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Old 06-04-2018, 04:32 PM
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Installing powered doors on a non-powered JK

I'm a new JK owner. It's a 2009 Unlimited X that was factory equipped with half doors. I'd like to upgrade it to have full doors with power windows and locks. Is it better to purchase 4 full doors with factory power options and then deal with getting power to the doors, or buy 4 full doors with manual and then power it with an aftermarket kit?


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The issue is you don't have any of the factory wiring or switches to do this using original Mopar doors. Even if you get the harnesses and switches, you will still need the jeep flashed for those options. You might need a different wireless control module. (not sure on this one)

Probably better off installing aftermarket power locks, windows and mirrors.

You do know that buying 4 full doors is going to be crazy expensive but you could probably get half of that back on selling the half doors.

Half doors are the bomb, you know. There must be a pretty good reason you want to swap them out.

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Thanks for the insight. The JK has become by daily driver, and my work commute is about 45 minutes each way. I'm converting it from half doors with a soft top to full doors with a hard top to make it a more comfortable ride.
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Ouch - Mega Bucks. I hope you got the Jeep under market value, for those additions are going to add a lot to the cost.

You might be better off finding one that meets your specifications and trading your current one in. The KBB TI value of a 2009 X without PL, PW and with a soft top is about $14,400, adding a hard top, PW and PL raises that to $14,700.

You may bring in some money on the half doors which will have a higher value than the full doors because they are harder to find. However, once you get the full doors you will most likely have to get them painted to match. It is costing me about $400 to get a pair of TJ half doors painted to match my TJ, so you will have to plan to spend at least $600 on top of the cost of the doors and then the cost of the hard top. Since your Jeep did not come with a HT, you will not have the connections for the rear window wiper, washer or defroster either.

While KBB does not offer a value of a JKU with half doors, in certain markets they are more valuable than the full doors. Unless it has extremely low mileage or real attachment, you would be better off to list it for sale, emphasize the half doors and then keep your eyes out for a suitable similar JKU with those features.
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I got a good deal on it, plus is only had 22k miles on the motor.

I figure It's going to cost me about $1k for 4 full doors, then I need to decide which hard top or hybrid top I'm getting. Either way, the market for Jeeps down here is crazy strong.
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if you get doors with electric latches and power windows they will have the harness. You can get the pins to go in your plugs down at the kick panels in front and add pins to rear door plugs and run your own wires to front. The long harness to the rear was $285 IIRC so I just ran two wires the length of body to power the rear latch. Now wiring in the wiper is going to be a little more trouble. The main dash harness was somewhere around $585. Then you going to have to get the correct stem and wiper switches and more diy wiring.

Being an 09 I don't think you will have all the CANBUS issues.
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I got a good deal on it, plus is only had 22k miles on the motor.

I figure It's going to cost me about $1k for 4 full doors, then I need to decide which hard top or hybrid top I'm getting. Either way, the market for Jeeps down here is crazy strong.
$1K for 4 full doors would be a steal. Used doors in less than perfect shape run $400-$600 each.

Yes, I know what they are going for. I priced out just a Passengers front door and the best I found was $375 in San Diego, local pickup. Yeah, that wasn't going to work.

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