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Unread 04-14-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
KenSC
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Will a soft top and soft doors fit a slightly bent tub?

Just throwing this out there to see what the general consensus is. I have a '79 CJ7 purchased a few months ago. It did not come with any doors, just a bikini top. I bought a nice hard top and hard doors and while struggling to get the hard door installed on the passenger side I finally realized my door opening is short about 3/4 inch at the top of the tub door opening. The driver side door will work, but the passenger side will not. I am not sure if the tub is bent or if somone did some work to that side incorrectly.

Question is: Do you think I can buy some soft doors and a soft top and manipulate the soft door on the passenger side to fit? Could I possibly cut out some of the frame on the soft door to make it work if I have to?

The other option I am looking at is taking it to a body shop and getting an estimate to fix it. Or I could just install a different tub.

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Unread 04-14-2011, 09:41 AM   #2
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I have bestop two piece doors on an '83 CJ-7. They will adjust up and down to line up with your striker pin. That may or may not solve your problem. So if your striker pin is the correct hieght; it "should" work. Is there a local 4x4 shop around? Perhaps you could try some on. No CJ seems to be the same.

I do not have a top other than a windjammer and bikini top though. I enjoy the set up because it looks like a mini truck. Maybe that is an option for you if the top doesn't work out.
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Unread 04-14-2011, 09:44 AM   #3
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Check the Windshield frame. It sound like the Passanger side frame is pulled back to far. Loosen wiindshied and adjust it forward. That may solve your problem. Or if you have the top off measure from the top corners of the windshield to the back of the jeep or the roll bar and see it the measurement is the same or different. If its the same its atub issue. If it different the windshield needs to be adjusted.
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Unread 04-14-2011, 09:58 AM   #4
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The door won't fit in the hole even with the windshield down. I loosened every bolt on the door hinges, and even took the bottom hinge off of the tub to make sure it wasn't in the way. When I measured from the top hinge on the tub to the top of my striker plate on the tub, the passenger side is 3/4 inch to 1 inch shorter than the driver's side. And when I flat out hold the door against the door cut out on the tub, it will not fit. The driver's side door will fit into the cutout on the driver's side.
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