Earlier this year, Jeep introduced its factory half-door option for the Wrangler 4×4. The package these come in, dubbed the Dual-Door Group, has a price tag that might cause you to do a spit take: Up to $4,395 for a four-door Wrangler with the nicer of the two half-door door options (and $2,350 to $2,550 for two-door Wrangler models)
What? More money for less door? Not exactly—with the Dual-Door Group, you get two complete sets of doors, one in the “half” style with removable upper window sections and another in the “full” conventional style (see the white and blue Wranglers below). We offer this primer because, well, the same Dual-Door Group is now available on the Wrangler’s pickup-truck relative, the Jeep Gladiator.
Because the Gladiator is only available with four doors, the pricing shades that of the Wrangler. Well, plus a few bucks. Order the Dual-Door Group on a Gladiator with the “base” upper window setup (read: vinyl that matches a base soft-top material), and it’ll run you $4,590. Step up to the Dual-Door Group with the “premium” upper window setup (a fancier acrylic woven material that matches the nicer soft-top Jeep sells), and you’ll need $4,990; both prices are $595 more than the same will cost on a Wrangler.
Select the option on a new Gladiator, and Jeep will ship it with the regular full doors installed and the aluminum half-doors tucked inside. To swap the doors, simply undo the two bolts holding each door to their hinges, unplug the wiring to the door (if your model has power accessories on the doors—remember, base Gladiators have manual locks, mirrors, and windows), and lift the doors off the hinges. Simply reverse that order with the half doors and, boom, you have half doors.
Think of the half doors as an even more elemental aperture design for an elemental vehicle. Not only do they lack upper framing and roll-down glass windows, but the tops of the doors hit lower on the bodyside, dropping the shoulder line down and enhancing the wind-in-your-everything sensation when driving. Of course, on Gladiators and Wranglers, you could always just take the doors off completely; these half-doors get you partway there, while offering the ability to quickly add on vinyl or acrylic upper sections (these panels pop into the aluminum door lowers, forming tent-like weatherproofing) in the event of a sudden downpour.
Back in the day—by which we mean the Wrangler’s round-headlight, TJ generation, which was sold from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s—Wranglers came with half doors standard; full doors cost extra. These days, likely cognizant of the idea that most buyers dig the half door look and feel, Jeep now insists you pay a decent chunk of change for the privilege. Now that invitation to spend more money extends to the Gladiator pickup.
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