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Old 09-29-2013, 04:13 PM   #1
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I took my doors off for the first time today. I have wanted to take them off every since I got home from Afghanistan. Today was the first day rain wasn't predicted in the forecast. Anyway, here are my observations. First, with the top down and the doors off, all of the loose items that you don't think about, are going to start blowing around once the speedo hits about 40mph. Second, the passenger seatbelt flapping around gets really annoying, but once the radio is nice and loud I can barely hear the flapping. I think a seatbelt pad should fix that. Third, the sudden loss of mirrors was a bit awkward. I drove to be local auto parts store and bought a wide angle mirror to put on my vent. Works pretty well for now. I'll install a more permanent solution later. There are about a bajillion threads here discussing all of the various mirror relocation options. Fourth, removing the doors was remarkably simple. I had both of mine off and stored in the house in about 20 minutes. Fifth, and most important, cruising with no doors or top is AWESOME. I can't believe I didn't take them off sooner. Just my opinion, but I think every Wrangler owner should try it, at least once. Oh, one tiny "gotcha" that I noticed. I did have everything set up for the radio and other devices to cut off after 10 minutes. With the doors gone, the radio just kept playing. That is an easy fix, I simply changed the off time from 10 minutes to 45 seconds. And one other thing, I never snagged my back belt loop until today. Don't know why the absence of the doors caused that, but it happened today.



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Old 09-29-2013, 06:27 PM   #2
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Now all you need are some foot pegs and you're golden.

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Old 09-29-2013, 06:35 PM   #3
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:54 PM   #4
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I'd like to tell you that's the last belt loop your going to rip off!
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:58 PM   #5
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foot pegs are for the CCS (Crotch Cooling System).
Welcome home Brother. I was in Ghazni 2009-2010.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:04 PM   #6
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I took my doors off for the first time today. I have wanted to take them off every since I got home from Afghanistan. Today was the first day rain wasn't predicted in the forecast. Anyway, here are my observations. First, with the top down and the doors off, all of the loose items that you don't think about, are going to start blowing around once the speedo hits about 40mph. Second, the passenger seatbelt flapping around gets really annoying, but once the radio is nice and loud I can barely hear the flapping. I think a seatbelt pad should fix that. Third, the sudden loss of mirrors was a bit awkward. I drove to be local auto parts store and bought a wide angle mirror to put on my vent. Works pretty well for now. I'll install a more permanent solution later. There are about a bajillion threads here discussing all of the various mirror relocation options. Fourth, removing the doors was remarkably simple. I had both of mine off and stored in the house in about 20 minutes. Fifth, and most important, cruising with no doors or top is AWESOME. I can't believe I didn't take them off sooner. Just my opinion, but I think every Wrangler owner should try it, at least once. Oh, one tiny "gotcha" that I noticed. I did have everything set up for the radio and other devices to cut off after 10 minutes. With the doors gone, the radio just kept playing. That is an easy fix, I simply changed the off time from 10 minutes to 45 seconds. And one other thing, I never snagged my back belt loop until today. Don't know why the absence of the doors caused that, but it happened today.



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Old 09-29-2013, 09:11 PM   #7
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If you're driving around doorless check local laws about mirrors. Az says u have 2 have at least 1 side mirror
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:43 AM   #8
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Looks good now go out and have some fun! Doors off is so cool!

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Old 09-30-2013, 06:11 AM   #9
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Yes it is. My wife didn't really like it at first, she felt "too exposed." We compromised and I put the top back up. LOL. After that, we just cruised around just for the sake of cruising. The first thing my 3yo wanted to do was find some mud. I love her. Hopefully the rain stays away today so we can hit the beach. If not, my 3yo and I can at least go out and get a little muddy.
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My, then, 6yo first time we rode doorless, and she was in the front seat, put on her seatbelt, then scooted over to the console and hugged my arm, said "Daddy, I don't know if I like this," looking at the space were the door was as we backed out of the drive way to go to Dance. By the time we arrived, she said "Daddy, I love the doors off." When mom and I left to go pick her up from dance, the reaction was exactly the same, She got in, buckled her seatbelt, and scooted over to the console, grabbed my arm and said "I don't know about this," as we backed out of the drive. Mom though took about a month and a trip to the beach to come around.

Funny thing though, went to pick the lil one up from school and the teachers working the car rider / pick ups, were appalled that I would let her ride in a jeep with no doors. BTW I have half doors, so there isn't a whole heck of a lot of protection when they are there. Another teacher who knows me well, had my back though, and straightened them out.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:36 AM   #11
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The seatbelt pads pretty much eliminated the flapping on mine. I got two at Walmart for something like $10 total.

They have to be tossed in the wash every now and then if things get a little too muddy, but otherwise they're a perfect solution.

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