Half doors are often seen on Jeeps and other vehicles designed for rugged terrains. That's the reason these automotive doors are constructed from durable materials and provided with quality finish that can withstand the rigors of off-road driving. Half doors may come in tubes or in sheet-metal panels formed together to create a tough contraption. Such doors, which are typically used during summers, are designed for easy removal and installation.
If it's now time to remove your lower half door to give way for a full door, or if the old door badly needs a replacement, here's a step-by-step guide to help you out:
What you'll need:
- Penetrating oil
- 13mm wrench
Step 1: Lubricate the hinges. The driver- and passenger-side doors usually have two sets of hinges on the outside part. Find those hinges and apply a reasonable amount of penetrating oil. Wait for ten to fifteen minutes. This will allow the lubricant to penetrate into the inner parts of each hinge.
Step 2: Remove the nuts. With the wrench, loosen the 13mm nuts on the bottom part of the hinge pivots. Set the nuts aside to avoid losing them.
Step 3: Remove the door strap. You also need to take off the door strap that prevents the door from swinging all the way open. This strap can usually be found on the inside of the half door.
Step 4: Uninstall the door. With the door open, firmly hold both sides with your two hands and lift it straight up. The door should easily be detached from the hinges.
If you find it difficult to take the door off the hinges, put more penetrating oil and try to remove the door once again. It also helps to move the door in and out while you're pulling it upward.
Tips when choosing a half door for your ride
If you're set for an exciting off-road adventure with your friends and you want your vehicle to look attractive despite its rugged style, you can always do so by getting a new and eye-catching door. Here are some tips to guide you in choosing the best half door for your ride:
Don't scrimp on quality.
Even if you don't have enough money to afford the most expensive door there is in the market, you shouldn't compromise quality just to get what you'll need at a lower cost. Remember that the door of your ride has to be strong enough to keep you safe inside the vehicle, so make sure that the half door you'll get is made from tough materials and coated with rust-resistant finish.
It's also important that the door comes with weatherstripping as it provides good seal against road spray and prevents the door from rattling, especially when the vehicle is passing through rough roads.
Go for a door that ensures easy installation.
This is particularly important if you're thinking of installing the door all by yourself. Fortunately, there are now units that ensure direct bolt-on installation, with no drilling required. It's also wise to choose a door that comes with paddle hangers and other installation hardware so you can have everything that you need for your installation job in just one go. If you think the hinges also need replacement, go for a door that already comes with hinges.