I took the doors off the niner myself little help from the floor jack putting them back on, it's not horrible, but it's not fun.
1996 ZJ Green Laredo V8, 2.5" OME and Bilsteins, 33's, Holes drilled in the roof.
1998 ZJ Platinum Limited 5.9, Backyard parts fodder
1987 Mercedes 300D Turbo, the diesel daily, 30mpg in style
Originally Posted by Texas ZJ1
I heard someone yell "mall crawler" from the back porch. I'll go see who said that. Be right back.
So I've seen lots of threads of those xj guys modding their door hinges to make for easy door removal, so I got to thinking; why not try this on my zj?
10mm socket with ratchet and extensions
T25 torx bit
Dremmal or similar cutting tool
1/2" drill bit with drill
1/2" clevis pins x2 (Per door)
Spare metal for bracing (optional)
First thing you've gotta do is take your doors off and unplug the wiring harness (on the pre 96 zj this is done by unscrewing the t25 bolt that holds the harness in.)
If you can find a trash can or a chair that fits under your door it makes life easier
Next your going to want to cut off the bottom of the doors hinge like so
You want to do this on top and bottom, you should be left with this
Next you'll tap out the old pins as well as the bushings on the part of the hinge that attaches to the jeep itself.
Now take your 1/2" drill bit and drill the pin hole on the door side of the hinges to 1/2" size. Take your 1/2" clevis pin and slide it in (note you will need to cut the top clevis pin to approximately 1" in order to make it clear the body line on the door)
Now weld the clevis pin in on the top and bottom hinge, making sure to keep the pin straight so that it will line up fine.
I also took this time to cut out some box tubing to use as extra support on the hinge to keep it from bending. This is the result after painting Note I'm very new to welding, so don't judge
The top clevis pin is around 1" long, and the bottom one is around 2" long, this is helpful for installing as you can do the bottom one first, then the top. Also when you cut the pins make sure to grind the edges to make a point so that the doors will slide in easier
Here's the hinges on the Jeep
With the door slide back on
The door lines up surprisingly well, it sits ever so slightly low, so in order to compensate for this I bent the Jeep side hinge up ever so slightly. I will later go back and weld a washer or two onto the door hinge in order to help it line up. That's it, door removal made easy
Video of doors in action (jeepforums being picky and is only posting the link and not the video
So ever since the lift I've been battling driveline vibes from the rear driveshaft. For awhile I blamed it on improper pinion angle, but after a few weeks of tuning I got the angle almost perfect, however I still had vibrations. After doing some researching I realized that the problem was with the driveshaft itself. As some of you may recall I had my stock shaft shortened last fall to fit my 2"bb with the 231 ext slip yoke case. Well with the taller lift my shortened driveshaft was too short. So I bought a different shaft from a forum member on here, however the one I got from him was slightly too long (I knew this before I purchased it). So to fix this I stretched the rear axle back around an inch. And now, I am about 95% vibration free.
It's easier to tell a difference in person, but I did move it back
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hit a little mud the other day, my buddy called me up telling me he was stuck out in some trail. So I go out there, tug him out, then as I'm backing up I slip into the ruts and get hung up on my axles Driving fail on my part It got me thinking though, I really need a winch. So I ordered up the RC winch plate, haven't decided what winch yet, I want to get a Warn, we'll see if money allows.
The smittybilt xrc8 is great for $299. And I scored an ARB bullbar off Craigslist so I would sell you my old winch bumper. Not familiar with how that works though, I guess we would just have to trust each other for me to send it and you to send the money?