Jeep JK Door Hinge Bushings

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Maintenance | 6 Comments

Jeep Wrangler factory door hinge bushings deteriorated and wear out. Over the years, this wear can encourage rust and cause door latch alignment issues. This makes opening and removal of the Jeep’s doors difficult. Plus, once the factory bushings are worn, they look awful. Replacing the bushings is the simplest and most cost-effective way to improve the appearance and operation of the door.

This upgrade should be done as soon as possible. The longer you wait the more difficult it will be to remove the old bushings. The installation is fairly straight forward. Remove the old bushings and insert the new ones. This doesn’t require replacing the hinge itself or even removing it. If you work carefully, it won’t be necessary to prep or paint the area. Since we aren’t removing the hinge, re-aligning the door also isn’t necessary. However, removing the old bushings is the tough part. On the upper hinge I was able to use a small chisel to punch the factory bushing up through the top of the hinge from beneath. The lower hinges were much more deteriorated on my 2-year-old Jeep. I carefully chiseled what was left of the bushings top lip and painstakingly forced the bushing out through the bottom of the hinge. I’m glad I didn’t wait any longer to do this upgrade. Overall it took about an hour to complete.

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Jeep owners have a couple of replacement options. You can purchase OEM style brass insert bushings or machined Delrin bushings (a few sites offer this product, I bought mine from Jeep Co-Op (link no longer working), but TMR Customs also has them available). I choose to upgrade to Delrin because it is self-lubricating, made from a solid bar of Delrin, and ought to last much longer than the original style bushings. One reason is due to its construction. The original OEM bushings are roll-formed from flat sheets of laminated material and are prone to failure. Delrin will not flake or de-laminate. Delrin cost a little more but if I can stave off rust and make door removal easier in the future, it’s worth it to me.

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Before Photos

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After Photos

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My Worn Out Factory Bushings

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  • deek

    I’m not sure about the site they were linked to for purchase, but I prefer to buy these from their original source where I know that the money is going straight to the guys that put their time and money on the line to bring you homebrew products like Blackmagicbrakes.com

    You’ll also find kits for every jeep made from 1976 and up there..

    • Thanks for the link. It’s actually where I purchased my set, however I couldn’t recall their URL. The post has been updated to reflect both purchase options.

  • Tomssw

    Bushings were better than expected, I got them from another site that was linked from here. I do not wonder why the link is gone as they portrayed themselves as assholes. Even the note in the delivered box was insulting. Good hinge bushing though.

    • Sorry to hear that. I’m mainly sharing my experience or research. I don’t have any vested interest in the links I provide, I’m just trying to help out other Jeepers. Call them out so others know not to do business with them.

      The place I purchased mine from doesn’t appear to be in business anymore. Delrin is good stuff and it’s perfect for this application. In my opinion, as long as the vendor is offering the real stuff it might be worth the hassle.

  • Good to know. Thanks for sharing.

  • There seems to be a lot of interest in your product. Thanks for letting us know about your new storefront.