ok, i got an impact driver today...
gonna remove the doors by way of unscrewing them...
im not gonna cut the hinges cause i dont like cutting parts up...
i know ya'll say its easy, but im still not going to do it...
ok, so how do i go about removing the screws?
i plan on replacing them with regular bolts so that i can remove them later on with a socket... i use the number 2 bit, right?
any advice (excpet for cutting hinges) will be appreciated
'88 Suzuki Samurai
2" S/R 30x9.50 M/T's [email protected]
Texas A&M Off-Road
FTAC of 2003
i agree cut the hinges-but if you don't get studs and cap
nuts to fit them that way you can pull the doors and put
cap nuts on studs sticking out get xtra caps cause you will
lose some use locktite on threads living in texas you may
go weeks w/o running doors but most people are on & off with
their doors and cut hinges are fast for switching.
88 spoa samurai
97 sidekick sport
those that can samurai those that can't ?
Please listen to these guys and cut the hinges. but if you dont want to modify the original hinges go to a wrecking yard and get some so that your orig. ones will be just that original. after you get them if you need some one to cut them box em up and send em to me, email me if you need help.
I can understand not wanting to screw around with your parts, and I was reluctant at first. But having the hinges cut is pretty nice. I don't notice any difference other than a quick 1.5 mins to doorless freedom. If you do it, you won't regret it. Junk food for thought...
Actually, it is not uncommon to not want to cut the door hinges. We actually carry a bolt kit for the doors for folks like that. Then all you need is a wrench and a couple minutes every time the doors come on or off.
Another way to get the body bolts out of a ZUK is to go to Lowes and get a little hand held butane torch for about $10, fire it up and heat up the bolt heads till they start smoking then just use a screwdriver to remove the bolts. The heat melts the bolt locktite used by the factory and makes getting them out much easier and less damaging.
I removed the hinges on my half-doors to clean them up and now I regret it, it took forever to get the screws to stay tight and they kept coming out of alignment so the door would not close right. Cutting the hinge does not weaken them, when the door is closed they sit in the door frame, which supports the door, not the hinges.