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Shari B. asked about taking Jeep doors off an ’04 Wrangler:
“How do I get the doors off my Wrangler without tearing them up?”
(It’s pretty simple, really.)
How To Remove Jeep Doors
These instructions show how we remove the doors from our 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited:
#1. Fold the mirror in (on the outside of the door).
#2. Remove the black strap that keeps the door from swinging out too far when you open it.
#3. Unscrew the nuts on the bottom of the 2 bolts that hold the door on.
To do that, we use a 13mm socket (or crescent wrench). Just be careful, so you don’t scratch the paint off the nuts too much.
#4. Carefully lift the door straight up (while holding on tightly to the door). The bolts are actually attached to the top part of the door hinge, so they won’t “fall out” or anything.
How To Turn Off The Jeep Dome Light
After the Jeep door removal process, you’re going to need one of these Lights Out Door Clips to shut the interior dome light off inside the Jeep:
Otherwise the dome light will stay on in your Jeep whenever the doors are off.
You could also pull out that particular fuse — as long as you’ll remember to put it back in when you put the Jeep doors back on.
Here are some other good ways to keep the dome light off:
- How To Remove The Fuse
- Dome Light Bypass Switch & Fuse Instructions
- Wrangler Dome Light Switch Info
- Quadratec’s Dome Light Switch
- Dome Light Bypass Harness And Switch Instructions
How To Put Jeep Doors Back On
However, to put the Jeep doors back on, you might want an extra set of hands to help you line those bolts back up with the hinges.
You simply line up the bottom of the bolts that are still in the door hinges with the tops of the door hinges themselves.
This can be a little bit tricky because you have to line it up just right so the bolts in the top and bottom door hinges line up perfectly at the same time.
It’s not that hard to do, just takes a little patience.
Since we’ve been married, my husband and I have owned 5 Jeeps (3 Wranglers and 2 Grand Cherokees). And when we’re not driving our own Jeep, we’re usually renting one (a 4×4 Wrangler on vacation). We keep a Jeep Bucket List of places that we’d like to go next, and we're always crossing more states off our list of 'Places That We’ve Jeeped in the USA'. As our daily driver, we keep the soft top on our Jeep Wrangler year round (and the back window permanently rolled up) so the dogs can enjoy the ride. Yep… even in the winter! I've been sharing my best Jeep ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998. When I’m not Jeeping or writing about Jeeps, you'll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).