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Old 03-25-2014, 11:32 PM   #1
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Hey all. I bought a used 07 sahara last week and I want to be able to take the doors off. I have watched every YouTube video and read every how-to, and they all say to use a t50 bit to remove a nut under each hinge. I'm 95% sure that my jeep did not have these when I bought it. I say 95 because after I disconnect the electricals and door stop and try to lift the doors, neither will budge. I'm definitely capable of lifting these things, but every video I watch shows the operator not having to work too hard to get these things off.

I don't want to break anything, but is it as simple as just lifting harder? I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

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Old 03-25-2014, 11:44 PM   #2
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i had the same problem. Spray some grease or something similar (paint friendly) into the hinges, wait a few then try again.

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Old 03-25-2014, 11:49 PM   #3
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Hey all. I bought a used 07 sahara last week and I want to be able to take the doors off. I have watched every YouTube video and read every how-to, and they all say to use a t50 bit to remove a nut under each hinge. I'm 95% sure that my jeep did not have these when I bought it. I say 95 because after I disconnect the electricals and door stop and try to lift the doors, neither will budge. I'm definitely capable of lifting these things, but every video I watch shows the operator not having to work too hard to get these things off.

I don't want to break anything, but is it as simple as just lifting harder? I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

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How do you know you dont have the screws....they are screws not nuts...they are probably there and thats why you cant take the door off. I would be surprised if they arent there.

Its a black Torx head screw.
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Old 03-25-2014, 11:49 PM   #4
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It's quite possible the torx screws aren't on there. A few (like myself) don't put them back on after the first door removal as the doors work fine without (yes, yes, I'm sure there are cons to doing this). And I think you would have a hard time not noticing them (can you see where they WOULD go; the threads?) if you looked. With that said, once the torx screws are out you have to be careful to lift straight up when removing the doors. If you lift and tilt the doors even the slightest bit the hinge rod will bind and not allow vertical movement. First time I recommend having a friend help to ensure you lift the both the front and back of the door evenly.
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It's quite possible the torx screws aren't on there. A few (like myself) don't put them back on after the first door removal as the doors work fine without (yes, yes, I'm sure there are cons to doing this). And I think you would have a hard time not noticing them (can you see where they WOULD go; the threads?) if you looked. With that said, once the torx screws are out you have to be careful to lift straight up when removing the doors. If you lift and tilt the doors even the slightest bit the hinge rod will bind and not allow vertical movement. First time I recommend having a friend help to ensure you lift the both the front and back of the door evenly.
I never thought about leaving them off....I guess with the door shut and hinged they arent going anywhere.
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Yeah, I can see the bolt on all 4 hinges. Should I try WD40?
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Ya shoot it up from the bottom and top and let it soak....
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Now I'm confused. You see the torx screw... You can't loosen the screw?... Or you can't lift the door off?
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No, I see the bolt, like the one that is connecting the hinges. The top piece. I see it from the bottom
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:18 AM   #10
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Ok, as long as this (see image/arrow) is missing then yeah- spray the heck out of it, let it sit, then lift hard ensuring you're not binding the hinge pins (which I believe is what you are seeing from below). Not sure what would cause it to stick since it rotates in there daily but it sounds like others have had the same issue.
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Yep, definitely nothing on the bottom
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I had the issue with mine sticking the first time i tried to take them off. Once you do get them off wipe a little bit of white lithium grease on them and they will be much easier to get off when you go to do it again. (and trust me you will once you take them off once you will find out how much of an inconvenience doors are).
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:36 AM   #13
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Try rotating the door open 90 degrees from the Jeep while lifting up. This should make removal easier. On a side note, I took those screws out the first day I had my Jeep and never put them back. Doors have been fine without them.
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:44 AM   #14
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Roll down the window. Stand on the side you would normally get in the jeep. Place one hand on the bottom by the hinges the other hand somewhere else on the door. The edge, where ever. Swing the door back and forth like you were going to open and close it. While doing this lift up on the door with your hand by the hinges. It will come come off! Good luck!
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:12 AM   #15
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If the pins are extremely corroded, as the '07-'08 were prone to, they might give you a fight. I remember seeing a youtube video of a guy in a similar situation.
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:24 AM   #16
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Yes rolling the window down is the best option, which always confuses me why people buy the rain guards for the windows...it would be difficult to remove them. I think I saw a video where a guy put a stool on top of a jack, opened the door, pushed the top of the stool up to the bottom of the door, and this is terrible...but "jacked it up and off". Hey at least he kept them vertical...
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I also broke a thread off one of my door pins, and is now stuck in the torx head.
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:31 AM   #18
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Spray some pb blaster. Then wait 5 minutes or go for a short ride. Open all the windows, undo the door strap and the electrical pin. Then open the door to around 45 degrees and lift up.

Make sure not to let the door swing all the way around.
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:18 AM   #19
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My first time trying to take the doors off it took me 20 minutes just to get the electrical harness unplugged. Once I put the soft top on and it's doorless season those screws never go back in. One less time consuming thing to do.
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:49 AM   #20
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I will try WD40, opening the door 90 degrees, and swinging it a little bit. Ill also get someone to help me. Thanks guys!
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Soaking them with WD40 didn't break mine loose. My simple solution was to take the hinges off with the door. Three bolts on the inside. Very easy. Then tap the hinges off the doors with a rubber mallet. Put the hinges back on the jeep, making sure to line them up with the marks in the paint. Lube up the hinge pin holes (WD40 is not a lubricant) and you will never have this problem again.
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I never thought about leaving them off....I guess with the door shut and hinged they arent going anywhere.
Yeah...the only con is that it makes it "quicker" from someone to steal your doors...and they are probably less likely to stay on in a roll-over.

I took mine out when I put the soft top on (less time to remove doors on a nice day), and put them back in when the hard top went on. I don't want road salt and other crud getting up in there during the winter.
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Took mine off 3 years ago don't know where the nuts are. Roll down window. Push side mirror in. Open door 90 deg. Lift. Put grease on pins before re installing
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The rear passenger on mine got stuck. I used a cinder block, hand jack, and a 2x4 to free mine. Make sure the screws are out first.

1. Roll down the window, open the door, and unhook your electrical but leave the strap on so the door doesn't swing on you.
2. Place the cinder block as close to the door hinges as possible underneath the opened door.
3. Place the hand jack on top of the cinder block
4. Place the 2x4 or 4x6 piece of wood between the bottom of your door and the jack to save your paint and VERY SLOWLY jack it up. You only have to do it till it breaks free. Once it breaks free, undo the strap and remove the door. Make sure to use grease so it doesn't get stuck again. I used white lithium grease on mine.

I did that and mine broke free and have used that on another Jeep as well. I had a buddy and me both trying to free it and it was just rocking the jeep back and forth. No matter what I did, pb blaster and the like did not work, only using the jack worked.
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Soaking them with WD40 didn't break mine loose. My simple solution was to take the hinges off with the door. Three bolts on the inside. Very easy. Then tap the hinges off the doors with a rubber mallet. Put the hinges back on the jeep, making sure to line them up with the marks in the paint. Lube up the hinge pin holes (WD40 is not a lubricant) and you will never have this problem again.
Wd40 most certainly is a lubricant - its a penetrating oil.

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WD-40 Multi-Use Product is the ultimate multi-purpose problem solver. WD-40 removes gunk, penetrates to loosen stuck parts, prevents rust and corrosion, and is a light lubricant
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The rear passenger on mine got stuck. I used a cinder block, hand jack, and a 2x4 to free mine. Make sure the screws are out first.

1. Roll down the window, open the door, and unhook your electrical but leave the strap on so the door doesn't swing on you.
2. Place the cinder block as close to the door hinges as possible underneath the opened door.
3. Place the hand jack on top of the cinder block
4. Place the 2x4 or 4x6 piece of wood between the bottom of your door and the jack to save your paint and VERY SLOWLY jack it up. You only have to do it till it breaks free. Once it breaks free, undo the strap and remove the door. Make sure to use grease so it doesn't get stuck again. I used white lithium grease on mine.

I did that and mine broke free and have used that on another Jeep as well. I had a buddy and me both trying to free it and it was just rocking the jeep back and forth. No matter what I did, pb blaster and the like did not work, only using the jack worked.

Here is Arizona I am guessing this wont be much of a problem. Could you see why it was stuck ? Rusted?
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Here is Arizona I am guessing this wont be much of a problem. Could you see why it was stuck ? Rusted?
I am not sure why it got stuck. Door swung very freely and no squeaks or anything and my Jeep was only a few months old. Bought it Feb 24, 2012 and took the doors off less than 3 months after purchase. 3 of the 4 doors came right off with no issue, but for some reason the rear passenger wouldn't budge. After I used the jack to pop it loose, I used some grease and after that that all came on/off with ease.
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Used the jack trick, worked like a charm. Thanks Greg!
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Used the jack trick, worked like a charm. Thanks Greg!
Glad it worked out for you!! Make sure to put some grease on there and you won't have anymore issues. I have used the jack trick on 2 JKs and it worked out great!
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The first time I tried to remove my doors, I had to resort to a jack and a 2x4 to get the driver's door off. Now I use a little Anti-Seize on my door hinge pins and they slide right out: http://shopping.rexmar.com/Merchant2...001/167196.jpg

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