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Old 07-30-2013, 10:05 PM   #1
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Half door predicament

So I am ordering a 2014 JKU Rubicon as soon as granite becomes available this Fall and I keep going back and forth over the half doors. I originally was going to order a Sport without the power convenience group with half doors, but now I have decided that the Rubicon is the way to go. This is where my problem begins. The JKU Rubicon comes standard with the power convenience group so I am essentially paying for these power features and security but not getting them if I order the half doors. So now I am asking myself if I shouldn't just get the full doors with all the standard power stuff and maybe order some rear half doors separate? I know I want to have at least the back half doors - maybe run doorless front with the back half doors in summer and then I could throw the back full doors on in the winter.

Does anyone have experience or know how difficult or how much it would cost to buy the rear half doors with uppers? Is this something that I could order when I order the Jeep at the dealer? Cheaper to get the doors elsewhere then going thru dealer? Thought it would be nice if I could order with my Jeep and roll it into the financing.

Here is a pic of what I am wanting to acheive with the back half door. I really just want something back there when my kids are in the backseat and I have the front doors off. I really like the look - looks a little Scrambler-esque. Also a pic with the front full door and rear half door - doesn't look perfect because the door handles don't line up, but doesn't look too bad IMO. Especially if I ran that setup on rainy summer days when I had to have the top and doors on. I could always use the back full doors in the winter.





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Do you have an honest need for the rubicon? Ive seen guys take my sports places you wouldnt believe. I know my sport is more that capable of anywhere i wanna take it. I say get the sport like intended with the half doors and with the saved money, buy some lockers if you still feel you need them.

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Yeah, I have gone back and forth over the Rubicon Vs. Sport and the Rubicon will be the best setup to begin with. I plan on going with at least 35's but am leaning toward 37's. I don;t want to regear or swap axles on a brand new Jeep so Rubicon is probably the best way to go. Anyway, enough about the rubicon vs sport discussion.

Anyone out there order two sets of doors on their unlimited? I'm thinking it would be nice to have the power convenience group with the full doors since I am already paying for it on the Rubicon and maybe ordering a set of the rear half doors with the Jeep?
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Why not get aftermarket half doors?

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Why not get aftermarket half doors?

HighRock 4x4 Element Doors by Bestop - Quadratec

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Thanks for the link. Yeah, I have seen those but I really like the look of the factory half doors. It looks like one rear door with painted enclousure and upper soft door is 1000 which would put me at $2000 for a pair of two rear doors. Surely the factory doors can't be a whole lot more expensive than that? I know I could get the powder coated cheaper, but I want the paint to match and look factory if possible...
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I saw a discussion on here yesterday, or the day before that Mopar wanted like $7k for doors lol! The factory are def more quality. The price on Quadratec is for a pair of painted doors, not singles.
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I saw a discussion on here yesterday, or the day before that Mopar wanted like $7k for doors lol! The factory are def more quality. The price on Quadratec is for a pair of painted doors, not singles.
Yeah, I just added them to cart so you are right the rear doors painted enclosure with uppers are about 1000 for the pair. Which that is not too bad, but it would be nice to find out what the factory doors cost and if anyone has ordered two sets of doors when ordering their Jeep..
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Adding half doors will be SOOO much cheaper than adding full doors if you ever need/want them. Other than the factory ones, there are MANY options for half doors. There aren't too many options for full doors with power windows and locks. I was thinking the same thing as you. Something to make me feel better about kids and dogs in the back. Tube doors with skins will probably be the way I go. My other thought was to keep looking in salvage yards. Pretty easy to respray some half doors that aren't installed.

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think your best bet is get the Half door like you want then find full doors off a wrecked jeep and paint them up. Like you said half doors will be harder to find.

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think your best bet is get the Half door like you want then find full doors off a wrecked jeep and paint them up. Like you said half doors will be harder to find.

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The big difference is if you want power locks/windows. I have half doors and am trying to add full doors. Full doors with manual locks and crank windows are not easy to find and are $$$$. The ones I have found from a salvage yard have been between $595 and $750 EACH. They still need to be repainted.

If I were to replace my Jeep, I would get full doors with power locks and windows, then add half doors (where I could add power locks back to. Or, at the very least use the less expensive half doors like tube or the ones on Quadratec. Its easier and cheaper to go to half doors then it is to go from half doors to full doors.
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I know what you mean about paying extra for options you arent getting like power conv with half doors. But that is still cheaper than buying half doors too. I ordered my second JKU with halfs and wouldnt have it any other way. You can find full doors in junk yard but you will almost never find halfs. I have made it through 3 winters now and see no need for full doors ever. The last 2 weeks i have been running with all the windows out and loving the climate change! 60-70 deg in july!
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Adding half doors will be SOOO much cheaper than adding full doors if you ever need/want them. Other than the factory ones, there are MANY options for half doors. There aren't too many options for full doors with power windows and locks. I was thinking the same thing as you. Something to make me feel better about kids and dogs in the back. Tube doors with skins will probably be the way I go. My other thought was to keep looking in salvage yards. Pretty easy to respray some half doors that aren't installed.

Moparpartsonline has the shells for $715.
Yeah I was dead set on buying the half doors until I decided that the Rubicon unlimited was the way to go. The fact that the power convenience group comes standard has really got me thinking getting the full doors and possibly buying the rear half doors separate for the kids.
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I know what you mean about paying extra for options you arent getting like power conv with half doors. But that is still cheaper than buying half doors too. I ordered my second JKU with halfs and wouldnt have it any other way. You can find full doors in junk yard but you will almost never find halfs. I have made it through 3 winters now and see no need for full doors ever. The last 2 weeks i have been running with all the windows out and loving the climate change! 60-70 deg in july!
While I love the look of my halfs with the windows out, I hate em with the plastic in. They scratched easily and to me, make my Jeep look older and in worse shape than it actually is. Just cant seem to get em clean enough. Tries various chemicals on this forum, even tried a buffer, but I couldn't get the scratches out

The road noise bothers me now too - but I am old now and want it a little quiet in the cabin.

My ideal Jeep for me would be full doors (with power everything in em) and a hard top. Then for top off time, pull the doors and put my halfs back on. Best of both worlds
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Woof. Curious to try this - as having not seen the no-front/half-rear combo before. However, a scan of ebay found a pair of fronts for local pick-up in NV for $1000 (bright silver) and a full set of 4 for a JKU for $3500 (!!!) - factory white.
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Strike Force Zebra is SUPPOSED to be releasing a half door upper with sliders for windows, but I don't know if it will be compatible with the stock lowers or only the SFZ lowers. Either way, it would be one more aftermarket option.

If you are really set on factory half doors, it really is easier to order with them and buy factory full doors later...just a simple question of production. I've seen a set of 4 full doors sell for as little as $1000, and sold a set I had for $1600 (took months to find a local buyer for even that price). I have seen a few people who regret their chosen doors and offer trades, but its rare. Factory Half doors themselves are incredibly rare, and the 2 sets I've found for a good price, were front only (both for sale now!).

In the way these things go, after years of wanting half doors, I finally have a Jeep on the way with them and will be looking to find full doors and a hard top on the cheap through CL and the forums while trying to sell half doors that I bought and never ended up using.

I will warn that Rugged Ridge half doors Have an interior panel that LOOKS better with the new JK interior, but the fit and finish isn't close to factory, especially on the uppers (which more closely resemble the old soft TJ or YJ/CJ uppers). The Element doors from Bestop, likewise, will provide the look of half doors, but will function more like old CJ soft doors than new JK doors.
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Woof. Curious to try this - as having not seen the no-front/half-rear combo before. However, a scan of ebay found a pair of fronts for local pick-up in NV for $1000 (bright silver) and a full set of 4 for a JKU for $3500 (!!!) - factory white.
$1000 is a good price. Less than I'm asking for the Bright Silver fronts that I want to sell
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Man I am torn now. The rear factory half doors and uppers will run at least $1500 more than aftermarket... To me it would almost be worth getting the factory half doors if I can work it into the financing on the Jeep. I really like the look of the stock half doors vs the aftermarket doors I've seen.

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If you are really set on factory half doors, it really is easier to order with them and buy factory full doors later...just a simple question of production. I've seen a set of 4 full doors sell for as little as $1000, and sold a set I had for $1600 (took months to find a local buyer for even that price). I have seen a few people who regret their chosen doors and offer trades, but its rare. Factory Half doors themselves are incredibly rare, and the 2 sets I've found for a good price, were front only (both for sale now!).
I agree with this but the problem with buying full doors later is you wouldn't have the power windows, locks, and security wired to hook up which would lead you to try to find manual windows and doors on the full doors that I'm sure are harder to find.

Here are my 2 thoughts/options:

Option 1. If I buy the JKUR with half doors I lose the power convenience group that I am paying for. If I go the half door route there honestly is not much likelihood that I will ever want to buy the full doors. No added cost but a loss of + or - $1000 of options

Option 2. Since I am paying for power convenience group I can get the 4 full doors and keep all the nice extras and then buy two rear half doors for when I'm topless and doorless. This would add around a $1000 for aftermarket rear doors or 2500 to 3000 for the factory rear doors.

I don't know but I guess I have plenty of time to decide since I am waiting on granite crystal to arrive...
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Have a local dealer that likes to keep a JK8 on the lot? See if they would be willing to build one with 1/2 doors if you buy the rears?
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That is not a bad thought. Pretty slim chance, but a very good idea
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I also had to make the choice between power and half doors. I also wanted the leather originally, but that was a no-go as well. I suggest if you wanted the half doors originally just go with your gut and do it. there is no aftermarket half door that even comes close to the Mopar version. Also to try and buy both from the factory would be possible but it would cost you an arm and a leg. Would it really be worth it?
Half doors look better, you'll find yourself taking them off more because its more convenient, you can carry the tops with you in case of rain, and they will set your jeep apart from the rest.
Full doors weigh 75lbs, and the only benefit is that you can roll the windows down with the push of a button. I think its a no brainer.
Trust me if you really want half doors and don't get them I can almost guarantee you'll be kicking yourself every time you see another jeep with them. Just MHO.
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What he said!
I also had to make the choice between power and half doors. I also wanted the leather originally, but that was a no-go as well. I suggest if you wanted the half doors originally just go with your gut and do it. there is no aftermarket half door that even comes close to the Mopar version. Also to try and buy both from the factory would be possible but it would cost you an arm and a leg. Would it really be worth it?
Half doors look better, you'll find yourself taking them off more because its more convenient, you can carry the tops with you in case of rain, and they will set your jeep apart from the rest.
Full doors weigh 75lbs, and the only benefit is that you can roll the windows down with the push of a button. I think its a no brainer.
Trust me if you really want half doors and don't get them I can almost guarantee you'll be kicking yourself every time you see another jeep with them. Just MHO.
Dang you! I have to agree with you... What is killing me is waiting for the granite crystal before I order. It is giving me too much time to second guess myself. If I had to choose one or the other I would definitely choose the half doors, but that option 2 could almost be the best of both worlds
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What he said!
I also had to make the choice between power and half doors. I also wanted the leather originally, but that was a no-go as well. I suggest if you wanted the half doors originally just go with your gut and do it. there is no aftermarket half door that even comes close to the Mopar version. Also to try and buy both from the factory would be possible but it would cost you an arm and a leg. Would it really be worth it?
Half doors look better, you'll find yourself taking them off more because its more convenient, you can carry the tops with you in case of rain, and they will set your jeep apart from the rest.
Full doors weigh 75lbs, and the only benefit is that you can roll the windows down with the push of a button. I think its a no brainer.
Trust me if you really want half doors and don't get them I can almost guarantee you'll be kicking yourself every time you see another jeep with them. Just MHO.
I agree the full doors was a compromise on mine that I wished several times I hadn't made. There is a place on e-bay that sells factory half doors as a kit, but front and rears with uppers is close to 4k. On top of that you'll have to get them painted. So you're looking at 5k + with shipping & paint.
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Dang you! I have to agree with you... What is killing me is waiting for the granite crystal before I order. It is giving me too much time to second guess myself. If I had to choose one or the other I would definitely choose the half doors, but that option 2 could almost be the best of both worlds
I feel you're pain buddy, would have liked the granite too however I'm too impatient and just decided to go white. My jeep now is silver so I wanted to change it up anyway, the Granite was a little too close to the same.
But anyway... sure having both options would be nice but can you justify spending thousands to have both? Then what happens when you realize that you never use the full doors because the halfs are just too awesome?
It doesn't look like you'll be ordering for a little while, mine should arrive in a couple of weeks. If you like, once it gets here I'll give you my full educated opinion as someone who has had full doors for the past 5 years and switched to halfs.
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Great thread, thanks for starting!
I'm in the same boat kind of...my old TJ had half doors, loved them... almost every JKR/JKUR I see on the roads has full doors, I think I've only seen a JKUR with halfs in pictures! Never seen a rig like the maroon one you posted, buit I kinda like it!
I've been waiting to hear if the Rubi X will offer halfs...from what I'm reading today it sounds like a 'no', which is disappointing...I want to see how granite crystal looks too, but if I can't wait then it'll be Anvil for me! I've always been a 2 door person, but the more I see the JKUR with half doors, the more I like!
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I wonder if Jeep will offer premium top (material) uppers at some point?
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Fortunately, it's a Jeep...so if you add power doors its not that hard to add the wiring harness and switch plate.

Consider this too: if you find non-power front doors you wouldn't have to worry about the harness and you can reach the handle on both doors from the driver's seat.

Here's my train of thought for my purchase: my wife wants an automatic and power everything because she likes things easy, especially with kids. I want my Jeep simple. I never lock it, I'm not afraid to take the doors off if I get a 2 hour window between storms/rain, I LOVE the sound of the soft top in rain, wind noise doesn't bother me and if I have to be one more lemming in the Jeep world with a JKU, I might as well have one FREE feature that most other buyers don't have the balls to commit to (this applies to the manual shifter too). If I bought full doors from the factory, I'd be the 5th JKU on my street like that. Gotta enjoy the rough life while I'm still young enough to embrace it!
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I feel you're pain buddy, would have liked the granite too however I'm too impatient and just decided to go white. My jeep now is silver so I wanted to change it up anyway, the Granite was a little too close to the same.
But anyway... sure having both options would be nice but can you justify spending thousands to have both? Then what happens when you realize that you never use the full doors because the halfs are just too awesome?
It doesn't look like you'll be ordering for a little while, mine should arrive in a couple of weeks. If you like, once it gets here I'll give you my full educated opinion as someone who has had full doors for the past 5 years and switched to halfs.
That would be awesome! This is how I have been envisioning my granite crystal JK with half doors. Photoshop courtesy of Klink

I have to admit. I had half doors on my YJ (my first Jeep) and absolutely loved them. I currently have a CJ7 - it is currently in the middle of a body off restoration so I am not driving it now, but it has full doors and I don't think I have driven with the full doors on it since I took them off the day I brought it home. Some Jeep owners rarely take their doors and top off. I, on the other hand, rarely have the doors and top on which is why the half doors just seem right for me...

EDIT: Oh yeah and I forgot to mention that I took the Hardtop off the CJ7 the day I brought it home and I have never put it back on since I bought it 4 years ago... Guess I should probably throw that thing on CL to make room in the garage
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Great thread, thanks for starting!
I'm in the same boat kind of...my old TJ had half doors, loved them... almost every JKR/JKUR I see on the roads has full doors, I think I've only seen a JKUR with halfs in pictures! Never seen a rig like the maroon one you posted, buit I kinda like it!
I've been waiting to hear if the Rubi X will offer halfs...from what I'm reading today it sounds like a 'no', which is disappointing...I want to see how granite crystal looks too, but if I can't wait then it'll be Anvil for me! I've always been a 2 door person, but the more I see the JKUR with half doors, the more I like!
I got confirmation via PM that the half doors are not available on the Rubi X. Probably partly due to the fact that the Rubi X comes standard with the premium soft top and Jeep for some reason does not want to make the premium soft upper half doors. Guess there isn't enough demand for the half doors.

I love the 2 doors and if it was just the wife and the dog then that is what I would be buying. But since we are a family of 4 + dog the JKU is really the only option that works.


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I would hope so, but I'm guessing they don't want the expense of manufacturing since the half doors aren't in high demand. I must admit that the half doors seem to be picking up in popularity on the JKU's though. So maybe Jeep will offer them in the near future?

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Fortunately, it's a Jeep...so if you add power doors its not that hard to add the wiring harness and switch plate.

Consider this too: if you find non-power front doors you wouldn't have to worry about the harness and you can reach the handle on both doors from the driver's seat.

Here's my train of thought for my purchase: my wife wants an automatic and power everything because she likes things easy, especially with kids. I want my Jeep simple. I never lock it, I'm not afraid to take the doors off if I get a 2 hour window between storms/rain, I LOVE the sound of the soft top in rain, wind noise doesn't bother me and if I have to be one more lemming in the Jeep world with a JKU, I might as well have one FREE feature that most other buyers don't have the balls to commit to (this applies to the manual shifter too). If I bought full doors from the factory, I'd be the 5th JKU on my street like that. Gotta enjoy the rough life while I'm still young enough to embrace it!
I have to agree with you 100%. I never lock the doors on the Jeep and never leave anything valuable in it either. I love the soft top, noise, and wind. That's half the reason I love the Jeep. It is rugged. I am going with the the auto - at least I think - My wife and I have a date night without the kids tonight so I am trying to find a dealer that has some jku rubicons to test drive(I haven't taken a rubicon for a test drive yet). I test drove a manual and auto sport a few months ago and I am pretty sure I'm gonna go with the auto. My reasoning was that the auto for some reason felt right? I have never owned an automatic Jeep, but that was my gut feeling. I have long term plans for this Jeep and hope it will be the Jeep my girls learn how to drive on in 10+ years.
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That would be awesome! This is how I have been envisioning my granite crystal JK with half doors. Photoshop courtesy of Klink
That thing is gorgeous! I almost wish I didn't see it, now I wish I waited.

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