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Old 11-12-2013, 07:00 AM   #1
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Winters with half doors

Ok, so here's the deal:

SuckerPunch and others have me salivating over half doors. As luck would have it, a local dealer has a half door JKU with manual transmission (in Anvil), and it's been sitting on the lot for over a month (my guess is they are having trouble selling it here in the cold Northeast). It has no options but the anti-spin rear differential, but I figure I can add what I want to it.

I have had 3 Wranglers (2 with soft tops), and I never had a problem in the winter. I know most love the half doors in the spring and summer, but how about those of you in the cold and snowy states? Do you find them bearable (an "acceptable predicament")? My main concern is visibility (the back soft window can get pretty nasty in the winter months). I don't do drive-thru's for what it's worth, and both at home and at work it would be in a garage.

Thanks for your input, all: I appreciate it!

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I bought my '97 TJ 1/2 doored soft topped new in Nov of '96, and drove it over 160K. I loved the half doors and soft top even in Colorado and Nebraksa winters, but I admit that I had to replace the upper door skins 3 times beyond the three new tops I put on... 6 sets of door skins in 16 years. Keeping the rear window clean and operating will require a bit of extra effort.

If you go with the half doors, I suggest you do yourself a favor get a spare set of upper door skins before the zipper fails and leaves you driving home with the window down.

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Old 11-12-2013, 08:35 AM   #3
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I had half doors on two of my jeeps in the winter, currently have full doors with power windows on purpose, as much as I loved the half door on warmer days, in the cold you really have to watch the zippers and the plastic...at times it is cold enough to just crack the plastic windows if your not careful and keeping the back clean is almost impossible with slush. Zippers no matter how much preventive maintenance will fail sooner or later. That being said, I did enjoy but not so much in the five months of winter.
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IMO the garage part is HUGE....and here is my experience....I have an '04 that I got on Nov of '04. That first winter was the only one it did not stay in a garage. I did get "upper sliders" about 4 years ago and replaced the softuppers when I purchased a new top about 3 years ago. The "used" OEM top went to a fellow Jeeper in Southern In and last I knew she was still using it and the uppers.
Starting last winter the '04 had to sit outside in the winter, so I got a trail cover for the TJ.
To me it is no big deal other than I do like the half doors better than full doors on my TJ....as just another piece of information...the JK and JKU both have full hard doors...and I am fine with that...IMO the seats/ seat height and relationship to the hard doors / half doors are not the same as they are in the tj/ JK...however (again IMO) the TJ and YJ "sit/ feel the same" but the rdesign of the wrangler to the JK the relationship is not the same.

So Bottom line I have no issues with half doors on my TJ...but IDK if I would like them as well on a JK...good luck!!
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Get it, then if you decide you want a hard top and full doors, they will be easier to find in the junkyard than half doors going the other way.
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:41 PM   #6
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Thank you for your responses.

It can be difficult to keep the back window clean during the slushy winter months; I'm hoping the front windows wouldn't get that dirty.

It does look like it's much easier to get full doors after the fact than the halfs. I guess that's always an option, too.

Now, we have to see how bad they want to get it off the lot!
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Thank you for your responses.

It can be difficult to keep the back window clean during the slushy winter months; I'm hoping the front windows wouldn't get that dirty.

It does look like it's much easier to get full doors after the fact than the halfs. I guess that's always an option, too.

Now, we have to see how bad they want to get it off the lot!
Good LUCK!!! One caution never scrap the plastic windows...use your gloved hand to clear any snow no snow brush...and NEVER HIT THE PLASTIC WHEN IT IS COLD!!!!!
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Half doors FTW! Of course you already know how I feel about the half doors.

I have now owned 2 jeeps with half doors. A yj and now the jku. I love these half doors more than the ones on my yj. The upper half doors in the jk's are quieter and better constructed then the yj and TJ uppers.

The JK half doors make a perfect armrest with the uppers off and I have found that I can rest my arm on the upper half doors also and it is pretty comfortable.

Here are my 2 cents. Go take it for a test drive and see how it feels. I really feel like I'm in a jeep with the half doors.
Are half doors as practical as a full door? That can be debated depending on the owners circumstances. I would say they aren't as practical for 99% of people.
I, for one, didn't buy my jeep because it was a practical vehicle. If I was a practical person I probably would have just bought a minivan(insert jokes about my jku being a minivan here) or a hybrid for better gas mileage.

I could go on and on and on... Oh. Yep. Time for dinner.
Half doors are an "acceptable predicament"

Go buy it already!
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:07 PM   #9
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Half doors FTW! Of course you already know how I feel about the half doors.

I have now owned 2 jeeps with half doors. A yj and now the jku. I love these half doors more than the ones on my yj. The upper half doors in the jk's are quieter and better constructed then the yj and TJ uppers.

The JK half doors make a perfect armrest with the uppers off and I have found that I can rest my arm on the upper half doors also and it is pretty comfortable.

Here are my 2 cents. Go take it for a test drive and see how it feels. I really feel like I'm in a jeep with the half doors.
Are half doors as practical as a full door? That can be debated depending on the owners circumstances. I would say they aren't as practical for 99% of people.
I, for one, didn't buy my jeep because it was a practical vehicle. If I was a practical person I probably would have just bought a minivan(insert jokes about my jku being a minivan here) or a hybrid for better gas mileage.

I could go on and on and on... Oh. Yep. Time for dinner.
Half doors are an "acceptable predicament"

Go buy it already!
Ha! You know I want to be the 1% of something!

I drove it quickly a few weeks ago, but really didn't get enough time. They will let me take it for a day whenever I want, so I'd plan on taking it on the highway for sure. My last Jeep was a '06, so I was focused on the new pentastar (which is lovely, BTW).

Today would have been a great day to take it: it's been lightly snowing and in the mid 20's with the wind chill!!
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Good LUCK!!! One caution never scrap the plastic windows...use your gloved hand to clear any snow no snow brush...and NEVER HIT THE PLASTIC WHEN IT IS COLD!!!!!
Good call, jp--that's what I used for the back window, too!
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May looking to polish for the plastic to help resist sticking of the nasty crap. I would say just wash it every day but can really do that when the water is frozen... BTW I hate the Northeast. But I had Half-doors on my JKU and loved them, I don't think you would have to many problems was a pain for me coming and going on and off base but other than that I love them.
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:22 AM   #12
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Half doors on a Jeep Wrangler.."An acceptable predicament"
Down in the single digits, they thaw quick with the amazing heater in these things.
On year 4 now with them.

I am Bob K. And I approve this message.

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Old 11-16-2013, 07:23 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone for your opinions.

Well, took the aforementioned Jeep out for an extended test drive today (gorgeous here: high 50's, sunny). As expected, it was somewhat noisy at highway speeds, but around town, I really didn't notice much of a difference. It was awesome being back in a Jeep (after having a BMW for a few years); it felt very familiar and comfortable. More importantly, I was having a ball.

So….I will officially be a member of the 1% club on Monday, when I pick up my new JKU in Anvil with half doors!!!!

Pics will be on there way soon after I pick her up!
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Congrats pathguy! Now it is time for you to join the official half door club here: Mopar Half Door Club

Lots of pics are required to become an official member .

Congrats and enjoy those half doors!
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:35 PM   #15
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Congrats pathguy! Now it is time for you to join the official half door club here: Mopar Half Door Club Lots of pics are required to become an official member . Congrats and enjoy those half doors!
You bet, sir!

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