First Impression of Door and Top Removal - EASY!

orthobill13

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We owned a JK before the JT. The first time trying to remove the doors on the JK was really tough. They were a bit corroded (so it seemed) and were really difficult to remove. The weight of the front doors also was surprisingly heavy, manageable but heavy.

I took all doors and hardtop off yesterday, and I can say it is easier than the JK. The entire process took about 25 minutes.

Doors - they are lite. Not sure that means less safe which is a bit of a concern I suppose. However, relative to removal they came off with no issues. I did notice what I think is an improvement. The top hinge bolt on the door seems a little longer than the bottom. When it comes time to put them back on, I believe you will be able to just start the top pin and still be able to align the bottom. Nice. The front wiring harness removal is better. There is a flip up release which pushes the quick connect down and you don't have to pull to remove the quick connect. Also nice. The rear door wiring harness was easy to disengage as well. Covers all snapped back in place with no issues. All in all, some nice small features that demonstrate some good engineering.

Top - the freedom panels are easier to move the twist locks. The bag with the instructions and foam bottom insert are also well done. Makes a very secure fit in the bag. The read part of the roof was very easy to remove. 8 bolts no problem. I will say the wire harness connection for rear window defrost was difficult to disengage. Wonder if I can put just a little something on the harness to make it easier to attach and come apart. I was able to lift the top off by myself in a couple of steps. First lifted the top and laid it upright in the bed on a blanket. Then got down and pulled the blanket with the top near the back and was able to lift it to the floor. I am not sure this is advisable, but I tried it once to see. I don't think I would try putting it on by myself. I am sure if absolutely necessary you could, but much easier with two people.

Conclusions - just the little things that make it better are all a nice touch! Lite, easy, intuitive. Well done Jeep!!

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We owned a JK before the JT. The first time trying to remove the doors on the JK was really tough. They were a bit corroded (so it seemed) and were really difficult to remove. The weight of the front doors also was surprisingly heavy, manageable but heavy.

I took all doors and hardtop off yesterday, and I can say it is easier than the JK. The entire process took about 25 minutes.

Doors - they are light. Not sure that means less safe which is a bit of a concern I suppose. However, relative to removal they came off with no issues. I did notice what I think is an improvement. The top hinge bolt on the door seems a little longer than the bottom. When it comes time to put them back on, I believe you will be able to just start the top pin and still be able to align the bottom. Nice. The front wiring harness removal is better. There is a flip up release which pushes the quick connect down and you don't have to pull to remove the quick connect. Also nice. The rear door wiring harness was easy to disengage as well. Covers all snapped back in place with no issues. All in all, some nice small features that demonstrate some good engineering.

Top - the freedom panels are easier to move the twist locks. The bag with the instructions and foam bottom insert are also well done. Makes a very secure fit in the bag. The rear part of the roof was very easy to remove. 8 bolts no problem. I will say the wire harness connection for rear window defrost was difficult to disengage. Wonder if I can put just a little something on the harness to make it easier to attach and come apart. I was able to lift the top off by myself in a couple of steps. First lifted the top and laid it upright in the bed on a blanket. Then got down and pulled the blanket with the top near the back and was able to lift it to the floor. I am not sure this is advisable, but I tried it once to see. I don't think I would try putting it on by myself. I am sure if absolutely necessary you could, but much easier with two people.

Conclusions - just the little things that make it better are all a nice touch! Light, easy, intuitive. Well done Jeep!!

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Thanks for that summary! I look forward to taking mine off soon.
 

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Highly recommend Delrin door bushings. Eliminates metal on metal and keeps it from corroding and bright difficult in the future.
 

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I still have my JK and man the doors are SOOOO much lighter. Having space for 8 doors on the wall and 2 tops is another problem.

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