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Old 05-11-2008, 06:33 AM   #1
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Storing the Soft Top

I've got two Soft Tops, one on the vehicle and one in the garage.

The one in the garage is sorta laying over an old chair, and I have promised myself that I would switch off tops every Fall...(I guess I'm thinking "even wear" as a justification between the two tops).

In the interim, I still am dissatisfied with the way the top is just "laying over the old chair" and have thought about hanging it up from the rafters of the garage or something like that.

Anyone dealt with this issue and found a neat or easy way to store a soft top? (I've got the extra set of side windows and rear window in the box that came from the factory).

Some pics of "how I store my soft top" might be nice, and certainly some ideas too!

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Old 05-11-2008, 07:40 AM   #2
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Old 05-11-2008, 08:13 AM   #3
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I roll the top, neatly, around the cross bars, and hang the assembly from the rafters in the shed...
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Get a couple of ladder type hangers from home depot and attach to wall. Collapse and roll up the top nice and cleanly with a bunge. Hang the top across the two hook/hangers with the bows down and pointing toward the wall. Hang it high enough and it will be mostly out of the way.
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Get a couple of ladder type hangers from home depot and attach to wall. Collapse and roll up the top nice and cleanly with a bunge. Hang the top across the two hook/hangers with the bows down and pointing toward the wall. Hang it high enough and it will be mostly out of the way.
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Old 05-11-2008, 11:17 AM   #6
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Could someone take a picture of their soft top in storage, so I can visualize what you've done, please?

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Old 05-11-2008, 02:45 PM   #7
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Could someone take a picture of their soft top in storage, so I can visualize what you've done, please?

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Sorry man, mine's on the heep right now.

Just picture those "J" brackets from home depot. Often used for hanging ladders, lumber, piping, whatever. They are commonly bright silver, usually have a plastic cap on the short end and the long end will have a couple of screw holes. That side goes to the wall. Suggest you find a stud with those screws. Just space out as far as you can while still getting each of the brackets onto as stud. Now you should have 2 J hooks on the wall about 36-48" apart. To store the top, just collapse it like it would be when fully stored on the jeep. Then gather up all the loose straps, sail panel, etc and bungee around the canvass and whatnot so the top will no longer open while you're handling it. Now just hang the thing on the new hooks (the canvass end).
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Old 05-12-2008, 04:46 AM   #8
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nregas1: yea, that's the way I pictured it I guess. I thought about it after I made that last "pic" request and realized that by now, most of the soft tops would be OFF the wall, and installed.

However, there might have been a person or two who has a "backup" soft top as I do, and HAS it still mounted on the wall.

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I keep mine in a Clover Creek Roll bag (Quadratec) all summer. The bag has a nice set of felt for seperating and protecting the windows and then the whole thing rolls up into a nylon bag the is about 8" in diameter. Buckles/strap on each end to tie it to the roll bar. It rides there all summer so I have a top with me in case weather changes, etc.
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Here's the rack I built out of 1"x4" and 1"x6" pine boards. Be sure to use some type of padding along the bottom rail, where you put your doors, to keep from scratching them up. I used the padded shelf liners like you use in a tool box.







It only sticks out from the wall of your garage by about 10 inches. I used the clips to hang the windows. This works great for me to store my soft top, doors, ect. and when I have the softtop on, it stores my bikini, jammer and duster!!!
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Very nice, Dare!
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Dare2BSquare: I'm impressed!!!!! (You must have a military background?!)

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Old 05-18-2008, 08:55 AM   #13
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In the interest of "creativity," I've been looking over some of the supplies I have in the garage, and I came up with a couple of 12" pieces of Angle Iron (with holes) and a 8' 2x4 that I have cut into two pieces.

The thought was, that since the soft top connects to the Roll Bar in a fairly even verticle way, that perhaps I could duplicate that on a horizontal plane.

Here are the two images of what I'm imagining, with approx. measurements based on the Soft Top in the
garage currently.

(I am running into "issues" with the line up of the Soft Top Screw holes, in relationship to the Angle Iron)

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Old 05-18-2008, 09:19 AM   #14
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P.S.: The Part That's Stumping Me..

This is what has me hung up...the weird angles as relates to the angle irons, and the Soft Top Rods...

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