Jeep doors fixed!

All I needed was the right socket.

But first, you folks with some Jeep experience: Does anybody know what this bracket is for?


Because as far as I can tell its only function is to give the upper hinges something to wrap themselves around when the wind catches the door. Those brackets are the principal reason both upper hinges were bent.

Problem solved…


That compacted mud will clean off in the fullness of time. And the whole process was so quick and painless, I went ahead and fixed the passenger door as well, though it rarely bugs me.


And now both doors completely latch without slamming, and the driver door inner handle works. I’ll just have to retrain myself to use it. 🙂

I thought of scuffing them up and coming home with a can of yellow spraypaint, I really did. But the Jeep turns 19 soon and at that age, mismatched body parts are a sign of experience and honorable battle wounds not to be hidden.

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11 Responses to Jeep doors fixed!

  1. John says:

    That was a mounting bracket for off road lights. they could pivot out some from there as well.

  2. Robert M Fall says:

    Mounting brackets for mirrors, when you’re running with the doors off

  3. Robert says:

    RMF: and I would want to drive with the doors off for…? Cross ventilation? Roadside trash pickup? Seriously, the doors look like they would lift off with no problem, but I’m wondering why.

  4. Joel says:

    Oh, I take the driver door off fairly frequently in summer if I’m working on something that has me in and out a lot. One of the nice things about the Jeep as a working vehicle is that the door comes off. Things changed here politically late last year and I lost the gig, but for a while I had a job trimming junipers that were overgrowing the roads. Nice not to have to deal with the door.

  5. terrapod says:

    Your doors should have a stop strap so the wind does not slam them past a certain point. If you don’t have the straps, get some or make them, they can be life savers (or door./ mirror savers at any rate).

  6. Anonymous says:

    Part of the charm of a Jeep; too comes off, doors are removable and the windshield folds down. All are handy when rock crawling or fording water.

  7. Heathen says:

    If memory serves, that looks like the mounting bracket for the mirror on the CJ-7 I used to own.

  8. Joel says:

    Your doors should have a stop strap so the wind does not slam them past a certain point.

    Yes they should, and they once did but not since I’ve been familiar with the Jeep. And yes, I went to some trouble to replace them years ago, only then discovering that somehow the screws holding the loops holding the straps to the door were sheered off on both doors. Don’t ask, I don’t know.

  9. terrapod says:

    Joel, I have a set of reverse spiral drill bits specifically for the sheared screw/bolt problem. If you get ambitious, take a close look at the screws and tell me the diameter of same.

    With a reverse drill on them they usually heat up and come out as you drill down the center. A lot of PB blaster soak helps too. I don’t recall the set of drills was overly expensive but they are a lifesaver for mechanics. Make the dimple with a nice sharp punch to mark the center of the screw also helps break the rust bond. I can probably ask my old employer at the plant to scrounge some footman loops and screws, I am willing to bet the army and Jeep never changed the design since 1943, or you can get them online for not much $$ (prolly from India or China).

  10. Joel says:

    Oh, I can make some loops quite easily, and at least on the driver’s side the bracket is still there held on with one screw. You’re right, while I’m fixing things it probably wouldn’t be difficult to get the busted screw out.

To the stake with the heretic!