If you have a TJ Jeep Wrangler in need of new doors, you may discover that it’s easier to find YJ doors than TJ doors. So, the big question is: Can you put YJ doors on a TJ Jeep Wrangler?
YJ doors won’t naturally fit on a TJ Jeep Wrangler. However, if you’re willing to modify the strikers on the TJ Wrangler, you can make the YJ doors fit. You’ll need to replace the TJ Wrangler’s loop striker with a YJ stud striker in the upper two holes where the TJ striker was.
You may also need to make some other adjustments in order to get the door to fit properly. For example, you may have to cut the window crank a little shorter since it might conflict with the Jeep’s dash. Let’s get into more details like this in order to potentially save you time and money on a door replacement.
Are Jeep TJ and YJ Doors Interchangeable?
The answer to this question isn’t as simple as you might have hoped. If you’re trying to fit YJ doors on your TJ Jeep Wrangler, the main thing that will determine if you can do this is what kind of YJ doors you have.
At the very least, YJ doors aren’t built to be put on a TJ Jeep Wrangler, so this process won’t be as simple as just attaching the new door. Instead, you’ll need to make some adjustments to the door in order to make it fit.
For example, YJ and TJ doors have different strikers, and they’re in different locations. TJ’s have a loop striker, YJ’s have a stud striker, and they’re at different heights on the doors.
This means that in order to attach a YJ door to a TJ Wrangler, you’ll need to replace the TJ loop striker with a YJ stud striker in the upper two holes that the TJ’s striker was secured to.
It’s also worth mentioning that the window crank and the inside door release will interfere with your TJ Jeep’s dash. This means you may have to cut these a little bit to make them shorter.
Another possible issue is the fact that YJ doors have triangular vents, meaning that they may not seal properly when you install them on a TJ Wrangler, causing them to whistle as you drive.
Essentially, a YJ door is not meant to fit on a TJ Wrangler, but you can force it to fit if you don’t mind some hard work and some potential drawbacks.
Will YJ Soft Half Doors Fit a TJ?
One concept that not every Jeep owner may be familiar with is that there are both soft half doors and full doors. The difference between these two types of doors is simple.
Jeep Wrangler half doors are pretty much exactly what they sound like: half a door. The half door features a design with a normal bottom but a removable plastic window on top. It’s common for Jeep owners with both door types to use half doors in the summer due to the fact that you can remove the windows.
Jeep Wrangler full doors are probably what you imagine when you imagine the typical door to a car. The bottom and top are one piece, and the window is a non-removable glass that can be cranked up or down.
These YJ soft half doors will fit on your TJ Wrangler, but not naturally. Once again, you’ll need to make some modifications in order to fit the doors onto your TJ Wrangler.
Unless you know how to do these modifications or know someone else who can, you should probably stick to TJ doors on your TJ Wrangler.
Is Jeep YJ or TJ Better?
If you’re still considering buying a Jeep Wrangler, or if you have either a YJ or TJ Wrangler and you’re thinking about switching to the other, you may be wondering if one model is definitively better than the other.
Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. Both the YJ and the TJ Wranglers have their pros and cons.
First off, the YJ model is older than the TJ model. The YJ generation was launched by Jeep back in 1986. The YJ model was meant to be a more street-friendly replacement for the original CJ model.
To make the YJ Wrangler more street-friendly, they increased the axle width, added a track bar and sway bars, and reduced ground clearance. They also changed the original round headlights to a square shape.
With the introduction of the TJ Wrangler, Jeep brought back the round headlights along with a new suspension system. The YJ had a leaf spring design that the TJ traded in for a coil spring suspension design similar to that of a Grand Cherokee.
Essentially, the TJ has a more modern design, but the YJ typically goes for much cheaper. A stock TJ goes for around $8,000, while a stock YJ is priced at around $4,000. This gives you more room in your budget for potential modifications.