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CamoJeepGirl 11-11-2012 10:02 AM

How to get doors off TJ
 
I can't figure out how to get the doors off and I'm pretty sure I broke both bolts off the one side. Everyone else told me how to take it off and it's not working. Help

BLK00TJ 11-11-2012 10:04 AM

Strange time to be taking the doors off for the north side of the equator, but it should be as simple as removing the bolts then open/close the door as you lift (with your legs). I've heard some had success with using a jack and block of wood but that seems like scratches waiting to happens when it finally gives.

CamoJeepGirl 11-11-2012 10:07 AM

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Originally Posted by BLK00TJ
Strange time to be taking the doors off for the north side of the equator, but it should be as simple as removing the bolts then open/close the door as you lift (with your legs). I've heard some had success with using a jack and block of wood but that seems like scratches waiting to happens when it finally gives.

I went and did as every one said and this is what happened and we can't get the door up. We practically lifted the jeep itself

BLK00TJ 11-11-2012 10:10 AM

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Originally Posted by CamoJeepGirl (Post 2981860)
I went and did as every one said and this is what happened and we can't get the door up. We practically lifted the jeep itself

I take my half doors off often and it still takes a lot of open/closing each time. You can try some Kroil or PB blaster in the hinges and work it loose. I think the trick is to keep constant pressure lifting up as you open/close. It seems to work it's way out of the hinge better.

CamoJeepGirl 11-11-2012 10:13 AM

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I take my half doors off often and it still takes a lot of open/closing each time. You can try some Kroil or PB blaster in the hinges and work it loose. I think the trick is to keep constant pressure lifting up as you open/close. It seems to work it's way out of the hinge better.

Are the bolts supposed to look like this? This is my first Jeep and the hard top and doors have never came off. I just bought it a couple days ago

gmabry75 11-11-2012 10:25 AM

That's what they look like after the stud gets twisted off. So no thats not what they're supposed to look like. I would spray hinges daily with pb blaster and let it work on it for a while.

BLK00TJ 11-11-2012 10:35 AM

Yeah, they look to be twisted off. No problems though, I never put my nuts back on either.:whistling:

Jerry Bransford 11-11-2012 10:35 AM

The hinge pins that the hinges rotate around get busted off when someone accidentally gets the righty-tighty/lefty-loosey backwards when trying to remove the nut at the bottom of the hinge pin. Hey that has fooled me on that particular nut location being as it is upside-down.

CamoJeepGirl, squirt some lubricant into the hinge parts & work the door back & forth so the lube can find its way inside. WD-40 is ok for this but I would put some white lithium grease on the hinge pin after the door is off. After lubing the hinge pin, swing the door back & forth as you lift straight up on the door. Eventually it will lift up & out. It's only tough now because the previous owner didn't lubricate the hinge pins properly.

Kevin063 11-11-2012 10:40 AM

Just take a screw driver and a hammer to the part where the nuts on the bottom of the hinge came off. Bang upwards a few times until you can lift the door up. then spray the hinges

Rolly32 11-11-2012 10:59 AM

Try a block of wood and a jack.. Lift with pressure closer to where the pins are. I couldn't get my doors off the first time because I was lifting the middle of the door. For some reason my doors like to be lifted on the corner of the door where the pins go in.

dale 3 11-11-2012 11:12 AM

Yes all of the above and PATIENCE!

CamoJeepGirl 11-11-2012 11:12 AM

I'm using a jack with wood and oil and WD-40 and white grease. Broke two screw drivers. All 4 nuts are broke. One hinge pin is froze. I'm losing hope. Been at it for 2 hours and still nothing. Pin is froze. Scratches on my door now. Hammers not moving anything. Ugh!

Goobs63 11-11-2012 12:32 PM

Just walk away from it for a while let the oil n such work at it while you cool off. Just be glad your not trying to fold down the windshield. Good luck.

monkeee2002 11-11-2012 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by CamoJeepGirl (Post 2982034)
I'm using a jack with wood and oil and WD-40 and white grease. Broke two screw drivers. All 4 nuts are broke. One hinge pin is froze. I'm losing hope. Been at it for 2 hours and still nothing. Pin is froze. Scratches on my door now. Hammers not moving anything. Ugh!

Yep, take a step back, and cool off. As long as the doors will open & close, they'll come off, eventually. PB blaster it every day, and just keep trying a few minutes each day. They'll pop loose when they're ready.

**** Make sure someone is ready to "catch" the door when it does break free! It would really suck to go through all this trouble, only to send your door crashing onto the driveway.

I recommend carefully cleaning the hinge pins, then apply liberal amounts of Locktite anti-sieze on the hinge pins, once you get the doors off.
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And don't worry about those twisted-off nuts. If you enjoy having the doors off (heck, who doesn't!), you won't care. Once I took mine off, they never went back on. When I traded in my Jeep, I gave the door-hinge nuts to the salesman in a pill bottle lol!

CamoJeepGirl 11-12-2012 09:46 PM

Thanks so much guys! I will keep working at it! I figured since the bolts on the hard top are rusted, that the Jeep must have came with the hard top and never been taken off because the pair was still in tact on the doors too. I'm guessing the previous owner didn't take either off! I'll mess around with it more in the spring and try that anti-seize stuff. I've worked it a little. Everyone I've talked to said that they never put the bolts back on so I'm not worried anymore! Not doing too bad for my first Jeep and my first standard! Just a learning process! Thanks again:)


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