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Old 06-11-2011, 07:01 PM
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What is the weight of steel doors and the hardtop ?

I am thinking of putting a soft top and doors on and going back to the stock tires. Right now its all stock except for 235 tires and a beefy anti-deer bumper I have on the front. Its closing in on 200k miles and still gets about 17 mpg but if I removed some of the extra weight I was thinking I could get a little more out of it. I do mostly highway driving, 65 miles a day or so back and forth to work. I haven't had the stock tires on since it was new and I forgot if it made a difference or not. ( 1995 YJ 2.5 )

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Steel doors are about 70 pounds each while a hardtop can weigh between 150-200 pounds. Basically it's the same as one adult male ridding around on your backseat all the time.

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You would get better gas mileage from narrower tires, especially if they have street tread, because of the difference in rolling resistance. That is why they but those narrow tires on new Jeeps is to get a little boost in MPG. It might only be 1-2 MPG, maybe less, so the cost benefit, once you pay for new tires, installation and all might not be much worth worrying about.

On a car, taking off the top and doors would actually hurt your gas mileage due to the change in wind resistance, with a Jeep, the Wind Drag is already through the roof, so it is hard to say if the weight loss would counter the aerodynamics.
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Very good point about the wind resistance, that never even crossed my mind. I guess it would probably be a bit on the noisy side too going down the highway too. I will look around for some wheels/tires someone has sitting around they don't need. Thanks
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I've noticed a huge difference at highway speeds. Way more wind drag at high speeds than with the hardtop on. It is quicker off the line though.
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If you order the full soft doors that would net you an over 100 lb savings between both doors. and they still keep the elements out like the factory doors.

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