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Old 04-08-2013, 02:39 PM   #91
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i've been running this through my head ever since i scored a brand new, never opened PREMIUM soft top off of Craigslist for $600... SCORE !!!

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if you have a garage. get it up and out of the way.



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i see in these pics that the top seems to be leaning to one side...not quite straight up and down...any reason why?
Do you think it can be modified to be more upright..just about straight up and down? i have a perefect little corner between the back of my garage and my Bilco doors...i have about 30" and i think the top will roll right in if its pretty much straight up and down..i measure the top as 27" from top to bottom...or side to side when its on its back on the dolly...
i figure i could throw some ratchet straps around the whole thing to keep it from tipping...
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Thanks to everyone for the directions and tips. $46 for parts and materials at HD (I got the 2 1/2" casters with brakes...$6.48/ea). Besides stripping the first 3" screw, it went according to plans. With padding it'll be ready for its first tenant.
Locking casters are the way to go. Last summer I had to put the hard top in a storage unit. Wheeled it in, locked the casters, came back in October and all was well. This year it'll be in our garage (no garage last year), so locking casters help from having a kid inadvertently push it out the door.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:10 PM   #95
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Built one this weekend.



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It was still cold but fun to drive around topless...

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Does anyone use a pulley system? That's my plan.
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:41 PM   #97
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Does anyone use a pulley system? That's my plan.
do a forum search on "Harken Hoist" you'll find info on the Harken packages that can be bought as a kit as well as a lot of guys takes on how to D.I.Y.
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Just finished assembling the "deluxe" hardtop storage top from quadratec which will be useful if it ever moves above freezing.



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Just finished assembling the "deluxe" hardtop storage top from quadratec which will be useful if it ever moves above freezing.



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that is a kit that you purchased? ?
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that is a kit that you purchased? ?
Yes. Have a baby due a few days ago so time is limited. The kit price wasn't awful but certainly not as cheap as the homemade version.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:28 PM   #102
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I just got done building the dolly and putting my hardtop on it. I am pretty impressed byt how well it looks and function. I move the blocks to 11.25 inches from each end to make the hinges sit in the middle. Here some pics. Thanks for all the previous post.







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Old 04-20-2013, 07:29 PM   #103
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Made the cart today. Took me about 90 minutes. It was perfect. Best project I've done in a long time.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:31 PM   #104
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i see in these pics that the top seems to be leaning to one side...not quite straight up and down...any reason why?
Do you think it can be modified to be more upright..just about straight up and down? i have a perefect little corner between the back of my garage and my Bilco doors...i have about 30" and i think the top will roll right in if its pretty much straight up and down..i measure the top as 27" from top to bottom...or side to side when its on its back on the dolly...
i figure i could throw some ratchet straps around the whole thing to keep it from tipping...


anyone ? anyone?...Buhler?
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i figure i could throw some ratchet straps around the whole thing to keep it from tipping...

anyone ? anyone?...Buhler?
Check out what beefsks did.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:04 AM   #106
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i see in these pics that the top seems to be leaning to one side...not quite straight up and down...any reason why?
Do you think it can be modified to be more upright..just about straight up and down? i have a perefect little corner between the back of my garage and my Bilco doors...i have about 30" and i think the top will roll right in if its pretty much straight up and down..i measure the top as 27" from top to bottom...or side to side when its on its back on the dolly...
i figure i could throw some ratchet straps around the whole thing to keep it from tipping...


anyone ? anyone?...Buhler?
All the carts have a little bit of Lean to the side. it does seem more stable when it have a little bit Lean. I think straight up would probably in a little more unstable but to much pressure on the glass and bottom. See the above picture for how I ratchet strapped it.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:50 AM   #107
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Awesome thread !!! Thanks. I was just going to start a thread to see if anyone had any homemade ideas on how to store their hardtops under a covered deck. This cart will be great for saving up space and keeping it upright for the summer.
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:20 PM   #108
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Great thread! Now if only I could find a 2013 Premium Sunrider top so I can take the hard top off. Finding a top for a 2-dr is a royal pain!
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Old 04-27-2013, 02:19 PM   #109
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Great thread! Now if only I could find a 2013 Premium Sunrider top so I can take the hard top off. Finding a top for a 2-dr is a royal pain!
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i took me about 2 months to find, and i had to drive 2 hours to go get it, BUT I GOT IT !

looking for a top on CL...it's all JKU, JKU, JKU
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:45 PM   #110
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Me and my son built ours today !! Took about half an hour and $30 after all the supplies were put together. Just have to add some carpet or towels to the contact points... Then sadly realized we were missing the bow brackets for the soft top that attach it to the roll bar on our Jeep. So off to the dealership on Monday. Doh !!!! Thanks again for the awesome thread.



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Old 05-04-2013, 05:39 PM   #111
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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
Hmmm... Building mine now, but don't see that this was answered? Seems to make a difference, considering the feedback from Deemo below.

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This cart is not intended to have the back of the hardtop ride on top of the front 2x4, it's made so that the areas to the sides of the glass window actually rest on the side 2x4s. That front 2x4 is basically a backstop to keep it in place.
I'm noticing in the pictures that most of you guys are padding the front 2x4. But with this feedback in mind, would it make more sense to pad the side 2x4's instead, at least in the area between the 1x2 and front 2x4? For you guys that have been using for some time, where are the predominant pressure points?

Btw, thanks to the excellent contributions. Got the bigger casters and the additional 30" 2x4 for center support. You guys saved me a bundle!!
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:31 PM   #112
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I wish I had somewhere I could build this. I need one of theses bad!
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:43 AM   #113
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i dont know if the link is down. but can anyone help with the PDF plans for this. this is a great idea and very cheap and reliable VS the online pre made stuff
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:55 PM   #114
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Try this -

I built one using these plans - worked great. The photos are a compilation of a few different builds but the general idea is all the same.

I think I spent about $30.00 at Lowes on all these parts (buy bigger 2 inch or so wheels, it's worth a few extra bucks). They move much better on driveway / garage floors. Good luck.
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I'm noticing in the pictures that most of you guys are padding the front 2x4. But with this feedback in mind, would it make more sense to pad the side 2x4's instead, at least in the area between the 1x2 and front 2x4? For you guys that have been using for some time, where are the predominant pressure points?

Btw, thanks to the excellent contributions. Got the bigger casters and the additional 30" 2x4 for center support. You guys saved me a bundle!!
I ended up adding some extra carpet to the side 2x4's between the front 2x4 and 1x2. I noticed as soon as I started to set the hardtop on the dolly that it was needed more there than on top.
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Okay, so I built mine a couple weeks ago. Measured 9.5 inches from the inside of the 2x4. Picked up a 1" foam sheet from Hobby Lobby and hot glued to all the touch points. Put some felt on top of that. All that's left is to add some felt to the back supports, but I was waiting because I read on another forum that (2) 2x4's (instead of 3) may be better for the JKU 2013. So, all in all, pretty pleased with the results.

HOWEVER, finally had a sunny weekend and first chance to take the top off on the new Jeep... Thought my wife and I would be able to handle without issue, but turns out she's just a tad too short and not quite strong enough to really manipulate the top with me. Instead we almost dropped and ended up with some pretty deep nicks in the paint.

We didn't even attempt to place on the rack. So looks like I have to go the lift route if I want to be able to take the top off with any frequency, meaning the rack will just be in the way. If anyone is interested in the Houston/Katy area, send me a PM. I'd like to get $40 just to recover cost of materials (it was actually more). Going to cross post in the classifieds.

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Okay, so I built mine a couple weeks ago. Measured 9.5 inches from the inside of the 2x4. Picked up a 1" foam sheet from Hobby Lobby and hot glued to all the touch points. Put some felt on top of that. All that's left is to add some felt to the back supports, but I was waiting because I read on another forum that (2) 2x4's (instead of 3) may be better for the JKU 2013. So, all in all, pretty pleased with the results.

HOWEVER, finally had a sunny weekend and first chance to take the top off on the new Jeep... Thought my wife and I would be able to handle without issue, but turns out she's just a tad too short and not quite strong enough to really manipulate the top with me. Instead we almost dropped and ended up with some pretty deep nicks in the paint.

We didn't even attempt to place on the rack. So looks like I have to go the lift route if I want to be able to take the top off with any frequency, meaning the rack will just be in the way. If anyone is interested in the Houston/Katy area, send me a PM. I'd like to get $40 just to recover cost of materials (it was actually more). Going to cross post in the classifieds.

Any chance you are coming up to Dallas area soon? I would buy it from ya.
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Still have it available? Mike in Pearland area.

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Okay, so I built mine a couple weeks ago. Measured 9.5 inches from the inside of the 2x4. Picked up a 1" foam sheet from Hobby Lobby and hot glued to all the touch points. Put some felt on top of that. All that's left is to add some felt to the back supports, but I was waiting because I read on another forum that (2) 2x4's (instead of 3) may be better for the JKU 2013. So, all in all, pretty pleased with the results.

HOWEVER, finally had a sunny weekend and first chance to take the top off on the new Jeep... Thought my wife and I would be able to handle without issue, but turns out she's just a tad too short and not quite strong enough to really manipulate the top with me. Instead we almost dropped and ended up with some pretty deep nicks in the paint.

We didn't even attempt to place on the rack. So looks like I have to go the lift route if I want to be able to take the top off with any frequency, meaning the rack will just be in the way. If anyone is interested in the Houston/Katy area, send me a PM. I'd like to get $40 just to recover cost of materials (it was actually more). Going to cross post in the classifieds.

Heya. If you still have it available....I was about to hit HD tomorrow morning and build one. I think we could help each other out. I have $40 burning a hole in my pocket. haha
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Hey Matador:
I was trying to click on this link but it looks like the plans are no longer available. Do you have any idea on dimensions for the hard top rack?

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