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Old 04-10-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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Best mod for me. Now I do not have to worry about the kids and dog getting hit by the door anymore.

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Old 04-10-2013, 05:59 PM   #2
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Nice, I like the Smart Door concept, not thrilled bout the $129 but even after a couple of weeks I'm finding the doors annoying, put that on my list of mods for the fall!!!

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Old 04-10-2013, 06:08 PM   #3
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It was a mustdo mod. I figured it was a matter of time before one of the kids gets hit by the swinging door or the door ends up hitting another parked car.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:15 PM   #5
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I really may do this mod as well due to the kids thing as well. I just have a huge worry about drilling a huge freaking hole in my "limited" anvil painted door. (yes I know anvil will be like the most freaking common color in a year!)
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Is there a quick disconnect for when you want to take the doors off? Or do you have to remove them completely? :-/
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Is there a quick disconnect for when you want to take the doors off? Or do you have to remove them completely? :-/
you have to unbolt one side from the frame area where the part meets. Another big downside in my opinion.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:37 PM   #8
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The down side for me was getting the dog in the back door before this install. Now I just open the door and say stay and the door listens and the dog doesn't.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:07 PM   #10
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I love my smart door stops. I could care less about the hole in the door, as no one will see it , and I don't mind another 2 little bolts to remove the door.
More than a fair trade for the factory look and function of these stops. They are top quality and continue to work well in all temps, and winds!
I would much rather have the doors off, but only a small window of opportunity for that in my area.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:09 PM   #11
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This is really odd to me. It makes it hard to take the doors off. Between this and people who buy the hard top....I don't get it. That's why you buy a Wrangler. To have the top completely off and the doors off.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:16 PM   #12
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I do not like the finished look of the Armadillo produst. The Door Stops from Star Fabricating look like a factory add on and you don't see the mechanism when the door is shut and you don't notice it when the door is open. The Armadillo maybe cheaper but to me it looks like a home made solution.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:19 PM   #13
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Percocet,clearly you live in a climate that is much more conducive to no doors and no top. Here I'm lucky to have 3 good months of top down, doors off weather.
Just makes it that much more of a joy when I get the chance! I look forward to the annual removal of the hard top. Gives my Jeep a whole new look! Tube doors, another metamorphous. I love the variety!
I agree with that bicpearl, not the look I want.
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you have to unbolt one side from the frame area where the part meets. Another big downside in my opinion.
Wait, what? Can someone show how and what these look like disconnected? I thought I remember reading last year that they were super easy to take the doors off. For anyone wondering why I would ruin the wrangler experience by having doors stops; I also have dogs and a somewhat sloped driveway and often in a windy area. I hope that justifies it? The hard top seemed to make more sense to me during my 6-7 months of winter...
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Just to clarify, I put the Star Fabricating Smart Door on my Jeep tonight and it looks great and works better than expected.
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I love mine, with the driveway at an angle -it's a must have. Or you could always back in. It helps with putting the kiddo in and all of his stuff.
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Wait, what? Can someone show how and what these look like disconnected? I thought I remember reading last year that they were super easy to take the doors off. For anyone wondering why I would ruin the wrangler experience by having doors stops; I also have dogs and a somewhat sloped driveway and often in a windy area. I hope that justifies it? The hard top seemed to make more sense to me during my 6-7 months of winter...


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To clarify how easy this is to disassemble, you just have to remove 1 extra bolt, other than the door hinges. See the silver bolt on the right, just above the strap? Remove that with a t50 and you are done. That's it. This doesn't impede taking the doors off at all. It is well designed.
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To clarify how easy this is to disassemble, you just have to remove 1 extra bolt, other than the door hinges. See the silver bolt on the right, just above the strap? Remove that with a t50 and you are done. That's it. This doesn't impede taking the doors off at all. It is well designed.
Must be a new design, not like mine.


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Old 04-11-2013, 06:34 AM   #19
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Yea, I think this was updated last year. I just installed mine last month.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:26 AM   #20
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The previous version is not as stiff closing. I have the newer version and for me the older version would have been fine. I guess the newer version is to keep the doors open on steep inclines.
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:26 PM   #21
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Never thought I would need door stops for a Jeep! Funny how things change when you get a dog....gonna order me a set from Star Fab...
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:39 PM   #22
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Yuup, one of my main concerns. Rufus banged his head last week before the install. Then there is the 21 year old daughter that manages to slam her fingers in any door. I do not think there was a car or trailer she didn't slam her fingers in. She didn't do it with the Jeep yet, but I can here the blame if I didn't mod the doors. No excuse when she does slam her fingers in the door.
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To clarify how easy this is to disassemble, you just have to remove 1 extra bolt, other than the door hinges. See the silver bolt on the right, just above the strap? Remove that with a t50 and you are done. That's it. This doesn't impede taking the doors off at all. It is well designed.
Ok thanks. Just ordered a full set.
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:21 PM   #24
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Here is another positive. The customer service is great. Check out there smart straps too. I got orange ones that I special orders.
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:23 PM   #25
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What are the advantage of the smart straps? My regular ones are brand new still. Is there any other reason to change them if you don't want a new color?
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:50 PM   #26
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I wanted a new colour and the are removable for washing. They are, I guess you can stronger than the original ones. The original ones look like a lesser quality fabric from what I can tell.

I have the ripped up originals and by looks I am drawing my conclusions.
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what did you use to drill the large hole? Did you do anything to coat the edges?
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:57 PM   #28
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I had the dealership do the work.. It is cold in Canada and I wanted it done asap.

Maybe someone else can chime in. I did use some rust proofing stuff called Krown on it.
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what did you use to drill the large hole? Did you do anything to coat the edges?
Pick up a 2" bi-metal hole saw. You can find them in most hardware sores very easily. The instructions are clear on using this type. No lubing, just drilling!
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:25 PM   #30
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Don't follow you tube. Use your directions that come with the kit. A swreet mod....

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