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Old 05-18-2013, 01:37 AM   #31
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If your Jeep is a DD you can make cases for both. At the end of the day it's personal preference. I've had both, including a hardtop, but only run half doors now.

Full doors are great for winter months or cold climates, but they're heavy as hell & when they're off they're off. There is no in between.

Half doors, for me, are the best of both worlds. As a DD I can run with the uppers in the back on nice days & throw them back on for the cool ride back home at night. You don't get option with full doors. I've froze my ass off more than once trying to get home with no doors. You'd be surprised at how much wind a half door blocks in cool/cold weather.

If I could afford both sets I would, but if I had to choose between one of the other it'd be half.

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Old 05-18-2013, 01:57 AM   #32
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Half doors (without uppers) are great for the top off feeling while keeping it on. Full doors are good for long trips on the freeway or in the cold. I have both and use them for different purposes.

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Old 05-18-2013, 02:11 AM   #33
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Owned both, want both....

If I could only have one: full doors.
Because even when I owned half doors on my other jeep the doors were fully on or fully off.
How ever when fully on half/uppers vs full doors,...I'd go full doors.
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I'm a 'half door with slider uppers' guy.

i hear ya.....i didn't know full doors fitted soft tops but i am a newbie...

thanks to all following your threads has brought me along way to understanding my tj
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never had full doors so i can't speak for those. My halves don't leak though and it's nice to be able to slide em out on a sunny day.

Con's: Those zippers are a pain. Kinda hard, at least for me, to zip a window up as you are moving. I have never had a problem rolling up a manual window ehile moving though.

Also it's noisy. but again i have never had a hard top or full doors to compare noise difference.

My main complaint would be the zipper windows though, just awkward to operate.
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I have full hard doors like them for the Mi. winter. I just ordered a set of soft doors for the summer easy on easy off works for me.. I prefer to go door less.
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Old 05-18-2013, 12:54 PM   #37
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I have full hard doors like them for the Mi. winter. I just ordered a set of soft doors for the summer easy on easy off works for me.. I prefer to go door less.

for my seasonal weather....this is the way to go.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:13 PM   #38
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My half doors leak like crazy
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:19 AM   #39
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I own both.
Full's are obviously better for the winter, but in the summer the half's are key. As a DD I can't just take my doors off of extended periods of time, as showing up to work soaked isn't really an option, so being able to just pop out the tops when I want to is perfect. I also think the fulls add too much when the top is down, if I want no top I don't want a giant door frame around me still.
Also, mine don't leak in the rain.

If I had to pick just one I would probably go with the half doors, but honestly I don't think I would get another jeep as a DD without getting both
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Jeeps have doors?
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Old 05-19-2013, 01:52 AM   #41
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I love my half doors and full doors, still have the full doors on...not for long, it looks goofy with the top down, half doors and top off looks amazing, and no doors is just absolutely insane
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Going by your avatar, yeah...
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:18 AM   #44
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OK, so I have 5 Wranglers right now. A little weird. My 87 has both, my 97 has halves, 99 has fulls, 05 halves and the 06 fulls. Like everyone above, the fulls are great for winter. None of mine are daily Drivers so it is not as critical for me. The 97 and 05 with the halves both have the slider glass uppers for the half doors. I really like those. They are tight, do not leak and are easier to operate. Can't go wrong with either option, but I prefer the half doors with the glass sliders.
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Frankly, I think a lot depends on how you need to use your jeep and where you live.

I live in the upper Midwest. My doors and top come off all winter. It's not a DD so I can get away with that.

If it were a DD, for me a hard top and full doors would be a must have, but then you loose the fun factor.

I suppose the best option would be to have a set of both.

I am actually thinking about a set of safari doors just for safety reasons for my kids.
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OK, so I have 5 Wranglers right now. A little weird. My 87 has both, my 97 has halves, 99 has fulls, 05 halves and the 06 fulls. Like everyone above, the fulls are great for winter. None of mine are daily Drivers so it is not as critical for me. The 97 and 05 with the halves both have the slider glass uppers for the half doors. I really like those. They are tight, do not leak and are easier to operate. Can't go wrong with either option, but I prefer the half doors with the glass sliders.
Weird yes....but very cool.
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Great thread and I have an additional question that I would like to pose. With doors off, either half or full, how do you keep the beeper from chiming saying the door is open? Any creative ideas? I have seen gizmos you can buy and I don't want to always use Duck Tape.

I love my full doors, but taking them off has been somewhat problematic with the door switch it has. But I would not trade them for halfs and am looking at adding or getting a pair of the tubed doors so when I do go topless, I still feel completely open but have that level of security of something holding me in.
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BTW, I have searched and understand about pulling the #4 fuse to stop this, but I don't want to remove the fuse altogether. I did find this write up and may go this route. Just curious to how you guys removing your doors or switching between doors handle it. Simple TJ Tech (interior light door switch over ride)
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:39 AM   #49
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Pull the fuse. Takes 10 seconds.
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BTW, I have searched and understand about pulling the #4 fuse to stop this, but I don't want to remove the fuse altogether. I did find this write up and may go this route. Just curious to how you guys removing your doors or switching between doors handle it. Simple TJ Tech (interior light door switch over ride)
Ok, but WHY do you not want to remove the fuse? It's so much simpler and faster than installing a switch. Open glove box, slide strap out so box will fully open, reach in an pull fuse. Now doors or no doors, doesn't really matter. Hey it's your Jeep just wondering the reasoning behind not wanting to pull fuse.
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Mine came equipped with full doors. I prefer them because I've test drove the same package, Sport 4.0L auto, with half soft doors and just prefer the security the full doors offer. Plus on the trails I won't have to worry about ripping the soft doors (thinking this could happen). And in the event of a rollover I know my full doors will hold up, even if they get dented and scratched. Though I can see soft doors as being better though without them scratching as easily.
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Ok, but WHY do you not want to remove the fuse? It's so much simpler and faster than installing a switch. Open glove box, slide strap out so box will fully open, reach in an pull fuse. Now doors or no doors, doesn't really matter. Hey it's your Jeep just wondering the reasoning behind not wanting to pull fuse.
I really can't imagine why anyone would do anything other than pull a fuse. That's what it's for. Simple task. If you can remove your doors but can't pull a fuse....
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I really can't imagine why anyone would do anything other than pull a fuse. That's what it's for. Simple task. If you can remove your doors but can't pull a fuse....
Doesn't this also disable the inside dome light? If not, you may have convinced me.
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Doesn't this also disable the inside dome light? If not, you may have convinced me.
Dome light still works, just have to turn it on. The fuse just disables the door switch.
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I love my half doors. When I put the full doors on in the winter I feel like I'm in a sardine can lol. The halfs are the perfect armrest and and looks awesome.
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Dome light still works, just have to turn it on. The fuse just disables the door switch.
Thank you for confirming. Sounds like I know what to do. YANK #4
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Dome light still works, just have to turn it on. The fuse just disables the door switch.
OK, tonight I pulled the fuse and both the door chime and the lights no longer work. So here is my uninformed question of the night. How do I get the interior lights back on? I tried turning the switch on the column but it only turns on the headlights. I could not find a switch on the dome lights themselves so where am I missing the turn-on for the interior lights?
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OK, tonight I pulled the fuse and both the door chime and the lights no longer work. So here is my uninformed question of the night. How do I get the interior lights back on? I tried turning the switch on the column but it only turns on the headlights. I could not find a switch on the dome lights themselves so where am I missing the turn-on for the interior lights?
Sorry, i dont know how the newer ones work, but if your headlight switch is on the column then its different than my '99. Check your manual? It probably tells you how to turn it on....

Maybe someone who knows will chime in
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I have a 97. To turn on the dome light on mine is to turn the headlight switch counter clockwise (like brightening the dash lights). There is a stop so to speak at bright then a little further turns on the dome.

Also after you pull #4 you can tap the fuse ports with fuse taps attach an inline fuse holder and a switch in a convenient location. Then you can turn on and off the dome switches at will.
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OK, tonight I pulled the fuse and both the door chime and the lights no longer work. So here is my uninformed question of the night. How do I get the interior lights back on? I tried turning the switch on the column but it only turns on the headlights. I could not find a switch on the dome lights themselves so where am I missing the turn-on for the interior lights?
The tab on the stalk that controlls the dim, turn it on click forward to turn on the interior light.

(Note, I vote for addig a simple switch instead of having to undo the glovebox and pull/insert the fuse. My switch is right on the side of the dash.)

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