So you’ve purchased a cool new 2018 Jeep Wrangler four-door from San Marcos Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Congratulations! Not only do you have the keys to one of the best off-road vehicles ever made, but you’re also all set for a great spring and summer of outdoor fun!
Jeep Wranglers are big on customization, and one of their unique features has long been the ability to take the doors off to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine while staying safe inside your Wrangler’s high-strength steel body shell and roll cage. While taking the doors off your Jeep might sound like an idea fraught with peril and opportunities to damage that pristine paint and sheet metal, it’s not really that big a deal. Jeep’s legendary engineering has made it easy! Read on for how to blow the doors off your 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL four-door in 30 minutes or less.
While removing the doors on your Jeep Wrangler is easy, remember that when you do, you have to have somewhere to store those suckers where they won’t be vulnerable to damage or theft. Paint can be chipped, and glass can be broken. Your doors are big, bulky, and expensive to replace, so you’ll need a dry, secure, well-padded place to store your doors, like a garage or enclosed patio. Aftermarket sellers offer wheeled carts to store your doors and allow for easy movement, but you can also just pad the floor where you want to keep them with a folded blanket or some cast-off couch cushions.
Now that you’ve got your storage solution figured out, it’s time to get started. First, roll down the glass on every door all the way to the bottom of its track. This encloses the window inside the door to protect it. Next, you’ll want to locate the tool kit that came with your Jeep.
Now it’s time to hunt up your Jeep Wrangler tool kit (seen above). Jeep includes this handy tool kit with every Wrangler. It is located in a nylon pouch with the Jeep logo and includes every tool you’ll need to remove your doors plus a handy, laminated card with simple instructions on removing the doors and hardtop of your 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
From the tool kit, select the ratchet, and the T-50 Torx bit. It’s the largest bit in the kit, and the end looks like a six-pointed star. Snap the bit onto the ratchet, and make sure it is set to remove bolts, not tighten them. Lefty-loosey, righty-tightly!
There are two body-color painted bolts on each hinge. DO NOT REMOVE THOSE BOLTS! The bolt you’re looking for is black, and actually at the BOTTOM of each hinge pin. See the head of the bolt peeking out in the photo below?
Though the ratchet in your Jeep toolkit is narrow enough to remove the bolt without the ratchet head rubbing against the paint, if you’re worried about scratching that new finish, you might take a piece of blue painter’s tape and put it on the door directly below the hinge, to avoid scratches.
Now, take out the black bolt from both the top and bottom hinges. Once they’re out, you might be wondering what to do with them. On a 4-door Wrangler, you’ll have 8 bolts in total. That’s a lot of hardware to keep up with. Jeep engineers have you covered there as well. Under a door in the rear cargo floor, there’s a series of convenient holes for each of the bolts for both the hardtop and the doors. The holes for the doors are labeled “DOORS” Be sure to put your bolts in those holes to save yourself a lot of frustration later.
Though the hinge bolts are out, you’re still not ready to yank the doors off just yet. Open the door you’re working on (no, it won’t fall off!) and then change from the large T-50 Torx bit to the longer, smaller diameter T-40 Torx bit from your kit. Looking into the door jamb at the front of each door, you’ll see the door chocks that keep the door from accidentally closing. They look like a short, black rod connecting the door to the body of your Jeep. Each one of these chocks is held in place by a T-40 Torx bolt threaded into the door jamp. Remove this bolt and store it with the others in the back under the rear cargo floor.
At this point, you’ll need to disconnect the electrical connections that power your electric windows and remove the black nylon check strap that keeps each door from swinging too far forward
On the front doors, you’ll need to remove a small plastic panel that’s in the floorboard near the bottom front corner of each door. Remove this panel by grabbing it firmly and pulling it straight back, exposing the electrical connection and the end of the nylon door check strap.
To remove the electrical connector, push the red locking tab straight up. Then, squeeze the black tab on the bottom of the connector, lift the white tab surrounding the connector, then pull the wiring harness straight down. It should disengage easily. Lift the end of the door strap off the hook, then tuck the wiring harness into the pocket at the bottom of the door.
At this point, you’re ready to take the door off. They’re made of lightweight aluminum alloy, so you should be able to do this by yourself, but if you’re worried, have a friend spot you. With the door open, fold in the mirror, grab the door, and lift it straight up until the hinge pins are out of the hinge holes. Take the door to the place where you plan to store it, then set it down gently and lean it against the wall. Put the plastic trim panel back in place.
For the rear doors, the process is almost exactly the same. After removing the two T-50 hinge bolts and the T-40 bolt for the door chock, locate the plastic trim panel at the door jamb by the bottom front edge of each rear door, just under the rear edge of the front seats. Remove this panel by pulling the bottom out, then slide the panel down. This time, to remove the electrical connector, squeeze the tab at the bottom of the connector to disengage it, then slide the harness plug down. Lift the check strap off the hook in the door jamb, and tuck the connector into the door pocket. Again, with the doors open, lift the door out of the hinge pins, then store it in a secure location. Put the trim panel back in place. Now, you’re finally ready to do some door-free cruising.
There is no more fun to be had in the world than owning a 2018 Jeep Wrangler in Texas in the spring and summertime, especially one that’s lost the top and doors. We’ve got a large selection of 2018 Jeep Wranglers in stock here at San Marcos Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Come see us for a test drive today, or shop our selection online, to see how you can soon be doing some al fresco four-wheeling in your new Jeep Wrangler!