Doorless Off-roading in a Jeep: Puts the Fun in Functional!
People often wonder why Wrangler vehicles or the new Wrangler-inspired 2020 Jeep Gladiator are seen driving around with no doors. The truth is that it’s fun, and it adds to the sense of adventure off-roading provides. Essentially convertibles on the off-road circuit, doorless Wrangler SUVs and Gladiator pickups lend themselves to the quintessential open-air experience that Jeep is known for.
Some owners opt to add half-doors by Mopar or other aftermarket companies, but many enjoy riding without the full-size ones altogether. Many don’t know this, but Jeep makes the door removal process reasonably simple. Much like removing pins from hinges, Jeep requires owners to unscrew and remove just two bolts per door. What makes door removal even easier in the latest-generation Wrangler and Gladiator vehicles? They’ve got aerodynamic aluminum doors, meaning they’re lighter. The front doors weigh 44 pounds each, while the rear doors weigh just 29 pounds apiece.
Although convertibles and open-air vehicles, in this case without doors, certainly add an element of adventure to any drive, we can’t say we recommend owners ride around town like this. Driving without doors may not necessarily be illegal, but removing the doors means removing the mirrors, and some state laws require that cars have mirrors at all times. Additionally, driving without doors means giving up any side-impact protection. While that’s not necessary when off-roading, we certainly don’t recommend it for commuting or city driving. Mopar offers plenty of workarounds for this, be it with the tubular doors or selling additional mirrors that owners can add while driving around doorless.
Putting the Gladiator to the Test
Speaking of off-roading, industry experts recently established a challenger between the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and the 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison, putting the doorless experience to the test. Since the Gladiator was so exposed, experts opted that it tackle the course in front of the Chevy. When it came to rock crawling, the experience was unmatched. Experts could lean out where the door was supposed to be to get a better view of the trail ahead. They also could reach for the tubular roof rail feature and move around for a better view without having to unbuckle their seat belts. The Gladiator was the clear winner in the off-roading challenge as the Chevy ZR2 naturally features a tall hood and tall doors. The Chevy also doesn’t offer riders any grab handles overhead, while sometimes there’s no clearance to swing open the door anyway.
Also, the Gladiator features an innovative forward-facing trail camera that shows the view forward on the infotainment touchscreen. Off-roaders who don’t want to remove the doors at all can rely on the trail camera to sight an appropriate line when hitting the trail. Of course, with great Jeepin’ comes great responsibility. Potential off-roaders should keep in mind that everything they choose to remove before hitting the trail will need to be reattached when they return. The good thing is that with the Jeep brand’s new-and-improved soft top and hard top choices, stripping the Gladiator or Wrangler to its bare bones takes less than thirty minutes — including the doors!
Are you looking to accessorize your Gladiator or Wrangler before hitting the trail? The Jeep Experts at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep can help you order and buy official Mopar parts here at the dealer. You can’t go wrong with a service department that specializes in modifying and lifting Jeeps! Schedule your service appointment today online or call us at (954) 516 – 2743.