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Old 06-01-2010, 04:00 PM   #1
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Freedom top storage

Hi All,

I am searching for a place to store my hard top on my 2 door wrangler 2010,

I could fit it in my locker but I would have to place it vertically is it bad ?

I heard they say not to store it vertically but the TJ models...

anyone with hardtop removing experience can help me out ?

thanks !!

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Old 06-01-2010, 04:10 PM   #2
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I could see maybe not putting it on the backside as to not put weight on the glass. But, If you built some sort of stand for it to offload the weight off the glass, I'd think it would be ok IMO (In my opinion). As well, you may be able to make some sort of harness so it is hanging in position rather than sitting as over time it may warp if its not set square.

Anyone else have ideas?

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Old 06-01-2010, 06:12 PM   #3
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Mine goes on two 2 by 4 by 8 foot boards in the back yard. Completely wash it and put it back on in the fall. Two cycles (years) and no problems.

I believe they make a stand for the top so that it can be wheeled around the garage (or storage space) and if memory serves me correctly, the top is stored in vertical position. But why take up your storage space when you might be able to use a relative's back yard in the corner. Just a thought. Anyway, there is probably a solution out there for you.
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:16 PM   #4
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yep stand is like 485__was looking at it with my jeep bucks. And it stored vertical,,nice tight package. But expensive. I past. And I jave to say I love my hard top!
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we just ordered this one but it just shipped. hoping it works well and the price is alot better thank $465.


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Old 06-02-2010, 01:25 PM   #6
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When I removed my top, I left it on the hoist, in the garage

When you move it from the jeep to ANY type of storage, you MUST be super careful in placement, because of stress on corners--cracks and damage

So watch your P's and Q's !!

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There's a set of instructions on another thread for making your own rolling stand with parts from any hardware store. We used that as a guide and built one for less than $100. Use the forum search. It stores the top vertically with the window down.

One note was that the plans called for strapping the wheels to the pipe with u-bolts. When we did this, the u-bolts wanted to slide around the pipe. So we cut some scrap 1by to fit between the pipe and the wheel plate - that provided the extra friction to keep the wheels from rotating around the pipe.
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:07 PM   #8
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Thanks you all for the answers !

jimbox what do you mean stress on the corners ? if I put it on a blanket it wont budge, its the 2 door version so the back part of the top is just a box
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Yea, know, even though it's actually not fiberglass, all the corners are rounded for strength and relief for edge failure


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jimbox what do you mean stress on the corners ? if I put it on a blanket it wont budge, its the 2 door version so the back part of the top is just a box
I was referring to the placement of the top on an uneven surface, that will, over time, ccause stress cracks at the corners--

Also when "fumbling" around with an unorthodox sise shape, the tendancy is to either drop or "SET" the object on one edge/corner. while jockying for position

Just a note of caution, because these tops are--VERY EXPENSIVE !!
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Yea, I know, even though it's actually not fiberglass, all the corners are rounded for strength and relief for edge failure, because it is "cast" synthetic-


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jimbox what do you mean stress on the corners ? if I put it on a blanket it wont budge, its the 2 door version so the back part of the top is just a box
I was referring to the placement of the top on an uneven surface, that will, over time, cause stress cracks at the corners--

Also when "fumbling" around with an unorthodox size shape, the tendancy is to either drop or "SET" the object on one edge/corner. while jockying for position and that cracks these things-

Just a note of caution, because these tops are--VERY EXPENSIVE !!

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my surface is even and I will be putting a blanket beneath, will it cause cracks ?
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:51 PM   #12
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Yes, unless you use at least 2x4 boards, to set the top on its inside mounting(tub) runners--

It shouldn't rest on the "skin", that won't support the weight for any period of time, without fatigue-cracks-flakes

You should make a frame the same size as the tub of your jeep, then the top will be supported exactly the same as it is, when installed on your jeep


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my surface is even and I will be putting a blanket beneath, will it cause cracks ?
It's not fiberglass, so if it's not supported, just like the jeep tub, it will take a "position set", thru temp changes and time as it sits there minding its own business and don't leave the "T" tops in place !!

You don't want to add to the "hardtop leak syndrome"

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