I love my half doors and soft uppers, yes they are nosier but then its a jeep. Who cares the jeep looks better when the tops down and uppers are off. I do not remove the half doors on the interstates because I don't want to get hit by rocks and tires thrown up from big rigs.
Retired my 94 YJ 4cyl 5spd @ 200K
Now in a 04 TJ 4cyl 5spd CV @120K+
Both as a commuter vehicle in NW, NJ
April 2012.downsized and now a 99er.
Here's my take, I bought my Jeep with a hardtop and soft top with full doors. I live in New England so the cold weather plays a part here.
In the winter I had the hardtop and full doors. Great.
In the spring I put the soft top on with full doors. I liked it but wanted more...Once I had my doors off and top down there is nothing like it. But due to weather concerns I needed to have my doors "handy", just in case.
That kind of takes from it.
I since bought half doors with soft uppers. I LOVE the fact I can drive around with the top down and upper halves stored in the back and a very close feel to no doors on.
For me the noise isn't very noticeable while driving alone, typical for me. But the other day I had to bring a co-worker to work and for the first time while on the highway I noticed the noise while trying to have a conversation. I didn't think it was bad but certainly noticeable.
Now for me my next plan is to buy full soft doors. I want the ability to have the soft doors off and stored in the back and available for rain emergencies. And also have the option of just removing the upper half (is that an option on full soft doors??)
If you can swing it, just by the half doors and try it out. I just kept looking for deals for a while. I really thought I wanted hard uppers but now after having the zip out windows I think I prefer that.
Noise not too big a deal, easily removed upper windows is really an awesome feature. It all depends on how finicky you are.
I have a hard top, soft top and full doors. My Hard top is hanging in the garage, I never use it. I have no use for half-doors. In the summer, I'll pull the doors completely. When I had CJs, I only ever had soft top and soft doors. I am looking to buy soft doors this summer so I have something to throw on if I'm caught out in the rain.
I really like my half doors, in the summer I use the zipper plastic windows or just take out the soft uppers when the top is off. In the winter I just put on the sliding window uppers. Its a TJ it should be enjoyed this way. When I have the grandkids with me they love all the extra air with the uppers off. Its just fun.
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I'm not picky most of the times it's jus me riding alone. But when my kids ride with me I think I'd prefer the solid bottom and soft uppers. Thanks for the input.
I hear ya. I have my 5 year old daughter. I removed my rear seat, shut off the airbag and she rides up front with me. When I only had full doors I would leave her side on for safety.
With the half doors I feel ok leaving just the lower in place and removing the soft upper.
Best bet is Craigslist. Waited for about 7 months, but finally got half doors in both matching body color and interior (not that it's necessary) for $400/pair. Bought Bestop uppers to match my Supertop NX. It is a little noisier, but so much better to have the ability to quickly change configuration during the summer months.
Half doors provide a little more shoulder and elbow room and the tops of the doors are the EXACT right height for an armrest
x2... love the natural built in arm rest feature... Quietist: hard top & full doors. with nearly no installation in jeeps, noise is always there. I have the old MTR tires and there really noisy... I really hear them when I run my 1/2 doors & bikini doors...
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