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Old 05-24-2013, 09:53 AM   #1
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Need another option for taking hard top off and storing.

First off...I did use the search option but could not really find what I need.

My garage is to small for a hoist of any kind and to small to store the top off my JKU.
Can the top be safely taken off by two people?
Has anyone here built a stand for the top that has it with the top of the top up. In other words...not standing on end?
Like maybe a couple of saw horses underneath or some kind of stand that one could build for it to be placed on then covered?
I used to do something like this with the heavy fiberglass top off my 1988 Four Runner. Just wondered before I yank it off if this is a good option?
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:00 AM   #2
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yeah, you could easily build a stand to store it like that. It's about 140 lbs, so 2 could lift it, but it's awkwardly heavy and 3 folks would be best to handle that awkward weight distribution...after all, it's an expensive item to replace if dropped.

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Old 05-24-2013, 11:13 AM   #3
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So if I read this correctly, you'd be storing it outside? My wife and I took the top off (JKU) by ourselves -- very awkward. Definitely need at least 3 people.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:24 AM   #4
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How small is your garage? If you can get the top up 6-8 inches or so, (assuming you back in to remove the top) you can park under the top nose first...
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:59 AM   #5
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How small is your garage? If you can get the top up 6-8 inches or so, (assuming you back in to remove the top) you can park under the top nose first...
^^^^This^^^

If you don't want to do the hoist, then storing it on a stand will be fine. I would make sure it's not too high off the ground though. If you have any animals or kids near it, it can get knocked off and that would be bad.

I would make sure that you have a good cover for the top as well. Something like a heavy moving blanket with a waterproof tarp over that. That way the weather is off of it and it doesn't get dirty or damaged.

I hope this helps!

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Old 05-24-2013, 03:16 PM   #6
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Two can take the top off easy just want to be carful. Not that it is tricky it is just big and wieght balance is off when holding it.

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Old 05-24-2013, 04:57 PM   #7
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I removed the hardtop by myself, with a 10 yr old boy directing (and guiding the glass) and set it down on the DIY dolly. I am 5'9" and 180 lbs. Yes, VERY AWKWARD! But can be done.
3-4 people would make it a breeze and no worries of scratching or dropping then.
Mine is on the dolly, inside my winter motorcycle tarp, on my back patio, up against the house.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:11 PM   #8
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Mine is currently on two Harbor Freight furniture dollies. Temp solution, but it does balance fine.

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