JL Wrangler Door RemovalLast Updated August 4, 2019 | Alison Smith
If you’ve ever removed the doors on a Jeep Wrangler, then you know it’s a bit more complicated than it seems. While the doors are a bit heavy, they can also be awkward to grab. Not only does this make the doors more difficult to remove, it can also make it easier to break something. Removing the JL Wrangler doors, however, is a much simpler task than in previous models. Since the doors are lighter and include a place to grab, taking the doors off a JL Wrangler is relatively easy and hassle-free. In comparison to the JK Wrangler, there is an extra bolt that you have to remove in order to free the door from the new door check, as well as a panel you have to remove in order to disconnect the door wiring. While this does add an extra step or two in the process, removing the doors is still fairly painless. Check out this video from the CJ Off-Road YouTube channel to learn how to remove the doors on a JL Wrangler!
CJ Off-Road Video
- Jeep Tool Kit (comes with new JL Wranglers)
Duration: ~30 minutes
- Grab the Jeep Tool Kit that comes with the JL Wrangler to get started. This comes with a small ratchet, T40 Torx bit, and T50 Torx bit.
- To remove the front doors of your JL Wrangler, you will need to first remove the locking pins underneath the door hinges. Use a T50 Torx bit with the ratchet to remove the bolt from the hinge. Jeep even stamped “T50” in the metal of the hinge, which is a really nice feature so you never forget what size Torx bit to use. Using your hand as a barrier between the ratchet and the door can help prevent scratching the paint. There’s a storage section in the back of the Jeep where you can safely store the bolts after removal. There are two bolts for each door, so if you have a two-door Wrangler, you will have four bolts total. If you have a four-door JL Wrangler like us, you will have eight bolts total. And if you haven’t rolled down the windows yet, now would be a good time!
- For the JL Wrangler, Jeep included a new door catch that eliminates the door from freely opening and closing, so there will be an extra bolt to remove on the inside of each door. Use the T40 Torx bit included in your Jeep toolkit with the ratchet to remove this bolt. Once you remove the door, you can actually thread the bolt back through the hole for safekeeping, since there is no storage for those particular bolts in the rear of the Wrangler.
- Before you remove the door from the Wrangler, you will need to disconnect the limiting strap and wiring from the door. In order to do this, you will first unlatch the cover plate that houses the connections. There’s a gap behind the panel you will use to pull it straight toward you. Two push pins hold the panel in place, so just simply pull down to unhook. There’s a tether that will keep the panel hanging while disconnected.
- Once the cover plate is removed, you can access your wiring harness. Pull the red pushpin up first, then push the safety pin at the bottom down, which is a new addition for the JL Wrangler. Once you do that, push the white piece outwards and all the way up to release the wiring harness.
- After the wiring harness is disconnected, you can lift up the limiting strap to remove it from the hook.
- You’re ready to remove your front doors! Jeep included a new groove to make it easier for you to grab your door and easily lift up.
- For the rear doors, the process is basically the same. You’re going to remove the locking pins under the hinges using the T50 Torx bit, then remove the door check bolt with the T40 Torx bit, just like you did for the front doors. The only thing that is a bit different than the front doors is the cover plate and the wiring. The same process still applies, however. Once you’ve got all the bolts removed, pull the cover plate out from the bottom, then straight down until it is removed. A tether will also keep the panel hanging while disconnected.
- The wiring for the rear doors is much easier to disconnect than the front. Simply push the tab down and pull the wiring toward you to release.
- Pull the door limiting strap straight up to unhook, just like you did with the front doors.
- Now you’re ready to take off the rear doors! Grab from the handle and pull upward.
- That’s all it takes. Now you’re free to go and conquer the trails!
Please Note: Please keep in mind that this guide is a tool to help you install the parts on your vehicle. If you don’t feel confident in performing this installation properly on your own, have a professional install the parts for you.
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