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Unread 02-08-2011, 10:57 PM   #1
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Bestop HighRock Element Half Doors

Before pulling the trigger on a substantial purchase, I am looking for a little feedback on Bestop HighRock Element Half Doors. I did search, and did not find a good thread in which someone has used them on a TJ.

Here's a link, in case you don't know what they are.

They aren't cheap, but neither are factory half doors. Since it's cool here half the year, there tend to not be many factory half doors around, and if there are some they're either trashed or the uppers are. If not trashed they're frightfully expensive.

I have used full soft doors and they feel flimsy.

I have gone with no doors, or considered tube doors and either way you end up with a lot of debris like mud in the Jeep, and I prefer a little more enclosure anyway.

These look nice to me because they will be cheaper than factory, less flimsy than full soft doors, and with the optional metal skins will keep the crap outside. What I am looking for in terms of feedback is in regard to the fit, apparent build quality, sturdiness, etc.



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Unread 02-08-2011, 11:36 PM   #2
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I don't have these, but do have the full soft doors you mentioned. I don't like the way Bestop has their latch paddles. Mine ALWAYS catch mud and debris, and I'm consistently cleaning them out to avoid muddy fingers. For the price of these new, I'd look for a set of factory half doors that are a little beat up.
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Unread 02-08-2011, 11:41 PM   #3
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For the life of me, I can't find any that are even half decent. The beat ones need windows or whatever other parts, then I'm back into the cost of new ones.
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I have the element doors, although I don't have the metal skins for them. They seem well made, but they can rattle a little bit since the latch design doesn't hold a tight as the OEM doors. I do like the bags that attach to them - they provide a lot of nice storage that the stock doors lack, and the other bonus is that these doors provide a means of mounting an OEM style mirror. They are definitely great to have on a nice day or out on the trail.
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Unread 02-09-2011, 10:16 AM   #5
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The two biggest complaints we get: rattles, as Chris mentions. And complications pricing them out, since it's a mix of packages and options (with storage bags, without, adding in upper doors, adding in enclosure panels, etc.). The rattles can be fixed with a bit of plastic tubing or tape on the latch. The pricing is a PITA, but spend some time at your favorite retailer site and it'll make sense.

This is a marketing video, where we tell you why they're the best thing in the known universe. But I think it gives a decent overview. You'll get more honest reviews from the others. :-)

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^ Awesome, that's exactly what I was looking for.

The storage bags don't make any sense to me at all, but the metal skins and uppers are what I was hoping for. I think these are next on the list of things to get.
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Unread 02-09-2011, 08:07 PM   #7
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The storage bags don't make any sense to me at all, but the metal skins and uppers are what I was hoping for. I think these are next on the list of things to get.
After you use the bags, they start to make sense. There's one big pocket (in addition to a few smaller ones) that fits a big bag of my favorite sunflower seeds nicely which makes for an enjoyable day out on the trail.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 02:24 PM   #8
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i have the doors with the enclosure. mine came with weather stripping which seems to keep the door latches from rattling by keeping them engaged tightly. the problems are the door uppers don't fit correctly out of the box, the rear overlaps the soft top and lets the rain in. one hour and a pair of huge channel locks later the problem was fixed. the safari door itself sat too low to engage the factory tub loop with the latch. on their video bestop shows the jk element doors with welded spacers to prevent this from happening. guess they couldn't be bothered to correct the problem for older model jeep owners. i solved the problem by using one of the provided door upper spacers as a hinge pin spacer. lastly, BE CAREFUL when you install the door skins. i pre-fit the enclosures to make sure they didn't rub the body jeep. the extra play in the latching system means you can't just fit them by closing them lightly. press them in slowly but firmly to see if they contact the body when the latch is fully engaged. i didn't do this and ended up scrapping paint of the door sills on the lj.
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