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Old 11-26-2011, 08:39 PM   #1
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DIY door/top dolly

Weekends like this in NE (60+ degree days/cold nights) make the front doors off (backs stay on for the kiddos) and freedom panels off the most sensible option for my JKU. I have a hoist and could take off the rear in less than 10 minutes if I am feeling motivated, but the doors off/panels off makes for a real quick and appealing option this late in the season, and can be reversed just as quickly. Previously my solution was to put the roof panels in the back (and essentially give up that space for running errands/bringing along the dog) and lean the doors in a safe place in the garage. With kids in my house, "safe" is a relative word as bikes and toys go through regular rotation in and out of the garage. I needed a cart that could solve the storage needs of just two doors and the roof panels. I also wanted a cart that could safely hold this stuff when I pulled the top off with the hoist and I could wheel out of the way and into the corner of the garage, all in one shot. Then when the weather changed I could wheel out to the Jeep and put it all back on again. I did quite a bit of searching around the internet and came up with this iteration, and wanted to share. The frame and center post are made of some scrap 2x6's, a few pieces of pine ripped off a larger board to mount on the horizontal platform to act as stoppers so stuff does not slide around on the cart. Hardware is 4 caster wheels, 4 "L" brackets, a handful of drywall screws, 4 screw on rubber stoppers for the tops of the doors, and a roll of camper seal foam tape. I had the lumber hanging around, as well as the screws. The casters/rubber stoppers/"L" brackets, and camper seal came to around $30 at the local ACE.






It aint pretty, but it's sturdy, functional, and serves it's purpose nicely. It took about 30 minutes to make once I had the design in my head. Pardon the mess in the garage, wifey keeps me busy on projects on the weekends.

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Old 11-26-2011, 08:43 PM   #2
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Nice. A lot better than lugging each of em around one at a time.

Is that a bungee holding them together at the top in the last photo?

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Old 01-10-2012, 01:44 PM   #3
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Nice!! and much cheaper than the 400 most folks want for a pre built unit to hold the top and doors.

What are the measurements 4x3? If you would be so kind could you please post the measurements.
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:24 PM   #4
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Nice setup! I don't have a garage so I had the pleasure of lugging each door, 1 by 1, through back yard to my shed.

It got old after the first time so I made a trip to Home Depot and put together a cart made of PVC and some old lawn mower wheels (to get through the yard). $40 and a few hours later, taking the doors off isn't as much of a chore.

I use a bungee to hold the doors in place as a precaution. The bottom is an old table top I acquired from work. Steering is...ehhh, but I can't complain as its better than nothing haha.
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:31 PM   #5
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Nice job. There are so many DIY solutions to stuff like this to those with the gumption. I would rather save my money for mods I can't make out of scrap stuff, like some DT's on 15" wheels
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That's my thoughts. I have a large wish list and a small budget!
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:44 PM   #7
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Mystic CT? If so, give me a shout if you're looking to wrench. Me and my boy have done a few lifts and we're pretty handy.

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