How To Remove The Jeep Doors and Reinstall Mirrors
Jeeps have been a part of lifestyle around the world for a long time and what attracts people to them is that they are customisable in a lot of aspects.
Owing to their unique nature, Jeeps deserve a class of their own as they can be a convertible, a coupe, and a justifiable off-roader, all in one package.
Jeeps are exceptional as off-road vehicle even without any modifications, although, there are certain modifications that can stand to benefit an off-road driver, such as removing the Jeep’s doors and top.
A lot of people wonder as to why is removing the doors off a Jeep is immensely popular, and many owners wish to argue the benefits of the modification of the Jeep. Quite a few driving purists believe that one of the best driving experiences are those that allow the driver to feel the wind and hear the engine’s hum while driving.
And removing the doors have a lot of practical benefits as well, apart from just looking aesthetically better. Since each door weights about 20-25 kgs, removing them trims the excess weight which helps give a better off road experience, and apart from that, it also helps reduce the fuel economy of the car based on the decrease in the weight. In the case of off-roading vehicles, removing the doors also improves the visibility, thus, letting the person plot the path easily over a challenging terrain.
However, as in the case of any vehicle modification, safety should remain the top priority. As per Jeep, the doors should only be removed if the Jeep is used for off-road recreational purposes. A person should leave the doors intact as they are if the Jeep is used for simple daily driving or commute. Also, it should be noticed that no matter where a person drives, they should always wear a seat belt.
Follow the steps given below that explain:
- How to remove the doors off from the Jeep
- Refitting the side mirrors onto the body
- Turning off the dome light and the buzzer
These have been explained below.
How to remove the doors off from the Jeep
- Metal Lubricant, for example, WD-40
- 13mm socket (depending on the Jeep model)
- Torx T-50 bit (depending on the Jeep model)
- Door clips (suited to the Jeep model)
Step 1: Open the Jeep doors that are to be removed and closely examine them. Then, find and locate the hinge connectors and door jamb, which hold the Jeep’s door to the frame.
Also, try to determine any electric connections for the windows or door locks. In case there are any make sure to roll down the windows before disconnecting the wiring. This is done to minimize the risk of the window getting broken while taking them off and storing them.
Step 2: Disconnect all the power cables between the door and the Jeep’s body. For doing this, move the tab across the wiring harness so that it can be disengaged.
By providing minimal pressure and pressing on the black tab, the wiring will be disconnected.
Important Tip: If the Jeep is a four-door one, then the electronic wiring will be housed within the B-Pillar of the frame.
However, to prevent damage of any kind, make sure to not excessively tug or pull on the wiring harness.
Step 3: At the bottom of each door hinge, there are lock nuts that are to be loosened.
This can be done with the help of Torx T-50 and ratchet or a 13mm socket (depending upon the model).
It is important to not remove the lock nuts one at a time since this can lead to pressure being built on the final bolt. This can cause the threads to be stripped. Rather, loosen every bolt a bit, thereby alternating among them, till they can be removed with ease.
Step 4: Remove the door straps. They are found attached to a connector beneath the dashboard. This removal can be done by finding and gently lifting these straps off the hooks.
Since these door straps prevent the Jeep’s doors from opening way too far and thus, banging into the body. Once the straps are off, make sure to be careful while moving the doors to prevent any damage.
Step 5: After the above steps, remove every bolt that goes from bottom to top. After the top bolt will be removed, the door will be ready for coming off the frame.
Step 6: For removing the doors, use upward force and carefully move the door in an in and out pattern till it gets free from the connecting hinge.
This process is to be repeated till all the doors have been removed.
Important Tip: As the doors are heavy, it is better to take the help of someone for keeping the door steady during the removal process to avoid any damage. However, if the doors aren’t coming off easily, in that case, a metal lubricant is to be used before trying again.
Step 7: After the doors have been removed, the Torx head bolts need to be replaced back in the doors. This will help lessen the chance of misplacing these bolts and making sure they are easily accessible when the doors are to be put on in place again.
Step 8: Store the doors in a safe place and position so that they don’t get damaged while the doors are in storage.
Refitting the side mirrors onto the body
- 17mm socket
- Mirror-removal kit
- Torx T-40 bit
Step 1: Loosen the heads by using the Torx T-40 bit that are located below the windshield (where the side mirrors were fixed originally).
Step 2: Take the mirror plates from where they have been kept and then place them upon the loosened heads so they can be tightened into the mirror brackets.
Step 3: Separate the mirrors from the doors with the help of a 17 mm socket.
To avoid misplacing the nuts, put them in a container in storage.
Step 4: For fitting the mirrors into the brackets, attach the mirrors to the black sleeves that’ll be in the kit and then fit the mirrors into the brackets.
Step 5: As the washers from the kit are put onto the bottom of the bolt, thread the mirror nuts on the connections and tighten them thoroughly.
However, tighten them in a fashion that they can still be adjusted, but aren’t able to move on their own.
Turning off the dome light and the buzzer
Since Jeep like any other vehicle has a dome light and a buzzer that works when the doors aren’t properly closed, it is impertinent that the buzzer and the dome light be turned off. This is to be done so the battery doesn’t get messed up when the doors are removed.
There are two ways to proceed with this.
Method 1: Locate a fuse labelled ‘Door Jam Defeat’ near the E-brake pedal and pull the fuse out in order to turn off, both the buzzer and dome light. Keep the fuse in storage, just like with everything else so it can be found when reinstalling the doors.
Method 2: This method circumvents the need to remove the fuse. Spring-loaded door clips can be purchased and installed, which fasten to the dome light sensor pins that are located inside the door well.
Taking off the Jeep’s doors is an excellent way to enjoy the off-roading feel while on an adventure, so as to have a better experience with the Jeep and have some fun.