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Old 05-28-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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Question about removing doors

Hey guys, I have a '04 Rubicon that I bought last summer. Today I decided to try to take off the doors. I removed both nuts on the door with a 13mm wrench and removed the strap and tried to lift the door up, but it won't budge. What am I missing? I feel like there's a step I need to do, because I thought they would lift up pretty easily. However this is the first time I am trying to remove the doors and I dont think the previous owner ever did so I think that's what may be making it more difficult? What should I do? Thanks.

Also should I spray they nuts with WD-40 before putting them back on?

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Old 05-28-2012, 06:03 PM   #2
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I just last week took the doors of my 2005 for the first time. I ended up having to drive out the lower hinge pins completely and grind off the rust that was on them. The upper hinges weren't rusty and slid right up. I live in the PA rust belt though.

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Old 05-28-2012, 06:03 PM   #3
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The first time removing the doors from a TJ can be a pain: Use some PB Blaster or some good penetrating oil and let it soak into the hinge and pin. I open and close the door repeatedly while lifting up at the same time. Maybe a second person would help also.

Before mounting my full doors every fall, I wipe some grease on the hinge pin before I put them on. They come off easy as pie the next spring. Been doing it that way since '06.
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When you finally get them to come off, they like to take flight. So be ready to catch 'em.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:41 PM   #5
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Alright I'll have to give that a try. My hinges seem pretty beat up is there are they easy to replace?
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:47 PM   #6
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i used a floor jack and a block of wood on mine, sprayed them down with some PB and but the jack under it and slowly jacked it up. like everyone said, be careful when it pops cuzz when it goes, it goes lol
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:13 PM   #7
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...and those suckers are heavy
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:24 PM   #8
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Works like a charm. Spray it on, move it around easily, pull up with force. Give it time. Once they come off, spray it on before and after and you'll never have a problem again.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:26 PM   #9
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Just took the doors off my 98. It's the first time they were ever off. Previous owners never took them off. Had to use a floor jack and block of wood. Finally broke loose. Like said before be ready when they do and they are heavy.
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A brass punch with the end cupped and a 3lbs hammer works well.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:31 PM   #11
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Pb blaster, upward pressure while moving the door back and forth
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Pb blaster, upward pressure while moving the door back and forth
This. I bought my 98 TJ and the doors had never been off. I soaked the hinges with PB then lifted while moving. When it would budge 1/32 of an inch, I would soak it again. Rinse and repeat. Don't forget to grease the inside of the hinge once it's off. Mine fly off now.
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Works like a charm. Spray it on, move it around easily, pull up with force. Give it time. Once they come off, spray it on before and after and you'll never have a problem again.
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I'll second the grease once they are off. I use lithium grease several times during doors-off season. Just to make my life easier.

Be careful if using that jack & block method. I know of one jeepster by me that had to do that and ended up bending the pins slightly. Now the door doesnt close with out slamming it. Its taking a toll on the paint around the door frame.
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Be sure you are lifting the door as close to the hinge end as possible. A lot of folks inclination is to grab the door in its center and lift. I have found if I get as close to the hinge end as possible, the doors come off easier; just be prepared for the unbalanced load on your hands when they come free.
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Works like a charm. Spray it on, move it around easily, pull up with force. Give it time. Once they come off, spray it on before and after and you'll never have a problem again.

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i use Kroil and love it. i usually roll the window down,stand on the outside of the Jeep,reach my hand through the window and grab the interior handle. then i slowly open and close the door a bunch while pulling up. the door can be heavy if you are not expecting it.just watch the hinge while pulling. patience
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:12 PM   #17
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Alright nice thanks for the help guys

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