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Old 03-19-2012, 10:12 AM   #31
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I made two this weekend and they work great. I would recommend adding a center 2X4 to support the window brace and going with 4" caster wheels instead of the 2"





Looks great! Good ideas!

How far did you measure the 59" 1X2? The instructions say, 9.5" but it looks like you have yours in the middle. Do you get better support at your location?

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Old 03-21-2012, 07:46 PM   #32
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Could you attach a picture of yours?
Here are the photos. I am must more pleased with how it sits with the supports moved 3" closer together. The front actually sits on the support now instead of just barely touching it.
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Anyone have measurements of a JKU hard top on one of these?
(I don't have the jeep yet to measure it myself)
Curious if I can get it to fit in a certain area in the garage or not. Hard top is coming off as soon as I get it.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:05 AM   #34
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I'm in the process of building mine now. I am also experimenting with plastidip for the first time to get a feel for what it's like.

I'll post pics when it's done.
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Not the same as building one, but I was thinking of getting this one for easy one man on and off....Anyone have it?

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I don't have access to a garage that I can put a hoist in so I am planning on modifying an engine hoist. Will post pics of that down the road as well.
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Great idea. How are you guys placing the hardtop on the dolly? Wouldn't the rear window swing open as you try to lay the top down? Or do you secure the window somehow so it doesn't open as you're putting it onto the dolly?
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:36 AM   #38
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Here are the photos. I am must more pleased with how it sits with the supports moved 3" closer together. The front actually sits on the support now instead of just barely touching it.
So you moved the 6" 2X4's closer? What type of padding did you use on the supports?
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So you moved the 6" 2X4's closer? What type of padding did you use on the supports?
Yes. I just moved the whole 59" 2x4 that has the 6" supports on it closer to the other side by 3". I used some special foam padding that was leftover from a shipping delivery. The foam was a big block that was actually perforated to allow it to be torn down to a desired size or shape, so I am not sure if you could buy something like that anywhere (but it sure was easy to work with).

To answer one of the other posts, take some masking tape and secure the window before you try to invert it on the stand....it will save some frustration.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:24 AM   #40
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Looks great! Good ideas!

How far did you measure the 59" 1X2? The instructions say, 9.5" but it looks like you have yours in the middle. Do you get better support at your location?
Its actually in the 9.5" position. I followed the directions in terms of measurements, I just added the center 2X4 because I felt the 1X2 would snap in the middle without anything. I also added padding and carpet to all the areas the top would be leaning on.

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Great idea. How are you guys placing the hardtop on the dolly? Wouldn't the rear window swing open as you try to lay the top down? Or do you secure the window somehow so it doesn't open as you're putting it onto the dolly?
when I first placed the rear on the dolly it was tiled down slightly and that was enough to keep the window closed. From there I just lifted the top up and it swung down into position easily.

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Jedi6, oh ok. I will have to consider that. As far as the padding, I will figure something out, maybe use padding and carpet like Matador.

Matador, good move on the added support. Another move I may make.

Thanks for you tips
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:31 PM   #42
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Completed mine yesterday. Put the back 59" 2x4 about 2" closer to the front (instead of 3). Still very happy. Seems to pretty much make the window rest 1x2 irrelevant, but I'm still glad it's there for safety's sake. I also used 3" casters, 2 of which lock, to ensure when the hardtop is stored it's not moving anywhere. I think the casters were the most expensive part of the build, and my local Home Despot was nice enough to cut the lumber for free. Great project - assembling the dolly was certainly quicker than installing the soft top on the JKU for the first time (cold weather and poor user manual instructions didn't help that process).
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I know what I am doing this weekend...Thanks this should save me about $500. I was considering ordering 2 HOSS carts at $269 each. From the looks of it I should be able to build two for about $100. GREAT.
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I know what I am doing this weekend...Thanks this should save me about $500. I was considering ordering 2 HOSS carts at $269 each. From the looks of it I should be able to build two for about $100. GREAT.
Less. Figure $30-$40 for each.

I wheeled my hard top into the back yard and up into my shed that is about 6" off the ground. It worked perfectly. I need to take another photo, I still can't believe how snug it fits into the shed.
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Great idea. How are you guys placing the hardtop on the dolly? Wouldn't the rear window swing open as you try to lay the top down? Or do you secure the window somehow so it doesn't open as you're putting it onto the dolly?

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Has anyone thought about augmenting this build with a vertical upright bar that would stabilize the top a bit and allow for something to wrap a tie-down around?
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:39 PM   #47
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I made two this weekend and they work great. I would recommend adding a center 2X4 to support the window brace and going with 4" caster wheels instead of the 2"
Just noticed that you might have the cleanest garage I have ever seen.
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Has anyone thought about augmenting this build with a vertical upright bar that would stabilize the top a bit and allow for something to wrap a tie-down around?
Mine was very stable as designed. However I added SS Eye hooks to the front and back so that a strap could be hooked to ensure my teenage sons coould not turn it over this Summer... and I agree on the garage... wow that's clean.... Not posting pics of mine.
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Has anyone thought about augmenting this build with a vertical upright bar that would stabilize the top a bit and allow for something to wrap a tie-down around?
the dolly is very stable. At first I thought about adding vertical braces but once I got the top on the dolly I realized that its not going anywhere. It really slides and locks into position well. As added protection I did throw a tarp over it and tied it up with some rope. I actually wheeled my top out of the garage and into the shed in the back yard, along the way I had to angle it up 3-6" elevations. The top never shifted.

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Just noticed that you might have the cleanest garage I have ever seen.
Thank you very much. It doesn't look like that while I'm working on something, but I always make it a point to clean everything up to ensure I didn't forget a tool somewhere. You should see my tool cabinet where everything is clearly labeled and easy to spot if something is missing. An old trick that an airplane mechanic once taught me.
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Anyone have measurements of a JKU hard top on one of these?
(I don't have the jeep yet to measure it myself)
Curious if I can get it to fit in a certain area in the garage or not. Hard top is coming off as soon as I get it.
I have a JKU and built the dolly as per the original plans and it works perfect. The top is now sitting in the corner of my garage outa sight.
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Here are the photos. I am must more pleased with how it sits with the supports moved 3" closer together. The front actually sits on the support now instead of just barely touching it.
Do the window hinges rest right on top of the 6" supports? Does that put too much stress on the hinge covers?
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In the middle of building this and a QUICK QUESTION....The 1X2 that holds the glass in place, do you measure 9.5 inches from the outside of the 2X4s or the inside? $31.60 from ACE
I was wondering this also

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Old 04-02-2012, 05:30 PM   #53
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Do the window hinges rest right on top of the 6" supports? Does that put too much stress on the hinge covers?
The window hinges do sit on the 6" supports regardless of whether you build it via the original plans or if you follow my recommendation on moving the support 2x4 closer to the opposite side. Moving the 2x4 closer also seemed to give it alot more stability when sitting on the stand. I took my doors off last week and leaned them all against the hardtop (while on the dolly) and it didn't move at all.

I have taken it off, put it on the stand for a few days, and then put it back on the Jeep and have not noticed any negative effects. Maybe someone else can chime in on the effect of the hardtop sitting on the stand for a long length of time, but it sure doesn't seem to do any damage.
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The window hinges do sit on the 6" supports regardless of whether you build it via the original plans or if you follow my recommendation on moving the support 2x4 closer to the opposite side. Moving the 2x4 closer also seemed to give it alot more stability when sitting on the stand. I took my doors off last week and leaned them all against the hardtop (while on the dolly) and it didn't move at all.

I have taken it off, put it on the stand for a few days, and then put it back on the Jeep and have not noticed any negative effects. Maybe someone else can chime in on the effect of the hardtop sitting on the stand for a long length of time, but it sure doesn't seem to do any damage.
Thanks. I moved the 2x4's closer together and it sits nicely on the hinges and feels well balanced.
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Supplies have been bought today. $38.00 for everything. This Saturday will be the build and hopefully put the soft top on
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Supplies for two carts bought. The tops come off this weekend
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So my cart is finished and my hard top is on it, ratchet strapped down and tarped. I plan on storing it outside in the winter so I sealed it then plasti-dipped the entire rack. Then I took it and wrapped the entire thing with bubble wrap and stappled it down (staples at the bottom) so the top won't get scratched.

All in all it turned out good, the top sits on it perfectly and it doesn't appear stressed anywhere. I placed the other two freedom panels inside the large piece (all divided by tarp for protection). The two ratchet straps hold them in place well.

My JK now has it's soft top on it, that install was a bitch.
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So my cart is finished and my hard top is on it, ratchet strapped down and tarped.


My JK now has it's soft top on it, that install was a bitch.


THOSE INSTRUCTIONS WERE PI** POOR. I'm glad I'm not the only frustrated dual top owner.
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The instructions did kinda suck. I managed though. Hard top is on the dolly along with a ratchet strap. No tarp just yet.

It sits ok on it. Hopefully I only need this dolly for this season and next year.
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THOSE INSTRUCTIONS WERE PI** POOR. I'm glad I'm not the only frustrated dual top owner.
That was brutal! The worst part is I had the box with the plastic trim pieces for the back doors hidden behind a set of tires. So I got the top on and then noticed I was missing those to secure it, so had to refold top and start again.

Just glad the rain clouds blew over.

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