Door Storage

(sultry voice) Tell me.  Where and how do you store your doors and windows when you’re driving around naked?

The ‘where’ is pretty straightforward – it’s best to keep them in a secure location where they are safe from damage and loss or even theft.  The ‘how’ is a little more challenging.  At my previous house/garage, I used eight utility hooks from Lowe’s.  To facilitate hanging, I would roll the windows down and hang the doors on the window seal.  I added foam to the “L” bracket to protect the window seal, but even with that safeguard in place, I did start to see indents on the seals over time.  This was good solution, but I didn’t want to do this with my new Jeep or my new house/garage!

My new garage was limited on wall space and hanging these brackets just would not work.  As you can see in the picture, I had to run 4X4’s onto the wall as the studs didn’t match where I needed to place the brackets.  I chose to paint them black to match the black powder coating from ACE and therefore be more aesthetically pleasing.  Now I had to address the issue of the window seals becoming indented or damaged.  I found that AEC Manufacturing had a set of door hangars that were very reasonably priced.  TJ has these same door hangars and he is happy with them.  (Pro Tip: You will need to have two 2×4’s stacked atop each other [see pictures] to create the depth needed to compensate for the mirrors on the two front doors; I ran long lag bolts into the studs for added support.)o

Overall I am very happy with these brackets.  Included are plastic bushings that go into the brackets and the door pins sit in the bushings. They do not press into the brackets, and easily fall off or get stuck in the pins on the door; you will need to make sure the bushing is not on the door pin when you put the doors on the Jeep, as it will interfere with the connection.  You also need to notice if they fall off when you remove the door from the bracket – you’ll need to find it on the floor.  I wish ACE would add a few extra bushings as like I said they fall out and you need these to not damage the door pins.

Now you can confidently put your Jeep in its birthday suit!

Published by Expedition Team. Overland

As a Boy Scout Eagle Scout, camping, camp fires and maps have always been a passion. After getting my professional carrier established as a Boeing 737 Captain for a Major US Airline, I was able to get back to my routes of playing in the woods, mud and building things. I got my first Jeep in 2012. It was a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ, I did not modify it, and it had many mechanical problems, as I was a novice, and not mechanical, I sold it for a new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. In 2014 I installed an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 2.5" lift with Kelly Safari 35" tires. In 2015 I continued my build with AEV front and rear bumpers, snorkel, skid plates, and off road lights. Up until now, I did off-roading at the local Southington Off Road Park, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania, and Badlands Park in Indiana. was an outstanding resource and I was able to make life-long friendship. In 2015 I did my first big trip with the jeep, first we stopped in Ouray, Colorado. We had two days of trails and did Imogene & Engineer Passes. I left part of myself in the San Juan Mountains and my want to return has been strong since. After Ouray, we went to Moab, Utah for Jeep Jamboree. Moab is "Jeepers Paradise". Endless miles of trails, from dirt roads to the most extreme, Moab offers endless possibilities for the Jeeper, hiker, mountain biker, everyone. Since 2015 I have returned to Moab in 2017 & 2019. In 2018, I traded in my 2013 JKU Sport for a 2018 JKU Rubicon Recon. I did this drastic move, because I was at the point in my build where I needed to upgrade my axels. I made the very difficult decision and striped as much as I could from my 2013 Jeep to move to the new jeep, as they were both the same style of jeeps; JKU's. I spent the spring and summer of 2018 to build my jeep. I once again installed an AEV 3.5" lift, 35" BFGoodrich KO2's and AEV front and rear bumpers. With this build I wanted to move from the "Rock Crawler" to an Overland build. I can still do all the difficult trail of Moab, Rubicon Trail, but also the fire roads and cover many miles full of camping and off road gear. With Overlanding in mind, I have build a cargo platform for my ARB 50q Fridge, and specific loading of the camping gear. Where is the Future? Buying an Earth Roamer and exploring as much of the country as possible? Thats a goal, but I hope in the coming years to get a roof rack, roof top tent, and then doing more Expeditions though Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, desert of New Mexico and Arizona, and the National Parks west of the Rocky Mountains.

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