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Old 10-04-2010, 02:49 PM   #1
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making jeep soft doors

hey guys bestop soft doors are what Im shooting for. I Want them but theyre too expensive lol so Im trying to make some doors

any advice would be great! Ive got the frame for one door nearly done. But I need some pictures of how the actual doors are. can anyone post a pic of how the fabric is attached to their soft upper doors? thanks alot

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hehe..thats pretty cool....whats the downspout at the bottom for? I do like it tho!...

the bungee's are what holds it in? I bought those exact same (pk 4) bungees at advance auto parts this past weekend for my rear seat belts to stop rattling

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hehe..thats pretty cool....whats the downspout at the bottom for? I do like it tho!...

the bungee's are what holds it in? I bought those exact same (pk 4) bungees at advance auto parts this past weekend for my rear seat belts to stop rattling
those bungees are 20 for 4.79 at walmart . the bungees help hold it tight but it snaps in pretty good, whats really holding it is the downspout , keeps it tight to the tub


BTW does anyone have any tips on making a window? Ws thinking of sewing in a zipper to have a small window but sewing is a pita (esp without a sewing machine)
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Old 10-04-2010, 03:10 PM   #4
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Velcro is easier than a zipper, but honestly, since you are such a DIY'er, go to the goodwill store or similar, pawn shop, craigslist, ebay and pick up a sewing machine.... You'll use it enough to pay for it in no time.
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So the vertical "plumbing" is bent? how did you bend it?

I think the window may be a bit smaller with those 2 vertical supports in the middle

I'd say overlay it, cut it out over sized...sew (attach) velcro to wrap around the outer perimeter, and upper verticle supports...

velcro would probably be in you better interest and easier to work with..idk..
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thanks for the advice , I should break down and get a sewing machine lol. velcros a great idea will be pretty easy.

I heated the pipe then bent it , its just half inch pvc
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I mocked some fabric and test it out . drove around for a min and LoL needless to say I NEED a window there off to walmart to get some supplies!

inferno, do you think the cheapo sewing machines at walmart (80 bucks) will sew through the velcro? (and two layers of bed sheets and a thin tarp?)
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Plexiglass and cotter pins.
Easy and removable

Did it on my DIY DJ tube doors.
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Plexiglass and cotter pins.
Easy and removable

Did it on my DIY DJ tube doors.
great idea~!
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the fabric worked like a champ in the thunderstorm we had, thinking plexiglass is gunna be better still. Ill have to check the prices at home depot
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Now that is a cool idea to make safari doors. I bet I can find hardware to make it Attach to the body hinges. Are you going to paint them?
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Now that is a cool idea to make safari doors. I bet I can find hardware to make it Attach to the body hinges. Are you going to paint them?
I was thinkingI would but I decided Im prolly gunna wrap in duct tape, what IVe got going rubs a bit on the jeeps paint, any paint on it would rub on the jeep
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:43 PM   #13
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Why don't you hinge them so you can fold the top half down? Open the door, fold down the top, and close the door. Looks like a fun project.


No, wait: What I mean to say was "dude, go buy some of our doors. How the heck are we supposed to stay in business? You're practically stealing from us..." (just kidding, of course.)
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Just add some windows to what you have already done.
How about a heavy clear shower curtian. Thats whats in my shower and its actually pretty thick. Should be able to sew velcro on it with no problem.
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I mocked some fabric and test it out . drove around for a min and LoL needless to say I NEED a window there off to walmart to get some supplies!

inferno, do you think the cheapo sewing machines at walmart (80 bucks) will sew through the velcro? (and two layers of bed sheets and a thin tarp?)
Probably, Velcro has a thin edge to stitch through, so you don't have to go through the bulky parts. But not sure on that. Buy one, try it, if it doesn't work, return it... :shrug: That's what I'd do.... Your mock up looks great, btw. x2 on the shower curtain window.... Excellent idea. Wallys has clear vinyl shower curtain liners that are pretty heavy duty and they're cheap...
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looking great!..really wanna see the window in it...shower curtain sounds perfect...
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Ooooh shower curtains a great idea
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Anyone thinking of building doors out of plexi...don't waste your money! I own a sign shop and never use plexi for anything...it will 'shatter' just like glass and is a real pita to cut without cracking it. What you want is Polycarb (lexan) which is the same material used in race car windshields, motorcycle helmets, vacuum formed sign faces, etc. 1/8" thick plexi will stop a brick thrown from 10 feet away...I know, we tested it for security windows at my retail jewelry store. Thicker material (you can get it in various thicknesses) will stop a 22 rifle bullet.
Ask anyone that has a race car where they bought their windshield polycarb from. It comes in 'panels' like 4x8 but also the thinner stuff comes off a huge 'roll' and you can buy only what you need-find a 'sign supply' house-they'll have it.
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NEED MoRE VELCRO!!! Just cant have enough on there. I think I might have something going once I get more velcro and load it on there. did get s0ome strange looks at the stoplight when I tested it LoL


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NEED MoRE VELCRO!!! Just cant have enough on there. I think I might have something going once I get more velcro and load it on there. did get s0ome strange looks at the stoplight when I tested it LoL
Oh oh also use weather stripping to help keep water out when fording creeks,rivers.
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+1 with the polycarb/lexan

at work, we get it through McMaster Carr

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Link isn't working like I hoped, it's taking you to McMaster Carrs main plastic page. Follow to polycarb, length x width x thickness. You get clear, bronze tint, or gray tint depending on thickness


Cool looking doors, btw

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