Learn how to remove the doors from your Jeep Wrangler TJ with these 5 easy steps.
It’s a great feeling to drive your Jeep Wrangler TJ with the doors off and removing them is actually pretty simple. The following step-by-step instructions make it easy to remove your doors without damaging anything (like your paint) so you can enjoy beautiful days with the doors off!
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Work Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes
Door-less Jeep Wrangler TJ mirrors
Step 1: Unhook door strap from inside of the Jeep.
There is a black fabric door strap connected to each door that is designed to keep the door from opening too far. Its there for safety but can very easily be removed. To disconnect the strap, simply unhook it from the body of Jeep! The other end will stay connected to the door — Nothing else to do here.
When installed, this door strap will keep the door from opening too far and banging into the body of your Jeep.
Step 2: Find the bolts and unscrew the nuts
On the outside of your Jeep Wrangler, you’ll find there are two bolts that hold each door in place. The bolts are found at the point where the door meets the body of the Jeep and serve as part of the door hinge. At the bottom of each of the two bolts, there are nuts that will be removed in order to take the doors off of your Jeep. Using a six-point 13 millimeter socket and wrench, carefully remove these bolts by turning the nuts counter-clockwise.
Note: The nuts were factory painted to match the Jeep body color so be careful not to damage the paint as you unscrew them. I damaged mine by using a twelve-point socket instead of a six-point and the scraped paint not only stands out but can potentially lead to rusting in the future.
Step 3: Take the doors off.
With the nuts removed, roll down the Jeep’s window and reach through to get a solid grip on the door handles on both the inside and outside. Lift the door straight up, which should result in the door easily coming out of the door brackets that held the door pins in place. Repeat for each door (obviously) and be sure to store them somewhere safe in your garage. I recommend laying them flat and/or wrapping them in a blanket or towels to protect them.
Step 4: Remove the “Door Jam Defeat” Fuse
The fuse box in the interior of a Jeep Wrangler TJ should be located in the glove box, behind the box itself. Open the glove box and disconnect the box strap that connects it to the Jeep body. With the glove box removed, you should be facing the fuse box and there should be a diagram of the fuses inside the box. Using a pair of needle nose pliers or fuse clips, remove the fuse for “Door Jam Defeat” which will disable the dome light and the door ajar alarm from going off non-stop with the doors removed. Be sure to put the removed fuse somewhere safe so you can put it back when the time comes to put the doors back on your Jeep.
Note: If you’re having any trouble at this step, refer to your Jeep’s owner’s manual or the automaker’s website for help.
Step 5: Install your Jeep Wrangler door-less mirrors
I STRONGLY recommend purchasing some door-less mirrors for your Jeep. In many (all?) states it’s actually illegal to operate a vehicle that doesn’t have side-view mirrors. These are relatively inexpensive and are very easy to install. I have a pair of circle door-less mirrors from Quadratec that install very easily into the door hinges.