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Old 05-04-2013, 10:25 AM   #1
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Installed Bestop Element doors.

My Smittybilt door bags finally came in so a friend and I pulled the factory doors and added the tubulars. My recs: 1. Shoot the factory hinges and electrical connectors with WD-40 the day before- they pop right off. 2. Leave the windows down-easier to handle and protected. 3. Do not fully tighten Element latch assembly or mirrors on doors until mounted-mine needed adjustment. 4. Mount limiting straps immediately- I didn't and it cost me a ding in the hood filler panel- luckily popped right out. 5. Tape the factory latch pins with duct tape to reduce rattling-mine still rattle but not incessantly.
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They really change the feel of the Jeep- now its a true beach cruiser- doubt if I will ever change back- luckily I'm in Key West!

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Old 05-04-2013, 11:07 AM   #2
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Nice

I run the Bestop Elements on my JKU also. So you opted for some Smittybilt door bags rather than the matching Bestop bags? Why did you go that route? And what is that yellow padding you have?

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Old 05-04-2013, 12:24 PM   #3
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Only reason-Smittybilt bags were $30.00 less per bag than the Bestop- they are well built and padded. Yellow padding is Kirkey roll bar padding (AKA modified pool noodles) the black metal tube doors get very hot in the sun and this adds a cushion as well. I will probably add the rear saddlebags too- they cut the wind nicely in front.
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:06 PM   #4
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I've looked at getting the Bestop bags very soon. They're sitting in my Amazon cart, and have been for a month.

I want them for the reason you mention -- to cut down a little on the wind turbulence. I don't necessarily need the storage space.

But I saw something cool at Jeep Beach. Apparently Rancho contracted with Spiderwebshade to make some cool door shades that wrap around the Rancho tube doors in much the same fashion the top goes around the top. They just secured via spider balls and the fit and finish was spot on.

I'm not seeing them on the internet anywhere. The guy at Rancho did mention they're new. I'm wondering if they will fit the Bestop Element doors, since it looks like the door closure mechanism is similarly located between Rancho and Bestop tube doors.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:30 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tip- I may wait for those. In the meantime, maybe I'll strech an old bike jersey over the rear doors- Phonak Jeep?Name:  phonak.png
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