The Bestop soft doors are a great way to simplify yet customize the look of your Jeep Wrangler. Learn how to install them here.By Bassem Girgis – December 1, 2015
This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-present).
The Bestop soft doors are designed to give you the freedom of the outdoors, while maintaining a plan-b, in case of rain. They come in pieces, where you can install half of the door so you can enjoy more of a breeze and experience a greater connection to the outdoors. When you need it, you can install the second half that seals your whole door. They are designed to seal your Jeep Wrangler properly, and if you want to open the window, you can unzip them to get some air. The Bestop doors have been known to seal the outside noise just as much as your original door; however, you may experience some flapping on the freeways. Read on to learn how you can install Bestop soft doors in your Jeep Wrangler.
Figure 1. Bestop soft doors.
- Set of torque sockets
- Razor blade
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Socket set
Step 1 – Remove original doors
To remove the original doors, use your torque socket to remove the lug nut on the bottom of each hinge. Use caution when you’re loosening it (counter-clockwise) so you don’t scratch your door paint. Open your door, roll the window all the way down, then unplug the electrical wiring. The wiring runs through the strap holding the door on the bottom.
Once you unplug the electric harness, pull the strap up from the side hooked to the car and it’ll come off. With everything off, grab the door with one hand underneath it and the other holding it from the side; pull it up off of its hinges and away from the vehicle. Be sure to place it on a towel or something similar so you don’t scratch the paint.
Figure 2. Remove nut on hinges.
Figure 3. Remove electrical harness.
- Figure 4. Pull strap up to remove.
Step 2 – Install latch assembly
The first thing you need to do before installing the soft doors in place is to install the latch assembly in them. The Bestop soft door comes with a cut-out already made for the latch assembly. Use a razor blade to cut the material on the four holes where the latch assembly bolts will go. Then, flip the soft door and feed the latch assembly through the cut-out. Install the four bolts to hold the assembly in place and use your screwdriver to tighten them. Install the nuts on the back of the screws, then hold the screws in place while tightening the nuts.
Figure 5. Cut bolt slots.
Figure 6. Feed assembly through cut-out.
- Figure 7. Tighten bolts.
Step 3 – Install door
Hold the door in the open position, away from the vehicle, align the pins on the door with the hinges on your Jeep, go on top of the hinges and drop the door’s pins into them. Close the door slowly and gently while making sure the latch is aligned right with the manufacturer door striker. Open the door and close it a few times to ensure smoothness.
To install the top part of the door, just align it and install the top door pins into the bottom door holes.
Featured Video: Installation of Bestop Front Doors
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