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Unread 05-18-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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They're up a little higher than most might want to mount them, but I'm a tall guy and don't mind it. Plus this way I think they're less prone to be kicked or damaged.

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On the side of the garage I had an existing, structural 4x6 that I doubled up just to push it further away from the wall (although it doesn't hurt to have the extra peace of mind in strength). I then bolted 2x4s on either side where the loops would bolt on for the hinges. These were all held in place with 3" lag bolts and washers.

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The opposite side is held on by an old bicycle hook that I cut down to size. Fits perfectly and the door latches on just like it would on the TJ. (Note: it helps to pull the plastic coating back as it is a little too snug with it on there).

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I measured the distance between the hinges on the door and spaced the 2x4s for the bottom accordingly. I think I came up with about 12 7/8".

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I just attached these loops with two 2" screws each. Seems plenty strong enough to me after how many times I had the doors on and off just for fitting purposes.

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The loops were just old gate latches that I had lying around that I expanded around a 7/16" drill bit which gave me plenty of room to wrap them in electrical tape to somewhat save the paint.

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After hanging the door on the loops I could get a good idea of where to screw in the modified (hacked) bicycle hook.

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I did the same thing on both sides, although the boards I screwed into are a little different to accommodate each door.

All of this was built from scraps I had lying around the house and therefore "free." Now I've just gotta work on a place to store my windows and frames. Hope this helps anybody else! Criticize away!

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Unread 05-18-2013, 03:02 PM   #2
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nice setup.

I went for a bit lower tech:
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Unread 05-18-2013, 03:04 PM   #3
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Thanks, Jay.

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Unread 05-18-2013, 03:53 PM   #4
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I just used the vinyl covered bike hooks into the ceiling joists of my shop.

Roll the window down and hang from the top of the frame. I know some think that will break the welds, but they are out of the way, and I am gentle when I hang them and remove them.

I used some eye bolts screwed into the same area for the half doors to hang from the hinge post. I just swap them out so 1 set is on the jeep, the other hanging out of the way.

I also have a couple of fitted cut pieces of drop cloth that I throw over the doors.
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Unread 05-18-2013, 05:21 PM   #5
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I've heard the same thing about the welds not holding up, but I really find it hard to believe that Chrysler would use such high quality steel and then skimp on the welds. My bigger concern was resting on the window seals, which even then wasn't too much of a concern really. More or less it was a fun project that killed some time for me. Good stuff though, 2jhanna!

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I just used the vinyl covered bike hooks into the ceiling joists of my shop.
Been hanging mine like this for 6 months at a time for the last 11 years and haven't had any problems yet.
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Unread 05-18-2013, 07:15 PM   #7
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Been hanging mine like this for 6 months at a time for the last 11 years and haven't had any problems yet.
This is my 6th season, 8 months per. All good, including top window seal.

TomsRubi, your set-up looks good, free is always good. Depending on what you do in your shop/garage for, consider making a drop down curtain to protect the doors.

I do wood working, metal working, painting, etc., and keeping them covered helps alot come next season.
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