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post #1 of 34 Old 03-19-2011, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Damn Doors!!!!

Ok so I sprayed the pins with PB Blaster and I'm going to do it for next day or two then try again to get the doors off. Tried with jack and piece of wood. Lifted whole side of jeep up, and there is no torx screw in only the pins.
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Wow, that sux. I had difficulty the first time I took mine off, since then no problems. I use white lithium grease in a paste and put that on the pine each time I put the doors back on.

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Yea from what I have read here the first time is a bitch. I want to get them off and grease them before it gets too warm in jersey
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I had a similar probablem with my half doors you need to hit them. use a small socket and hammer it will create more force than lifting the jeep similar to an impact . After it is budged move the hinge back and foth and lift it at the same time

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Go to the gym a few days and then try again!

Seriously though, make sure you are holding the door toward the hinge area and not close to the door handle. Act like you are lifting only the hinges and swing the door while lifting.

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Thanks for the tips
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Hammering them from the bottom didn't work for me. You have to work them off!! Keep opening an closing them while lifting. You'll work up a sweat but that's what worked for me.
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In my experience you need to Make sure they are open at least 90* or completely perpendicular to the jeep.


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PB works. All doors came loose with some English. All except the front passenger. I'll keep hitting it with the PB and try again tomorrow
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block of wood and a rubber mallet, light sharp hits not wack the shit outta it.
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I tried last year to take my doors off....the passenger side came off easy, but the driver side would not come off. I worked my ass off trying to get the damn thing off. I just got fed up and put the other side back on...so far the only Jeep I had luck taking the doors off was my 93 model. Since then never been doorless!! Sad Face...

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a little heat from a hair dryer will loosen up the plastic bushings and allow the penetrating oil to seep down the pin, then lift straight up with a slight rocking motion.

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Ok so I sprayed the pins with PB Blaster and I'm going to do it for next day or two then try again to get the doors off. Tried with jack and piece of wood. Lifted whole side of jeep up, and there is no torx screw in only the pins.
Matty check my old threads!! I would post it but I'm on my phone right now. Maybe someone else can do it for you but the same thing happened to me. I think the thread is called "rear doors are stuck" or something like that??? There's a great 2X4 trick that works every time!


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Before you put them back on, liberally coat the pins and fill the holes with white lithium grease... Work them back and forth and up n down a few times.

Will make taking them back off a whole lot easier


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get ya a brass punch like this and tap the pin from the bottom to give it a little jolt through the hinges.

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I did this with a similar punch set and will now have to retap the threads on the doors as i smashed 'em up pretty good, but the doors are off and I can not think of a reason to put the nuts back on yet...theft is possible, but I do have insurance...
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i went with the white lithium grease on my '08. just pack in as much as you can, work the doors, and i mean open and close them about 100 times then try to pop them out the next day. mine came right off!
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I had to hammer my pins up this last time I took them off. No big deal, hammered them up then back down once I got them off. Just make sure you dont send them up to much and let the door drop, that would be bad
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I would also recommend a light to moderate sanding of the pins as well as the grease before putting the doors back on. Also most all of my pins put up a fight to come off and had a nice coating of rust.
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Have a guy help lift on the door, and you grab a thick block of wood wrapped in a towel..put it on the bottom of the door just inside the body..then hit it with a Dead Blow hammer..it will inch its way up and out..I had to do this the first time..Once its out..

Buy new plastic inserts and 400 grit sand the post's from the door side hinges.. then grease them..and your good to go for future take off's.

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Strange.....Never had any issues with mine...
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Also pay attention when you swing the door in and out...
Last summer I didn't look and I folded the corner of the sheet metal just below the hinge...
You must NOT close the door when it's still open 12 inches and it's not entirely at the bottom of the hinge...
The body part of the hinge fits behind the door part of the hinge and you'll see a sheet metal corner hidden behind...
Mine's all rusty now...
I'll take pics tonight...
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My experience with the doors is similar...mine are an absolute bitch every year to get off after winter. I usually spray em down with WD40 to keep them lubed after I get them off for the first time of the year. I just lifted them off yesterday and my technique for getting them started is to sort of squat beneath the door, lock my arms in a position holding the door and using my quads to drive down and end up lifting the door. This is the way I do it so I don't hurt my back in pulling up. And as was said, keep the doors perpendicular to the jeep and kinda work em back and forth. Works for me everytime and once I get them lubed up pretty good with wd40 over the summer they come on and off easy although I usually just leave off.

Also, be careful putting em back on because both my doors are bent in the bottom corner from it swinging against the hinges. It adds character. And I was able to get some of it bent back out to almost look straight by wrapping a towel around the corner and using a plyers around it to bend it back into shape. I got it close.

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I have never seen anything like my JK hinges the first time I took the doors off. On the first attempt I was able to get 3 of the doors off in two hours of constant work. Irritated that the last door wouldn't come off (driver's rear door), I cleaned the pins on the three doors, cleaned out the hinge and lubed the deal out of both before putting them back on. The last door took 3 days to get off, wd40, liquid gold, everything I had for 3 days!

My assessment is that the previous owner had them off many times and allowed water in the hinges while never lubing them. It was a pain, but I just kept spraying lube up into the hinge, letting it sit in the sun all day, then lubing again.

Now they come off perfectly, but man do they fly open when you open the doors!
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