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Old 04-13-2014, 09:16 PM   #1
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soft door/ soft uppers/ hard top

When I bought my TJ, it came with full steel doors and both hard and soft tops. Last year I bought half doors with soft uppers and used them all summer with the factory soft top.
At the start of winter I put my hardtop back on. While the half doors were still on there I was surprised they wouldn't shut. Just didn't seem to want to fit.
I didn't think too much of it and just threw my full hard doors back on.
Well today I bought a set of full soft doors that I wanted for the summer. I still have my hard top on. I put these Bestop full soft doors on but even these don't want to fit with the factory hardtop.
I know these Bestop soft doors have an adjustable lower hinge but even trying to manipulate them, I couldn't get them to close. With the upper portion removed I could shut the door just fine. The upper, back radius seems fine, it's just too tight along much of the outside.
I know these soft uppers fitting into hardtops is extremely common, what am I missing in making these fit well.
Again, factory hardtop, factory soft top and Bestop soft uppers on a 2000TJ.
No known modifications, factory hinges on Jeep side and steel doors.
Do you guys ever have to shim, flex or use brute force and ignorance to align these things.

Thanks!

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Well I just put on another hardtop and the soft doors fit the same. Should the Bestop soft doors be able to fit a hardtop with no issues?

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Old 04-15-2014, 02:37 AM   #3
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Yes they should. The opening of the hardtop or soft top door surrounds is the same. With that said, my Bestop full soft dooes just arrived. I read a number of posts about them and a lot indicated they can be a little difficult to get aligned and the top poriont to fit right at fireast. Posts indicated the upper will wear in and fit better after useage.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:47 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. I agree the hardtop and door surrounds are the same yet when all I did last winter was remove soft top and install hardtop, the half doors didn't fit.
Now this week, I bought new soft doors and removed my full hard doors, slid in the soft doors and they didn't fit.
Put on a different hard top, still didn't fit.
I'm missing something, hoping someone can throw out an idea. I will take pics when the weather changes to something I can work in.
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