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Old 04-15-2009, 05:17 AM   #1
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Been looking around and shocked to see all of the major Hardtop storage carts to be in the 300+ range. Surprised there is not a simple lift system (like bike lifts for the garage) that have been built to lift these kits out of the way. (at least the rear top panel) Even if I had to design and fabricate a cart, it would cost nowhere near $300-400 to do this. Maybe I just haven't found the right parts....

Does Anyone have any insight on where to store your parts/rear top when you are leaving for the day in the garage?

Thanks.....

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Old 04-15-2009, 05:49 AM   #2
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Not so much where as how- CAREFULLY! They will break if you drop them- ask one of our techs who had to get a lecture about how the dealership had to shell out hundreds for a new panel when he dropped one- Mark W.

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Old 04-15-2009, 06:15 AM   #3
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Might just install a hoist. JK will normally be garage kept, so hopefully weather will be good for time out and about --- didn't realize the rear top was ~100lbs and relatively fragile. I guess I will see if I can get it off this weekend. Might be a @$$@$ to get back on without the proper (non-female) help.... (no offense) --- LOL

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Old 04-19-2009, 10:20 PM   #4
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Ehmmm, hubby and I were able to get my top off and on pretty dang fast and easy.(let's keep it clean, I am talking about the jeep hard top! ) It isn't heavy, it's all about balance!

Besides the female will know better than to drop the dang thing because she's the one who'll have to listen about it if it does drop, unlike guy help.
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^ok, that is a relief, I thought I had to find 2 guys to help me with the hard top removal, I guess then just one will do the job. with me, of course (I'm the female help :P )
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LOL......GIRL POWER!

Actually I moved it with a girl this weekend..... and she had the best temporary storage idea.....so whadda know???? LOL

I didn't have to break the factory torx with my Dewalt, the ole screwdriver with the torx bit was working too well, or maybe I was just impatient..... :P
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^what was the best temporary storage idea?
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I had some heavy-duty ladder rack holders mounted on the garage walls. (ceiling is like 12+ feet) --- and I was able to devise a good hoist system on that relatively easily. This is temporary until I draft and machine out my electric hoist control system.
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^nice. I don't have a garage, though. not at home, in the city. I was thinking to take it to the country house. were I don't have a garage either, just plenty of space and were most probably the chicken will love it as a temporary nest... or find a friend with a garage... :P or use it as a coffee table in the living room, at home... or keep it on the car forever, since if I install the soft top someone will probably damage it day 2. hrrrr
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Hah- Andy, I get the feeling you have too much free time on your hands :-p Mark W.
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Been looking around and shocked to see all of the major Hardtop storage carts to be in the 300+ range. Surprised there is not a simple lift system (like bike lifts for the garage) that have been built to lift these kits out of the way. (at least the rear top panel) Even if I had to design and fabricate a cart, it would cost nowhere near $300-400 to do this. Maybe I just haven't found the right parts....

Does Anyone have any insight on where to store your parts/rear top when you are leaving for the day in the garage?

Thanks.....
This is a pretty easy one actually, less than $100 @Home Depot and you can build a good rack lift and storage/safety retainer. My plans call for the standard looking T-bar lift frame for the top and I'm using a small elec winch I already have w/pulleys at two points on the ceiling. These pulleys are going to be mounted through 14" eyebolts through the sheetrock and up through the 2x12 rafters over the garage with crossbraces (in other words I'd be able to hang an engine off of it. Once lifted I'm going to have a redundant safety retainer (sheet of plywood) which chains to 4 points under the hardtop. Takes the stress off the winch (lifts it about 1/4" higher than the winch stop point and the platform also stores the freedom panels. You can do all of this and several variations of this for $100 or less if you use a little inexpensive hand cable hoist like the kits you mention sell.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:53 PM   #12
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Hah- Andy, I get the feeling you have too much free time on your hands :-p Mark W.
What makes you say that? LOL


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