I've had my jeep for 4 years and I want to get some half doors for the summer. I don't know any jeep owners so i have no one to ask. But what do you suggest. Should i go for the metal half doors or the fabric ones. I've been leaning towards the metal but i don't know the advantages/disadvantages of either. i don't want to pay for something that's not worth it. any advise would be great. thanks!
The Superdoors are great for portability and offer protection from the elements. They're noisier and not as secure as half doors as they don't lock (not that it matters too much anyways). The half doors open and close easier and are quieter, but aren't as portable.
If you like to run doorless and want to have a door to store in the Jeep, get the Superdoors. If you're looking for new doors and don't plan to run doorless, get half doors.
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Have you thought about Tube Doors? Or is that even a consideration?
If you're interested in Tube Doors, take a look at the Bestop Element Doors. This offers a few variations that may fit your needs.
You can go with the Tube Doors alone, or add the Door Bags for Storage (they fit inside or outside of the Tube Doors.....), and add the Door Enclosure Steel Panels to make it a real Half-Door. They work for me quite well!
x2 for the tube doors. I love mine and run them pretty much half the year. I acquired a set of DayStars off of my buddy really cheap. He'd got them from on of the GenRight swapmeets. They needed a bit of massaging to work well, but we welded on a couple of sleeves to mount mirrors off of my Harley, rattle canned them satin black and bingo . . . tube doors for about 50 bucks.
Bite the hand that feeds you . . . you've had more than enough to eat already.
thanks for the help, i didn't realize there was so much out there to choose from. I've just recently started to outfit my jeep so this is kind of new. i am looking for portability so thanks again for the suggestions.
ArmyStrong: there are enough options to make your head swim, and doors are actually one of the weakest areas for aftermarket stuff. Wait until you try to decide which bumper to get!
Pros: Great open air, rugged feel. Awesome visibility off road.
Cons: No security. No protection from road noise, water, mud.
(But see Blackbeard's review of Element Doors - they have options to make them into steel half doors!)
Factory Half Doors:
Pros: secure, roll up windows, match Jeep perfectly.
Cons: Expensive. Heavy. Still too large to store in back of Jeep.
Fabric Half Doors:
Pros: light weight, easily removed, easily stored. More protection than Tube.
Cons: no upper door options.
Fabric "Full doors" (or Super Doors that 05GT talks about)
Pros: same as fabric half doors, but with upper door options.
Cons: a little too much to store in back of Jeep if you want to go doorless. Not cheap. Not greatest security (although we've changed, and TJ doors do now have locks)
i have full metal doors for winter, and i used to use my 1/2 metal doors for summer. i have stopped using them on my tj b/c I LOVE to go doorless, so i got a set of upper and lower soft doors (super doors). they store perfectly behind my rear seat. if the weather is supposed to be crappy later on in the day i can take them out of the back and quickly put them on. the do leak around the top pretty badly, but i pulled the carpet and herculined the tub so water is not an issue. and as tiny said, the upper door feels like it is going to fly off at highway speeds (hasn't yet though). all in all, i love my soft doors because of the doorless freedom that it gives me. i live in nj and put them on in march and leave them until november-ish. i was going to put them on this past weekend, but there were torrential downpours so i decided to wait.
I agree with Tiny, I was thinking about this thread today when I was on the highway. I like the full fabric doors for the portability they offer, But here in NE it has rained for 3 days and also very windy.
While my Jeep stayed dry for the most part, there were times on the highway where I thought the windows were going to pop off and blow away. I was to afraid to let go of the steering wheel, so I prayed to the Jeep gods!