows. Makes it much easier to remove the Door, when you can get your hand on the Window Frame to lift the Door.

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my doors were a pain in th a*# to get off. after undoing the torx bolts and unhooking the wiring i reached thru the window and worked the door open and closed (not the whole way of course) while lifting up on them at the same time and they finally came off.
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First time was a bit tight but with a little grease they work fine now. Another tip - if you use safarri mirrors put a little sharpy mark on the mirror shaft and the hinge. Makes it much easier to set them next time.
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Honestly, my doors pretty much slid right off from the factory after removing the #50 torx bolts - I dabbed em with grease anyway because I do that to any moving surface - one thing I will say though. If your relocating your door mirrors to pillar mounts, and the instructions state "may be tight" when removing them from the factory mounts, respect that. After you tear your first mirror off the vehicle in two pieces, you quickly understand they are made of plastic

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Old 03-15-2010, 12:39 PM   #10
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On our last vehicle, my wife got the door removed by just opening it into a traffic lane.
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Old 03-15-2010, 04:34 PM   #11
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On our last vehicle, my wife got the door removed by just opening it into a traffic lane.
Yup the not so preffered way to remove the door is to pull over on a fast highway and open the door when you see someone coming and hugging the edge of the lane.
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So yea... I was trying to take the doors of the Jeep too and well...I'm convinced that I'm doing something wrong. I tried doing all the suggestions on this post but I can't seem to budge the darn things a single micron. As it is a bad idea, I used a jack and a small 2x4 to try and push up on the doors to loosen them up a bit, but that didn't do anything.

I don't want to break the things so I guess I'll wait until I can take it to the dealer. I sure hope that after they come off that they go on easier and come off easier next time.
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:51 PM   #13
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Not a fan of the hood dimple mod but yes last week I got mine.. hooked the doors back up and forgot to put the strap back in place.. the wind caught it and so make sure you do this...
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The bottom of the hinge is locked with a T50 bolt. Remove them and disconnect the wire harness on the door. Unhook the strap and be careful not to let the door swing open unless you want to had the hood dimple mod. If you have the window open, it is easy to reach through, grab the handle and lift the door from the hinges.
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:33 PM   #14
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Did it today! Grab under the top of the door with the window down and as low as you can get on the bottom right corner. Lift straight up.



Made a nice hanger in the garage too!



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Did it today! Grab under the top of the door with the window down and as low as you can get on the bottom right corner. Lift straight up.



Made a nice hanger in the garage too!




I've heard you aren't supposed to store them like this as it can cause damage to the window seals, is this correct?
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:29 AM   #16
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YUP, like any rubber gasket, it'll take a "SET" (both sides) and leak, maybe- anyway, they should be stored resting on the base and covered for protection, nothing else--

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Old 06-28-2010, 10:18 AM   #17
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Mine come on and off like butter!! When I put them back on, I only hand tighten the bolts. No tools required. All four on or off in about 15 minuts. I have the half doors and I LOVE them.
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I've heard you aren't supposed to store them like this as it can cause damage to the window seals, is this correct?
Theres a whole lotta people using hangers like this on another jeep forum. No problems reported. Just use two or three hangers to distribute the weight...and make sure they are padded. You can add swimming pool noodles for additional protection.
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:56 PM   #19
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I'm not having any luck getting my doors off, either! I pull up on the door & it moves up a little & then just stops like it's caught on something. It moves up & down freely about a half inch but that's it. I figured it was just me being new but maybe not...
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Old 05-03-2015, 01:35 PM   #20
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New harness connector tab

Hey gang - first post ever, and I couldn't find this in any other threads after a quick search. Please bear with me if it's been covered elsewhere.

For 2015 models, the safety tab for disconnecting the wiring harness on the doors has changed - they've tried to cleverly hide it as much as possible, but I was lucky enough to figure it out.

The first two pictures are driver side (pain in the neck) and the others are passenger side (even more bigger pain in the neck!).

The red locking/unlocking tab is smaller, flush, and on one side of the FEMALE side of the connector, so you won't see it unless you're looking carefully. Also, it lifts up and away from the connector box easily, making it easy to break or rip off if you're not careful about unlatching them.

Through blind luck and the grace of God, nothing bad happened while I removed both doors just now. This means we will probably have Noah's flood here for the next week and a half.
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After you remove the bolt heads and the strap & wire, try opening the door so it is at about a 45 degree angle in respect to the jeep body. Then lift straight up. It's kinda heavy and a little awkward so prepare yourself. Anyway, if you do this it should come right of the hinges. Good luck.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:22 AM   #22
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I found it helpful to open & close the door slightly as I'm pulling upward. Kind of a "wiggle" motion. When you get the doors off don't forget to add a little grease to the door pins as stated already.
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On my 2012, the pain for me is disconnecting the harness. Since I've owned it, I have never moved the red tab back to "lock".

But it takes considerable effort to disconnect the harness on both sides. The just don't slide out easy. Any suggestions?
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I'm not having any luck getting my doors off, either! I pull up on the door & it moves up a little & then just stops like it's caught on something. It moves up & down freely about a half inch but that's it. I figured it was just me being new but maybe not...
I had the same issue when I bought mine (it was used, and don't think the doors were ever off). Basically after everything is disconnected I took a jack and put it under the open door and covered the head of the jack with a block of wood and towel and "pushed" the door up. It "broke free" with no damage or any issues. then just put some grease on the hinges and have never had the problem again removing the doors. Hope this helps
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I'm not trying to be a Nancy Boy or nothing, but was anyone else surprised at how heavy and unwieldy the doors are once you pulled 'em free? Maybe it's 'cuz I have the power windows, but Lordy, I wasn't quite prepared for that!

And getting those bad boys back on without a spotter/assistant was damned tricky! Doing this in the driveway where the neighbors will hear ya if you cuss like a sailor is not advised.

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I'm not trying to be a Nancy Boy or nothing, but was anyone else surprised at how heavy and unwieldy the doors are once you pulled 'em free? Maybe it's 'cuz I have the power windows, but Lordy, I wasn't quite prepared for that!

And getting those bad boys back on without a spotter/assistant was damned tricky! Doing this in the driveway where the neighbors will hear ya if you cuss like a sailor is not advised.

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The front ones are noticeably heavier. Always make sure the windows are down which makes it 100 times easier. For putting them back on look into American Outlaw door pin guides. Used them the first time this year and makes it so much easier putting them on yourself. (I'm 5' 6" 160)
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Ha! Every time I take off the front one for the first time of the season, I am always like, "Dang these are heavy and awkward. Let's do the dance into the garage now."

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I'm not trying to be a Nancy Boy or nothing, but was anyone else surprised at how heavy and unwieldy the doors are once you pulled 'em free? Maybe it's 'cuz I have the power windows, but Lordy, I wasn't quite prepared for that!

And getting those bad boys back on without a spotter/assistant was damned tricky! Doing this in the driveway where the neighbors will hear ya if you cuss like a sailor is not advised.

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I'm not trying to be a Nancy Boy or nothing, but was anyone else surprised at how heavy and unwieldy the doors are once you pulled 'em free? Maybe it's 'cuz I have the power windows, but Lordy, I wasn't quite prepared for that!

And getting those bad boys back on without a spotter/assistant was damned tricky! Doing this in the driveway where the neighbors will hear ya if you cuss like a sailor is not advised.

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I actually thought they were lighter than expected after everything I read first. However, yes I did find out that it is nearly impossible to put them back ON the Jeep on your own. I have some nicely chipped/scraped hinges to attest to that before I caved and got some help from my wife. Also of course if you have a 2011+ with the interior redesign, rolling the windows down first doesn't help because there's not a nice solid handle to hold onto any longer.
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To put them back on they make a pin kit that helps a lot

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