Jeep Wrangler 4 Door Rack

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Introduction: Jeep Wrangler 4 Door Rack

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

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

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

Step 3: Start the Base

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

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!!

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!

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

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.

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30 Comments

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ayalamm23
ayalamm23

Question 23 hours ago

i love this design and i’ve got everything needed for it except the dolly. How long is this project when it’s all finished? Just need to know what size dolly to grab :)

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k3po.mcdonald
k3po.mcdonald

5 weeks ago

For those wanting to build this and getting confused, here are the revised cuts

16 3/4" = 10
7" = 4
3" = 8
12" = 5
You will also only need 30' of pipe and will have 55" remaining. Final dimensions without phone 20" tall, 15 1/2" wide and 36" long.

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taagerickson
taagerickson

8 months ago on Introduction

Per step 7, to keep the top braces below the door handles @ 19", cut the cross pieces at approx. 16 3/4" - 17" (cut all mine at 17", but would make them a tiny bit shorter if I was doing this again). This includes the lower cross braces. I cut the base pieces between the verticals at 6", but would go to 6.5" or 7" if I were to do this again. The outside pieces between the horizontal base can be cut at 3" each because they get 1" added from the t-fitting and the 90 degree fitting. The outside is the perfect width. Mount to a furniture dolly and you're ready to go. Great design.

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k3po.mcdonald
k3po.mcdonald

Reply 5 weeks ago

So what is the final cut list. Everything is confused in my head.

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ScottHood24
ScottHood24

Reply 3 months ago

What size furniture dolly did you use please?

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despositoj
despositoj

10 months ago

Question...how do the rear doors rest? I see people putting them sideways or upside down. I can’t do sideways for where I want to store the cart, and I’m not crazy about upside down. Will the rear doors sit upright and stay sturdy? If not, am I better off using plywood on the dolly and putting the PVC into floor flanges with male adapters? Also, does this hold well without gluing the uprights? If not, I am going to put unions at the bottom so I can break down the uprights for easier storage in the winter.

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mgre21
mgre21

Tip 11 months ago on Step 7

I replaced bottom elbows on corners with 4 90* elbow with outlets. I also got rid of the smaller cuts and only cut the 9" pieces for inbetween each rack and 1' pieces width then 19" pieces height. It made it more solid. Use a miter saw if possible for ease and clean cuts.. make sure to use primer before glue. Also used 1 1/2" pvc. Bought swim noodlea at dollar tree for insulation and cut and zip ties them so when they deteriorate i can replace them. It cost about $110 for materials. It measures 16" wide by 47" long in the end so I will have to build the dolly which will cost about another $60. Or i can just stack it on 2 pallets. I haven't decided which yet. It has about 3.5" height off the ground right now. Just thought I would share.

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jivan89
jivan89

Question 1 year ago on Introduction

Hey all, I’m in the process of making this, great design but was wondering, is it rain proof? I want to keep it outside but not sure if the foam/carpet on the dolly will deteriorate over time under rainfall. I don’t have much room to store it.
Also my foam is not self adhesive so it’s just hanging on, anyone know what’s good adhesive to use to have them stay on the PVC?
Thanks a bunch

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iamjustjeff
iamjustjeff

Question 1 year ago on Step 1

Did you mean 8 four FOOT sections not 8 four INCH?

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TXDad1406
TXDad1406

4 years ago

How did you secure it to the dolly? Thanks

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benhendricks
benhendricks

2 years ago

I love it. Worked perfectly. But, how are you securing this in your Jeep as you drive?

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MikeS744
MikeS744

Question 2 years ago on Introduction

So what were the addendum measurements?

Instead of:
10 - 2' sections,
8 - 4" sections,
and the rest into 1' sections.

What should the cuts be to make the final result?

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kevgrn114
kevgrn114

2 years ago on Step 7

It's pretty cool that so many are still making this project! I haven't had my jeep for years now and don't get on this site as much as I used to.. I appreciate all of the positive comments! I'm glad this is still helping people out!!

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FalconO
FalconO

2 years ago

I made it for the JLU Sport with manual windows/locks and 6" is about 2" too narrow. I'm going to rebuild the base with 9" pieces then I'll post some pics of the updated rack when that's finished. It was such a tight fit I had to put the doors in upside down haha. I picked up the dolly from Harbor Freight for $5 and highly suggest using sch40 pvc versus sch10 for the added security when walking away from your doors in their new rack. Thanks so much for this writeup!!

-Zac
OKC, OK

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SamanthaM167
SamanthaM167

Reply 2 years ago

Do you think the sizes you used would work for my JL Sahara? Also, did you keep the height at 19"

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FalconO
FalconO

Reply 2 years ago

Yes if you go 9" you'll be fine, make sure you glue! If I were doing it again I'd go 10".

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Agaal
Agaal

3 years ago

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

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Sflip09
Sflip09

3 years ago

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.

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FredV33
FredV33

3 years ago

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

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