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Old 01-29-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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Hardtop Storage for Under $5

Just thought I would share what I did today. I took the hardtop off last week and it has been just leaning against my wall in my garage all week.
I went and bought two 2x4s and made a storage pallet for the top to rest on all summer. 48" long x 32" wide and then two 10"pieces as risers.



The risers it is resting on and a thin piece of foam


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Old 01-29-2012, 07:32 PM   #2
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Don't know that I would want all that weight on my window like thatI would be affraid it would break
Heres how i built mine cost me like $15, the board in the middle just holds the window shut it dosen't put sny pressure on it



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Old 01-29-2012, 08:13 PM   #3
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Yeah I thought that too at first, but the window is actually pretty sturdy. And I don't plan on putting anything on top of it so it should be fine. And I only bought 8' 2x4s so they weren't long enough to hit the edges of the top.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:16 PM   #4
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Also the way the top is shaped, it's heavier in the back when it's standing up, so most of the weight is on the back risers.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:31 PM   #5
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wwch: what are the dimensions of the one you built? I'd like to see if it would fit between the curb in my parking spot and the front wall.
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wwch: what are the dimensions of the one you built? I'd like to see if it would fit between the curb in my parking spot and the front wall.
Parts list
1) 1 59 inch length of 1x2
2) 2 30 inch lengths of 2x4
3) 2 59 inch lengths of 2x4
4) 6 6 inch lengths of 2x4
5) 8 1/2 inch long wood screws
6) 2 1 1/2 inch wood screws
7) 20 3 inch long wood screws
8) 4 2 inch swivel wheels. Poly, plastic or metal wheels will all work - locking wheels are optional - recommended if your storage surface is uneven.
9) Optional: Two 12x2 cuts of Foam, felt or soft fabric





Tools needed for construction / assembly

1) Phillips screw driver OR Phillips bit for electric drill
2) Electric Drill
3) Hand saw OR power saw
4) Drill bit 5/32

Construction / assembly instructions

1) Lay the two 59" 2x4's parallel to each other on level and solid work space. Floor works well.
2) Lay the two 30" 2x4 pieces over the top of the longer (59" pieces) creating a rectangle (Fig 1)
3) Drill two 5/32 starter holes for the screws in each corner
4) Screw each corner together filling all holes using 3" screws
5) Place each wheel on the outside edge of the 59" piece of 2x4 allowing enough room for the wheel to turn 360 degrees
6) Screw wheels in place using at least two screws per wheel placed diagonally to each other using 1/2" long wood screws.
7) Turn rack over with wheel side down
8) Measure 9.5 inches in from either side, place the 59 inch 1x2 at that location. Drill a 5/32 starter hole on each end then screw in place using one 1 1/2 inch screw on each end. (this window bar is in place to hold your rear window closed)
9) On the farthest 59" 2x4 from the window bar measure 10.5 inches from each end and mark these locations for the 6" rear support pieces to be installed
10) Place one 6" 2x4 on each of your marked location, drill two 5/32 starter holes in each piece then screw in place using two 3" screws per block. Continue stacking, drilling starter holes and screwing 6" pieces in place until each stack is 3 pieces high
11) Optional: Pad the tops of the rear support pieces with foam, felt or soft fabric
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Thanks a ton! I've only got about 18" of space between the curb and the wall, so I would have to modify this to fit over the curb, but I think it's doable. Well, first I actually have to purchase a Jeep.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:12 PM   #8
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Lol good luck with your purchase
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:44 PM   #9
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This is so helpful! Thanks for the pics! I guess now the hardest part will be trying to figure out how to put the soft top on lol
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Thanks so much! Need a place to put it for the summer while I'm riding "naked."
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Started to get the supplies today. Now all i need is the 1/2, screws, and wheels.
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Parts list
1) 1 59 inch length of 1x2
2) 2 30 inch lengths of 2x4
3) 2 59 inch lengths of 2x4
4) 6 6 inch lengths of 2x4
5) 8 1/2 inch long wood screws
6) 2 1 1/2 inch wood screws
7) 20 3 inch long wood screws
8) 4 2 inch swivel wheels. Poly, plastic or metal wheels will all work - locking wheels are optional - recommended if your storage surface is uneven.
9) Optional: Two 12x2 cuts of Foam, felt or soft fabric

Tools needed for construction / assembly

1) Phillips screw driver OR Phillips bit for electric drill
2) Electric Drill
3) Hand saw OR power saw
4) Drill bit 5/32

Construction / assembly instructions

1) Lay the two 59" 2x4's parallel to each other on level and solid work space. Floor works well.
2) Lay the two 30" 2x4 pieces over the top of the longer (59" pieces) creating a rectangle (Fig 1)
3) Drill two 5/32 starter holes for the screws in each corner
4) Screw each corner together filling all holes using 3" screws
5) Place each wheel on the outside edge of the 59" piece of 2x4 allowing enough room for the wheel to turn 360 degrees
6) Screw wheels in place using at least two screws per wheel placed diagonally to each other using 1/2" long wood screws.
7) Turn rack over with wheel side down
8) Measure 9.5 inches in from either side, place the 59 inch 1x2 at that location. Drill a 5/32 starter hole on each end then screw in place using one 1 1/2 inch screw on each end. (this window bar is in place to hold your rear window closed)
9) On the farthest 59" 2x4 from the window bar measure 10.5 inches from each end and mark these locations for the 6" rear support pieces to be installed
10) Place one 6" 2x4 on each of your marked location, drill two 5/32 starter holes in each piece then screw in place using two 3" screws per block. Continue stacking, drilling starter holes and screwing 6" pieces in place until each stack is 3 pieces high
11) Optional: Pad the tops of the rear support pieces with foam, felt or soft fabric
Thank you so much, except you forgot to put estimated time of making to +hours. Haha, my drill died a lot and I to use a screwdriver.. Pain in the butt.
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