For when you need to add a little extra protection to your Defender
The Can-Am Defender has been really catching on as a utility and utility/recreation machine as of late. The machine was designed as a contender to the market space dominated by the Polaris Ranger, and since its introduction in 2016, it has steadily gained in popularity and sales. As people add this incredibly capable machine to their lives, there comes a need to customize it to specific lifestyles. One option to tailor the Defender to your needs is to add doors, be it half or full. There are some interesting options for Can-Am Defender doors that add extra protection to your Defender cab.
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Super ATV Aluminum Half Doors
Half doors are pretty sweet for those wanting extra protection and a cool, custom look, without having to enclose the entire cab. These doors from SuperATV are incredibly sturdy. They have an aluminum tube frame with an aluminum outer skin. The hardware bolts directly to the Defender and a sturdy, well-designed latch keeps the door closed when you’re out on the trail. Like many door systems, these Can-Am Defender half doors open suicide-style (from the front) and carry the weight on the frame at the rear of the seat. They are a cool, stylish way to keep mud and dirt from coming into the lower half of the cab. Plus if you are planning on a custom wrap for your Defender, these are definitely something you’d want to add.
Can-Am OEM Half Doors
Can-Am created its own half doors and even included them on special edition versions of the Defender. There is an old saying that goes something along the lines of, “Nothing fits like factory.” This is pretty true here, as well. Being true factory Can-Am Defender doors means they are going to bolt right on and look like they were there right as the machine rolled off the assembly line. These doors have a rear hinge, so they open from the front. The door has a metal frame with a plastic skin and interior pockets for added storage. If you wanted factory Can-Am Defender doors, this is what you need.
Can-Am Defender Steel Doors
Want some steel doors with added windows for your Can-Am Defender with a full cab? You’re in luck! These are some sweet Can-Am Defender doors with windows that open. The steel is vortex coated for extreme durability. They work with an OEM cab, or the Armor Tech Cab enclosure. If you go with the Armor Tech setup, you’d have a complete steel cab for extreme durability. The only downfall to these doors is weight. In fact, they need to be shipped via freight, so you’d need access to a loading dock to receive them, or have a way to unload them off the semi. Been there, done that! You can also get Defender MAX doors.
Can-Am Defender Soft Doors
There are several solid reasons to consider a soft door over a hard door. When you want Can-Am Defender doors, you’re going to end up spending some cash. Soft doors give you much of the same protection as a solid plastic or steel door, at a much lower cost. Plus, there is significant weight savings. These doors have a steel frame for durability and secure latching. The fabric outer skin is heavy-duty UV-resistant canvas with zip-down laminated, polished vinyl windows that resist clouding, a significant issue with soft cab windows. These come straight from Can-Am, so you know the fit and finish will be great.
SuperATV Full Cab Doors
Yet another option for Can-Am Defender doors comes again from SuperATV. These full frame doors are actually pretty cool. Instead of opaque plastic, steel or aluminum, these are lightly-tinted, ¼-inch, abrasion-resistant polycarbonate. You can see through the entire door while still enjoying protection from the elements.
They have a carbon steel frame and durable latches and hardware to ensure they last a long time. There is a rubber weather seal around the entire door to keep dust and mud out and they even have a bolt-on side mirror for additional value and vision. One of the cooler options for Defender doors out there.
Why isn’t there more Defender door options available?
That’s a good question and all we can say is, the aftermarket is always coming out with new products. R&D takes time and money, and there has to be enough demand for products that aren’t already out there. As the Can-Am Defender grows in popularity, there will be other companies offering doors and other body parts for the machine.
What is the difference between a full and half door for my Defender?
Generally speaking, if you want to fully enclose your cab area, you need a full door system, along with a roof, and front and rear windshields. You can add Can-Am Defender half doors to the same setup, but, obviously, you’re not going to be fully enclosed. You can, however, add half doors to a machine without any other can parts. Full doors, in general, require a roof and front/rear windshields to properly seal.
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