Introduction: Jeep Wrangler 4 Door Rack

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This is a quick door rack to keep your jeep doors safe when you are driving around doorless.
Seemed like a good first instructable. :-)


Step 1: Parts

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From Home Depot:

4 - 10' X1" PVC pipe
6 - 1" pipe insulators
14 - 1" PVC elbows
10 - 1" PVC TEEs

Cost about $35

Cut the pipe into 10 - 2' sections,
8 - 4" sections,
and the rest into 1' sections.

Step 2: Put Together the Verticles

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Connect two 2' sections and one 1' section with elbows.
Do this 5 times.

Step 3: Start the Base

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Create two base sections each with a TEE, 1' section, TEE, 1' section, TEE.
Before you press them together too hard make sure that all of the TEE sections are pointing down and flat on the ground. This will help to ensure they all point straight up.

Then connect three of the vertical sections into these.

Step 4: Cross Members and Ends

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Create two sections each with a 4" section, TEE, 4" section, elbow.
Then connect the two sections at the TEE with a 1' section.
Connect this to the one end of the main base and add a vertical upwards from the elbows.
Repeat this on the opposite end.
And look at the pictures... its easier than reading all this. :-)

Step 5: Foam It Up!!

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Cut the foam pipe insulators to fit every section of 1" pipe you can.
The insulators are split down the middle and are self adhesive so you can cut them, wrap them around and secure them in place very easily.
The foam insulators are just a bit wider than the elbows and tees so the doors can rest against them without rubbing PVC.

Step 6: Go Doorless!

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Take your doors off!!!  The two front doors lean in against the center vertical section.  The two back doors go in the outer slots. I put them on their side since the bottoms of the doors are pretty narrow. They made me nervous. :-)

Looking back I could have made the width of the rack a little less so that the rear doors would have a better span, but I suspect they would still be prone to bumps or wind.

Hope you enjoyed my first Instructable!!! Have fun building it, and if you don't have a Wrangler, go buy one!!!  :-)

Step 7: Addendum

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I modified my rack some today. I shortened the distance between posts to 6" and cut the height down to 19" this keeps the vertical posts under the mirrors and door handles allowing them to fit in the 6" space. I also mounted it to a furniture dolly so it can roll around. I glued it all together with PVC glue to help stiffen it as well.I modified my rack some today. I shortened the distance between posts to 6" and cut the height down to 19" this keeps the vertical posts under the mirrors and door handles allowing them to fit in the 6" space. I also mounted it to a furniture dolly so it can roll around. I glued it all together with PVC glue to help stiffen it as well. I modified my rack some today. I shortened the distance between posts to 6" and cut the height down to 19" this keeps the vertical posts under the mirrors and door handles allowing them to fit in the 6" space. I also mounted it to a furniture dolly so it can roll around. I glued it all together with PVC glue to help stiffen it as well. I modified my rack some today. I shortened the distance between posts to 6" and cut the height down to 19" this keeps the vertical posts under the mirrors and door handles allowing them to fit in the 6" space. I also mounted it to a furniture dolly so it can roll around. I glued it all together with PVC glue to help stiffen it as well.  I also added a couple of velcro straps just to keep the doors together while rolling around the driveway.

Comments

ValerieS86 made it! (author)2017-11-07

I have a JK so only need 2 slots. This was super easy. Thank you so much for the idea

Agaal (author)2017-08-04

Is it still 1' wide or is 6" wide? The 6" looks pretty narrow.

Sflip09 (author)2017-06-22

Great job engineering this. I noticed that when you put the back doors on it's side without the furniture dolly that he window frame can hit the ground. The ground clearance of the dolly eliminates that. Till I get a dolly I've been putting the rear doors in the rack upside down and they fit great.

FredV33 (author)2017-05-21

Great idea. I made it as well, thank you so much.

kevgrn114 (author)FredV332017-06-01

Glad it helped!!!

Hawkeye42 (author)kevgrn1142017-06-18

How did you secure the rack to the dolly?

FredV33 (author)Hawkeye422017-06-18

Drilled a 3/8 hole on top of pvc and then drilled 3/4" long 3/16" thick wood screw inside pvc bottom into the the pallet. Hope it helps

ChuckH38 (author)2016-09-17

Thank you for takeing rhe time to do this it was helpfull and an easy project

ScottM320 (author)2016-09-10

Thanks. After my wall hangers fell today (yes, with the doors on them) I'm going to try this tomorrow. How did you affix the PVC to the dolly? Thanks again.

Bfranke86 made it! (author)2016-07-31

Great instructions!

TXDad1406 (author)2016-06-19

How did you secure it to the dolly? Thanks

MattS219 made it! (author)2016-05-15

All good, worked well for me! Thanks loads!!

MattS219 (author)MattS2192016-05-15

Oh!! And this little dude from Home Depot. It's a Drywall Carrier. $7 and it helps soo much when lifting the doors on an off. Now it is a real one man job, not a one and a half!! :)

hbfuller3 made it! (author)2016-04-29

I used to smaller dollies to make it stronger, but it came out great.

Raedshanaa (author)2016-03-12

Do you have instructions for constructing a jeep hard top rack?

kevgrn114 (author)Raedshanaa2016-03-14

no, sorry. Never had a hard top to deal with.

LloydF3 (author)2015-08-02

Only needed 3 of the 6' foam insulators. I spray painted the PVC before putting the insulation on too.

ALDEREAGLE made it! (author)2015-06-06

Very quick and easy to build. Charlieandheather's list and dimensions were spot on and very helpful. We were actually able to take back 2 of the foam pipes, but I would get them just to be safe.

Charlieandheather made it! (author)2015-04-15

Super easy build! Thanks for sharing! I had to figure out the rest of the measurements from he "addendum" because they weren't specific. A few changes I made were:

Only buy three: 10'X1" PVC pipes, not 4

When you cut the pipes, instead of ten 2' sections, make them 19"

instead of eight 4" sections make them 2" sections

instead of "the rest" 1' sections make them 6" sections.

Everything else is as he instructs. Pretty easy build! Only took me like 3 hours... But I had to cut & re-cut a few times to get the spacing just right.

C&H, do you have any pics of your rack with doors in it? Also, did you attach your pvc rack to the furniture dolly with a 2 hole strap or just screw the pvc directly into the dolly?

Thanks!

carrie.jewell2 made it! (author)2015-04-13

Without the base.works awesome

schlivitz (author)2011-07-24

Too cool. I feel stupid for not thinking that one up myself. I 'll fix mine to hang from the ceiling in the garage.

angelabchua (author)2011-04-19

Pretty Genius! I have a friend who just stacks them against the wall in her garage when she takes them off. And either never puts them back on, or never takes them off to begin with because it's such a pain.

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