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Old 08-14-2013, 10:31 AM   #1
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Kid safety question

Hey folks

we are new to the jeep world.

one of our kids is in a booster seat and the other in a upright seat.

Ages 5 and 9

Is it safe to take the doors off or should I get some other door options?

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Old 08-14-2013, 10:55 AM   #2
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My 9 year old love riding in the jeep with the doors off. Seat belt on and no problem. I let her ride in the front some times also..

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Old 08-14-2013, 11:06 AM   #3
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Try it on a backroad. If u feel safe then adventure further.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:30 PM   #4
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I always ask when going somewhere local my 3 and 7 year olds "Girls what should we take the Minivan or the Jeep" they both SCREAM the Jeep!!!!! Even though the minivan has a dvd player in it and is all cushy they love the Jeep...Top Down of course! :-)
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:27 PM   #5
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When it comes to the safety of my kids, I would rather err on the side of caution. Just my opinion, but if I have to rationalize something in my head as to whether it is a good idea or not, with my kids, more than likely it is not. Having said that, is your Jeep 2 or 4 door? If it was 2 door and the kids are properly buckled in the back seat, I don't think that would be bad. I have yet to take my doors off, but my top is down more than it is up. My 3 year old is hit or miss. Sometimes she likes the top down, other times not. Maybe I should try her with the doors off and the top down. That would totally rock her world. Insert air guitar riff.
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:31 PM   #6
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MY 6 year old grandson wants DOORS OFF PAPA when we take the jeep he is heartbroken since it wont pass smog
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:31 PM   #7
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I tried rear doors off with our 3.5 year (upright convertible seat) old for the first time a few weeks ago. I did have her wear a helmet, and would prefer a half door or tube door option when the budget allows for them to be purchased.

That said, she loved it, and complained when I put "her" door back on.

We rode with the soft top on (windows out) and doors off. I think she like it better since it was actually probably less windy (her usual complaint) with the door off and top on. There's a lot of wind kickback with the top down for the rear passengers it seems (more so if they're elevated a bit more in a car seat) since there's no windscreen behind the rear seats.
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:33 PM   #8
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Thanks for the responses folks.

I think I will get a mesh top. We have the freedom top now. Its takes some effort to put on and off. Only done it once but we have only had for a week.
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With my boys 2 & 4 we go topless but leave their doors on. Probably will until they are in their teens. I work in medical field where there are young kids with traumatic brain damage from auto accidents. I dont know if i could live with myself if we got side swiped and the doors were off with them in the back. Just my opinion. You have to be the parent even if they want otherwise. I trust my driving, just not everybody elses.
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My 5 year old prefers doors on (with or without the SpiderWebShade skins) on our doors.
When our 1 year old is in the JK, doors are on.

My son drove over 100 miles like this. We started at 10,000 feet and 40 degrees and rain. He was a trooper, when we got off the mountain he had a nap and it was 80 degrees.

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With my boys 2 & 4 we go topless but leave their doors on. Probably will until they are in their teens. I work in medical field where there are young kids with traumatic brain damage from auto accidents. I dont know if i could live with myself if we got side swiped and the doors were off with them in the back. Just my opinion. You have to be the parent even if they want otherwise. I trust my driving, just not everybody elses.
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I'd probably lean toward kids in jeep - doors on.
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:54 PM   #13
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I have a 1 year old twin 4 yr olds and a 6 yr old. All the older kids prefer the doors off, but I only do it if I'm only taking one kid and can put their booster in the center of my JKU rear seat. If I'm taking 2 or more kids the rear doors go back on. That's just how I've decided to roll for now. At some point when they're older I'll probably leave the doors off.
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With my boys 2 & 4 we go topless but leave their doors on. Probably will until they are in their teens. I work in medical field where there are young kids with traumatic brain damage from auto accidents. I dont know if i could live with myself if we got side swiped and the doors were off with them in the back. Just my opinion. You have to be the parent even if they want otherwise. I trust my driving, just not everybody elses.
Me too. I have seen too much go wrong to roll the dice on public roads. We go doorless with the kids in back when we are on trails and there are not other vehicles around. Planning half doors by next summer to get the best of both worlds.
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Above the rear view mirror there's a sticker that essentially says the roof and doors are only to protect from elements and do not rely on them to protect from injury during an accident. If you've ever taken off your back doors you'll see there's not much to them. I personally think that should I get side swiped it's my rock rails that are going to protect me the most, which was also one of several justifications for getting them.
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Above the rear view mirror there's a sticker that essentially says the roof and doors are only to protect from elements and do not rely on them to protect from injury during an accident. If you've ever taken off your back doors you'll see there's not much to them. I personally think that should I get side swiped it's my rock rails that are going to protect me the most, which was also one of several justifications for getting them.
I will second this. Granted, my baby girl is only 3 and a half months old and hasnt ridden in the jeep yet (its too hot here and I dont have AC...so the top is off all summer...probably a little much for a 3 month old).

I do own a tj, but same goes for our doors...they are nothing more than a piece of sheet metal and plastic. I would say that after market tube doors are probably stronger structurally. If it were me, I would go doors off or tube doors. Personally, I think I like the look of 4 doors with the 'right' looking tube doors more than doorless

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