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Old 01-03-2014, 09:57 PM   #1
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Hard top - Hard to shut doors?

I have a 2012 JK that came with the softtop. I was lucky enough to find a 2013 hardtop and I installed it just last week.

With the windows all the way up, it's a real bear to get the door latched all the way. I have to swing it pretty hard. If I crack the window, the door is much easier to fully latch. So, it seems the Jeep is really airtight and that is what makes the doors hard to close.

I have a buddy with a JKU and his doors are way easier to close, windows up or down. Maybe because the cabin space is larger?

Is this normal for JK hardtops? Is there a vent I need to check?

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Old 01-03-2014, 10:04 PM   #2
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Yes it is a normal thing. It gets better over time or your arm gets stronger.

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Old 01-03-2014, 10:05 PM   #3
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I have a 10A with the hard top. Mine are hard to shut as well. I have 5K on it now and I would say it's better. Just crack the window a little and they will shut much easer..
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I have a '12 with the hardtop and only the driver door is that way. All of the other doors close easily. That makes me think it's an adjustment but I don't want to take it to the dealer to get it worked on.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:16 PM   #5
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I thought mine were hard to close, and someone else had mentioned the same issue in another thread. Someone had answered, "close it like a man" - and suddenly, my doors are much easier to close, too
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:34 PM   #6
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Mine are the same too, it just means you have a good seal, if I turn my heater fan up on high I get a whistling noise coming from the drivers door top seal as well, it seems that everything is sealed up pretty well from water .
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:47 PM   #7
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OK cool, I'm glad this is normal. I'm starting to get into the habit of cracking the window before I shut the door.

Thank you everyone.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:51 PM   #8
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Mine can be beastly to close as well.

I just figured it was my Jeep trying to tell me I keep the top on too much!
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:29 AM   #9
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If you drill a couple holes in the top, that will help equalize sir pressure and make shutting doors easier. If course it leaks, but hey, it probably leaked anyway.
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It was the first thing that bugged me about my new '14 Sahara w/hard tops. But then i just figured it was because of the non-spring loaded doors and learned to give the door a more purposeful shove. Now the only problem is having to do the same with the passenger doors when hauling around less clued-in folks.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:16 AM   #11
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Anyone else seem to have their seatbelt buckle get caught or hit when shutting the door?
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I've had the seatbelt get caught in both our 2013 and 2014. It happens when you get out and the belt is twisted and doesn't retract all the way. It helps if you remember to make sure it is straight when you put it on. Doesn't always happen, but it does help.
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With the windows all the way up, it's a real bear to get the door latched all the way. I have to swing it pretty hard. If I crack the window, the door is much easier to fully latch. So, it seems the Jeep is really airtight and that is what makes the doors hard to close.
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OK cool, I'm glad this is normal. I'm starting to get into the habit of cracking the window before I shut the door.

Thank you everyone.
Learn how to close the door firmly with your hand on the door handle... if you swing it open or slam it shut, you will certain have a better chance of causing problems down the road.

I finally got through to my GF not to swing it open against the tethered strap... now she needs to learn how to close it without rattling the windows.

This will take some patience and finesse. She's a right brainer...

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It was the first thing that bugged me about my new '14 Sahara w/hard tops. But then i just figured it was because of the non-spring loaded doors and learned to give the door a more purposeful shove. Now the only problem is having to do the same with the passenger doors when hauling around less clued-in folks.



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Anyone else seem to have their seatbelt buckle get caught or hit when shutting the door?
ALL THE FREAKIN TIME! My first jeep scar is from a seatbelt
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I've had the seatbelt get caught in both our 2013 and 2014. It happens when you get out and the belt is twisted and doesn't retract all the way. It helps if you remember to make sure it is straight when you put it on. Doesn't always happen, but it does help.
I got out and went into home depot for about twenty minutes and when I came out the door was still open because of the damned seat belt. Luckily no one stole my phone on the seat.
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Just crack the window a little and they will shut much easer..
But then, I have to open it up again to close the window.

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