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Old 06-24-2013, 05:29 PM   #1
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Door hinges on full doors

I'm planning on taking my doors off this coming Sunday for a trail run but want to get a head start so to speak on Friday to get used to it (first time taking them off). I was told by a fellow Jeeper that I can remove the bolts attached to the hinge and still be ok with going down the highway at 65-70mph. Is there some truth to this? Or would it be better to just leave the doors on until I get to a place where I can actually take them off and store them? Right now I live in an apartment complex that isn't the safest and unfortunately right now I don't have the money for a Viper alarm with proximity sensor. Any input on what I should do?

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Old 06-24-2013, 05:39 PM   #2
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There are actually two questions here - do you feel safe with your doors off with regards to someone reaching in and grabbing your stuff at your apartment complex and do you feel physically safe going down the highway with no doors?

As for the first one, I can't answer it. I have a 2000 Sahara with a $1000 audio system and very sensitive alarm system - so **** sensitive that I tend not to arm it (and I've adjusted the proximity sensor.) I'm currently running doorless and topless. The only component of my system that's easily seen is the head unit, and I disconnect my iPhone cable and take the face off when I leave it. Someone would have to be looking for the amp and the speaker box (hidden under the folded down top in the "trunk".) If they steal it, I have insurance. It's not my daily driver (I work at home and have no commute) and I have a Ford F150 super crew that I can use if it needs work. So I'm not all that concerned - I don't leave anything that might be tempting out in plain sight, but I don't work that hard to bad-guy proof it. Even with the top up and the doors on, my SOG knife that I keep with me at all times and zippered windows can get me in in a flash, so I'm sure anyone else knows that too.

For the physical safety part - just wear your seatbelt and don't do anything stupid and you'll be fine. I live for the days that I can go out with doors off and top down and I've never felt that my life was in any more danger than in my truck.

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Old 06-24-2013, 07:46 PM   #3
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Only thing worth taking is my CB radio, which I'll be taking inside with me and keeping the brackets and wire in the jeep. With wrapping the wire into the glove box. But other than that, everything else is factory installed and I need a new radio anyways . But I plan on removing everything from the back seat area until I go off roading, then plan on putting the doors back on afterwards.

Is removing the door bolts safe though? I worry about the doors coming off going down the highway. I talked more with the Jeeper and he said it will be easier to keep the bolts off and that way I can take on and off the door as I need to.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:56 PM   #4
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Yes take the nuts off of the bottom of the pin in the hinge, only one per hinge, do two per door. Mine were removed by the PO and I've never put them back on.. I have gone through all for sessions with no issue.

Doors will not fall off, there is no worries there.

Also, I agree with another poster, no doors is one of the best parts about the Jeep.. Mine are off as long as possible, usually a week at a time and only back on due to a rain storm..
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:36 PM   #5
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Once you try to actually take the doors off after the nuts are off, you'll realize why the doors will DEFINITELY not come off going down the highway. My full doors are HEAVY and take quite a bit to lift off. You don't have to worry about them coming off - once I got my nuts off (PO had screwed them up pretty well) I never put them back on so I could take my doors off whenever I wanted to.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:48 PM   #6
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I take mine on and off all the time. It takes just a couple of minutes. I made a spot to hang them in the garage. I bought some safari doors for my wife so she will feel a little more comfortable than going with no doors at all. It also keeps people from feeling the need to put a foot out to "try and prevent a rollover". As for personal belongings that you don't want stolen, I would put a lock box somewhere that you can put all your stuff. I rigged up a tool/grease gun box from a motor grader on the inside of my tailgate with a padlock to keep my papers and a tow strap and all in. Don't forget the side mirrors as well.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:38 PM   #7
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The nuts have been off of my doors for years, and I drive at highway speeds every day. Never been a problem. When the doors are closed, they can't come off.

There is no level of security for anything inside your Jeep unless you have a lock box. My only concern with the nuts off has been the theft of the doors. I have heard of Jeep owners that have had their doors stolen, and coincidentally, there's a guy on Craig's List who seems to have a lot of doors for sale.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:58 PM   #8
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Usually when those nuts come off, the threads break off. Since those doors have probably never been off before, they're going to fight you a bit. Try some sort of lubricant a few days before in each hinge. Make sure it's paint friendly. When you finally get to the time for them to come off, you'll probably have to grab the top and bottom of the door and swing back n forth while lifting upwards. Full doors are, my guess, around 40lbs or so. They won't fly off at anytime. Check local code about mirrors, some communist states require one or both side mirrors at all times. And always wear your seatbelt, especially in Jeeps.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:40 AM   #9
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Usually when those nuts come off, the threads break off. Since those doors have probably never been off before, they're going to fight you a bit. Try some sort of lubricant a few days before in each hinge. Make sure it's paint friendly. When you finally get to the time for them to come off, you'll probably have to grab the top and bottom of the door and swing back n forth while lifting upwards. Full doors are, my guess, around 40lbs or so. They won't fly off at anytime. Check local code about mirrors, some communist states require one or both side mirrors at all times. And always wear your seatbelt, especially in Jeeps.
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I was thinking of using PB Blaster starting tomorrow. Luckily here in Colorado the only laws that I found and called about was as long as I can see 200 feet behind me unobstructed I'm good.

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