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Will the Wrangler’s doors finally stay open?

by David Zatz on

The Jeep Wrangler is the last vehicle in America to have doors without detents — those little stops that keep the door open partway or all the way so it doesn’t slam shut on the driver when they get out. Since the doors are removable, they use old-fashioned hinges with fabric straps to limit the swing of the door.

A patent from January 2012, approved in July 2013, may find its way onto the next generation Wrangler, coded JL. Invented by Robert Lazarevich and Richard Kleinhoffer, both of Michigan, this patent from Chrysler Group covers a special hinge assembly for cars with removable doors and roofs. As the patent declares,

Removable doors provide a pleasurable, open-air driving experience. Removable doors may be provided with hinge assemblies that allow the driver and/or passenger to quickly and easily remove the door in a manner that allows the vehicle to be driven without one or more of the doors attached to a body of the vehicle.

The hinges show up on the outside of the Wrangler, and have two detents, but still allow for easy removal of the door. The system appears to be a fairly hefty improvement over the current system, shown above, though it doesn’t address in-door wiring for power locks and windows. Thanks, AutoTechnician.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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