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Old 07-07-2013, 06:38 AM   #1
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Anyone else just running rear tube doors for child safety?

Wasn't really looking to drop $4-600 for 4 tubular doors to use when the OE doors are off.
But my wife (her JEEP) is concerned about the kids (8,11) in the back seat and their safety. I informed her there is little to no protection being offered by the OE doors.
However, she is concerned about one of them 'rolling out' the door even with their seatbelts on. I have no idea how this could be possible. However we do have the kind of knuckle-headed kids that are always playing grab-ass, he hit me first, etc in the backseat.

So, she really feels the rear tube doors would be an added safety feature for the kids. Or is it all just a false sense of security?

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Old 07-07-2013, 07:22 AM   #2
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I'm curious too. My kids are 8 and 6. I'd love to use 'safety' as a reason to get some Rancho tube doors with SpiderWebShade covers.

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Old 07-07-2013, 07:36 AM   #3
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Me personally, I would never take the back doors off with my kids back there. The doors do provide some protection from shattered glass and rocks and metal fragments. Also, my 2 year old already knows how to unbuckle his carseat.
IMHO, try just taking the front doors off and leaving the back ones on and see if that enough for you.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:47 AM   #4
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That's exactly why I am ordering my 2014 with half doors. It looks really good with the front doors off and back half doors on. I've got 2 kids that are too young to run with the doors off so the half door is the next best thing. Here are a couple pictures of Jeeps with the back half doors on.
It looks a little like a Scrambler with the rear half doors on
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:15 AM   #5
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My girls are also 11 and 8. They have been perfectly fine with the doors off. They are given a pre departure briefing everything we go somewhere and it hasn't been an issue. They would cry I think if I did keep doors in the rear and took the fronts off. When I was deciding on a 2dr or 4dr wrangler, both the girls kept reminding me about the limited "trunk" space. I did end up with a 4dr and my 8 year old told me the real reason they wanted a 4dr was so they could have the doors off in the back like me. The rear seat of the 2dr wasn't as "cool". So there is the advice of an 8 year old. Forget safety and be the "cool dad".
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:15 AM   #6
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Those half doors do look nice!
However, I know the kids will be disappointed in that we may as well just leave the full doors on then.
I am 'thinking' the tubular doors would be a compromise for the open air feeling yet a bit of safety keeping them inside the cabin.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:21 AM   #7
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I am looking to add tubular doors just to the back because of kid, not kids thank goodness. THE ONLY reason I would consider just the back is because of a white JKU that I see around town. Has just the back tube doors and still looks AWESOME. I have had mine for ONE WEEK today and it has rained buckets the entire time!!! Wanting to take my doors off so bad! Good Luck to you!
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:03 AM   #8
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I think I am convinced guys. Back tube doors then. Any reason to pay $100 more than the basic $200 ones?
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:52 AM   #9
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Why don't your get tube doors with sleeves? Or am I missing something? Expensive but more protection. I have the Bestops with sleeves. Plus they help cancel out some wind- less stuff flies out. I recently took my sleeves off and just ran tubes- though IMO tubes look better I actually prefer the sleeves.
Long shot but I found mine on Craigslist for $175.
And just use the "search" feature and look for "tube" or half doors. Plenty of review threads. Probably Bestop and Body Armor are the most popular.
http://www.quadratec.com/products/11149_1000_07.htm
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:41 PM   #10
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I personally love the half doors in the back and plan to get some as my first next mod. My kids are three.
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Why don't your get tube doors with sleeves? Or am I missing something? Expensive but more protection. I have the Bestops with sleeves. Plus they help cancel out some wind- less stuff flies out. I recently took my sleeves off and just ran tubes- though IMO tubes look better I actually prefer the sleeves.
Long shot but I found mine on Craigslist for $175.
And just use the "search" feature and look for "tube" or half doors. Plenty of review threads. Probably Bestop and Body Armor are the most popular.
http://www.quadratec.com/products/11149_1000_07.htm
Do your half door work well with latching? I ordered my 2013 10A Rubicon with standard doors and my wife does not like running without doors so I am looking at purchasing half door but from what I have read the OEM are the best however they are very expensive.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:56 PM   #12
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Yeah i ordered my 14 with half doors since ive got kids boy 5 and girl 9.. Was also going to put buckets & 5 point harness in the back as well.. So it will be like built in kid seats..

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