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Rugged Ridge Fortis Front Tube Doors (18-20 Jeep Wrangler JL)

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      Review & Installation Video

      The Rugged Ridge Front Tube Doors are for anyone with a 2018 and up JL that are looking for a set of front tube doors to give yourself that open-air driving experience of not having doors on your Jeep, but giving you an armrest and a little bit more security, whether it's for you as the driver, or for your passenger. Maybe you have kids in the passenger seat, a pet or just somebody who likes a little bit more of a secure feeling of having a tube door on your Jeep. These are also going to be great for off-roading because while they do give you that security of having a door, you have a lot more visibility to the tires so that you can see the line that you're picking. This is gonna be a nice easy one out of three wrenches for the installation. They're just gonna bolt right into place and we're gonna show you how to do it in just a second.So, those are really the main reasons that you wanna purchase a set of tube doors for your Jeep, you want the open experience but you want a little bit more security and you wanna be able to have great visibility off-road, again while still having that security. There are gonna be a lot of different tube doors on the market and some of them are going to have different features that are either going to be pros are going to be cons. So, we're talking about these doors, they're gonna have a couple of different things that I do like. One of those is the fact that it has a mount for a mirror. So, what you're gonna be able to use with these doors is the Rugged Ridge tube door mirrors, which is a specific set of mirrors designed to be bolted right onto these doors. You can use a TJ or a YJ quick release mirror if you choose to. Or you can, of course, mount your mirror up on the A-pillar of the Jeep and not use this bracket at all, those are your options. Now, it is important to note that you can not use a factory set of JL mirrors on these brackets, that is not going to be one of the choices. If you definitely know that you wanna go with the Rugged Ridge tube door mirrors, there is a kit that includes both front doors, as well as both Rugged Ridge tube door mirrors if you choose to go that direction.These doors are going to have adjustable hinges which is another one of those features that I really like. You want some adjustability whether it be in the hinges, in the latch, or both. In this case, it's just in the hinges but they give you a lot of adjustability, and why that's important is all this stuff just bolts together. And regardless, every Jeep is gonna be just a little bit different as it rolls off the factory floor. So, you don't want something where you have a welded set of hinge pins and also no adjustability on this latch because the chances of everything lining up for you and closing smoothly and quietly, are slim to none. So with this, you have a ton of adjustability, again, stay tuned for the install will show you how to get them adjusted. And it's going to ensure that the door is going to open smoothly, close smoothly and be nice and quiet for you working exactly how it should.Now, talking a little bit more about the latch side here. This is a very nice, easy to use latch, very easy to grab, a nice big piece you put your whole hand in, you have plenty of leverage. So, it does make it easy to open and close the door. What it doesn't have is a locking mechanism, and some of you might be thinking it's a tube door, why do we need a lock on it? Well, if you don't wanna have to mess with some sort of lock on the hinge side here, having a lock on the left side means that somebody can't just open your door, lift it off the hinges work remove these nuts and then lifted off the hinges and walk away with your tube doors. And depending on where you're parking and for how long that may be a concern of yours. So, sometimes having a locking latch can be a benefit to you. Again, this is not going to have one. If you were worried about security, you can either reuse your factory hinge nuts here, which is gonna be a little bit of a deterrent, or use a locking set of hinges nuts, which will essentially do the same thing as if you had a lock over here.One of the other things that we'll talk about with tube doors is when they have any accessories that are designed to go with them. Some of the tube doors these days will have almost like a mesh top material that's designed to go over here. Some of its just for style, some is to keep the sun off of you, some will give you a little bit more of a secure feeling. And others will actually have some pockets sewn right into them with a nice big zipper to give you a little bit more storage when you're driving in the Jeep with the tube doors installed. These ones are not going to come with anything like that and in fact, they don't have anything currently available from Rugged Ridge, that may change down the line. But if that's a consideration of yours, maybe take a look at one of the other options out there. If that's not a consideration having any sort of mesh material to go on here, then you're looking at all the other features of this door and if that's what you're concerned with, I really do like these doors. I like the adjustability. I like the mirror mounts, I like the latching mechanism. Overall, I think they're a good looking door and I think they've worked really well for what they're designed to do.Now, these are gonna come in around that $430 mark, and that's going to be for a pair of doors. So whether you have a two-door like we have or a four-door and you're only looking for the front doors, this is gonna be the kit to go with. There is also a matching set of rear doors if you have a four-door and you're looking for a full set of four. As far as the pricing goes, I think it's gonna be very fair, a little less than some of the other options out there for a door that is very well put together. So, like we mentioned before, this is gonna be an easy install, let me show you how to do it.For this installation we used a 13-millimeter socket driven by our 3/8 socket driver and also a 13-millimeter wrench. Then a couple of pieces from our Jeep toolkit, the T40 and T50 Torx along with our driver.So, the first step in our very easy one out of three wrench installation is going to be here on the table. We're gonna do a little bit of assembly of both of the doors before we jump over to the Jeep, get our factory doors off and get these ones installed. And that assembly is very, very simple. These come with the door hinge pins separate from the doors, so we're gonna get these bolted into place. And like I said before, this is something that I really like because you have that built-in adjustability. So, all we need to do is get these bolted on here with the included hardware so you have a small bolt, washers, and locknuts. And we are going to leave this hardware very loose until we get the door installed on the Jeep, then we'll tighten everything down. That of course, is the adjustability part of these adjustable hinge pins. So let's get these bolted on. Now we can do the same thing on the passenger door.Now that we're done with the assembly of our doors, we can jump over to the Jeep and get our factory doors removed. In order to do that, we're gonna be using the T50 Torx bit and the socket that comes in your Jeep tool kit with your Jeep to remove the two nuts on the bottom of the door, then we'll jump to the inside and take it apart in there. Now we can switch over to the T40 bit out of the Jeep toolkit and remove this bolt here out of our closing mechanism for the door.The next step is to remove this piece of trim that gives us access to disconnect our wiring and our limiting strap. So you can just stick a finger in here and pull directly toward you, and that'll disconnect. For the electrical connector, we first have to lift up on the red safety tab. Then there's a small plastic tab to push while we lift the white lever. When the white lever is fully in the up position, the connector will be disconnected. With the connector disconnected, we can move on to our limiting strap here and you might have to close the door just a little bit to give yourself some slack. And you can work the strap over top of the metal hook here for it to be disconnected. I like to then take our connector and tuck it in the mat pocket on our door then we can lift the door off the Jeep instead of the side somewhere safe. So, if you put your windows down before you disconnect your electrical connection, you'll have a nice easy handle to grab onto your door with, simply lift it off the hinges and set it aside somewhere that it's not gonna get damaged.Now, it's time to get our tube door installed on our Jeep and what we're going to do is lift it up, we'll get our hinge pins aligned into the hinges, and then we'll very carefully and very, very slowly close the door, ensuring that everything lines up on this side we're not going to damage any of the paint. Once we have the door closed, we'll know that everything lines up on the latch side, then we can go back and tighten down the four bolts on the hinge side so that that adjustment is locked in and the door isn't going to move around on us. Before we tighten down these for nuts and bolts, we are going to reinstall our factory hinge pin nuts. And the idea here is that it's going to pull the top and the bottom part of the hinge together firmly, make sure everything is perfectly aligned before we tighten down these nuts and lock in our adjustment. Now we can tighten down our four nuts and bolts on our two hinges.With everything tightened down we'll give a quick test to the functionality of the door, we wanna make sure that it opens and closes smoothly, it doesn't bang. If you do need to make any final adjustments up or down on this end, simply loosen up your nut and bolt on that end, make that adjustment and then tighten everything up again. So, unlatches, swings pretty smoothly and while we close it, seems to work just fine, perfect. So, the last thing we need to do on this door is to install our limiting strap so the door can open more than 90 degrees and smack into the fender. So, we'll do that now.So, the limiting strap here has a bunch of different notches in it so you can adjust how far the door will open. We're going to set it on the furthest notch on the door side. So, we'll just open that up, slide it over top of the factory style hook on the tube door, there we go, and then get the door pretty much as far open as we wanna be able to open it and that'll be fine for us. And we'll get the other end of our limiting strap hooked onto the factory limiting strap hook right here. We just have to close the door a little bit more to give us a little bit of extra slack there. Once it's over, all we have to do was put our plastic trim piece back in and we're done on this side.So, if you're looking for a quality set of tube doors at a fair price, I would recommend this option from Rugged Ridge and you can find them right here at extremeterrain.com.

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Specs & Installation

      Features

      • Heavy-Duty Front Tube Doors
      • Durable 1.50-Inch Mandrel-Bent Steel Tube
      • E-Coated For Corrosion Resistance
      • Finished With Textured Powder Coating
      • Designed to Work With Factory Jeep Mirrors
      • Adjustable Nylon Straps Included
      • Easy No-Drill Installation
      • Covered With 5-Year Limited Warranty
      • Fits All 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler JL Models

      Description

      Improved Visibility on the Trails. These Rugged Ridge Front Tube Doors are built to provide you with an unrestricted view of the trails in your Jeep Wrangler. These are designed to work with your Jeep’s factory or aftermarket replacement mirrors for convenience. The adjustable nylon straps included let you control and adjust how far the door can be opened. Now you can enjoy safari-style driving while still enjoying the security and utility of having doors.

      Heavy-Duty Tubular Construction. Rugged Ridge manufactures their front tube doors with precise specifications from 1.50-inch mandrel-bent steel tube for heavy-duty quality. The tube is E-coated and treated for corrosion resistance and powder-coated for a long-lasting finish.

      Easy No-Drill Installation. These front tube doors are designed to be a simple bolt-on replacement for factory doors. You simply need to remove the nuts on the bottom of the door hinge and lift off the factory doors and then hang the tube doors in place. Installation hardware for securing the door are included for convenience.

      Covered With 5-Year Limited Warranty. To ensure the highest quality of their materials and craftsmanship, Rugged Ridge offers a limited 5-year warranty for these front tube doors. Limitations apply and this warranty does not cover damages caused by inadequate mounting or installation,  alteration, modification, misuse, or improper maintenance.

      Application. These Rugged Ridge Front Tube Doors are designed for installation on 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler JL models.

      Fitment: 2018 2019 2020

      MPN# 11509.13

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      5 out of 5 overall rating from 2 customers




      • March 26, 2019

        5 2018 Rubicon - ScottD

        Great product

        I got these for the warm weather and I am thrilled. They give you the door less feel with the added safety of the metal tubing. They fit tighter then the JK version, next and tight to the OEM hinges.

        Helpful (3)
      • January 13, 2019

        5 2018 Rubicon - AveKre

        Just Purchased!

        Great door! Very easy to install and has a very clean and sophisticated look. Loved it!

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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (2) Front Tube Doors
      • (2) Mirror Stanchions
      • (2) Adjustable Nylon Straps
      • (2) Anti-Rattle Bumpers
      • (2) Self Tapping Screws
      • Installation Hardware
      • Installation Manual