I chose Bestop Elements and I'm happy. They come in two finishes, are a little less "open" than some others and use stock mirrors. The door bags are very heavy material and block some wind. They rattle a lot in stock form, but that can be lessened with some tape on the latches and pins.
I was in a dealership the other day that had a set of the Rancho tube doors on a 2013. I was checking them out. They had a what looked like a high quality black finish. They seemed solid and opening and closing them also seemed really good. I going to get them.
I havent used any tube doors, but i have heard nothing but good from the body armor trail doors.
I just installed these about a week ago. Finish was very nice but had to enlarge the door latch mount on 2 of the 4 doors to get them to fit without hitting the door frame and rubbing the paint. Once I got the latches adjusted they fit great and do not rattle. I would recommend these if you have the ability to enlarge the latch mounts. This is a picture with the Body Armor doors and Safari Straps installed.
So many options. I bought the OR-Fab tube doors, but there are a lot of good choices. I like the versatility of the Bestop Element doors and the ability to make them into half-doors, and the Body Armor doors with safari straps are sweet looking.
Got the Bestop Elements and like Kramer I wanted the module nature so that I can expand them into full half doors. They fit well and after a few minor adjustments, work great. There is a HUGE difference between tube doors and no doors at all, and I think they look bad azzzz
For the people that have tube doors. What setups seam to latch up good enough to be able to stay latched while my butt and leg are puting a lot of force on it in severely off camber situations? Would you trust your well being to them with a lot weight pushing out on them?
Even with the seatbelt on I have a very had time staying in my seat and trying to drive sometimes.
I'm here to participate. I didnt come all this way just to watch.
The latches on my OR-Fab doors seem very secure. I've put all my weight on them to see if they would budge (thinking about my kids leaning on them). The latches are adjustable and I've spent some time making sure they are as secure as possible. They don't have locks like some tube doors, but there is a hole that you could insert a pin or a lock to keep the latch from accidentally being opened.
Unfortunately, the conditions around here usually involve too much water and mud to use them off-road, except for beach driving or light trail use to go camping, etc. My tube doors are used mainly with kids on the road. You wouldn't think that little bit of steel would make much difference, but driving on the freeway to get to the beach, it does give some sense of security that kids won't fall out. As they get older, I've used them less often.
Kramer, nice looking Jeep. How do you like the top cover? Does it secure everything? Any regrets?
Top cover? As in the soft top boot?
It's great. It really cleans up the mess and sloppiness of fabric going all over the place. My top pretty much stays down so I don't have to fool with the boot at all. In fact, it hasn't come off since the day I first installed it a couple months ago.
One more vote for the Bestop. I'm going to get them because I like the way they look + like the options available for them. You can buy the panel to make them a full half door. They even have uppers you can buy so you can leave them on all the time.
I suppose I'll be the one to ask the dumb question...what's the point of tube doors?
Looks like most who posted pics here have JKU's?
Not dumb at all. So I like them because my 6 year old liked the idea of no doors ( he was used to it in a BUILT YJ but he sat in the back) but once he did the no door thing it scared him a bit. So I ordered up a set of our doors. It was OK, but once SpiderWebShade came out with their door skins my kid felt secure. So I guess I did it for the kids... also the skins keep some mud off the interior and are easy to hose off.