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Old 08-07-2016, 07:42 PM
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Half Doors Nick Hardtop

So I have a 1995 Sahara that came with half doors, I have not adjusted these doors and they close perfectly.

I recently found and bought an OEM hardtop with rear defrost and wiper and latchless. And bought the full doors that were on the jeep with the hardtop on the same day

Before I put the top on I removed my half doors, I got out my tape measure and made sure that I had the exact required measurement on both sides from edge of the windshield to the edge of the back of the tub rim. Thus making sure the windshield was at the proper angle on bothe sides.

So the top fits perfectly, it's got the correct hardtop seal kit and sits nice and flush all around. No leaks.

Recently I took off my full doors to strip them down to shells for painting, and I put my half doors back on.

Now both half doors are nicking the hardtop edge, so much so the white fiberglass is showing. I reseated the top trying to push it farther back to the rear of the jeep, as to give the half doors more room, but it will not move and it is seated properly.

Can someone tell me what I need to do to stop this? Like I mentioned in the beginning, these door hinges for the half doors have not been adjusted since it left the factory and they close perfectly, except they are not clearing the edge of the hardtop.

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If I put my half doors on with my hardtop it does same thing. I never looked into it much, I just use my full doors with hardtop .

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Yes I would do the same but I already stripped down my full doors to door shells for painting. It seems strange the half doors don't work well with a hardtop.
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It is summer, I haven't had doors on my jeep in a month, which is incredible for Michigan I might say. If I were you I would just run without the doors until you finish your full doors. I am having a hard time trying to figure out why you out a hard top on your jeep in August. Mine stays off until October deer season. Just my 2 cents. GL
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Post a couple pics of where the half door is touching the hard top.

I have a used hardtop and half doors. The drivers door clears but the passenger door barely touches the hardtop on the inside. I never noticed it until I read your post and then went out to look. It's a really minor chip on the inside of the topper.

There may be enough adjustment if you loosen the bolts that hold the topper to the tub,
and push the leading edge of the topper in as far as it will go.

mijeeper80 wonders why you run a hardtop in the summer. I run a hardtop all year because I like the protection from the HOT Colorado sun. I often run without the doors. In the mountains, thunderstorms can pop up with less than a half hour warning. I don't mind getting a little wet due to the doors being off, but the mountain storms can be severe and sometimes downright dangerous. Many of the abandoned mining roads are over 10,000 feet altitude. Temps can drop from 70s to low 40s in minuets. Wringing wet and 40 degrees = no fun.

Google Alpine Loop Colorado for an idea.

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@mijeeper80 and @Luckymac , I start to run my hardtop after dove season and before duck season. I normally don't have anything too valuable laying in the tub when I'm dove hunting, but I wouldn't want a few hundred dollars worth of decoys to be stolen during duck season. I recomend a soft top for the summer, because you can take the windows out and have a safari top, but you can still have the protection from the rain. Just my $.02. Addison- sorry this reply is off topic. I honestly wouldn't worry too much about where it's making contact, or do as MI said and leave the top off until the full doors are painted and done.
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Running with just the top of the soft top would be fine but...when I bought my Jeep the soft top was in bad shape. A new quality soft top was more expensive than a used hard top. I wanted a hard top for the winter so I went with a used hard top.
I sold the soft top frame and really don't regret it.

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