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Old 06-06-2014, 02:31 PM   #1
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Question How do you store your top if you DON'T have a hoist?

For several reasons, not the least of which is a lack of room in my garage, I can't install a hoist for my hardtop. I'm wondering, how do you guys without a hoist store it? Can it be laid on the ground (on top of a blanket or something) long term? Ideally, I would rest it upright against a wall on it's end (glass side down). But I'm guessing that won't work due to the wiper and possible damage to the glass. Or would it?

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Make or purchase an uprite rack for it.

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I have mine in a loft in my shed.. Works great
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Before my hoist I put down two saw horses in our garage with blankets over the tops to pad it and set the top on those so it kept it off the floor.
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There are plans you can get off of a chrysler dealer website that allows you to build one yourself out of wood. This is what i have done and many others. There are some threads on here about it. there is a pic of mine sitting in the garage in this thread.

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For several reasons, not the least of which is a lack of room in my garage, I can't install a hoist for my hardtop. I'm wondering, how do you guys without a hoist store it? Can it be laid on the ground (on top of a blanket or something) long term? Ideally, I would rest it upright against a wall on it's end (glass side down). But I'm guessing that won't work due to the wiper and possible damage to the glass. Or would it?
The Surco Hard Top Carrier is a pretty cool carrier. That should do a nice job keeping your top safe and mobile without having to hang it from the ceiling.

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Thanks for the ideas guys. That link to the storage dolly looks ideal. Think I'll look into making one out of wood.
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I used these plans. Works great!

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I have an old queen size comforter that I fold in half. I place the bumper on top of that on the garage floor.

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There are plans you can get off of a chrysler dealer website that allows you to build one yourself out of wood. This is what i have done and many others. There are some threads on here about it. there is a pic of mine sitting in the garage in this thread.

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My Lunatic built these for both of our tops. Works great and not expensive. You can move it around if needed since its on wheels. And since it stores upright doesnt take up that much space.
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IDK about the JK tops....but here are a couple cautions from my past reading on here about TJ tops.

1.) Varmints....mice/ vols/ Bees wasp...beetles ants......whatever you get the idea...may make a "home" inside under or between the "skins" of your HT. Have heard stories of dead mice "presumed" between the panels, bees that emerged from "hibernation" to defend there "home". Don't wrap the top/ allow air to flow around it. MAYBE block any vents with some tape to keep critters out.

2.) That whole air flowing around it thing........have heard numrious other "stories" of the top sitting on the ground as if the ground were a Jeep. And when it was time to put the top back on (usually a couple years later or when selling the Jeep it didn't fit...the sides had "bowed out"....or the leading edge (by the header) sagged. I don't have any real good ideas for this...cept maybe the cart storage...or perhaps a frame work like the Jeep tub outline made from 2"x4"s ya know to hold it in the correct position as on the tub....good Luck!!! Ps we do have a HT on the Polar JKU..it doesn't come off. The last HT I had I made a shelf in the garage....back in '95
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IDK about the JK tops....but here are a couple cautions from my past reading on here about TJ tops.

1.) Varmints....mice/ vols/ Bees wasp...beetles ants......whatever you get the idea...may make a "home" inside under or between the "skins" of your HT. Have heard stories of dead mice "presumed" between the panels, bees that emerged from "hibernation" to defend there "home". Don't wrap the top/ allow air to flow around it. MAYBE block any vents with some tape to keep critters out.

2.) That whole air flowing around it thing........have heard numrious other "stories" of the top sitting on the ground as if the ground were a Jeep. And when it was time to put the top back on (usually a couple years later or when selling the Jeep it didn't fit...the sides had "bowed out"....or the leading edge (by the header) sagged. I don't have any real good ideas for this...cept maybe the cart storage...or perhaps a frame work like the Jeep tub outline made from 2"x4"s ya know to hold it in the correct position as on the tub....good Luck!!! Ps we do have a HT on the Polar JKU..it doesn't come off. The last HT I had I made a shelf in the garage....back in '95
That was my main concern, would the top lose it's shape somewhat if stored in a fixed position for an extended period of time (without it bolted to the body to keep it rigid)? I guess that could be a concern with a hoist also. The fiberglass on these tops doesn't seem that rigid and that does concern me.
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:45 PM   #14
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IMO...(and understand it is just that) without the weight bearing down on the sides it shouldn't deform.......so any of the "upright stands" (store bought or home built) will eliminate this issue...and the hoist....somewhat "limits" the amount of flex or deformity because of how they are generally clamped together/ to the top.

Most of the problems I heard/ read about were from it being stored on the ground, extended period of time and USUALLY with weight of some sort applied to top. (we all know what happens with a flat surface...we tend to pile/ stack stuff on top of it)
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I placed 2 bricks on either side of the back high enough it wasn't laying on the wiper. I placed a folded towel for padding on the bricks and placed it on it glass down. this worked great. I'm installing a hoist this week so in can have more room in the garage.
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I built this. It is awesome.
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I put it in my back yard ( over gravel not the grass)on top of 4 milk crates just the way it sits on the jeep than I strap it down to them. been doing this for years. No problem.
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I just bought some 4x4 and made a frame to support the hardtop with the harken hoist. I have about 5 acres so land space isn't a problem. I had no room in my garage. I actually got this idea from someone else on the forum. I can't remember who.
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^It may have been me.

I've been wanting to do the same thing for a while now.
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If it helps, I posted this idea yesterday -> Different approach to hard top storage / hanging
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I used these plans. Works great!

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This is what I did. Try to make sure the 2x4s are straight, one of mine was warped and I didn't notice. Still works though, it just sits wonky if the top isn't on. I'd definitely do this. It took me longer to wrap it in fabric than to actually build it.
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This is what I did....sits high above where my ram parks, wasn't hard getting it up there with three people....but it only goes up and down twice a year is the plan....
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For several reasons, not the least of which is a lack of room in my garage, I can't install a hoist for my hardtop. I'm wondering, how do you guys without a hoist store it? Can it be laid on the ground (on top of a blanket or something) long term? Ideally, I would rest it upright against a wall on it's end (glass side down). But I'm guessing that won't work due to the wiper and possible damage to the glass. Or would it?
With the late spring, I don't think I am going to bother to take off the hard top this summer but I bought the Bestop Dolly last summer and it worked great. Not as good as a hoist, but with the help of a few co-workers we took the top off on lunch break last summer and I rolled it in my office and threw a sheet over it for the summer.
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:27 PM   #24
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Even though I have really high ceilings in my garage, my homemade lift is set up so that you only need to raise the top a few inches to remove and you can park under it.



I have a few fail-safe features built in just in case a strap or eye bolt were to give. The top hangs for weeks on end like this with no issues.
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:31 PM   #25
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Here is a better picture:



Just a side note there is no reason not to take the top off in weather over 50 degrees and a 30% or less chance of rain.
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:04 AM   #26
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I store mine at someone else house.. Er, I sold it so this isn't an issue I mean! But seriously some good ideas here in the thread.

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