How do you remove the doors of a new 2021 Ford Bronco? Undo a couple of bolts and an electric plug, and yank. It’s almost that easy, but backing up, the very first step really should be acquiring the Ford accessory bags that protect the doors. These protective sleeves will greatly increase your comfort level in handling these 43-54-pound doors when they’re loose. So how do you remove the 2021 Bronco’s doors? Read on.
Step one: Lower the power windows, push the body-mounted side-view mirror forward and out of the way, and if you have the accessory door bags, slide them on.
Step two: Disconnect the electrical connector that controls the power window and lock by simply pulling it out. As soon as it’s disconnected, a spring-loaded and weather-sealed door closes to protect the connections.
Step three: Grab the BRONCO-branded ratchet and the 10mm socket from the standard tool kit bag that comes with every Bronco, and use it to remove two hinge bolts. The top hinge bolt points down; the lower one points up. Store the bolts in one of the zippered pouches in the tool bag for safe keeping.
Step four: Facing the door inner panel grab the door, using your forward hand (right on the driver side, left on the passenger side) to find the grab handle that’s been molded into the forward bottom side of the inner door panel. Use your other hand to grab the outside door handle. Lift up and away. PRO TIP: Open the door all the way until it hits its limit stop, and make a mental note of the angle the door is at—you’ll need to reinstall it at roughly the same angle. Move the side-view mirror back into its normal position.
Step one: Find the two little protective rubber edge guards in the tool kit. Slide them onto the edge of the front fender in the area near the hinges to protect the paint (just open the front doors if installing a rear door). Then move the mirror housing forward out of the way.
Step two: Now find the pointy little hinge guide pin in the tool kit, and screw it into the LOWER hinge. PRO TIP: Leave this guide very loose, or it will be hard to remove once the door is mounted.
Step three: Grab the door in the same way you held it when you removed it, and maneuver it into position at the same (preferably fully open) position at which you removed it.
Step four: Locate the hole for the lower hinge on the pointy tip of the guide, then move the upper hinge onto its pin. This hole is not visible as the lower one is, so it might take a few tries to perfect this. DANGER: If the door is not installed at the same opening it was removed at, it will not lower securely into place and could potentially fall off and be damaged. PRO TIP: Have a spotter eyeball the door character line—if not aligned with the one on the fender, lift and reposition the door, varying its opening angle until it falls down into position. Simply swinging the door won’t work, as friction can simply rotate the upper hinge guide, keeping it out of alignment.
Step five: Hold the weatherproof electrical connection door open and reinsert the electrical plug until it clicks.
Step six: Retrieve the bolts from the tool kit, replace them in the upper and lower hinges, tighten them with the 10mm socket wrench, remove the door bag if installed, return the fender-protectors and hinge guide pin to the tool-kit bag, close the door, move the side-view mirror back into position, and roll the window up.
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