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Old 01-05-2014, 11:10 AM
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Soft top with half doors vs hard top and full doors

My 95 Rio Grande came with half doors and a soft top but I am considering getting a hard top and full doors before I go off to college. Any advice? Pros and cons of either? Thanks in advance

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Old 01-05-2014, 11:50 AM   #2
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sounds like a good plan to me

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Old 01-05-2014, 11:52 AM   #3
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Two hard top pros: Great for when the snow flys and everything inside is more secure.
I still want a soft top for summer.
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:00 PM
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How are the full doors? I like my half. What about the top inserts with sliding glass for half doors? Does anybody have those? Are they better than a full door?
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A con, especially for a girl, is that you can't take a hardtop off by yourself. And you need a secure place to store it once you do take it off. So it wouldn't be practical if you live in a dorm and want to be able to take it off for the day. But having both tops is a great alternative, you can use the hardtop in the winter and the soft top in the summer.

Another con would be that you would need to swap your half doors for full doors for the hardtop. You can use half doors, but you would have to swap your YJ uppers for TJ uppers, and that takes some modification. There are some threads on this forum on how to do it.
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They don't have YJ uppers you can buy with a new hardtop?
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How are the full doors? I like my half. What about the top inserts with sliding glass for half doors? Does anybody have those? Are they better than a full door?
They are an alternative, but I don't think they're better than a full door, especially during the winter. And you can usually buy used full doors cheaper than new sliders. And if you buy sliders to fit your OEM soft top, they'll have square corners that won't match up to the rounded corners on a hardtop. It's not that hard to swap out your doors, they just sit on two hinges. Use your full doors with your hardtop in winter and your half doors with your soft top in summer.
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Thank you!
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They don't have YJ uppers you can buy with a new hardtop?
I'm not sure about that, maybe it's something an aftermarket manufacturer might offer, but I haven't heard of it (but that means nothing, lol), you would have to do some research and contact the vendors. All the threads I have read on this forum talk about modifying TJ uppers. I do know that the rounded YJ uppers Bestop sells do not match up to an OEM hardtop. I think your best bet for the best fit would be to buy a top with matching full doors, that's what I would do. You can usually find them on Craigslist or from someone parting out a Jeep. I think that years 87-95 are all the same size, but you would need to verify that.
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A cj has round tops. The hard doors are the same, except a few years where the handles are different. I have 2 piece soft doors from a cj on my yj. I do have a soft top but also full doors. So my top openings are round. The cj top skins worked for a while but were beat up and old. I got my hands on a free set of tj skins made for hard lowers. Modified them to fit cj frame( cut a few short slits into the inside of skins) and they work pretty well. Not perfect but for being $50 into the doors they keep me dry and are super light and easy to remove/store. What I'm getting at is there are ways to get what you want, but it may take a bit of creativity. Good luck.
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I went from half door and soft top to full doors and hard top, I love it.
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And I used cj7 top and doors. Just had to get the strip that goes along the windshield. Which I got at a jy for free
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I have a 95 RIO as well, and I swapped my soft top and half doors for a hard top and full doors and I never plan on looking back! DO IT!
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I go back and forth every year......Hard Top to Soft... then to bimini.......


I ALSO have a set of YJ uppers with the sliding glass in them. Never have put them on.
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I like my full hard doors and top in the winter. Warm, relatively quiet and secure. I haven't had it long enough to run it in the warmer months (in NM) but will be nice to take it off and still run hard doors or none at all. As stated above, you'll need a place to store it. Ran my CJ years ago with just the bikini top and no doors but that was in California. Rarely got cold.
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I have a 95 RIO as well, and I swapped my soft top and half doors for a hard top and full doors and I never plan on looking back! DO IT!
Where can you buy full doors for a rio?

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