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Old 06-15-2014, 10:42 AM   #1
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Hard Top Storage for summer months

Morning everyone! Looking for suggestions on Hard top storage in a garage...I don't have the room to store it above the jeep so it will have to be on the ground. I have seen the stand on quadratec but would rather not spend the money if I don't have to. Obviously if that is going to be the best way to store it then I'll go for it. Let me know what you think...

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Old 06-15-2014, 10:47 AM   #2
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You can easily make a cart yourself. Do a search on here for hard top cart or DIY hard top storage and you will find a few threads with some guidelines. Much cheaper than buying one already made. Good luck!

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Old 06-15-2014, 10:49 AM   #3
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One cart building instructions... Did it, really easy to build, works very well! With pics!

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Agreed with WillysGal! I picked up 2 dollies from Harbor Freight and used some 1x3s I had laying around to attach them together. Stood a 1x up on the backside to make the top standup straight. Then just wheel it to the back of the garage and cover it up. Good luck!
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:58 AM   #5
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If you have room on a garage wall you can do what I did.

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Old 06-15-2014, 04:58 PM   #6
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If you have room on a garage wall you can do what I did.

That's a good idea. Any flex or seal issues when putting the top back on?
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That's a good idea. Any flex or seal issues when putting the top back on?
I'm not planning to test that until late Fall. However, I researched this idea extensively before doing it and a few guys claimed they had been hanging theirs like this for years without any issues.
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I'm not planning to test that until late Fall. However, I researched this idea extensively before doing it and a few guys claimed they had been hanging theirs like this for years without any issues.
It's a definite space saver and less precarious than suspending from the garage ceiling. I like it!
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If you have room on a garage wall you can do what I did.
I did this also in my space limited garage. Gets it off the floor and takes up no room.


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So from what I can see you screw hooks into the studs and use a 2x4 and pool noodles?
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So from what I can see you screw hooks into the studs and use a 2x4 and pool noodles?
I used a 2x10 and 3 inch #14 screws into the studs. The 2x10 gives me a shelf to store my other jeep crap on and in my mind a little more strength.
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Thanks everyone! Appreciate the help!
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So from what I can see you screw hooks into the studs and use a 2x4 and pool noodles?
I bought 2 2x4's with the plan of screwing them together for more rigidity but ended up not doing that since 1 2x4 doesn't bow considering how close the top is to the L brackets.

I chose not to use mine as a shelf simply due to the weight limit of the L brackets which I believe mine were rated at 75lbs a piece. Even though I used 2.5" screws into studs I'm still cautious of the weight limit.

Just remember to put something between the wall and the top. I used an old queen-sized mattress cover and it fit and hugged the top perfectly.
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Has anyone done this with a JKU hard top? Is the JKU top significantly heavier than the JK top, such that this would be a bad idea?
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Has anyone done this with a JKU hard top? Is the JKU top significantly heavier than the JK top, such that this would be a bad idea?
Looking at the pictures above those are JKU tops.
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Any concern with a matching color hard top? I considered this but was afraid of damaging the paint with any sort of flex.
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Looking at the pictures above those are JKU tops.
Well, thank you for clearing that up. That's what I get for assuming they were JK tops.
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Old 04-17-2015, 07:35 AM   #18
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I stored my color match JKU Top like this from June through October last year. Absolutely no issues. To be honest it doesn't look to flex at all. The only thing I worried about was it scratching. It didn't scratch at all but this year I am going to get a mattress cover to protect it a little more. The only issue at all with this method is that it requires 3 sets of hands to get it up there.

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