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Thread: Rugged Ridge Half Doors Installation Write-Up - Jeep JK Wrangler

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    Rugged Ridge Half Doors Installation Write-Up - Jeep JK Wrangler

    After taking on a considerable amount of damage to both passenger side doors on Moby a couple of years back, Cindy and decided to replace them with a set of Rugged Ridge half doors. And, while we were never really been big fans of half doors before then, I can tell you that we have since totally fallen in love with them. Sure, they're noisy, difficult to open and close the windows while driving and offer limited security but man, do they ever look awesome! Of course, this is to say nothing about the fact that they're so much lighter than full size factory doors and are super easy to strip down when you want that open air feel. Also, when you run topless, the half doors will do a surprisingly good job of helping to keep in warmth on cold days, will make it easy to pack more gear in the back seating area and for our purposes, we can still run around stickered up as well.

    With all that said, Cindy and I decided that it was finally time to hook Rubicat with a set of half doors and after carefully looking at all the options available today, we chose to pick up another set from Rugged Ridge. While the misaligned door handles are a bit unsightly, the Rugged Ridge half doors are without question the BEST aftermarket option we have seen especially being that they look the most factory both inside and out, seal up nicely when closed like factory, won't rattle and are available with optional soft uppers. In other words, if you're looking for a cost effective way to run a set of half doors, these are what I would recommend.

    What you will need
    Rugged Ridge Front Half Doors
    Rugged Ridge Rear Half Doors (4-Door Unlimited JK Only)
    Rugged Ridge Front Soft Upper Doors (Optional)
    Rugged Ridge Rear Soft Upper Doors (Optional)
    • 3/16" Allen Wrench
    • 13mm Socket
    • Torx T-40 Bit
    • Torx T-20 Bit
    • Ratchet

    Here's a pic of what Brown Santa dropped off just before we headed out to Moab - a brand new set of Rugged Ridge half doors for a Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited 4-door complete with soft uppers.

    Shot of the Rugged Ridge half doors unpacked and ready for paint.

    Picking up our new painted Rugged Ridge half doors (plus the one sample door we left) from the great guys over at Battle Born Auto Body in Carson City.

    Doors all painted to match and ready for final assembly and installation.

    1. Remove the shipping bolts from the door hinges.

    2. Use a 3/16" Allen wrench to secure the hinges to the doors with the tapered bolts provided with the kit.

    Shot of all the doors with hinges installed.

    3. One by one, install your Rugged Ridge half doors on your Jeep and CAREFULLY close them to check for any alignment issues, rubbing or interference.

    Here you can see how my rear driver side half door was making contact with the B-pillar and that prevented it from closing properly.

    4. Using a 13mm socket, loosen the factory bolts securing the door hinge to the B-pillar and make adjustments as needed.

    5. You may also find that the door striker will need some adjustments to allow for proper latching of the half door. A Torx T-40 bit will be needed for this task.

    6. Using a Torx T-20 bit, secure the door handles onto your new Rugged Ridge half doors.

    7. Using the 5mm Allen wrench and bolts provided with the kit, secure your factory mirrors onto your new Rugged Ridge half doors.

    8. Finally, install the limiting straps provided with the kit to help prevent your doors from swinging out too far.

    What everything looks like installed

    Some close up shots.

    Doors open to show you what they look like inside.

    Driver side front door.

    Driver side rear door.

    Here are a couple of outdoor shots.

    UPDATE: Here are a few shots of what Rubicat looks like with Rugged Ridge Soft Uppers installed as well as being all stickered up.




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    Living the WAYALIFE MTG's Avatar
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    Looks naked. Needs stickers.

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    Meme King WJCO's Avatar
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    Clean looking install and great paint match.

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    Woah! Looking great Eddie!

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    Knows a Thing or Two ob_tj's Avatar
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    Really like the half door look. I've been trying to find some for my TJ!

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    Token East Coast Guy MR.Ty's Avatar
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    They look fantastic!
    2014 JKUR "Stumps"

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    Knows a Thing or Two BABOOZLE's Avatar
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    I really love half doors. Had them on my YJ. I would love to get some for my JK.

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    Guy with a Red 2-Door cozdude's Avatar
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    Wow they look amazing! I liked them before but I actually like them better now on rubicat than moby
    October 16, 2013, wednesday early evening, east of the pacific ocean, selectee for truly random and boring Parking lot photo of the moment grand platinum prize winner!

    2011 JKS
    EVO Bolt-on Coilovers, EVO 1/4 pounder w/ stinger, 37" Cooper STT Pros, PR44, and some EVO stuff

    Awaiting install-
    On Order-
    Want list- Evo carrier and skins, PSC hydro assist

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    Do you have any concerns about putting the full doors back on after adjusting the hinges to make the 1/2 doors fit?
    Jesse Hires

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