right? I openly admit I know very little about JKs. I saw a price on a JKU 16,300 Auto with a hard top. I was floored. When I looked at the pics it appeared to be dirty. I figured it was trailed and the dealer knew what they had.
I said to the dealer spoke with the dealer...
Me: Alright what's the catch?
Dealer: It's 2WD Me: Oooohhhhh....... wait..... WHAT THE F***?! Dealer: Yeah, we've been getting a lot of that today. Dealer: Would you still be interested in the Jeep today? Me: Oh absolutely not. With all do respect that's just wrong. Dealer: Yeah I understand. Well, they make 'em and obviously somebody drove this one for a while. Me: hahahahhah
Since then I've thought I found awesome deals twice before learning there's a pretty big number of these guys floating around
I believe the factory half doors on the JK's are pretty decent in regards to protection from the elements. Remember, the uppers are soft, so there will be noticeable wind noise.
Down here in Texas, half doors are extremely hard to find. I have actually been looking for a full set for some time now (the aftermarket versions just aren't enough in terms of convenience and durability). And you are right on when you said a JK with half doors looks awesome!
With all that said, I believe it is worth getting the half doors. It is easier to find a full set of full doors on forums/craigslist/etc... You can sell those half doors for some great change in the future if necessary (the Mopar option is just too expensive for most people). I know I would personally be willing to spend more than a lot for them.
Soon I discovered that there are some good deals on 07s, mostly stock Xs. I noticed that some of the 05s and 06s were more than a lightly used JK.
(Some salesmen, I swear are retarded with their pricing.)
There is some market preference (and you better believe forum preference!) for the TJ body/engine over the JK body/engine. Newer isn't always better. Plus keep an eye out for trim levels, especially if you don't plan to do alot of modding. The "X" line is a great starting platform if you plan on a custom build, but is lacking alot of things that the Sport/Rubi ship with. An '06 TJ Rubi with 40k miles would be priced over an '07 JK X with 20k miles because it's WORTH more!
I ordered my 2010 jku with half doors. I hated full doors on my 07.There is more wind noise but not too bad. Mine seal pretty good and I only have a drip in the rear passenger door during a downpour. Today was 80 deg threw the windows in the back and enjoyed the ride home. I don't seem to run doorless as often with half doors.
The window opening is small compared to half doors and it just looks wrong with the top down and doors on. And it is my dd. 20,000 miles in 11 months. With the uppers removed it gives you a much better opening that can only be beat by going doorless.
Half doors pull the uppers off and you are almost doorless. Jeeps with full doors look weird with the top down. You are sitting there with no top but you are still behind a massive piece of steel with a small window opening. I know, I know some people need to roll down their window to order a mocha mocha double frapiciano latte grande with sprinkles and only want to deal with a zipper to relieve themselves after consuming large quantities of overpriced caffine and sugar. Also half doors are easier to take off.
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MTH is exactly right and I came to the same conclusion. If I got half doors in the beginning for free with the new Jeep I could always find 10 people to trade with if I didn't like them. As time goes on and JK's are getting older and wrecked I might find a set of full doors in a junkyard for the winter time for far less than half doors cost.
I was noticing that it is possible to order the half doors with the hard top. Does anyone have experience with this setup? I want the hard top for the winters here, but I don't want to go for the dual tops because as soon as the weather gets to be 50-degrees or so, I plan on throwing on a bikini top and leaving it on. I thought about just getting the full doors and running without the doors in the summer, but I do like the looks of the half doors.
Ok, dumb question here but why half doors? Why not take the doors completely off?
I did drive my JKU around topless with the doors on because we were still in the 60s, but what do the half doors do for you?
Half doors are lower than the window opening on full doors, so the body lines look better, and they are much more open than rolling down a window on a full door without being completely open as doorless. They reduce wind when the temps are a bit on the cool side for doorless, and they offer more elbow room, no sore knees from banging into the window crank, and offer a much nicer and more comfortable arm rest....
Get the full doors and pick up a set of the Bestop Element Tube Doors with enclosures for a fraction of the price of stock half doors. Then you have both! Quadratec even sells the enclosures paint-matched to your vehicle. I just got the powdercoated black ones though...
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I ordered the half door sets from my local dealer and had them painted to match. I run the full doors in the winter and the halfs in the spring and fall...spend most of the summer doorless. they were kinda pricey, but well worth it, in my opinion.
If you plan to drop the top a lot, get the half doors. The full doors (with soft top) not only look awful with the top down, but the only reason to get them (with soft top) is if dealing with non-roll down windows (when the uppers are in) is too much hassle, which I find ironic as jeepers are usually a "tougher" lot and being bothered by zipper windows (for me) would take a huge back seat to the flexibility of half doors. The opening and "openness" created with the uppers off vs. rolling down the full door windows is incomparable. The difference in open air feel vs. pulling the whole door off (full or half) is negligible, plus you get the benefit of less wind buffeting down low and more security from things falling/blowing out. Unless you live somewhere and have a lifestyle (meaning no fancy work clothes) where you can keep the whole door off most of the year, get halfs!
After living with them for a while ( I suggest a full year/four seasons), if you really do not like them, you can EASILY trade for fulls on the forums or find fulls at a salvage yard to have them as well. Aftermarket halfs are cheaper but nowhere near the quality of the factory set.
If you plan to drop the top a lot, get the half doors. The full doors (with soft top) not only look awful with the top down, but the only reason to get them (with soft top) is if dealing with non-roll down windows (when the uppers are in) is too much hassle, which I find ironic as jeepers are usually a "tougher" lot and being bothered by zipper windows (for me) would take a huge back seat to the flexibility of half doors.
The opening and "openness" created with the uppers off vs. rolling down the full door windows is incomparable. The difference in open air feel vs. pulling the whole door off (full or half) is negligible
^^^^ This I disagree with. I find doorless to offer a great deal more freedom over half doors, when weather permits....
, plus you get the benefit of less wind buffeting down low and more security from things falling/blowing out. Unless you live somewhere and have a lifestyle (meaning no fancy work clothes) where you can keep the whole door off most of the year, get halfs!
I have half doors and love them. In the winter I have no problem with them at all.. Its nice in the summer or on rare warm days to be able to take them out and enjoy it. And when I take my top off I like the way the half doors look better than fulls. THE ONLY thing I dont like about having half doors is that when I'm not at home and want to fold my top down its hard to fit my three rear windows and upper halfs in my Jeep. With full hard doors I could fold my top down and shove the three rears under the top in the back. Other than that I recommend them
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half doors on the JK would probably be great. I prefer driving either with no doors, but if doors are on, I don't particularly love driving the JK 4 door anymore since I got my YJ. I feel very boxed in, and I do have the full doors. So far as removing the full doors, no big deal with the YJ, easy as can be and easy to stick anywhere. The JK doors are a bit more clumsy and you have all the wiring to deal with too. I don't plan to get half doors for the JK since it's not my DD, but if it were.....
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