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Old 04-07-2012, 02:13 PM   #1
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cant seem to get my doors off

Hey guys I have a 01 tj I bought at the end of last summer I never got to take the doors off so tdy I went to remove them and they won't come off...I took off the nuts on the bottom of the hindge already...am I missing something??!! Would apreciate any help thanks Rick

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Old 04-07-2012, 02:17 PM   #2
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Mine were super hard to get off at first too. I just grabbed my best friend WD 40 and they came right of. twist your door back and forth while lifting.

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Old 04-07-2012, 02:22 PM   #3
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Soak the hinges with a good penetrating lubricant like Liquid Wrench, Break-Free, PB-Blaster, or Kroils. Then start swinging the door back & forth to work it in and then start lifting the door up as you continue swinging it. It will eventually come free. Lubricate the hinge pins with white lithium grease once the doors are off and this won't happen again.

By the way, WD-40 might work for this but I never recommend WD-40 for anything that needs a true lubricant. WD-40 is not a good lubricant no matter what WD-40's marketing department wants us to believe. Technically, WD-40 is a solvent that was designed for moisture displacement.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:22 PM   #4
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Mine were super hard to get off at first too. I just grabbed my best friend WD 40 and they came right of. twist your door back and forth while lifting.
Yep, if they have never been off, or have not been off in a long time, they can be a PITA.

WD40, PB Blaster, or some penetrating oil on the top of the hinge. Wait a while for it to work it's way in there. Open and close door while lifting....two people might help this first time.

When you put them back on, make sure you apply some grease on the hinge rod before you put them in. My full doors slide right off every spring.
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See how that works? We both posted at 2:22pm.

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Old 04-07-2012, 02:26 PM   #6
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This maybe true, but it worked for me haha.
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Lift with your knees not your back.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:44 PM   #8
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I used a combination of PB blaster, a floorjack, a wood 4x4, and a rolled up towel.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:49 PM   #9
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I'm sort of having the same problem, but i'm not sure if the nuts have been removed. i didn't take them off but it doesn't look like there's a standard nut under there. I have a 99 tj and so if anyone has pictures of the nuts on/off it would help.

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Old 04-07-2012, 02:49 PM   #10
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Yea soak in wd-40 and use a floor jack and wood block.
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:45 PM   #11
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Thanks guys helped abunch me n a buddy had to twist n pull them up but finaly go them off
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I used a combination of PB blaster, a floorjack, a wood 4x4, and a rolled up towel.
That sounds like what we did for both our TJ and our JK. Then we dropped one of the JK doors when it popped off. The CJ doors came right off....
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:11 PM   #13
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Yea just be careful of dropping the door when it pops, lol



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I'm sort of having the same problem, but i'm not sure if the nuts have been removed. i didn't take them off but it doesn't look like there's a standard nut under there. I have a 99 tj and so if anyone has pictures of the nuts on/off it would help.

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Just look at the bottom of the door hinge, if there is a painted nut then they are still there.
If there is a little threaded stud sticking out about 1/2" from the bottom of the hinge then they are removed.
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Had to take the hinges off the body of my jeep and use a hammer to get the hinges off the door. then used grease when i put them back on. Heard of some guys using a jack and a piece of wood and pressing on the bottom of the door to get it of. I highly suggest you dont do that. Thats why i took the hinges off the body. Just a little paint after hammering them off and it was fine.
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Yea soak in wd-40 and use a floor jack and wood block.
This is what I did.
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This is what I did.
A friend of mine did that and slightly bent the bottom of the door. Thats why i took the hinges off. Painting them was easier than getting a dent out of the door.
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I just use a 2x4 like a pry bar. Stay as close to the hinge as possible. Works great.
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:24 PM   #18
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Yea soak in wd-40 and use a floor jack and wood block.
Using a floor jack to lift the doors up is a good way to bend the doors or where the hinges bolt in place. Lubing and working the hinges is enough to remove the doors. If you need a floor jack to get them up and off, they aren't readly to be removed yet... more lube and give it more time to work in.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:22 PM   #19
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Has the bottom hinge on the bodywork moved at all?
It's easy to tell if it's moved because there's different paint under the hinge and you will see a 'wedge' of different colored paint showing near the hinge.
It would be unusual for the hinge to get out of alignment but it can happen.
Mine always goes out of alignment when I've been running the tube doors for a month or two. The tube doors refuse to come off until I re-straighten that bottom hinge.

I'ts excrutiatingly difficult to get the doors off if the bottom hinge has shifted. In which case, get a Torx T40 to loosen the hinge slightly (being extra careful not to strip it - those suckers are on tight) then re-align it before attempting to remove the door.

If there is no wedge of different colored paint showing - meaning the hinges haven't moved - don't mess with them.
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Had to take the hinges off the body of my jeep and use a hammer to get the hinges off the door. then used grease when i put them back on.
After 2 days of penetrating oil this is what I also had to do.
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A friend of mine did that and slightly bent the bottom of the door. Thats why i took the hinges off. Painting them was easier than getting a dent out of the door.
Ur suppose to run a piece of wood along the bottom and keep the jack near the hinge at the bottom and u won't bend the door

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