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Old 05-16-2013, 01:19 AM   #1
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Full doors vs. half doors?

Which is best in your opinion? && why?

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Old 05-16-2013, 02:25 AM   #2
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Let me preface this by saying that I currently have half doors on my Jeep...

I tend to think full doors are better. They offer somewhat more security, have a window that rolls down, they offer a higher arm resting point, are a little beefier in the event of a side impact, and soft tops are cheaper when you don't have to upgrade the uppers as well.

That's my logic anyway.

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Old 05-16-2013, 02:31 AM   #3
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Just my .02

I've had both, as a smoker I hated the half doors, living in Seattle I hated the half doors... they leaked and I'd end up with ponds in my front and rear passenger wells. BUT I did like the ability to slide them off and toss em in the back when the sun came out for 5 minutes.

Now I have full doors and I would never go for the halfs again. Quieter, no leaks, easy window operation, beefier, and I think they look better. When it's nice out, I take the whole door off. ONLY downside is not being able to toss the full doors in the back.
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:18 AM   #4
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I have had both and cant really add much to previously said other than when it rains u can crank the window open a little if u want and u can see better through them . I will never have the half doors again .
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:04 AM   #5
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I am the "other side" and IMO this is almost the same as which is better auto or manual.
My '94 had full hard doors. My '04 has half doors. My '12 has full doors.

I do have 2 sets of uppers for the half doors, one set of sliders, and one soft set.

I like the height of the area for propping my arm better with the half doors.

I like the light weight of soft uppers. It allows me to remove and store them in the back when off road and still keep "things" from being flung inside the Jeep, but still plenty of air flow.

IMO half doors just "Look Better".....at least on a TJ.

On the JK to me it is not as big a deal as it has an armrest where as the TJ full door does not.....and the JK is my wife's DD so I don't drive it very much. But since the JK has always had full doors would probably feel "funny" with half doors.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:17 AM   #6
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My DD 2003 TJ has full doors and I hate them, living in Florida my DD spends 90% of its time with either the top off or running the Safari top, last time I put the hardtop on it was because there was a hurricane heading my way.
If anyone has a TJ with half doors black interior blue exterior and would like to trade for full doors let me know

My 99 TJ has no doors but it's in transition to crawler only status.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:25 AM   #7
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My 04 TJ has full doors and living in a city with hot rainy summers and cold snowy winters they are a god send. But I've never owned half doors and with the uppers they look terrible IMO. But without they look really sleek. Always thought about getting a set of tubes.... Hmmm.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:58 AM   #8
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Full doors 7 months a year and half doors the other 5. Doors are cheap enough that there is no reason not to have both.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:30 AM   #9
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I like the half doors - the top of the door is the perfect height armrest and you get a bit more elbow/shoulder room with the soft uppers.
I find it almost claustrophobic with full doors
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:33 AM   #10
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I agree with having both, though I don't think it's "cheap" in any way, especially if you only half half doors now. Full doors will cost ya. I bought some used half doors pretty close in color for $450. I've heard people paying $1000+ for full doors.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:36 AM   #11
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I'm a 'half door with slider uppers' guy.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:45 AM   #12
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Its all opinion based. I had fulls on my JK and I hated them, heavy as hell and a pain in the butt to remove. With the TJ I required halfs when I was searching. I wouldnt turn back. Easy to remove and store, lightweight. Mine don't leak, at all. Yes when its bad out and you ahve to unzip the window it sucks a little but I wouldnt have it any other way. As far as security, unless you are running a hard top and hard doors you run the risk of thieves cutting your top, Id rather have them cut a half door, much cheaper to replace, granted I dont even lock my Jeep.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:04 AM   #13
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Full doors 7 months a year and half doors the other 5. Doors are cheap enough that there is no reason not to have both.
x2 - This is my first year with half doors, have the full doors for winter, and for spring/summer/fall, I like the halves much better. Wish I hadn't waited 9 years to spend the $$ on a second set of doors.
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I never really saw the point of half doors when you can just take them off all together. It's essentially the same thing. But I would go for full doors if you can, like others have said if you do decide to go half doors later down the road it's a much cheaper option then buying full doors.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:11 AM   #15
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I have half doors on my TJ. When I started looking I wanted a jeep with full doors but it was down farther on the list than other must haves. I've gotten used to the halves now and enjoy them. Mine are factory on a 2002 model, they don't leak and I was able to polish the windows back to clear. They look great with the top down and allow a lot of air flow when off. DD in TX.
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It's all about where you live it seems. I live in South Mississippi and would never get a jeep with full doors. As others have said, the ability to take the window off is pretty cool. It's not the same as just rolling the window down. The open area is much larger. And the doors are lighter and easier to handle. Yeah they leak but mine have only leaked in very bad storms. And I know what a bad storm is, I live on the coast.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:30 AM   #17
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I run full doors Nov to May, then I switch over to my half doors.I like the half doors in the warm weather but once in a while I'll even pop them off and run doorless.Thats if I'm sure there's no rain in the forcast...
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Full doors 7 months a year and half doors the other 5. Doors are cheap enough that there is no reason not to have both.
A set of full doors in my area are 1000 +.
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I lost my 02 TJ to Sandy back in October and it had half doors. I replaced it with an 05 TJ with full doors and made it a mission to obtain half doors. I've never had leakage problems, and it seems that a proper fitting upper frame will prevent that. I love the height of the half doors to rest my arm and they DEFINITELY look better when going topless. That said, I'm selling my black full doors if anyone is interested
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Just my .02

I've had both, as a smoker I hated the half doors, living in Seattle I hated the half doors... they leaked and I'd end up with ponds in my front and rear passenger wells. BUT I did like the ability to slide them off and toss em in the back when the sun came out for 5 minutes.

Now I have full doors and I would never go for the halfs again. Quieter, no leaks, easy window operation, beefier, and I think they look better. When it's nice out, I take the whole door off. ONLY downside is not being able to toss the full doors in the back.
Actually you can put full doors in the back. It's a pain in the butt, especially if you have he rear bench in. Plus it's not the most safe idea, but it's possible.

My .02, I have full doors as you can see and with the regularity I remove them I'd rather have the half doors, they look lighter and less awkward to manipulate. They also complement the lines of the tj better.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:41 AM   #21
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I wish I had them both. My first TJ had halfs, and I bought a set of full doors. I like the look of the half doors without the uppers, but the convenience of having a window that rolls down (and up). When it rained, unzipping the upper and folding it out of my way to wave my card at the parking gate drove me nuts. If I could only have one, full doors all the way.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:56 AM   #22
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I have both doors for my Jeep and if I had to pick I would go with the 1/2 doors and that is keeping winter in mind. The benefits of them in the summer outweighs the negatives. I also think 1/2 doors look much better on a jeep.

Save up and buy both, worth it in the end!
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:16 AM   #23
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Half doors make a much "cleaner" body line with the tub? It makes everything look better with the soft uppers off with the top off. I have half doors, and I traded a friend with full doors for around a month. I couldn't wait to trade back! The half doors are at the perfect height to rest your left arm while driving. I have the soft uppers and the only downside is that you have to unzip the window for say fast food lines BUT they have the slider windows, and if I had the money I would totally get those. Hope this helps.
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Wow thanks for the replies guys, I appreciate it! All in all I thinks it's a better idea for me to have both sets! I love my half doors, especially now that I'm in Miami, I ride skinless most of the time! But I'm concerned about when I go bk to my home town Cleveland. I definitely want the full doors before then bec of the rain && snow. && personally i think the hard doors just look awesome! but it could just be me wanting what i dont have lol. Ive been looking around, I would like some factory red, but haven't had any luck. Anyone in the Florida area selling red full doors??? I leave next month.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:56 PM   #25
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oh this is easy: if you have to have doors nothing beats the look of a nice TJ with half doors and no top.

but from a practical stand point its full doors.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:32 AM   #26
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I just bought half doors because my GF is too scared to ride with no doors and I DON"T like the look with no top and full doors on.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:38 AM   #27
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i vote hard doors, for many of hte same reason stated above, but i can see advantages of half doors for ummer months
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Half doors are more "Jeep" to me, they match the body lines, the zipper windows are a novelty, and they are lightweight. As others have mentioned, the height is just right for the arm rest, I find full doors uncomfortable.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:29 PM   #29
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That's another thing I feel like there is almost less room in the jeep with full doors. Much less leg space it feels like
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i have full doors that i run in the winter months. just put them away for the season. now i run no doors/soft doors for "the season". soft doors are nice b/c you can keep everything in the back behind the seat. then if it rains pop them on.

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