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Unread 08-24-2009, 10:50 AM   #1
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How do you like your hard half doors and soft uppers?

I'd like to get some feedback on the half doors and uppers vs. the hard doors. I had a 04 with half doors and it wasn't too bad but I was wondering if they were improved at all.

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Unread 08-24-2009, 12:56 PM   #2
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So far (I've had them about a week) I like them a lot. It was the one thing I missed from my 06 LJ, I had a set for it as well as the hard doors for winter, so now I have them again for my JK and I'm very happy.
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Unread 08-24-2009, 01:13 PM   #3
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So far (I've had them about a week) I like them a lot. It was the one thing I missed from my 06 LJ, I had a set for it as well as the hard doors for winter, so now I have them again for my JK and I'm very happy.

So how do the ones from LJ compare to your JK? The ones I had on my 95 YJ were absolutely horrible.
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Unread 08-24-2009, 02:02 PM   #4
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The half doors on the JK are great. I had them on a YJ years ago and they weren't great on the highway and had no place to put your arm when the uppers were on. The JK ones don't leak hardly at all (little when I park facing up a hill) and they're pretty quiet on the road, and they have a nice level area to rest your arm (although it's a little too high to be overly comfortable). AWESOME with the uppers off though. Way better visibility of your tires when offroad and WAY more comfortable on your arm on and off road.

All that said, when winter hits, the full doors going on is pretty nice too. Quieter, don't have to manually lock all the doors, power windows, etc. Jeep really missed the ball when they didn't offer both sets of doors as an option. Makes me feel like I get a new rig twice a year.

ps. The YJ uppers were a lot easier to store though. JK soft uppers take up a lot of room in the rig, especially if you have a 4 door.
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Unread 08-24-2009, 02:27 PM   #5
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will the JK soft top allow both half and hard doors? I know in the YJ, you can't use both. You have to choose one to fit a particular softtop. Bad design in my opinion.
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Yeah, the softtop fits both style doors. I love my half doors and haven't had any problems with leaking when it rains and they're fairly quit on the highway. My only concern is high crosswinds at highway speed. I could see the wind peeling back the top of the doors and letting the sun in just a bit. If it were raining, I'm not sure it wouldn't leak. The uppers are bulky when taking them off, but they're light enough for me to make two trips to bring them into my apartment including the rear quarter windows and the back window.
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My Jeep came with both a hard top and soft top and full metal doors with power windows/locks. So to answer smitkev2, yep. I do not have half doors.
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My only concern is high crosswinds at highway speed. I could see the wind peeling back the top of the doors and letting the sun in just a bit. If it were raining, I'm not sure it wouldn't leak.
I see that gap you're talking about sometimes, but it doesn't seem to leak when I'm driving. I think the flow of air keeps the water flowing back, and when you stop it snugs up.
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I see that gap you're talking about sometimes, but it doesn't seem to leak when I'm driving. I think the flow of air keeps the water flowing back, and when you stop it snugs up.
same thing with my full soft doors. there is a good 4 inch gap when driving on the highway but no rain gets in
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So how do the ones from LJ compare to your JK? The ones I had on my 95 YJ were absolutely horrible.
JK ones are defintely better. They don't flap out at all compared to the LJ ones are are quieter. I also like the plastic trim on the inside, makes it look more like a "real" door inside and gives you a nice armrest. On my LJ, I would use the door as an armrest, but when the upper was on, I always hit my elbow or arm on the metal stems for the upper half, but not on the JK.
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All that said, when winter hits, the full doors going on is pretty nice too. Quieter, don't have to manually lock all the doors, power windows, etc. Jeep really missed the ball when they didn't offer both sets of doors as an option. Makes me feel like I get a new rig twice a year.

ps. The YJ uppers were a lot easier to store though. JK soft uppers take up a lot of room in the rig, especially if you have a 4 door.
I second Bricktop's comments about storage, they are bulkier than my LJ and take up more room, but I also have 4 instead of 2 now.

However Bricktop, I for one was nuts not having my power locks, especially the auto lock/unlock, so I used full door harnesses and power door latches to make it all work. My wife thought I was nuts, but it's cool having it. Project will be complete once the door lock switches come in.
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Not having power was a PITA until we just decided not to keep anything in the Jeep and we leave all the doors unlocked including the center console and glovebox. Problem solved.
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I second Bricktop's comments about storage, they are bulkier than my LJ and take up more room, but I also have 4 instead of 2 now.

However Bricktop, I for one was nuts not having my power locks, especially the auto lock/unlock, so I used full door harnesses and power door latches to make it all work. My wife thought I was nuts, but it's cool having it. Project will be complete once the door lock switches come in.
I agree. I did the same thing on my '06 TJ. Full power locks including gate and keyless entry. How much are you going to have invested to get yours all set up?
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i love my 1/2 drs. it was one of the requirements when i traded in the 08 2dr for the 09 4dr. can't say anything bad about them. i'd do it again if i had to buy another JK
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i love my 1/2 drs. it was one of the requirements when i traded in the 08 2dr for the 09 4dr. can't say anything bad about them. i'd do it again if i had to buy another JK
i agree with that

on the down side it leaks a lot when it's parked
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