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Old 05-02-2014, 08:16 AM   #1
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Cheaper option for getting half doors

Just bought my Jeep. After looking through reviews online, it seems the only way to get a half door that is waterproof is to buy OEM. But on the rare occasion you find one that actually matches the Jeep, they are either too expensive ($1000+ for a set of ten-year old doors?) or they beat to hell.

Is there a cheaper option?

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Old 05-02-2014, 08:21 AM   #2
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A set of used half doors is seriously going for $1000? That is crazy! Do you have the full doors? If so you should be able to find someone to swap with you. You get their halfs and they get your fulls. No money needed.

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Old 05-02-2014, 08:22 AM   #3
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There is a company that makes tubular doors and u can buy a steel cover to make them look like actual half doors, but the name of that company escapes me. I think both sets run around $500
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How do the half doors do in the winter? I fear they would let a lot of cold in, and my wife gets the garage when its cold.
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There is a company that makes tubular doors and u can buy a steel cover to make them look like actual half doors, but the name of that company escapes me. I think both sets run around $500
Best Top Element doors is probably what you're thinking of. People seem to say they leak, which nullifies the entire purpose of the door for me.
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Best Top Element doors is probably what you're thinking of. People seem to say they leak, which nullifies the entire purpose of the door for me.
Ya i was thinking that, but its certainly cheaper
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:27 AM   #7
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I wouldn't say that the fabric uppers of half doors let in more cold than the rest of the soft top does. The issue is constantly having to unzip the window and trying to put the window flap into place while you're driving. That's why I run full doors or no doors.
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I wouldn't say that the fabric uppers of half doors let in more cold than the rest of the soft top does. The issue is constantly having to unzip the window and trying to put the window flap into place while you're driving. That's why I run full doors or no doors.
My reason for wanting the half door is because it can be fairly chilly in the morning (~40F) and then get nice in the afternoon. I'd like to go to work in the morning and not freeze, but then be able to take the doors and the top off for the drive home at night. Full doors won't for in the back, I believe half doors will. At the very least, you can take the top half off and throw it in the back.
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How do the half doors do in the winter? I fear they would let a lot of cold in, and my wife gets the garage when its cold.
They are fine, they are not drafty and you have a good heater.

As far as overnight, all vehicles reach ambient temp inside.
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Do you have OEM or aftermarket? How do they do being left out in heavy rain? Or driving in heavy rain?
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:15 PM   #11
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Have you considered full soft doors? The are two part so you can take the top portion off and leave the bottom portion on if you are against going doorless. You can run your full doors in the winter and the soft doors in the summer.
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Gotta look around. I got my doors for $350. A little banged up but nothing I can't straighten out.

OEM doors are better than plastic or fabric no matter how you look at it... Except price maybe... But you get what you pay fir
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Gotta look around. I got my doors for $350. A little banged up but nothing I can't straighten out.

OEM doors are better than plastic or fabric no matter how you look at it... Except price maybe... But you get what you pay fir
OEM half doors are fabric on the top, and they leaked on the first TJ I had. Bestop is the manufacturer of our factory soft tops. Factory half doors are better, I'm sure, I just didn't agree with your reasoning.
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What I do when it's 40* outside in the morning and gets up to 90* in the afternoon I go doorless with sweatpants and a hoody and blast the heat and that works then I change when I get to work it also helps to have the soft top up then during the day take it back down Cost 0$
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Those seem to have a horrible reputation. People say they bow out at highway speeds, and they let water leak in through the seems. If that is true, I think I'll just stick to my full steel doors.
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Boom...you cant use windows with these...but if you are using half doors, I doubt you really need windows (unless you are like me and half doors are what the jeep came with).

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Boom...you cant use windows with these...but if you are using half doors, I doubt you really need windows (unless you are like me and half doors are what the jeep came with).

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They don't seem very waterproof...
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They don't seem very waterproof...
What do u mean by waterproof? Are you fording rivers so u need them to keep water out that way? Or do u mean because they dont have an upper half?

Im just curious as to what you need them waterproof for. Are u planning on this being your only set of doors?
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Love my half doors. Barely any water gets in during the rain if you put your top on correctly. Gives the feeling of an open tub but lets you keep a leg rest.
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Am I missing something here? I have half doors with a cheap ass pavement ends top and uppers. No water ever has gotten in when it rains.
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Am I missing something here? I have half doors with a cheap ass pavement ends top and uppers. No water ever has gotten in when it rains.
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They don't seem very waterproof...
Do your half doors have the weather strips that attach from the front side (near the hinges), and run underneath, then up the back side of the door (near the striker pin)?

That weather strip SHOULD keep water from getting in.
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When I bought my jeep, it had the full metal doors.
I found a set of OEM half doors for $300.

Keep looking around.
Someone's always looking to either swap their doors for other doors.
Then there are people like me who want the best of both worlds.
I have the full doors & the half doors.

Depending on where you're located, you may have to wait until it gets a little cooler before someone decides to sell their half doors.

You could always make a little road trip to pick up a couple of half doors.

Don't get discouraged, just keep looking.
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I love having the option of full doors and half doors. I found mine on craigslist took a couple of months but well worth the wait. Now I did have them repainted but they are great.
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Is there a cheaper option?
It's worth the wait for a good set of original used doors.Durability,fit and function.You can't beat stock for the $$$.Cost me 800 with a color change.
If your jeep is yr. round driving?Defiantly need both types of drs.Thanks to GLOBAL WARMING BS.
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Your in Indiana do a road trip Over to Daveys Jeeps in Ohio and pick out your set of half doors. Might even get lucky and find your color. He charges under $400 for a set.
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What I do when it's 40* outside in the morning and gets up to 90* in the afternoon I go doorless with sweatpants and a hoody and blast the heat and that works then I change when I get to work it also helps to have the soft top up then during the day take it back down Cost 0$
And it doesn't rain where you live? Most people have to deal with rain, as well as cold. That is why I have the Beststop full soft doors. I run them half the year and they are good for keeping out both cold and rain. They leak a little bit when it pours rain when my Jeep is parked. If I throw the trail cover over it, problem solved. Yes, they are noisy but it's worth it to have them for when you do want to run doorless and keep your doors with you. In the winter I run the full doors.
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Do you have OEM or aftermarket? How do they do being left out in heavy rain? Or driving in heavy rain?
OEM, no problem in the rain sitting or driving.

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