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Old 10-04-2010, 05:26 PM   #1
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Last night my dad and I wanted to remove the doors off my wrangler just to see what it looks like. We removed the bottom bolts to it on both hinges but both rods holding the doors on wouldnt slide out. My dad also tried to hammer them out but they wouldn't come out easy so we decided not to mess with it too much. I'm pretty sure these doors have never been off. Its an 03 so does anybody have any ideas to maybe finally get these doors off? Thought about maybe some wd40 or fluids like that over time might ease it out? Any ideas?

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Old 10-04-2010, 05:46 PM   #2
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You should be able to take the nut off the bottom of each hinge and then lift up on the doors until the pins clear the hinge on the body. You do not need to take the pins out. They stay in the door.

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I had trouble my first time. Don't be so gentle, shimmy and lift. You will get the feel for it on your second or third time. As stated before, the pins stay on the door.
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Yep, just hose the hinges down with WD40 then grab the door from the bottom edge with one hand, roll the window down (if full doors) and grab the at the top of the door.

Lift, jiggle, wiggle and shake it nice and good. But keep a good hold on the door because that first time--especially with them being stuck--you'll have a tendancy to use too much force.

First time I took my doors off they were tough and rusty. I coated the pins very lightly with some multipurpose grease and now they just lift right out all the time.
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One of mine was stiff enough I had to use a jack to get it off (that was after I tried lots and lots and lots of penetrating oil, parking next to a curb so I could get more leverage, and a ton of time working the things). Used a 4X4 block of wood and rocked the door back and forth with it jacked up...eventually it worked its way out...though even with the jack, it took some patience.

But basically: penetrating oil, lift up while rotating the door...and be patient. Read somewhere else not to hammer the pins as they could bend and bind. Not sure how accurate that was, but its something to consider.
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Spray the hinges with a good lubricant and swing them back and forth while trying to break them loose. If that doesn't work, try using a jack. Place the jack under the door with a block of wood on it. Jack it up slowly while holding onto the door.
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:05 PM   #7
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Use a lil PB Blaster on it and wiggle it free
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If that doesn't work, try using a jack. Place the jack under the door with a block of wood on it. Jack it up slowly while holding onto the door.
Thats what I had to do.
Just about lifted the tires off the ground before the doors popped. Now they come out like butter.
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:32 PM   #10
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Tr3yngler used a prybar on ours after lots of PBblaster..... kinda hard on paint, but dang it it was worth it! Grease em good before you put them back on... (how do I know this....)
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Old 10-05-2010, 04:35 PM   #11
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Okay hopefully soon i will get the chance to if it ever warms up again. Thank you everybody for the advice. Now i know i can be alot rougher with them.
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First time I tried to take mine off, they wouldn't budge. So, I sprayed them with WD40 at my shop, then hooked up my overhead crane to them and lifted them out. Had to go slow because the body started lifting with the door at first. Sprayed them down again and never had a problem since.

I'd say using a jack (if you don't have a crane ) is the best idea.
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First time I tried to take mine off, they wouldn't budge. So, I sprayed them with WD40 at my shop, then hooked up my overhead crane to them and lifted them out. Had to go slow because the body started lifting with the door at first. Sprayed them down again and never had a problem since.

I'd say using a jack (if you don't have a crane ) is the best idea.
That is totally cheating...
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Yeah...I had to use a jack on mine as well...and even then it took a lot of work before they finally broke free. When using the jack, don't go up too high or when they break free, it'll launch your door straight out of the hinges and if you're not ready...it's either gonna go crashing down/into the paint or you're gonna pull a muscle when you try to catch it (speaking from experience).

Your best bet...spray with PB Blaster...open the door fully and close it numerous times to work it into the hinges, spray again...then use the jack. Hopefully the PB Blaster will help it pop loose a little easier...and have a second person there to catch the door when it pops out. They're not light...but not terribly heavy either. Oh and do it with the windows down if you have full doors. The inside upper portion of the window frame makes for a pretty nice handle.
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That is totally cheating...
Easier than a jack. I store the hardtop over my office in the shop, so I actually use that crane a few times a year on my jeep.
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Old 10-06-2010, 03:16 PM   #16
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Today i decided to try to loosen my doors up some and was unscrewing the bolt on upper drivers side door and the bolt snapped right off with some of the pin attached. Anybody else have this happen?
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^^Oh no....can't be good.

O bought my '00..and came to find out i had no bolts holding the doors on..meh. No big deal. They come of so nice and easy. Oh and they're half doors so they are good and light too
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The bolt snapping isnt really a big deal. As long as the pin itself is in good shape. The first time I went to take off my doors the bolts all snapped off in my fingers..yes i was unscrewing with my hand and they came off like butter.
What really helped me, if you haven't managed to get the doors off yet, was to swing 'em open, roll the window down and with your shoulder pressing up on the frame of the door, use your other hand's palm and smack it good upwards a few times.
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Last night my dad and I wanted to remove the doors off my wrangler just to see what it looks like. We removed the bottom bolts to it on both hinges but both rods holding the doors on wouldnt slide out. My dad also tried to hammer them out but they wouldn't come out easy so we decided not to mess with it too much. I'm pretty sure these doors have never been off. Its an 03 so does anybody have any ideas to maybe finally get these doors off? Thought about maybe some wd40 or fluids like that over time might ease it out? Any ideas?
sit on the entry guard of the tub as far towards the front of the jep as you can then close the door as much as you can and push up with your legs, (roll down the windows so you can get a better hold when the door pops out
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Stand on the roof..grab the top rail....lift with your legs

Be sure to have a spotter on the ground
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^^Oh no....can't be good.

O bought my '00..and came to find out i had no bolts holding the doors on..meh. No big deal. They come of so nice and easy. Oh and they're half doors so they are good and light too
Same with mine.
No door nuts... Who needs them anyways.
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That reminds me to take mine off for this weekend!
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Stand on the roof..grab the top rail....lift with your legs

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LoL better yet get a rope and tie one end to your door and the other to this guys jet pack


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Old 10-07-2010, 02:17 PM   #24
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Lol I wish i had a jet pack! But nice 70s this weekend and sunny and PB blasters on its way and bought a jack so hopefully finally get to take them off. Thank you everyone for the help!
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I had trouble my first time. Don't be so gentle, shimmy and lift. You will get the feel for it on your second or third time.
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Two things, you don't hammer on the bottom of the bolt because you can pancake the bolt and your nuts wont go back on... learned that one from my first time taking the doors off... The second thing is I'm pretty sure I was the first person to take the doors off my jeep. its a 98 and I got it in 07... They didn't want to budge... I had to do a little massaging with a sledge hammer on the bottom of the door to get them out.

And remember when you put them back on always use some kind of lubricant. I like silicon spray. they come off like butter now.
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I have to open mine about 90 degrees, then they come up and off real easy. If I try to take them off when they are 30 to 45 degrees they are very stubborn. I have no nuts holding my door on either.
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I removed the nuts from mine and then cut the exposed threads off so it's not so blatantly obvious...I think it just makes things more difficult when you're trying to remove your doors in a hurry (such as before work)...but if you live in an area where someone may steal your doors if they're easy to remove, then I'd recommend keeping them on.

Also, I wouldn't use a spray to lubricate my hinge pins...nothing wrong with it, but I just don't see it holding up as well as smearing a thin coating of all-purpose grease on them which should hold up fine for months.
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Took mine off for the first time this year. Was already off work due to back injury and doing this resulted in me getting another 6 weeks off work!! Go see the doctor again next Wednesday.

After all that trouble, bushings were junk in hinges. Bought new pins and bushings, there's a long thread about that here.

After getting that doorless feeling for a week, the doors will never come off my Jeep again!! To windy for my liking.
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I haven't had nuts for 3 years now, no problem, but for grease I use plumbers grease, water proof, non staining, lasts without applying evertime etc. And you can get it (cheap) at any hardware store

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