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Old July 7th, 2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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Default full steel doors are heavy and a pita!

i took the top and doors off my lj over the week of the 4th.
the full hard doors are damn heavy!!
they were a pain to put back on too!!
i was thinking of getting rid of them, and going to a full soft door?
will i hate the 2pcs soft doors? i have heard they are not the best.
i park it after halloween, so winter weather is not an issue.

im torn, who has had both?
im leaning towards full steel, or full soft, not half and half.


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Old July 7th, 2013, 09:33 PM   #2
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I've used full steel and half steel/half soft. For a DD the full steel are way nicer, especially because of the roll down windows. For a toy I prefer the half doors but no way I'd want full soft for a DD.
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Old July 7th, 2013, 09:36 PM   #3
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i DD my yj with half steel and no top, get caught by the weather once in awhile but nothing that would warrant putting on the full steel doors until the snow flies.
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Old July 7th, 2013, 09:39 PM   #4
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its just an expensive toy, not daily driven.
i took it north this weekend, the first time it was driven since the trolls fall color tour.
roll up windows are cool, but light and easily stowed is way cool.
i sold the hard top about 2 months ago for the same reason.
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Old July 7th, 2013, 09:57 PM   #5
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I went the lighter is better route. When she was a dd, I had full steel doors, but I decided shaving the pounds was better. It will probably suck on tight brush trails with fabric and plastic windows
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I have a wrecked spine yet I still have the arm strength to lift off and reinstall the full steel doors on both my LJ and my wife's LJ. We also live in a second floor apartment so I have to carry them up 14 steps. Hell... my 5'3" 125 pound wife can do it herself without much of an issue.

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No fucking way would I want soft lowers.
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When I had my 87 yj it had two piece soft doors. It was real nice to have the ability to have the upper off and still have the protection of the lower. Being lighter the lowers are easier to handle and store.
I could carry the doors with me behind the rear seat, just disassemble the halves and tuck them behind the seat. Go for it, they seal pretty well, never had any leakage around the seals.
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what do you have against half steel/soft uppers? I drive my TJ this way from March till Nov, then put the full doors on for winter.

but for just a toy I had soft upper/lower on my CJ5 and never minded it.
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my 5'3" 125 pound wife can do it herself without much of an issue.
Hell yes she can.
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I have a wrecked spine yet I still have the arm strength to lift off and reinstall the full steel doors on both my LJ and my wife's LJ. We also live in a second floor apartment so I have to carry them up 14 steps. Hell... my 5'3" 125 pound wife can do it herself without much of an issue.

You need to man up and listen to Terry.
Maybe she is smaller than your wife.
Maybe she has back issues.
You shouldn't judge someone just because they can't lift jeep doors like your 5'3" 125 pound wife.

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I would like to apologize to joe jeep. I apparently still have some bad karma lurking in my life, due to my back just giving out on me just now at work........fuck me
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Soft doors are the best! If I can recall (been 4 years ) I never had a water issue with my soft doors, though I never took it through the car wash. They were also good at road speed but at highway speeds i had to remove the soft uppers. Only thing that annoyed me was the shitty latches.
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I like full soft doors, then again, when I lived in marquette I ran full soft doors, a top, with no back windows year round.

They are light, convenient, easy to store, etc. I spent most of my time with them off the jeep anyway, I really only put them on for winter wind protection and summer rain protection when I was in reasonably nice clothes where I didn't want to get all dirty.

Of course at that time I was in college and didn't really DD anywhere, I walked or rode my bike to work and class until winter time.

As an expensive toy I would not want full doors, I would probably want to run the same set up. soft doors can easily come with you for a long ride in case of a pop up rain storm.

I would trade full hard doors for two peice soft doors.

If I already had half steel doors with soft uppers I wouldn't go through the effort of buying two peice soft doors until my uppers were worn out and needed to be replaced.
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i had 2 pcs hard/soft factory doors on my 97 tj. the top part was fine.
i scratched up the lowers a few times throwing them in the back.
i would like to be able to take them off, and throw them in the back.
i had no idea they were that heavy. i can move them around, just dont want to.

i was also under the impression that the uppers are different from hard lowers to soft lowers, so they dont interchange.

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Had to put the full power doors back on my cherokee this morning. Those things are fucking heavy!
I wish I had the option of soft doors, or tube doors that aren't so damn expensive.
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I have a wrecked spine yet I still have the arm strength to lift off and reinstall the full steel doors on both my LJ and my wife's LJ. We also live in a second floor apartment so I have to carry them up 14 steps. Hell... my 5'3" 125 pound wife can do it herself without much of an issue.

You need to man up and listen to Terry.
I used to lug my doors up to my 2nd floor apartment but then I purchased a large cable bike lock and ran it through the Window openings and around the 8x8 support post of the stairway out of everyone's way.
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buddy of my DD'd a 74 CJ5 with just a bikini top from the end of feb to november.
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