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Old 05-08-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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Bestop Element Doors installation

Has anyone out there successfully installed the element half doors with enclosure panels and uppers? I'm having a bear of a time. I won't go into detail about past problems, but I thought today was going to be the day to finally put these on my Jeep.

Enclosure panels were properly mounted on tube doors. I hung the half door on the driver's side, and adjusted the striker. Door seemed to open and close OK. Mounted the upper, and there was a very large gap between the top of the upper and the soft top. This was with the pin collars adjusted as far up as possible. I moved the latch so that the enclosure panel was as high as it could be, and still an unacceptable gap. The door just doesn't seem to be lining up properly, and I can't figure out why.

I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who has assembled these doors. Thanks.

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I had the exact same problem and still can't manage. The uppers are absolute junk. My lowers also rusted after just 1 time in the rain. Real disappointment from bestop considering the price...

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I'd contact Bestop and include pictures of the gaps. If they're that bad they need to go back to the drawing board.
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Did more research. .. bestop says you have to bend the tops for them to fit right. To get it to work... I had to put the top in the lower half and almost hang off (I weigh about 200 lbs). They arched in a little better and they press into the enclosure now. Still not a perfect fit but MUCH improved. I'm also going to put some light weather stripping on the frame of the jeep to see if that doesn't help. Still very disappointed tho in how much rust I've seem out of the tube doors in such light rains. But I've registered them for the warranty and if they rust out within the year bestop can replace them for me .
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I use the bestop full soft doors and if im not mistaken they are the same thing as what your talking about? You really have to bend them to get a good seal. you can probably take a long piece of pipe and use that to bend the pins because sometimes it may be difficult to bend them while they are attached to the lower. Once you do find the sweet spot you probably wont need to worry about a gap.

If were using the same uppers, I am surprised your adjustment collars aren't working for you because this is also something that really helps. You should have 2 on each door on the front and rear pins with nothing in the middle. Once you get the two dialed in, that is the adjustment collars and the inward bending of the window from the pins, the doors will be much better.

Youd think they would be a little better quality to prevent rusting and a little better fitment for the cash. Mine have minor rust spots, nothing major though. These doors are definatley not for everyone and I can see why some guys think it doesn't make sense to find ways to make these doors better when they are so expensive. As much as I love these doors, I will probably get the strike force zebra half doors when they release their upper sliders soon
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I have the soft doors but really want true half doors. As they are so expensive I've been looking at the element doors as a substitute.

I can confirm you have to bend the crap out of the tips to get them to fit right. In my experience you need to overbend them to the point the door is sort of hard to close. If you don't you'll find that when you drive at high speed the wind will suck the tops outward creating a big gap. Not any fun if its raining.

Do the element just hang in the door pin slots? I wish these doors attached with bolts like full doors. These doors are super easy to steal. I try to lock them when I feel like it but its a pain in the butt.

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