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Old 02-17-2011, 01:37 PM   #1
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Will taking the doors off ruin the paint on hinges...?

This might be a really dumb question, but will taking the doors off ruin the paint on the hinges, or when I put the wrench on the bolts? I want to take the doors off but when I put my windshield lights on, I noticed the manufacturing plant painted the Jeep after the screws in put in place, messing up the paint when I unscrewed the screws. Since I have a black Wrangler, the hinges being messed up will be pretty noticeable. Thanks guys!

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Old 02-17-2011, 01:42 PM   #2
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You won't mess up the paint on the hinges but the wrench will take the paint off the bolt. If this is the first time taking your doors off, they're gonna give you a hard time. Just lift up the door and you're swining the door back and forth. Eventually you'll see the door pin seperating from the hinge.

I'm sure others will give you other ways to help getting them off.

BTW: still till this day, I never put the bolts back on

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It will muck up the bolts a bit, but I only took my bolts off once and just never put the back on.

As far as messing up the paint on the hinges, no, unless you hit the hinges with the door pins when you are taking off/putting back on.

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Mine are missing paint from stones and sand tossed from the front tires. I quit caring after that.
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Depends on what you use, how you do it, how tight the bolts are, etcc.


Mine is black, and the person before me had nicked up the paint on the bolts removing them. not too bad, but enough for me to notice.


I've removed and installed mine many times take care when removing and installing the nuts to not over torque them so removal is easier next time. You might want to see if there is something you can put on the bolts to prevent rusting. biggest problem I've had is reinstalling the full doors. Getting the pins into the hinges is a pain and I've chipped the paint doing that a few times.

Only one that notices is me though. There might be a sure fire way of installing the doors that is foolproof and results in no chipping or scratching. I just pick them up, align them with the holes, and let them slide down. I put a very little 3 in 1 oil in the hole and around the bolts to make installation easier and to prevent rusting.
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Be careful taking the nuts off. If you turn the wrench too far the corner will hit the body and chip the paint off.

Other than that its real straight forward. and I took my nuts off and put them on for a year or so. then I realized its easier to just leave them off.
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:57 PM   #7
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This might be a really dumb question, but will taking the doors off ruin the paint on the hinges, or when I put the wrench on the bolts? !
What bolts? To take the doors off you remove the nuts on the bottom of the hinge pin. The bolts that attach the hinge to the body and door stay in place.
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:27 PM   #8
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Pb blaster if they give you a hard time. Friends owns an 01 and never had the doors off. they were a b**ch. given u a heads up they might be tough if they havnt been removed in a while...

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Old 02-17-2011, 06:20 PM   #9
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I kinda need help on this too...

I took off the nuts but is the door supposed to just lift straight off??

There is NO rust anywhere on vehicle so i do not know why i cannot get these doors off..

Also sprayed PB in between hinges..

vehicle is a 03 never seen winter till 3 weeks ago when i bought it..
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I got my 02 with 60k and the hard doors had never been off. The nuts broke most of the studs off with them, i trimmed the door pins clean 2 weeks later when i finally got the doors off just like every other jeep ive had.
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:45 PM   #11
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Chrysler paints the hinge before its assembled so the pain on the pin gets stuck in the seam of the brass bushing. Clean the pb and oils once the doors are off and put anti seize in the jeep side upper and lower.
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I kinda need help on this too...

I took off the nuts but is the door supposed to just lift straight off??

There is NO rust anywhere on vehicle so i do not know why i cannot get these doors off..

Also sprayed PB in between hinges..

vehicle is a 03 never seen winter till 3 weeks ago when i bought it..
Get a buddy to help you out...remove the nuts on the hinges, unhook the straps on the doors and roll the windows down, put a floor jack under the door as close to the hinges as you can get it. Put a block of wood between the floor jack and the door and slowly start cranking it up under the door. Have you friend (or vice versa) hold onto the door because once it starts to separate, it's going to suddenly pop out of the hinges and it's not light enough to comfortably do a one arm catch. Since the window is rolled down, you can use the window frame as a handle. Once the doors are off, sand any rough spots off the hinge pins and smear a little multi-purpose grease on them to prevent them from jamming so bad next time. Next time they'll lift right off.
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Be careful taking the nuts off. If you turn the wrench too far the corner will hit the body and chip the paint off.

Other than that its real straight forward. and I took my nuts off and put them on for a year or so. then I realized its easier to just leave them off.
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I ALMOST did just that. Nuts were on tighter than heck. When it finally broke loose, I could have really whacked wrench into door, but luckily, my knuckles got in the way!!

After that, I bought a new set of door hinge pins/bushings from some place I found on this site. Don't remember the name of it, but they worked great.
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I have an 03 that the doors had never been taken off until I bought it in August. I just used an adjustable wrench and a rubber mallet. I accidentally slipped the wrench into the side of the jeep but it only made a small scratch. But it was easy to take the nuts off and now I just put them back on with my hands and no wrench is needed. I read somewhere to use a rubber mallet to hit the bottom of the door upwards after you take off the nuts. So I used the rubber mallet the first few times and now don't need it.

The wrench did smudge the paint on the nuts but my jeep is silver so no one notices but me. Plus I put them on to where you cant see the smudge.
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My silver Rubicon has lots of scuff marks/scratches around the door hinges. I remove and reinstall the hard doors about 5 or 6 times during warm months. Always do it myself, and most of the scuffs come from trying to aim the door pins above the hinges so they both insert at the same time. Can be difficult. You will be multitasking in this process! And for any first-timer for door removal, the door pins will really be sucked in there. Just keep swinging the doors back and forth as you put upward pressure on them. They will eventually break open. After that, no problem again.

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