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Old 05-24-2013, 10:53 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, 12:00 PM   #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, 12:13 PM   #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, 12:24 PM   #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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Originally Posted by panthermark View Post
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...

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.

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Old 05-24-2013, 04:16 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, 05:57 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, 07:11 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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