where is the electrical connections for the rear doors? are the in the b-pillar or are they underneath the trim at the bottom of the door?
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I'm just telling you what I've heard many times on this forum and others. I've seen an XJ wheeling without a hatch as well, but I definitely wouldn't do it. Seems to me the hatch could definitely play a part in lateral rigidity.
Plus, mine is metal and I'm sure it weighs more than the doors, so I wouldn't even want to try to get that off by myself.
I would need some pretty incontrovertible evidence to believe that the hatch adds any structural integrity to the vehicle. It latches at one point at the bottom in the center of the door on a latch that allows at least an inch or more of lateral movement and is held away from the body of the jeep by rubber bumpstops which allow an inch or more of longitudinal movement. It just doesn't seem like it can strengthen the structure at all. Especially since any forces would be transferred directly to the dinky little latch holding the hatch shut and I don't think it was designed to handle any job besides keeping the hatch shut.
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I would suggest using bolts. I have a set that I can slide through the hinge with no sagging on either door. If you grind the threads off it makes it super easy to take on and off. I also can remove/put on each door without any help.
What size bolts do you use? Im really wanting to do this but not if my doors are gonna sag
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^^^^ i still think it would be dfficult to line them up, however it does sound like a nice alternative if you had a good specific wrench to get in the there easy everytime, but it would definately be a two man job