half doors vs. full doors for noise - JeepForum.com
 3Likes
  • 1 Post By mukluk
  • 1 Post By WallyDog1
  • 1 Post By JeffBowser
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 14 Old 08-02-2020, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
Adam's Toy
Registered User
 
Adam's Toy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 11
half doors vs. full doors for noise

I have a soft top with half doors. There is quite a bit of wind noise, but I like the soft top because it is easy to open up or remove.

I have this theory that a lot of the wind noise is from around the top of the door - the soft part. I only hear out of one ear so it is tough for me to determine direction of noise.

I found full doors for sale that are already chili pepper red and I am considering buying them to replace my half doors but retain the soft top. Will this cut down on my wind noise? Or does it take a full hard top to quiet things down?

If anyone has full doors with a soft top I'd love to hear from you.

Adam's Toy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 14 Old 08-03-2020, 12:51 AM
plumber1
Registered User
2005 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: San Ramon
Posts: 2,625
Garage
Not sure on sound but I would guess a little bit since you would not have plastic windows. But then you would also gain roll up glass windows which is nice

I can quit drinking anytime I want, but hey I'm no quitter :)


White Jeep Club #224
plumber1 is offline  
post #3 of 14 Old 08-03-2020, 03:49 AM
bobjp
Registered User
1997 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,621
No, they do not reduce noise. I bought full doors for mine after years of half doors and expected a big reduction in noise. I was shocked by the amount of wind noise full doors make.

The benefit to full doors are the roll up windows and not having to look through plastic. My full doors only get used during the cooler fall and spring days. I don't drive the Jeep in the winter.

97 TJ sport.
bobjp is online now  
 
post #4 of 14 Old 08-03-2020, 12:52 PM
mukluk
Web Wheeler
 
mukluk's Avatar
2000 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Clyde
Posts: 6,215
I've always felt the majority of the wind noise was from the windshield frame, the outside mirrors, and the top of the soft top flapping or drumming.

2000 TJ SE
2005 LJ Rubicon
mukluk is online now  
post #5 of 14 Old 08-03-2020, 04:45 PM
2jhanna
Web Wheeler
2002 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Denton County, TX
Posts: 9,660
Quote:
Originally Posted by mukluk View Post
I've always felt the majority of the wind noise was from the windshield frame, the outside mirrors, and the top of the soft top flapping or drumming.
So you're saying our bricks aren't aerodynamic?

I am multi-talented, I can talk and piss you off at the same time.

jhanna
denton county, tx
2jhanna is offline  
post #6 of 14 Old 08-03-2020, 05:49 PM
mukluk
Web Wheeler
 
mukluk's Avatar
2000 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Clyde
Posts: 6,215
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2jhanna View Post
So you're saying our bricks aren't aerodynamic?
I believe a brick might have a slightly better Cd.
Attached Images
 
NashvilleTJ likes this.

2000 TJ SE
2005 LJ Rubicon
mukluk is online now  
post #7 of 14 Old 08-03-2020, 05:58 PM
WallyDog1
Registered User
 
WallyDog1's Avatar
2006 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Franklin, NC
Posts: 419
Quiet comes from full doors and a hardtop. At least as quiet as a Jeep can get. There's no such thing as a quiet soft top
jeepguy03 likes this.

From the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina
WallyDog1 is offline  
post #8 of 14 Old 08-04-2020, 03:33 AM
TheBoogieman
Distubed Jeepaholic
 
TheBoogieman's Avatar
2003 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: charlottesHELL
Posts: 40,664
My sailcloth top was as quiet as my hard top. If wind noise bothers you, ear plugs are cheaper.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jeepinmichguy_ View Post
TheBoogieman is a jerk.
GOT IT BACK 6/17. 03' Rubicon/Zone 4.25" combo lift with 4" lift coils up front/Zone hydro shocks/5.13 gears/35" Mickey Thompson MTZ P3 tires/Black Magic brakes. Jeep #17 & 19.
TheBoogieman is offline  
post #9 of 14 Old 08-04-2020, 11:13 AM
WallyDog1
Registered User
 
WallyDog1's Avatar
2006 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Franklin, NC
Posts: 419
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheBoogieman View Post
My sailcloth top was as quiet as my hard top. If wind noise bothers you, ear plugs are cheaper.
I don't know about that IT's a Jeep! You don't drive it for quiet! I can't even hear my radio most of the time

From the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina
WallyDog1 is offline  
post #10 of 14 Old 08-05-2020, 06:10 PM
JeepingNet
Registered User
2005 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Posts: 482
Really surprised by most people don't think it will be better with full doors.

I find my halfdoors much louder than my full doors.
My zippers on the halfdoors drive me nuts and at speed I find the doors bow out and go nuts at a certain speed.. I'm thinking I need to look at my uppers..

Colin Jennings
Trail - 2005 Jeep LJ Rubicon
Daily - 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7L
JeepingNet is offline  
post #11 of 14 Old 08-05-2020, 07:38 PM
bobjp
Registered User
1997 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,621
Cut off the metal pulls on the zipper and put on nylon rope. Half doors should not bow out. The only time I have had that issue is will strong cross wind.

97 TJ sport.
bobjp is online now  
post #12 of 14 Old 08-06-2020, 07:50 AM
NashvilleTJ
I miss the snow...
 
NashvilleTJ's Avatar
2004 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Nashville
Posts: 4,313
half doors vs. full doors for noise

I run both full doors and half doors with the soft uppers. It may just be me, but the soft uppers are just a bit louder than the full doors - but not a big difference at all. That said, I much prefer the full doors even with the top off. The only time I run the half doors is when I wheel. The convenience of the windows and reduced buffeting with the top off is worth it to me.

OP, I recommend going with the full doors if they are available at a reasonable cost. But donít do it for the sounds reduction or you will be disappointed. Do it for the other benefits if they are important to you. If you can swing it, having both gives you options.

Build Thread:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Swing Away / Swing Down Tire Carrier:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
NashvilleTJ is offline  
post #13 of 14 Old 08-07-2020, 08:39 AM
mitchrb1
Registered User
1998 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Alexandria, KY
Posts: 150
I have both Full and Half doors. I have my half doors in storage. There is some sound buffering with the Full doors but, not a lot. I do however love using the full doors with the soft top as it's much easier to carry just the side window zip outs behind the rear seat. Before, trying to carry the soft uppers on their frames took up the whole back seat area. I for one use my back seat with passengers etc. Great and quick for pop up showers getting the top back on and side windows zipped in quickly and frees up storage space.

Now for winter I do add the hard top and it is much quieter. I can use a bluetooth microphone with my phone/headset and actually hear people and they can hear me.
mitchrb1 is offline  
post #14 of 14 Old 08-07-2020, 09:49 AM
JeffBowser
Registered User
 
JeffBowser's Avatar
1997 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: SE Florida
Posts: 1,778
Half doors will bow out at 60+MPH and the AC on full fresh air setting (not recirculate).

I have both kinds of doors, and my full doors are considerably quieter on the hwy due to the flapping of the uppers in the situation described above. In town, no real difference.

Quote:
Originally Posted by bobjp View Post
Cut off the metal pulls on the zipper and put on nylon rope. Half doors should not bow out. The only time I have had that issue is will strong cross wind.
JeepingNet likes this.
JeffBowser is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome