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Old 05-29-2013, 11:13 AM   #1
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1/2 doors vs. full doors

Hey guys, I'm looking for some opinions here. I'm planning on ordering a new Sport soon and am debating between ordering with 1/2 doors or full.

I'm in Canada so it will see some winter, but for the most part we plan to head south leaving the Jeep garaged for a few months.

I had these on my '08 Rubi JKU :

http://www.quadratec.com/products/11144_135_07.htm

And I'm just wondering how comparable to the factory 1/2 doors these uppers are?

These used to drive me nuts on the drive to the cottage flappin around in the wind and I ended up using c-clamps at times to hold them in place.. I was not impressed with the fit...

Can anyone with factory 1/2 doors comment on how they are at highway speeds?

I'm also wondering how the thicker "premium" soft top is for winter? Are there head liners available for softtops for extra insulation like hotheads for hardtop? I'm thinking to order my new Sport with softtop only.

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Old 05-29-2013, 11:54 AM   #2
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If it were me, I would always start with full doors and a hard top, and work backwards from there. But it depends on what options you want in your Jeep.

Since I want power windows/door locks/kelyess entry/alarm, I would order full doors from the factory. And because it is cheaper to get a soft top later, I would get the hard top (or dual tops) from the factory. That way you have the connectors for a rear defrost and wiper.

As for soft top insulation, you can use something like a dirtydog or spiderwebshade witn a blanket on top for extra insulation.

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If it were me, I would always start with full doors and a hard top, and work backwards from there. But it depends on what options you want in your Jeep.

Since I want power windows/door locks/kelyess entry/alarm, I would order full doors from the factory. And because it is cheaper to get a soft top later, I would get the hard top (or dual tops) from the factory. That way you have the connectors for a rear defrost and wiper.

As for soft top insulation, you can use something like a dirtydog or spiderwebshade witn a blanket on top for extra insulation.
This^ x2! I always get the dual top(3 JKUs) and plant to get half doors once I justify the $$ and tell the wife. I found rear OEMs at a decent price, but those fronts are rare. But I I have the rear half doors with the hard top early in the season before swapping the tops. Just versatile.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:01 PM   #4
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Id order both if i were you because which ever one you get you will want the other one. I know i want the half doors! Plus the extra money for both is nothing to the overall price of the jeep, but seems like alot when bought separately.
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I ordered Full doors with Dual tops on JK Rubicon 2dr. I picked up Mopar half doors on my own. The Soft uppers are significantly better than they were on my old '88 Sahara, but they are still Vinyl windows. They fit real well and no leaks so far and went through a real torrential rain storm this past weekend. They are significantly much louder than the full doors with glass in regards to road noise.

With a 2dr it was more affordable, but still an expensive option. However I'm glad I did it.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:23 PM   #6
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What's a set of half doors for an unlimited run anyway?
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:49 PM   #7
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I would order the full doors and add on the 1/2 doors(negotiate price) and roll everything into the financing at the time of the original order.

I wish i had done this when I ordered my 2010.

I will when I order my next Wrangler!
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Hard top, hard doors. soft top, either half doors or no doors.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:25 PM   #9
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Pick a top, I recommend hard because its more expensive and winter friendly, and them pick the doors that match it. But if I could do it how I want I would have both hard. I would then build a lift in my garage so that the hard top is easily removed and then take the doors off with it. (Doors slip right off if you leave the nut out of the bottom)
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I would order the full doors and add on the 1/2 doors(negotiate price) and roll everything into the financing at the time of the original order.

I wish i had done this when I ordered my 2010.

I will when I order my next Wrangler!
Planning to pay cash but may still try negotiating in the 1/2 doors..


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Pick a top, I recommend hard because its more expensive and winter friendly, and them pick the doors that match it. But if I could do it how I want I would have both hard. I would then build a lift in my garage so that the hard top is easily removed and then take the doors off with it. (Doors slip right off if you leave the nut out of the bottom)
Even though I have a messed up back and the jeep probably won't see much winter, I may do this for the resale.. Thanks for the suggestions.


Second part to my question.. Does anyone have the 4 ply "premium" top and run it in the winter? How much worse is it than the hardtop would be?

Thanks again!

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