Why in the heck would they design it so the back door where latching sits higher than the edge of the jeep? what a stupid design. Seems like it could easily be flush with the horizontal edge of the jeep?
Unfortunately, with the latch systems that keep these doors at a good value as far as price goes, the tube has to run that high to allow us to have a place to actually put the handle. I'm sure we could work in a cable function latch to where we could drop the handle and straighten out the tube, but it'd skyrocket the price and with the popularity of our doors, we're extremely reluctant to push the pricepoint on them.
Also, look at the Rancho door picture, same thing, same reason. OR-Fab as well.
I just looked at the install PDF for the Or-Fab doors on Quadratec... those are EXACTLY the latches I have been looking for.
The ones for the TJ, I found... they are $85 a set from the hotrod places. The JK latches "look" a LOT cheaper so if I could find a part number, those would be sweet.
We have two handles that fit the JK. The locking and the non-locking. We make the non-locking in house, and the locking is a new one we were trying out that we purchase. I'll beat that $85 price point too.
I am not sure if they are a sponsor but I am looking strongly at the Rancho tube doors. I like them because you can put the OEM mirror on them without a relocation bracket.
We've been working on an accessory that does the same thing, as it has been heavily requested. I was actually doing some testing in Moab of a new bracket, and honestly I strongly disliked the factory mirror on the tube door. The stability and visibility of them was just less than great.
I also thought that it was unusually difficult to remove the mirrors on our 08 compared to doing so on our 07.
So the final version I am doing slightly different. Instead of removing the factory mirror from your door, we're going to build the bracket to accept a 97-02 TJ Wrangler Mirror. This allows you to keep the mirrors on both doors, and they seem to be more stable and sit up and out slightly more for better visibility out of the Jeep.
I should have this bracket finalized soon, and off to be photographed, announced, etc... I'll keep the board posted as they come available.