Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Chevy Chase, MD
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My wife's JKU Rubicon has half doors, I ordered it from the dealer that way. My brother's X has half doors too.
Both of those JKU's are second vehicles thankfully, since the zip windows are a pita when it rains or throughout the winter. But its livable since they are both second vehicles for their drivers and see the most use in the summer.
My own JKU Rubicon, also my second vehicle, has both. It came with both tops and hard doors and I ordered half doors and windows. Despite the extra expense, this is truly the way to go if the Jeep gets driven alot. I never thought I'd warm to the hard doors or electric windows, but jeez, was I wrong.
So, my Jeep wears the hard top and hard doors through the winter, when it sees a lot of use for hunting trips - and my guns are relatively secure in the Jeep too. As spring comes on the hard top gets switched out for the soft top and then as it gets warmer and nicer, rains less frequently, late spring the hard doors come off and the half doors go on. (We get a lot of spring rain with very nice days interspersed, and so the soft top but hard doors through the rainiest season.)
In the late fall its a switch back to hard top and hard doors for hunting season. I get by during the earliest part of hunting season with a security deck in back, but longer guns won't fit unless broken down, which is easy enough to do with doubles shotguns or rifles, pump or auto shotguns, but impossible with bolt rifles or blackpowder.
I still have an LJ, which is now awaiting my daughter's 16th b-day, and did pretty much the same seasonal rotation using Element doors with steel skins painted to match, but the soft windows sucked so much that I went without them through the late spring into early fall, be damned the rain.
If you have to choose one, I'd have to say go hard top and hard doors. BTW, I like the Freedom top removable front panels and use them fairly frequently.
Hope this helps in your deliberations.
Last edited by JPK; 02-21-2011 at 07:17 AM.