Ford Patents Light Weight Removable Body Door System with Built-In Tube Doors for 2021 Ford Bronco

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Patent: Light weight removable body door system

https://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?Docid...&SectionNum=&idkey=NONE&Input=View+first+page

"A convertible vehicle door assembly includes a gate subassembly including an electrical panel, latch handle and is secured by hinges and a latch to a vehicle static structure. An outer door subassembly is removably secured to the gate subassembly by at least one quick connect mechanism. The outer door includes a window assembly operable by the electrical control panel."

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tube doors are a HUGE aftermarket item for the Wrangler. Makes a lot of sense. It’s something I would definitely look into.

I love how the speakers and handles etc all stay on the tube
 

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Is this hiding how the removable panels are layed out???

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I was thinking the same thing! T-tops up front, Targa top over the back seats, then the rear section... maybe. And that they are attempting a roof rack with the removable top.

The innovative doors could either be a game changer or a disaster lol (alignment, squeaks, leaks)
 

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Interesting on how it all goes together. I could see ford offering half doors too that attach to the tube frame!
well the spy photos looks like it has frameless widows. So roll the window down, remove door. It’s going to be a small panel. (18” x30”) or so???
 

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tube doors are a HUGE aftermarket item for the Wrangler. Makes a lot of sense. It’s something I would definitely look into.

I love how the speakers and handles etc all stay on the tube
IF there are speakers in the doors, I don't believe those stay with the tube door. what I think you are seeing is the four round ball-in-socket connection point between the skin and the tubes. I'm imagining the door presses into the socket and then you twist a ring to lock it in. This also explains an earlier patent for transferring power through the ball-in-socket connecting point we initially saw for the interchangeable grill patent. My assumption is there is no wire to hook up and the power window gets its power from the ball-in-socket connection. Cool.

CORRECTION: instead of "twist to lock it" its actually a button, VERY similar to the style of hoodpins on the 2020 GT500
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Hold on......
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so the mirror is mounted on the A pillar of the frame. buuuut there is a mechanism that moves the mirror with the door as it opens???? Did i read that correctly?
 

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IF there are speakers in the doors, I don't believe those stay with the tube door. what I think you are seeing is the four round ball-in-socket connection point between the skin and the tubes. I'm imagining the door presses into the socket and then you twist a ring to lock it in. This also explains an earlier patent for transferring power through the ball-in-socket connecting point we initially saw for the interchangeable grill patent. My assumption is there is no wire to hook up and the power window gets its power from the ball-in-socket connection. Cool.
reading more on that. There is an inner panel That is removable too. So door panel, tube frame, inner panel (with electric door locks) 3 pieces
 











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