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Old 09-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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Storing doors (and freedom hard top)

So, my "June" wants some fresh air for the upcoming nice week! Bought my JK 2 months ago and just finally taking the doors off. Took off the driver's side door first and then realized I need some tips from my forum friends. My door is patiently waiting in my porch. I rolled the window down so that the glass would be less likely to break if it fell over or anything. It's resting against my porch wall on a blanket. I'm guessing that over time I'll learn tricks with what and how to take off the doors and tops and how to store them as well as what not to do. I was hoping that y'all could save me some time and possibly money (from mistakes) with tips you've learned.

Where and how do you store your doors when they're off?

Where and how do you store the back of the hard top when it's off? I do the freedom panels by myself all the time. I usually keep them in the bag in the back of my Jeep. I'm going to ask my husband to help me take off the back of the top when he gets home from work.

We don't have a garage, but do have a screened-in porch and a decent sized shed.

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I'm in the same delimma as you, I set my in my garage with a blanket set on top of it.

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Yep, mine lean against the garage wall wrapped in packing blankets.
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That's PERFECT! Maybe my husband will share some shed space with me so I can make something like this to hang my doors from! Did you use pool noodles?
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:30 PM   #6
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Ps, why don't they mount the mirrors to the Jeep body and not the doors? So that you'd still have mirrors there with doors off? Just wondering....
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That's PERFECT! Maybe my husband will share some shed space with me so I can make something like this to hang my doors from! Did you use pool noodles?
I used 4 u-shaped brackets with shelf brackets and hangers on 16" centers and attached them to the studs. Then I cut two 16" and two 21" pieces of pool noodle and cut a slit in them to put on the doors. Even though the brackets had foam on them already, it looked like they would dent the rubber over time.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:39 PM   #8
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Awesome! Thanks so much
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i wouldn't recommend storing them in a shed.... after helping my father clean out his shed a few weeks back to grab a bunch of old car parts from my previous vehicle, not only were there millions of roaches, spiders, silver fish all over the packages, but i think the florida heat and humidity even rusted a few of my parts out as well....

i would keep them in nice ventilated area.
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Ps, why don't they mount the mirrors to the Jeep body and not the doors? So that you'd still have mirrors there with doors off? Just wondering....
Because they have options like heat and power to them now.

They do make relocate brackets , caps to move them.
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Ahhhh, gotcha. Makes sense. I didn't get the fancy options, so it wasn't immediately obvious to me. No power windows or locks either.
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Ahhhh, gotcha. Makes sense. I didn't get the fancy options, so it wasn't immediately obvious to me. No power windows or locks either.
OH a real jeep owner lol

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/har...ht=diy+hardtop

another idea
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Yeah, so I hear... It seems there are a lot of prerequisites for that status!
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Here's what I do for our doors (our old 2010's shown here). The spacing on the right in the drawing will keep the front doors clear of each other if hung hinges away from each other.

That 2010 was a dual top so in the winter the softtop when on the door hooks. Summer it hung from the garage ceiling from ratchet straps. A dolly might be better if the top will being coming on and off a lot.
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[QUOTE=Jeep Dreamer;4247833]So, my "June" wants some fresh air for the upcoming nice week! Bought my JK 2 months ago and just finally taking the doors off. Took off the driver's side door first and then realized I need some tips from my forum friends. My door is patiently waiting in my porch. I rolled the window down so that the glass would be less likely to break if it fell over or anything. It's resting against my porch wall on a blanket. I'm guessing that over time I'll learn tricks with what and how to take off the doors and tops and how to store them as well as what not to do. I was hoping that y'all could save me some time and possibly money (from mistakes) with tips you've learned.

Where and how do you store your doors when they're off?

Where and how do you store the back of the hard top when it's off? I do the freedom panels by myself all the time. I usually keep them in the bag in the back of my Jeep. I'm going to ask my husband to help me take off the back of the top when he gets home from work.

We don't have a garage, but do have a screened-in porch and a decent sized shed.

If you have a garage try storing with this it gets them off the floor and out of the way Harken Hoister 7803B - Harken Hoister Garage Storage 4-Point Lift System for Jeep® Hardtops & Recreational Equipment - Quadratec
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two sets of inexpensive lower door brackets hinges, mount to a set of 2x6" cut to length for the exact spread between the two brackets on the jeep, securely mount to stud or secure a brace in garage and get them up and out of the way hanging as intended on actual jeep door brackets. mine are up and out of the way so kids toys, bikes and my other car doors when opened will not hit them. easy enough to do, less than $30 total in material.
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two sets of inexpensive lower door brackets hinges, mount to a set of 2x6" cut to length for the exact spread between the two brackets on the jeep, securely mount to stud or secure a brace in garage and get them up and out of the way hanging as intended on actual jeep door brackets. mine are up and out of the way so kids toys, bikes and my other car doors when opened will not hit them. easy enough to do, less than $30 total in material.
Are these just standard size hinges? This seems to be the best long term way to store the doors to keep them out of the way and avoid damage to the weatherstripping.
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Yes, think the ones i used are the smittybilt lower door hinges, on sale at extreme terrain now for $11.99. It takes two pair of course and since the intended application is for "lower" hinges, there is a left and right side so mix the two packs and you will have a full set to "hang" the doors on once mounted to your support board instead of one being inverted. I use my jeep to tool around town and putz my kids to their sporting events and whatnot during the summer so my doors come off and stay off for an extended period of time. The only thing to consider is the depth of the door, interior side of the door that would close in toward the wall you mount on...so make sure you have enough clearance so the doors will swing in close and tight to the wall. I used two, 2x6 screwed together to provide enough clearance when closing and may want to consider using one more as it takes a full 5-6" in depth. With that said, also depends on where you are mounting in garage, basement, etc... as I have seen this application in a storage closet in a basement and the bracket was placed where the doors just hung straight or perpendicular to the wall.
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Different pic I found before I painted the wooden bracket. I do see now that I added a 2x4 on the left to help offset the depth required for clearance when closing the door flat against the wall.
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1"pvc pipe, found plans around here somewhere. mounted the rack on 2x4s and installed casters as I have no open wall space in shop at all, I can roll these around anywhere, even out to the jeep
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I don't have a garage. I bought door storage bags from Quadratec, and mirrors that mount in the hinge from [url=http://www.justaddmud.com]JustAddMudoffroad.com
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Yes, think the ones i used are the smittybilt lower door hinges, on sale at extreme terrain now for $11.99. It takes two pair of course and since the intended application is for "lower" hinges, there is a left and right side so mix the two packs and you will have a full set to "hang" the doors on once mounted to your support board instead of one being inverted. I use my jeep to tool around town and putz my kids to their sporting events and whatnot during the summer so my doors come off and stay off for an extended period of time. The only thing to consider is the depth of the door, interior side of the door that would close in toward the wall you mount on...so make sure you have enough clearance so the doors will swing in close and tight to the wall. I used two, 2x6 screwed together to provide enough clearance when closing and may want to consider using one more as it takes a full 5-6" in depth. With that said, also depends on where you are mounting in garage, basement, etc... as I have seen this application in a storage closet in a basement and the bracket was placed where the doors just hung straight or perpendicular to the wall.
That's great information. Thank you!
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If anyone else is looking to replicate this method of hanging their door, we still have Door Hinge Kits available and I'd be happy to get anyone a quote!

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two sets of inexpensive lower door brackets hinges, mount to a set of 2x6" cut to length for the exact spread between the two brackets on the jeep, securely mount to stud or secure a brace in garage and get them up and out of the way hanging as intended on actual jeep door brackets. mine are up and out of the way so kids toys, bikes and my other car doors when opened will not hit them. easy enough to do, less than $30 total in material.
Holy poop, my friend, how high up do you have them? the doors weigh a ton, how easy is it to hang them.

I believe I will have to follow your lead and do as you have done. great idea.

My wife wants to know if you roll the windows down when it gets hot in your garage to get a breeze? lol.
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^my non power doors weigh a measley 57lbs. I weighed them.

Hardly a ton.
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Ps, why don't they mount the mirrors to the Jeep body and not the doors? So that you'd still have mirrors there with doors off? Just wondering....
i wonder the same thing.,
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Hard Top and Door Storage

This is what I came up with. It has casters so I can roll it around when I need.
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