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Old 06-28-2013, 04:02 PM   #1
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Popped my door cherry and putting them on

Earlier today I took off my driver's door with a friend, could only take one off due to time contraints. Went down the highway and yes I will admit that I was nervous. But holy cow was it awesome!! I can't believe it in the 13 years I've had my TJ I never took them off. I was missing on so much .

Anyways, putting them on was difficult. It was just me and it took me while to line up the pins on top. I eventually got them on, but dang was it hard. Anyone have any tips to make it go smoother next time? Like what kind of lubricant/grease to use so they actually slide in? I can see why some people get frustrated the first time.

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Congrats on going doorless!.

How bad is the wind on the interstate at 70mph?

I just got my TJ a few weeks ago and have not taken the doors off yet. I think if I take them off they may stay off until November when it turns cold.

Also, I'm just not quite sure if my legs are pretty enough to go doorless...

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I keep my doors off all summer. When I bought my 06 TJ a couple years ago, the PO had never removed the doors. I do remember it being a little difficult to put them back on by myself a couple times. But, it is very easy to do now. I lift the doors and hold them from the inside of the door panel. One hand at the top (with window rolled down) and one hand under the bottom of the door. Takes a couple minutes total to install both doors.
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Just a tiny little bit of grease on the pin, and be sure to wipe the excess off the top of the barrel when it's on. What I try to do is set the pin on the edge of the lower barrel, then line up the upper pin, when its above the hole, slip the lower pin over and it drops right in.
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Anyways, putting them on was difficult. It was just me and it took me while to line up the pins on top. I eventually got them on, but dang was it hard. Anyone have any tips to make it go smoother next time? Like what kind of lubricant/grease to use so they actually slide in? I can see why some people get frustrated the first time.
The more you do it, the faster you will get at it . It probably takes me 2-3 minutes max to put them on. I also don't put the nuts on though...bigger PITA than anything.

I don't use grease or anything, and they slide in fine. I am sure you could use a tiny bit of white lithium grease to keep them lubed up it won't take much.
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The more you do it, the faster you will get at it . It probably takes me 2-3 minutes max to put them on. I also don't put the nuts on though...bigger PITA than anything.

I don't use grease or anything, and they slide in fine. I am sure you could use a tiny bit of white lithium grease to keep them lubed up it won't take much.
x2. Little bit of grease and you're good to go. My doors are off from March-November up here in New England. I always keep a rain coat hand in the summer and some kid of windproof fleece in the fall. I love it.
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Congrats on going doorless!.

How bad is the wind on the interstate at 70mph?

I just got my TJ a few weeks ago and have not taken the doors off yet. I think if I take them off they may stay off until November when it turns cold.

Also, I'm just not quite sure if my legs are pretty enough to go doorless...
It keeps me cooler in our 94 degree weather . Actually the wind didn't affect in the lease. I wouldn't wear real loose shorts though lol. But there's not much difference than with the doors on. Just means you can't talk to your passenger (which could be a good thing or not) and you can't really hear the music. But other than that, no cons to having the doors off.

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The more you do it, the faster you will get at it . It probably takes me 2-3 minutes max to put them on. I also don't put the nuts on though...bigger PITA than anything.

I don't use grease or anything, and they slide in fine. I am sure you could use a tiny bit of white lithium grease to keep them lubed up it won't take much.
Unfortunately I need to have my bolts back on when I put the doors on. My apartment complex isn't the safest. Until we find a house and I can have the Jeep in the garage, then I'll keep the bolts and doors off.
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astro glide and it will slide right in.
j/k yes a small spot of grease or even silicon spray after wiping the pins clean first. Not a fan of grease so much because of the "melting" factor later.
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astro glide and it will slide right in.
j/k yes a small spot of grease or even silicon spray after wiping the pins clean first. Not a fan of grease so much because of the "melting" factor later.
Yea, you weren't supposed to know that . Is there a silicon spray that you'd recommend?
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Wow, never have taken my doors off.

Just went into the garage, was ready for a problem or 2.

First, went to lift the doors and they came right off.

That is a first, most things just aren't that easy.

Too bad, I can't drive it.

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I have half doors on my 06 but both come on and off in about two minutes. Super easy. In fact I leave the top up and doors on all the time unless we're going for a weekend ride. I have topless and doorless on or off down to a science. I figure I can strip in down in 5 minutes. Takes about 15 to put it all back on.
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It keeps me cooler in our 94 degree weather . Actually the wind didn't affect in the lease. I wouldn't wear real loose shorts though lol. But there's not much difference than with the doors on. Just means you can't talk to your passenger (which could be a good thing or not) and you can't really hear the music. But other than that, no cons to having the doors off.
Definitely don't wear loose shorts! If you do, tuck the legs tightly under yourself. I had a bee fly in once. Not a fun experience at 65 mph!

And I used anti-sieze compound on my door pins, worked very well. Wouldn't "seep" like grease on hot days.
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quadratec.com sells a kit that is suppose to make door installation easier by allowing you to engage the top pin before the bottom pin so you do not have to engage both top and bottom pins at the same time.
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I have full steels on my TJ. Here's my process, takes me longer to walk them into the garage than the actual removal/install:

1) Roll window down all the way - I find the lower center of gravity to make handling the door easier for me.
2) Grab the door handle as if doing a bicep curl with one hand.
3) Slide other hand in between the door and the Jeep between the hinges and lift.
4) Place safely in garage and repeat for other door.

I reverse process for install and do not lube the pins. In the summer I remove the bottom nuts and leave them off until winter when I have to run the heater (when I put the doors on for good). This way I can easily pull them or put them on as I like.
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It keeps me cooler in our 94 degree weather . Actually the wind didn't affect in the lease. I wouldn't wear real loose shorts though lol. But there's not much difference than with the doors on. Just means you can't talk to your passenger (which could be a good thing or not) and you can't really hear the music. But other than that, no cons to having the doors off.
Actually with the roof all the way down and both doors off, the wind and noise wasnt bad. Better than just removing doors or just roof. Could easily still talk to passengers and hear the music. And this was while going 80 mph down highway
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Unfortunately I need to have my bolts back on when I put the doors on. My apartment complex isn't the safest. Until we find a house and I can have the Jeep in the garage, then I'll keep the bolts and doors off.
I don't think the nuts have any effect on security. I don't believe you can lift the doors if they are closed. And if you lock them, they shouldn't be able to open.

+1 to taking longer to walk them to the garage than to take them off (especially with no nut in the hinge).
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I don't think the nuts have any effect on security. I don't believe you can lift the doors if they are closed. And if you lock them, they shouldn't be able to open.

+1 to taking longer to walk them to the garage than to take them off (especially with no nut in the hinge).
I have a safari top for summer and still don't trust my doors of being stolen.
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It keeps me cooler in our 94 degree weather . Actually the wind didn't affect in the lease. I wouldn't wear real loose shorts though lol. But there's not much difference than with the doors on. Just means you can't talk to your passenger (which could be a good thing or not) and you can't really hear the music. But other than that, no cons to having the doors off.

Unfortunately I need to have my bolts back on when I put the doors on. My apartment complex isn't the safest. Until we find a house and I can have the Jeep in the garage, then I'll keep the bolts and doors off.
U do under stand if your jeep is a sold top and if some one wanted in it bad enough they would use a knife and cut it open or just undo the side windows ?
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Doors????? Damn.........these trucks have doors?????
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U do under stand if your jeep is a sold top and if some one wanted in it bad enough they would use a knife and cut it open or just undo the side windows ?
I have a safari top, not a soft top. So no windows during the summer if I chose. And if they decide to break a window, it will literally take them 3 tries as they are tinted. Yes I know this part from experience

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Doors????? Damn.........these trucks have doors?????
Hahaha! Good one..

Seriously though, why am I hearing about how difficult it is to remove the doors and put them back on, this really is not rocket science! Pull up walk away. Pick up, line up, and drop! And as far as security goes well lets just say the stuff invyour jeep has just about as much security as a jar of honey inside a tent in bear country. Please don't lock your doors! Unless you have full doors and a hard top on. Otherwise, you have to understand that what's in your jeep (that's not in a lockbox) is anyone's stuff. Safari/bikini top, frameless tops (like rampage, trektop) or no top is the way to go from April to November, depending on where you live. Doors, why would you want your doors on anyway! Remember 'only in a jeep'... Go out and buy yourself some bestop seat covers, and a shamwow cloth, and Ur set. And if you don't have a step, rock sliders with bar or a footpeg, then get some. The only thing crushing down a highway in your doorless/topless jeep compares too is a Harley. Enjoy it and use it the way it was designed to be used! Take it apart and get it dirty!
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Hahaha! Good one..

Seriously though, why am I hearing about how difficult it is to remove the doors and put them back on, this really is not rocket science! Pull up walk away. Pick up, line up, and drop! And as far as security goes well lets just say the stuff invyour jeep has just about as much security as a jar of honey inside a tent in bear country. Please don't lock your doors! Unless you have full doors and a hard top on. Otherwise, you have to understand that what's in your jeep (that's not in a lockbox) is anyone's stuff. Safari/bikini top, frameless tops (like rampage, trektop) or no top is the way to go from April to November, depending on where you live. Doors, why would you want your doors on anyway! Remember 'only in a jeep'... Go out and buy yourself some bestop seat covers, and a shamwow cloth, and Ur set. And if you don't have a step, rock sliders with bar or a footpeg, then get some. The only thing crushing down a highway in your doorless/topless jeep compares too is a Harley. Enjoy it and use it the way it was designed to be used! Take it apart and get it dirty!


Couldn't put it better if I tried Bill! Have you guys noticed that most of the jeeps that run around with doors and tops on when its hot are the ones that don't know what the Jeep wave is. When I pass them in the middle of summer and see that they are all sealed up I've just about quit raising my hand.
If the doors havent been off in a long time they can be a pain. When I bought this Jeep I had to spray wd on the hinges and swivel the door almost shut to full open about 20/30 times while constantly pulling up. A little Emory cloth or scotch brite pads to the pins on the door when their off really helps for next time just watch the paint.
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Hahaha! Good one..

Seriously though, why am I hearing about how difficult it is to remove the doors and put them back on, this really is not rocket science! Pull up walk away. Pick up, line up, and drop! And as far as security goes well lets just say the stuff invyour jeep has just about as much security as a jar of honey inside a tent in bear country. Please don't lock your doors! Unless you have full doors and a hard top on. Otherwise, you have to understand that what's in your jeep (that's not in a lockbox) is anyone's stuff. Safari/bikini top, frameless tops (like rampage, trektop) or no top is the way to go from April to November, depending on where you live. Doors, why would you want your doors on anyway! Remember 'only in a jeep'... Go out and buy yourself some bestop seat covers, and a shamwow cloth, and Ur set. And if you don't have a step, rock sliders with bar or a footpeg, then get some. The only thing crushing down a highway in your doorless/topless jeep compares too is a Harley. Enjoy it and use it the way it was designed to be used! Take it apart and get it dirty!
Because for some people who haven't taken the doors off in the 13 years they've had it and some of the threads can be stuck. Besides being 5'4" I'm short and putting the doors on and off a 4.25" lift My apartment is not secure when you get the cops, firefighters, and EMT's being called n a weekly basis. Oh yea, don't forget the fugitive man hunt that happened a month ago.
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Too bad my mom won't let me take the doors off. Recently did a few days ago and she wasn't too happy. You guys got any ideas I can use to convince her to let me take them off? I'm 17 years old.
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Too bad my mom won't let me take the doors off. Recently did a few days ago and she wasn't too happy. You guys got any ideas I can use to convince her to let me take them off? I'm 17 years old.
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Too bad my mom won't let me take the doors off. Recently did a few days ago and she wasn't too happy. You guys got any ideas I can use to convince her to let me take them off? I'm 17 years old.
Yeah, Take her for a ride with them off..... My wife freaks too, but my youngest daughter loves it....
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