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Unread 01-28-2013, 05:10 PM   #1
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I have a 2007 JK Wrangler X. I bought it used 2 years ago. Last summer I decieded to remove the doors, to my suprise they would not come off. I read the owners manual and removed the retaining nuts and even sprayed the hinges with penetrating oil, but I could not remove them. Am I missing something or what? Any info would be greatfully appericeated.

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Unread 01-28-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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If they have never been off they can be a nightmare. Just keep working them.

Some people have had to brace the bottom of the door with a 2x4 and use a jack.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 05:44 PM   #3
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^Agree. Jack or more muscle. Mine are tough to take off after they have been on for a month or so. I just pull up really hard and wiggle the door. Just be careful not to smack yourself in the face.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 05:49 PM   #4
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^Agree. Jack or more muscle. Mine are tough to take off after they have been on for a month or so. I just pull up really hard and wiggle the door. Just be careful not to smack yourself in the face.
Sounds like ya been there...
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Unread 01-28-2013, 06:05 PM   #5
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Make sure you're lifting straight up as well.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 06:08 PM   #6
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I am not looking forward to the first time I take my doors off. I know they've never been off either.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 06:12 PM   #7
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Sounds like ya been there...
Yea...I was lifting on the top of the window frame when it came loose. The bottom of the frame got my face.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 07:01 PM   #8
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I am not looking forward to the first time I take my doors off. I know they've never been off either.
Start hitting with PB Blaster or Kroil (or 50/50 acetone/ATF, but that won't penetrate as well) a week or two early.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 11:01 PM   #9
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I found it helps to swing the door opened and closed (not crazy style) while lifting up from the bottom of the door. The first times are always the worst, but you'll get used to it, lol.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 11:05 PM   #10
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On my TJs and LJ I had to use a highlift jack, protect both the door and body of jeep. I put a piece plywood against the jeep tub and used a 2x4 on the bottom of the door. I applied pressure with the jack and slight rocked the doors back and forth.

Have two people, you'll need one to manage the jack and another to catch the door. when it pops loose it can pop right off the hinges completely.
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Unread 01-29-2013, 07:09 AM   #11
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One of my doors was a b!tch the first time and I had only had the rig for a few weeks. I loosened the 3 bolts holding the top hinge to the body and it eased right out. I think poor alignment is what causes some doors to be more difficult than others. It's not always a corrosion issue.

During my third summer with the JK, I replaced the stock bushings with the Delrin type. Got them from Magnitude Engineering.
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Unread 01-29-2013, 07:26 AM   #12
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I tend to remove my doors yearly so it isn't bad. My first jeep never had the doors off so I used WD-40 and a swinging motion to work them loose.

If you go the hi-lift/jack route be sure to get as close to the hinge side as possible to prevent bending the entire door.

Afterwards: lube those hinges up with some white lithium or get some of those teflon bushings so it'll never be a problem again.
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