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Old 11-30-2011, 02:40 AM   #1
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Exclamation Full Doors Stolen! Advice?

Hi all,

I have a 98 TJ with a Hardtop and formerly had full steel doors until somebody jacked them. Any recomendations on what I should do to fix my jeep?

It has been extremely difficult trying to find full red doors, and I think it would probably cost around $1000+ to do so.

Alternatively, I thought about buying a Bestop Supertop NX with 2 piece soft doors, which would cost about $1000. Maybe sell my hard top to finance purchase?

Another option might be half-doors. Can I run half-doors with a hard top?

I live in Chicago, and the winters can be brutal. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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Old 11-30-2011, 02:49 AM   #2
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yes you can run half doors with a hard top.. do you by chance have full coverage insurance or just liability?

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Just liabilty unfortunately... Figured I didn't need anything else on a car with over 100k miles. Just had to repair the ignition for $800, and will need to find a new radio as well. Might think about adding coverage after I get everything up and running again.

Any good places to pick up half-doors / windows?
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oh my! i never put my door bolts back on. i just have the pins resting on the mounts. never thought someone would actually do that sort of thing.

very sorry to hear this happened. =[

can can use half doors with a hardtop. if it were me, i would get full soft doors (soft half doors with soft uppers) to make it thought the winter. though, i'm pretty sure soft doors leak (never had them but it makes sense) use the soft doors until you can find a set of full steel doors.

what a bummer....
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try craigslist.. i bet right now people are wanting to get rid of half doors cuz they want hard doors.. so you'll pick them up cheaper than any other time of year.. i'd venture to say they'd come with the door tops.. id either try and find body color red, or black since black/red looks good and im guessing your hard top is black..
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Full hard doors for Jeep Wrangler

Mismatched set of full hard doors in the chicago area. yuba city?

Not perfect but will get you through the cold
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oh my! i never put my door bolts back on. i just have the pins resting on the mounts. never thought someone would actually do that sort of thing.

Bolts or security locks will NOT stop a determined criminal from doing anything. Just sayin.
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fortunately most crimes are that of opportunity.. if it takes too long to steal they will move on..
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CL will be your best bet. Half doors might be easier to come by, but you never know. I personally switched over to half doors with no looking back.
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Bolts or security locks will NOT stop a determined criminal from doing anything. Just sayin.
Maybe not, but I'm going to make who ever wants to rip my stuff off, work for it, at least a little!!

The only place I've ever heard of any one getting their doors ripped off or exhaust converters, is here on these forums. Either has to suck, but doors would really suck!!

Good luck in your search for doors and such.
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I find it Ironic how many of us complain that we can't seem to get the doors Off in the summer, but yet somebody can actually come around and steal them right off your Jeep! That really is a bummer. I don't have any nuts at the bottom of the hinges on my Jeep either.
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I have the anti theft bolts on my doors then had an alarm installed too. Not much more you can do than that!
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I have the anti theft bolts on my doors then had an alarm installed too. Not much more you can do than that!
Forgive me for asking skinny1, are this "theft bolts" along the same lines as Ford's Locking Lug Nuts? Reason for asking is because I looked these up on Quadratec and basically states it uses an Allen Wrench....
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Forgive me for asking skinny1, are this "theft bolts" along the same lines as Ford's Locking Lug Nuts? Reason for asking is because I looked these up on Quadratec and basically states it uses an Allen Wrench....
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Just liabilty unfortunately... Figured I didn't need anything else on a car with over 100k miles. Just had to repair the ignition for $800, and will need to find a new radio as well. Might think about adding coverage after I get everything up and running again.

Any good places to pick up half-doors / windows?
Ace48, so sorry about the doors...Just Wrong!
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I think he means these ones by Jeeper Keepers.

Thanks Sherpa, that makes a whole lot more sense than what I had quickly found. I will be getting some of these 4 sure as I no longer have the door nuts on.
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id wait till you find a deal on craigslist if you have a alter. car my brothers has found a set of full door around 700 on c list
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:38 AM   #19
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i actually just pulled the door pannel off and diss connected the wire from the inside latch to the lock... that way even if you get in you cant open the doors.. firgure the doors cost more then a softtop does... and most of the time anyone would just wrip the window off anyways..
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I dont have any helpful info but just wanted to say sorry to hear that man! hope everything works in your favor!
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:23 PM   #21
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another security method would be Tuffy Security Products Security Door Lockers Black
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I use these locks on my doors. Love them! Only suggestion is keep then clean and oiled. Don't let the mud get in the tumbler. I wish they had a rubber cap of some sort over the end. But security wise.....they've done the job. Any configuration of top/doors they're not going anywhe.
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You may want to look on CL to see if you can find any red full doors... thieves for doors either need them for themselves or want to sell for a quick $.

Ya never know. Do the full doors have VIN info on them anywhere?
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You may want to look on CL to see if you can find any red full doors... thieves for doors either need them for themselves or want to sell for a quick $.

Ya never know. Do the full doors have VIN info on them anywhere?
I dont believe they do, unless he had it etched on the glass, which can be done.
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You may want to look on CL to see if you can find any red full doors... thieves for doors either need them for themselves or want to sell for a quick $.

Ya never know. Do the full doors have VIN info on them anywhere?
I just checked my doors. The VIN is actually etched into the window (part of MOPAR security :-)). It was however, not on the metal anywhere.
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Sorry to hear about that man. I'd exhaust all of my options before I went with full soft doors. Speaking from experience they can make for a very cold winter.

If I was you I'd broaden my search to look for doors in black as well. The black will at least match; that's what I ended up doing with my white Jeep.

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you might be able to snag a set of doors that work good for you; you can also call/email them and they might keep an eye out for you. They're very nice to work with.

Good luck.
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Jeeps are very easy to break into, even with those door stops and security bolts that you guys have posted. I locked the keys in the jeep one day, in a matter of 5 minutes I had the door hinges unbolted from the door, opened the door like a suicide door to grab keys and rebolted everything together. So in 5 minutes or less with hand tools it's easy to take the doors.
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With half doors you have plastic and zipper windows, no need to lock anything a swiss army knife will get someone in, I have both zipper windows and the swiss knife!
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I'm in the Chicago area also, where was the Jeep when the doors got jacked? Like what area? I have 2 piece soft doors and I can tell you there is no way you'll survive the winter with a set of them. Snow, sleet and slush would be getting in and driving you crazy.
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Any security camera's where the piece of sheit stole them?

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