Nothing says adventure like a blast of fresh air swooshing past your face as you cruise through your favorite off-road trail in your doorless Jeep Wrangler. Many of you have already experienced this thrill, while others still have it on their bucket list. If you’re considering it, you’re probably wondering how to remove your Jeep Wrangler doors. Well, we’ve got you covered.
Table of Contents
- Why Remove Jeep Doors
- How Long Does It Take to Remove Jeep Doors
- Step-By-Step Guide
Why Remove Jeep Doors
For one, to have an immersive experience on your off-road adventures. One of the many great things about owning a Jeep is the amount of customization that you can do. Removing doors is just another step to making it your own and showing the world a part of your life.
However, that’s not the only reason. Your Jeep’s doors add quite a bit of weight to the frame, which can directly impact your gas mileage. Removing your doors will save on fuel, which is quite a blessing, especially with the current gas prices!
How Long Does It Take to Remove Jeep Doors
Removing your Jeep’s doors is a relatively simple process that will take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. If it’s your first time, bank on the latter. After doing it a few times, however, those bad boys should be off in 30 minutes tops.
There are a few steps to follow, but first, let’s run through the tools that you’ll need to get the job done efficiently.
First of all, take your time to do it right and take all the necessary precautions before removing your Jeep’s doors. Even more so if it’s your first time. You want to make sure not to damage the doors, the mirrors, the frame, and yourself!
So, keeping safety in mind, start with the following:
- Have a foam or protective cover to set your doors on the floor. You’ll have two or four doors depending on the Jeep model, and you need somewhere safe to put them.
- Have all the tools listed below within arm’s reach so that you don’t have to move too far to grab them and leave a half-hanging door by itself.
- Since you will be removing hinges and safety straps, the doors will most likely swing. If you remove them while having your Jeep parked on a level surface, it is much easier to prevent accidents.
- Turn off the alarm. You’ll be removing the doors, and it can get quite noisy If the alarm goes off during the process.
Now, off to the necessary tools that you’ll need.
- A wrench set
- A screwdriver set
- A socket set
- A rubber mallet
- A set of needle-nose pliers
Now that you have everything at hand let’s get to the good part!
Step 1: Protect the Mirrors
Fold your side-view mirrors in to protect them from damage. This has two benefits:
- The first is that it’ll protect the mirror itself. If you leave them open, they can break or get damaged.
- Secondly, it’ll make it much easier to handle the door when removing it.
Step 2: Get Those Windows Down!
Again, there are two reasons behind rolling down your windows:
- First, it will make it easier for you to handle the door when removing it.
- But second, and most importantly, it will protect the glass. You certainly don’t want to break your windows while removing the doors!
Step 3: Set Things Up
Before removing the doors, you will have to take a few small steps.
- First, if your Jeep has electrical door locks and windows, they work through wiring. To remove them, you will find a footwell just underneath the dashboard. There you will see a set of wires. Disconnect them so that the cables are loose. Once done, cover it again.
- Then, inside the door, you will see a black strap. This strap is there to prevent the doors from opening too much. You can remove it easily. This is the first thing you should do once the cables are off. However, once removed, make sure not to let the door go since it could swing and get damaged.
Step 4: Time to Remove the Jeep Doors
Yes, the time has arrived, and it didn’t take that long, did it?
- The first thing you want to do is remove the nuts, then the bolts. You’ll need your wrenches and screwdrivers. You will have to remove the hinge nuts and bolts to loosen up the door. Now, this is a crucial step — make sure you hold the door, so it doesn’t fall and get damaged. Another thing to keep in mind is to not go too hard with the tools, or you might damage the paint.
- Next, stand outside the door and put one of your arms through the window to grab it (Now you know why rolling down the windows beforehand comes in handy). Hold the door’s armrest and lift the door and slide it off the car.
- Warning: Don’t put your fingers near the hinge want to keep them attached to your hands!
Repeat these steps for all the doors.
Step 5: Find a Safe Place to Store your Doors
We are not done yet, but we are almost there! Next, you want to ensure that your Jeep doors are safely stored. Make sure to store them in a place where they won’t get scratched or damaged.
Tip: Store them in a dry and dark place so that they don’t rust with humidity and become discolored.
If you want to re-install your doors again, just use the guide backward and make sure not to leave any step out.
Removing your Jeep’s doors is a simple and safe process. Once you get it down, you’ll be able to enjoy an open-air experience during your off-road adventures.