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Old 01-24-2013, 09:15 PM   #1
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Hard or soft doors?

I was wondering what your guys thoughts on doors. Do you prefer hard doors or soft doors? And why?

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Old 01-24-2013, 09:39 PM   #2
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Hard doors all the way. I like my ride quiet so I prefer hard top and hard doors. Also the plastic on soft windows scratches and I couldn't see out of them anymore. Also I didn't have the ability to use my passenger side mirror because the soft upper blocked my view. The only advantage that I see is having the ability to remove the soft part because driving with half doors was kinda cool. But I'd rather just take the full door off and enjoy the advantages. I drove 200 miles and paid $200 bucks just to trade my halves for fulls. Total preference though

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Old 01-24-2013, 10:17 PM   #3
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I feel like I have more shoulder room with the half doors. Also less weight. Having a half opened window is nice, so I got upper sliders for winter time.
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I feel like I have more shoulder room with the half doors. Also less weight. Having a half opened window is nice, so I got upper sliders for winter time.
That is another benefit^
Halves are more comfortable for driving. However, they make an attachment for the full doors which allow you to rest your arm on it.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:12 PM   #5
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Soft for conscience
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Soft for conscience

I live near Tomball.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:43 PM   #7
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I live near Tomball.
I worked in Houston for 4 yrs, have friends in Tomball....now back in Ohio! Actually bought my Jeep while I was living there.....
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It all depends on how you use your Jeep and the climate you live in. Is it your daily driver and only source of transportation? Do you have cold snowy winters? If so, full doors.

I have had them all. Jeep came with full doors and I bought a set of 1/2 soft doors.
Soft 1/2 doors are great because they are light, and can be pulled off and stored easily if you want to go doorless. That means they can also be stolen very easily. Mine did not have uppers so no protection in a sudden storm. I gave them to a buddy of mine.

I found a deal on some Bestop Element 1/2 doors with all the accessories. Hard skins, soft uppers, and storage bags. I love these doors and use them most the year. Uppers are nice to have during foul weather.

When it turns very cold out, on go the full doors for the winter months. No comparison as far as being able to see, and cleaning ice and snow off the glass.
That don't work so well with soft uppers.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:57 PM   #9
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If it's primarily a street Jeep, full steel doors are nice... I ran them for years whenever my TJ was on the street. But for a TJ that sees much offroad time, half-doors are a lot nicer and lighter too. I ended up selling my full steel doors to stick with half-doors & I rarely (if ever, really) miss the full steel doors. So for my combo street/trail Jeep, I much prefer half-doors & soft upper windows.

Reissigree, plastic windows only scratch up & turn opaque if they're not properly cared for. Like using paper towels or service station squeegees on them is guaranteed to scratch them so badly that it won't be long before you won't be able to see out of them. If you use nothing but soft cotton cloths on them & only wipe those on them once they're rinsed off, they'll last & stay clear for many years. My previous plastic windows were 10 years old before that Jeep got stolen & they were still sparkling clear. The biggest thing to keep in mind if you want your plastic windows to stay clear is to NEVER use paper towels on them.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:02 PM   #10
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Steel doors for winter, soft doors for summer
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:04 PM   #11
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It all depends on how you use your Jeep and the climate you live in. Is it your daily driver and only source of transportation? Do you have cold snowy winters? If so, full doors.
X2 on that, I live in Northern Ontario... Our cold snap registered at -30ish Celcius (not a Ferenhiet person lol) and that was without the windchill (-45 to -50c with) so yeah hard door, hard top all the way for me.

In the spring, will be my first time for the soft top as it was near the end of summer before I got the jeep last year and was no point on taking the hard top off for 2-3 month of ok weather...
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:15 PM   #12
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This thread IMO is kinda like the auto or manual thread......I had full hard doors on my '94 YJ.....when I got the TJ half doors was my preference.

I do have hard sliders for winter, I also have a halftop...and in March I go back to the 3 piece duster jammer Bikini combo with soft uppers. Yes it is not as quiet. (so I upgraded the Stereo) highway speeds topless are not a problem can still hear the tunes. It is my DD. Rain, snow, mud, IMO that is what it is for...but I also don't expect everyone else to "enjoy the ride" as I do. So........

When it came time to replace the (IMO) junk Camry that my girlfriend/ now wife was driving...it was with a '12 JK that has full doors...she feels safer, but still wanted softop...it feels "car like" in the JK but that is okay that is what it's s'posed to be like....that is the purpose of that Jeep in our household.

Again to me it is like the auto manual thing..to each their own...if I had to choose one only...half doors...and I would choose the TJ over the JK and the 300..just because it "fits me"......
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:38 PM   #13
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I didn't like that I had to use a zipper to open the window on the half doors, but that can be taken care of with the slider uppers. I've also heard a lot about half doors having seal issues and letting rain in. During the summer I'm jealous of other jeepers enjoying their half doors.

The full doors are heavy when you take them off. The first time I did it I nearly fell over because I just wasn't expecting it. They are also quieter, and warmer in the winter.

Ideally I'd have both, but I'm happy with my full doors. Truth be told, I'd have bought my jeep with either style door, they both have advantages and disadvantages.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:12 AM   #14
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I've got half doors, and wish I had full doors. Easier window access and much quieter.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:00 AM   #15
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I have both, full doors and steel 1/2 doors.
Previous poster stated 1/2 soft doors are light, my 1/2 steel doors are light also,and I like them better than soft.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:56 AM   #16
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With the half doors, I love them when it's nice out...easy to take off and store.
But when the weather is bad...rain, snow/cold....that plastic becomes difficult to see out of.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:50 AM   #17
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If it's primarily a street Jeep, full steel doors are nice... I ran them for years whenever my TJ was on the street. But for a TJ that sees much offroad time, half-doors are a lot nicer and lighter too. I ended up selling my full steel doors to stick with half-doors & I rarely (if ever, really) miss the full steel doors. So for my combo street/trail Jeep, I much prefer half-doors & soft upper windows.

Reissigree, plastic windows only scratch up & turn opaque if they're not properly cared for. Like using paper towels or service station squeegees on them is guaranteed to scratch them so badly that it won't be long before you won't be able to see out of them. If you use nothing but soft cotton cloths on them & only wipe those on them once they're rinsed off, they'll last & stay clear for many years. My previous plastic windows were 10 years old before that Jeep got stolen & they were still sparkling clear. The biggest thing to keep in mind if you want your plastic windows to stay clear is to NEVER use paper towels on them.
I'm probably biased because when I bought my Jeep, the plastic was scratched to hell haha.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:37 PM   #18
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Depends on your weather, in wisconsin, full doors because winter lasts 6 months, summer lasts 6 weeks. The rest of the time is rains. haha sounds great doesn't is.
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I have half doors and would never give them up. I like the extra elbow room and don't mind the zippers at all. I like being able to lean out more when wheeling when they are on. The TJ heater is more than capable of making up for any air gaps and I've never had any problems with rain getting in that couldn't be fixed by bending the uppers in.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:22 PM   #20
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I like my half doors and wouldn't trade them. They are light weight, easy to store, and I can take the soft part off in like 2 sec.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:24 PM   #21
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I didn't like that I had to use a zipper to open the window on the half doors, but that can be taken care of with the slider uppers. I've also heard a lot about half doors having seal issues and letting rain in. During the summer I'm jealous of other jeepers enjoying their half doors.

The full doors are heavy when you take them off. The first time I did it I nearly fell over because I just wasn't expecting it. They are also quieter, and warmer in the winter.

Ideally I'd have both, but I'm happy with my full doors. Truth be told, I'd have bought my jeep with either style door, they both have advantages and disadvantages.
I dont know that ive seen very many upper sliders that didnt look like a half-fuctioning pain in the butt.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:33 PM   #22
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Mine had full doors and a hard top when I got it. I now have soft doors and bikini top with the windbreaker and tonneau cover. I live in AL so there is no winter and temps get down to maybe the high 30's in the winter. There is obviously more wind noise than full doors but I like the trade off of having the ease of pulling off the soft doors and just throwing them somewhere.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:46 PM   #23
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I use my full hard doors for overlanding / long road trips and full soft doors for overnighter's in case it rains. For everything else, the doors are off.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:48 PM   #24
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i have the full doors. but in the spring/summer/fall i usually just run no doors or the full bestop soft doors.

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