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Old 03-22-2012, 04:55 PM   #1
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Anyone use element doors?

Can anyone offer any pro's / con's for Bestop element doors?...thinking of picking a set up and can't really find any good independent reviews...
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:45 PM   #2
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Depends, are you talking just the tube doors or the entire setup with metal enclosures and soft uppers? The tube doors are awesome. The enclosures and uppers are not that great. They leak (which isn't a big deal really) the uppers won't velcro to the lowers unless they are hot and stretched a little. They won't fit with a hardtop (at least not mine) the cutout for the door on the hardtop doesn't line up with the actual doors. When I have my soft top on though they are decent and they have locks.

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Old 03-23-2012, 06:49 AM   #4
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I have them, and like them for what I use them for. My Heep is not a daily driver, and my Element doors are only my summer/wheeling doors. I have never used them with my hard top, so I don't know how they seal around that. But, the upper windows do not seal very well in the front when I am going over 50mph. The latches rattle too, but I have fixed that problem with a little creative electrical tape and weather seal tape placement. They may have fixed the latch problem, because they sell them with locks now. Mine do not have any.
I also found these at a great deal used. They want a lot for these things new.
If I had a choice, I would rather have factory half doors and soft uppers. If I ever come across some factory half doors at a good deal, I will probably grab them up and sell the Element doors.



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Thanks all for the info. Good to get some views from people who use them. I'm thinking of just going for the tube doors for summer as a starter with the extras possibly later. I'll keep my eyes open for a good deal....
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:54 PM   #6
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Question about the locks, are they only lock/unlock by key or button/knob inside?
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I have a set of Rugged Ridge element doors on my JK and use them about 90% of the time cold/hot/wet/dry weather it dont matter I think Rugged Ridge makes them for your jeep also.
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thanks wmwhitey - never thought about rugged ridge, i'll take a look.

i checked out the smittybilt offering though but wasn't really convinced...

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I have a 2011 Jeep Wrangler. I would like to add these element doors for the summer, but how do I connect the "window" to the frame? Does it have a special attachment? or how does it work?
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I have a 2011 Jeep Wrangler. I would like to add these element doors for the summer, but how do I connect the "window" to the frame? Does it have a special attachment? or how does it work?


On my TJ Element doors, the uppers slide through the lower tube frames with three pins on the uppers frame. The fabric hangs below the door and attaches with velcro. See the pick I posted above of the doors on my lawn.

I am not sure how the doors for your JK work, but I would assume them to be similar.
Maybe ask the question in the JK section for clarification.

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