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Old 07-10-2012, 12:13 AM   #1
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Why half doors? Why not just no doors?

As the title asks.. what's the advantage of half doors over just no doors at all?

Ignorant question I know, but I'm curious (new to the jeep world)

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I am no expert, but I can think of a few possible reasons to go with the half-door verses nothing. If you get t-boned, granted you're pretty much screwed any way you slice it, but I am sure I would rather get hit with a piece of steel between me and an on coming vehicle compared to eating bumper alone. Also, with a half door many Jeeps have the mirrors still mounted on the door, so it prevents any possible run-ins with Johnny Law. That being said I've never been pulled over for driving without my doors on. Also, with the half door you can throw the windows in the back and cruise and if you need convert the doors back to full just pull them out. It's not so easy to do that with the full doors. Just a few things I came up with someone else might have better experience I just have full doors and no doors, saving some cash to get the 2 piece doors some time.

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I bought full soft doors a few months ago to make it easier for me to go door less. What has now happened is that I rarely take my doors fully off. I have just been taking the uppers off and leaving on the half doors. Having just the half door on cuts down considerably on the wind tunnel effect that occurs when your driving doorless. But even with the half doors on, you still get the open air feeling.

I am not sure about the half hard doors... but, my half soft doors are very thin and give me just as much leg room as I would have doorless. My girlfriend feels a little more secure even though I tell her it really doesn't make a difference to have soft doors or no doors at all.

The thing I like most about them is that I can throw my uppers in the back and take them with me. Although I can do this with the entire door since they are soft, having just the uppers in the back takes up less space . Also, I think it makes the jeep look pretty cool. Of course, its all up to personal preference.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:31 AM   #4
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They are look bad azz. They are better off road cause you can lean out and see out of them beter. (aftermarket doors) Less weight. Oh did I say they look bad azz?
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They are look bad azz. They are better off road cause you can lean out and see out of them beter. (aftermarket doors) Less weight. Oh did I say they look bad azz?
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Mud and water crossings. None of which I want inside my Heep.
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:23 AM   #8
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1) easier to remove the upper door than the full door.

2) easier to store an upper door than a full door.

3) easier to carry an upper door and have it available to button up if there is a sudden storm.

4) relocated mirrors suck.
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Light weight and easier to remove and store.
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All good reasons, but the most important one was over looked.....



They look sexy!
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I am no expert, but I can think of a few possible reasons to go with the half-door verses nothing. If you get t-boned, granted you're pretty much screwed any way you slice it, but I am sure I would rather get hit with a piece of steel between me and an on coming vehicle compared to eating bumper alone. Also, with a half door many Jeeps have the mirrors still mounted on the door, so it prevents any possible run-ins with Johnny Law. That being said I've never been pulled over for driving without my doors on. Also, with the half door you can throw the windows in the back and cruise and if you need convert the doors back to full just pull them out. It's not so easy to do that with the full doors. Just a few things I came up with someone else might have better experience I just have full doors and no doors, saving some cash to get the 2 piece doors some time.
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As the title asks.. what's the advantage of half doors over just no doors at all?

Ignorant question I know, but I'm curious (new to the jeep world)
Don't feel bad, I've been trying to understand their purpose since 1987.
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Lets not forget the "other" half doors. They are also sexy and provide no protection.

Warrior Products half doors on my jeep, second silver one in video on right.

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In addition to some of the things mentioned above. I love driving with my left elbow resting on the half door.

Also I have little kids. Doorless is not an option for me for the rear doors.
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What Sunny said. No doors is not an option with wife and kids for freeway runs, half doors are a compromise.
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Wait...you guys let your wife ride inside the jeep?
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Wait...you guys let your wife ride inside the jeep?

Well, Sometimes or the Jeep goes Bye Bye

Actually my wife hates the way, my jeep rides. She doesn't like the fact that it feels so much like a truck.

The kids on the other hand love it, with the half doors and always want us to take my Jeep instead of my wife's Cherokee whenever we go out together.
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I have full hard doors and can roll windows down fine. Sure looks good feels good but, I love the open feeling of my Jeep with the doors off and top down. While living in Illinois and being summer time I will leave them off for a while and take my chances with the rain. How ever I do just put the top down but do not take it off.
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Actually my wife hates the way, my jeep rides. She doesn't like the fact that it feels so much like a truck.
Uh, that's because it is.
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I like mine for all the reasons listed above. When I went to the dealership last year looking at 2011/2012 Jeeps and I saw this '07 on the lot, I had to have it. My specific reasons are in this order:
  1. The looks; it looks more like a "Jeep" and not just some SUV.
  2. It feels more open while riding with the the uppers removed.
  3. Protection; not so much on the road but on the trails.

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I like mine for all the reasons listed above. When I went to the dealership last year looking at 2011/2012 Jeeps and I saw this '07 on the lot, I had to have it. My specific reasons are in this order:
  1. The looks; it looks more like a "Jeep" and not just some SUV.
  2. It feels more open while riding with the the uppers removed.
  3. Protection; not so much on the road but on the trails.

I love this jeep ! Rather have it in two door (no family) but it looks great. If my first order, Sahara Tan, had come in with the proper axle I'd have done the same thing
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When I test drove a TJ with half doors I hated them. Unzipping the window was a PITA and then you had the vinyl window flopping all over...this was really annoying when you wanted to go through a drive-thru and grab a bite, or just let some fresh air in. So it occurred to me that the half doors would only be useful if you only used half the door. F that. I'd rather have full doors that actually function as doors...and I can still take 'em off when I want.
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Awesome insights, thanks guys
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They will do nothing for you in the event of a crash. Read the warning label on your header.
I drive a JK. My Jeep didn't come with the warning label you speak of, but I've seen it in my friend's Jeep. All of that being said the sticker says something along the lines of the doors weren't designed to provide protection, it doesn't mean that they won't, it just means don't count on it. So, saying they will do nothing for you may not be entirely accurate. Again, like I said, if you get t-boned you're probably screwed but if given the option of getting hit with no door or a half door I am going for the half door every time. Maybe that's just me.
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I drive a JK.
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.... the sticker says something along the lines of the doors weren't designed to provide protection, it doesn't mean that they won't, it just means don't count on it. So, saying they will do nothing for you may not be entirely accurate. Again, like I said, if you get t-boned you're probably screwed but if given the option of getting hit with no door or a half door I am going for the half door every time. Maybe that's just me.

Right, good luck with that. I could punch you in the stomach with no protection, or you could hold up a piece of paper while I do it. Which makes you feel better?
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Jeep doors really just keep the gunk your tires are throwing all over the side of the jeep off you.
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I like mine for all the reasons listed above. When I went to the dealership last year looking at 2011/2012 Jeeps and I saw this '07 on the lot, I had to have it. My specific reasons are in this order:
  1. The looks; it looks more like a "Jeep" and not just some SUV.
  2. It feels more open while riding with the the uppers removed.
  3. Protection; not so much on the road but on the trails.

Sweet jeep!

I've had both & will take half doors over full any day of the year.

One reason is that they actually block a lot of wind which is perfect for cooler days.
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Not a fan of half doors here. The best thing about them IMO is the fact that you can lean and rest your elbow on them more easy than you can a full door. If I had to get them I would go with the full soft doors that break down into half soft doors like gr8fulKID has.

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