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Unread 11-12-2007, 05:53 AM   #1
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Cj-7 doors revisited-hard doors the answer?

I've posted a few times here since I bought my first jeep and the help here has been outstanding. I currently have half doors on my '79 cj7 and found I can't get uppers to fit the corner of my hard top correctly (which I now understand came off a yj).

So it seems the best thing to do for the winter would now be to get a set of old full steel doors from a cj and go back to half doors in the summer. It looks like I just disconnect a strap and the pull off the door over the pins. I've read that I might need to change the striker (it looks like I currently have a simple bolt configuration screwed to the body so I cautiously assume these are easy to swap back and forth with the doors if needed).

The door issue is fast becoming a headache and I want to make sure I understand any other issues and resolve it fast (and economically).

Can someone validate the above and/or warn me of any other possible issues w/the doors and top or the strikers or anything else? I probably have to travel a bit to find some doors and can't afford to come home with something that doesn't work. Do I have to get cj doors?(what years fit?) would tj doors fit?(if so, what years?) Would these fit? http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/94-JE...spagenameZWDVW

Finally, I'm wondering if full softdoors would fit the hardtop correctly as I suspect this would be even cheaper. I just dont want to wear a snowmobile suit to use the jeep this winter

Also, would this fit a 79 cj-7? http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/94-JE...QQcmdZViewItem

Sorry for all the questions and droning on and most importantly..


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Unread 11-12-2007, 07:16 AM   #2
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I am going to guess that you have a hardtop from a YJ not a TJ. You should be able to buy soft upper doors that will fit with the hardtop. Here is a link to some on the 4wd.com site.
Full doors from CJ-7's and YJ's will fit your Jeep. The door strikers may need to be changed depending on what year doors you buy. 1981 and newer doors will have the striker pin style latch.
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Unread 11-12-2007, 08:27 AM   #3
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I just put my hardtop on yesterday (82 cj-7) and i have to swap my strikers. My hard doors/hard top have the little plates for the door latch to catch on. For my bestop supertop i had to install the pin strikers for the soft doors to latch on. After i installed my hard top i wanted to try and put my soft doors on with my hard top but where my soft doors come down off the back side radius its a straight shot down. On my hard doors/hard top there is an offset right below the window on the rear of the door that conforms to the offset in the hard top. This offset dose not allow me to run my bestop soft doors with a factory hard top.
So every year i need to swap top, doors, and strikers as a set so everything will match up.
hope that helps at all.
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