Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
June 28, 2013
Incredibly Solid Doors by Smittybilt.
I installed this set of rear doors last night on my ex-wife’s White 2008 4-door. I expected the job to be much more difficult than it actually was. The entire job took less than an hour to install both doors.
I purchased the doors for two primary reasons: Price and Aesthetics. A lot of the doors out there look great and have options for additional storage, etc, but these were simply priced surprisingly well in addition to being great looking. Part of their visual appeal is due to the 1.5” diameter tubing used that give the door a bit more of a presence and a proportionate scale on the Jeep. I looks as though most of the other tube doors on the market are 1 ¼” in diameter. I wasn’t sure exactly what black “textured” was going to look like but it looks great. I’ll upload a photo that seems to show the texture. The surface is ‘textured’ but smooth to touch and the coating they use is evenly and professionally applied.
By the way, I purchased these by accident because I didn’t pay attention to the 3 different types of Tube doors by Smittybilt. (and shame on me, I didn’t order them from Extreme Terrain as I should have, lesson learned)
Quickly, they are:
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 76791 (front, JK 07-13, 2 or 4 door) (what I wanted)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 76792 (rear, JK 07-13, 4 door) (what I ordered)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 76793 (front, TJ 97-06, 2 door and 04-06 4 door)
I had a few concerns and only one complaint. I’ll start with the concerns.
The instructions have one bizarre moment in step 6 where it states to put the hinges onto the jeep first, then attach the new door the new hinges. I went over this a few times in my head and didn’t have enough arms to pull that off. I loosely attached the Hinges, Limit Strap Bracket and Limit Strap to the door first. I then carefully placed the door and hinges onto the Jeep, attached the limit strap to the vehicle and tightened the door hinges slowly while keeping the alignment of the door and latch in mind. Once tightened it was a solid fit.
Overall the instructions were clear (aside from wacky Step 6). Smittybilt goes as far as to list the torque limits of the bolts (bravo). I do not have a wrench that measures torque so I used my best judgment. The visual diagrams they provide look faded on the paper I received but looking at the PDF version online provided a very clear picture of the assembly.
Another slight uncertainty involved the 3/8" nuts to secure each of the 4 hinges to the Jeep. I had two issues.
1. The instructions list 4 Hex Nuts and 12 Nylock Nuts in the parts list, both being 3/8” so it isn’t super obvious which nut to use to lock the hinge to the Jeep, especially for a novice (also in Step 6).
2. The Nuts don’t seem to want to stay secure to the door. Unlike the OE door hinges and retaining nuts that screw up into the mounting brackets and stay in place, these are just a simple nut and washer that remains exposed just under the mounting bracket. Not a huge deal.
I was also surprised that the bolts provided use an Alan wrench (also included) as opposed to the common Torx (star-shapped) bolts used all over the Wranglers.
As with other Smittybilt products I have purchased, I noticed a discrepancy between the language they use in the parts list and the language they use in the installation instructions (sometimes on the same page). Examples here are “SS Button Head Bolt” Vs “stainless bolts" and "Nylock Nut/Hex Nut" vs "nuts.”
Step 8 mentions to “Adjust the door striker if the door wont close properly.” I’m not sure what that means because there isn’t any obvious means of adjusting the door striker, nor instructions on how to do so. I adjusted the hinges to make sure it lined up with the latch.
My one and only complaint came from one of the hinges. The threaded rod that slides into the Jeeps Mounting Bracket was angled or bent just enough to cause the door’s bracket to scrap the paint off of the Jeep’s Mounting Bracket when the door swings open and shut. The distance between the flat plate of the door hinge and the threaded rod is already a close fit so the fact that one of my brackets was perhaps slightly bent caused it to scrap the paint. I tried to loosen bolts and play with the hinge but it made no difference. It doesn’t seem to be something I can fix since the piece I would need to bend is the threaded rod and any impact would surely damage the threads.
Despite some of my concerns, I love the look and functionality of the rear doors on the Jeep. Also, the price is hard to match.