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Old 03-09-2012, 08:27 PM   #1
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Doors off all summer

I live in New England and would love to be able to leave the doors off all summer. I can use a cover while at work and at home overnight. But if it rains I have to be able to put doors back on, I bring the kids to and from daycare. I don't think lugging the full doors (2012 4 door) around in the back is a good idea, even if I only take off the front two.

Half doors are crazy expensive for what I want, I just want an emergency skin for when it rains. Anyone have something like this?

Alternatively, is there a solution for carrying the doors with a rack from my hitch? That might be the easiest and cheapest plan.

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I live in New England and would love to be able to leave the doors off all summer. I can use a cover while at work and at home overnight. But if it rains I have to be able to put doors back on, I bring the kids to and from daycare. I don't think lugging the full doors (2012 4 door) around in the back is a good idea, even if I only take off the front two.

Half doors are crazy expensive for what I want, I just want an emergency skin for when it rains. Anyone have something like this?

Alternatively, is there a solution for carrying the doors with a rack from my hitch? That might be the easiest and cheapest plan.
As far as an emergency cover for use on the road, try these (same name, two different threads, one glaring punctuation faux pas):

Pavement End's Emergency Top

Pavement Ends Emergency Top

Make sure you read through em...IIRC, there's a few quirks with use of the top.

Can't help you on lugging the doors via tow hitch. If you find something, make sure you can lock the doors to it, or they'll get stolen.

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That for pointing me to the threads. I did find that product, but it doesn't cover the front doors...I need one just like it that covers the front doors too.
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Not seen a emergency top that will cover the full front door area
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That seems to be the best option I've found too. How heavy are they? Are they just real thin? That's what I want, but cheaper if I can.
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That seems to be the best option I've found too. How heavy are they? Are they just real thin? That's what I want, but cheaper if I can.
They only weigh a few pounds each. They are a metal frame wrapped in fabric - like soft top fabric.
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yep just fabric over metal frame. Windows just have 3 posts that slide into bottom. Nothing fancy but light and fit in the back. This is what I had on from the day I got it home until winter.

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And they will work well with the factory soft top I assume? And I will switch back to the full doors when I put the hard top back on?

Sweet! Thanks for the help.
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And they will work well with the factory soft top I assume? And I will switch back to the full doors when I put the hard top back on?

Sweet! Thanks for the help.
yep work good, I got some water in when it poured and they pull away a little at the top at highway speeds. You are supposed to be able to bend the top in and fix that but by the time I got around to it summer was over.

Pretty good solution but I am still thinking about replacing them with half doors at least for days I know it will rain and for trips.
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And they will work well with the factory soft top I assume? And I will switch back to the full doors when I put the hard top back on?

Sweet! Thanks for the help.
Yep they work with the soft top. I run them all summer - they do leak in the rain so i leave the drains out & park in the sun if it does get wet. This summer I'm pulling the carpet so it won't be an issues. I was able to hang off the top of the doors to bend them in & they don't pull out at highway speeds at all anymore. They are kind of a pain for new people to close, my door striker on the passenger side doesn't line up perfect so I usually end up closing the passenger door for people.

They aren't perfect but I wouldn't be without them.

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