I've had my 03 Rubi for about 4 months now (had my YJ since '92 - lol) The Rubi has full doors - and since I took the hard top off - they really seem to rattle. Never heard anything with the top on and the half doors on my YJ are quiet. General question is whether this rattle is normal for the full doors with the top off? If not, any advice on tightening up the catches? Don't wanna pop the door panels, etc unless I know its gonna do some good. Thanks for any advice.
The rattle is most certainly NOT normal...I run with full doors and the folding frames in place to hold a full-length bikini top on, and I noticed the same problem...turned out that it was just a loose latch. I've also heard of linkages loosening up inside. It could also be a hinge moving around on you. Check that everything's good and tight.
If it's worth doing, then it's worth overdoing.
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Not having door surrounds can cause the door rattle. If you only have a hard top you will need to buy the door surrounds. They are used with the soft tops. I bought mine on ebay for half price around $125.