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Old 04-09-2012, 08:08 PM   #1
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Yet Another Hard Top/Door Storage System

Hi All,

I really like the design of the Bestop H.O.S.S. (tm), but not the cost. One of my favorite features of the HOSS is that the doors can nest inside the hard top, taking up less storage space.

I also like the $30 wood roll-around systems that have been posted on this group. Much better than the MSRP of the HOSS. However, this particular design did not allow the doors to be nested with the hard top.

I thought I would make a minor change to the WF design and store the hard top on it's front edge instead of the rear window edge. Here's my design:

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Here's the door storage unit. It is built on a standard furniture dolly.

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Here it is with the doors:

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Here's the hard top storage:

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I used 2x6 instead of 2x4. Home Depot was nice enough to make all my 90 degree cuts for me, which also helped in getting the wood in the back of the JKR. The top is sitting on 3 layers of carpet padding and 1 piece of carpet. The doors are sitting on the carpet padding that came with the furniture dolly. I screwed down a couple of strips of scrap wood to keep the doors from sliding off.

I remember several posters asking how much the top and doors weigh. Most answers were "about....," suggesting the answer might have been a best guess. According to my scale, the 2 door top with Freedom panels weighs 136 lbs. Each power / heated mirrored door weighs 62 lbs.

Enjoy.

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Old 04-09-2012, 08:20 PM   #2
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Total cost? Some brief directions?

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Old 04-09-2012, 08:36 PM   #3
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I like the door storage cart. Im considering doing that with my doors. Looks great!
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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Very nice! I like the top being stored with glass-side up, rather than down. Great job!
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:55 PM   #5
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On the hard top unit, the long piece is about 63" and the 2 short pieces are about 28". I would recommend that you measure your hard top to verify the measurements. The 63" piece also depends upon whether you are using 2x4 or 2x6 material. You basically want the 63" length to allow the hard top sides to sit evenly down the center of the two 28" pieces.

Since the hard top unit is not a complete rectangle, I cut some scrap 2x6 with 45 deg cuts to provide corner bracing to help keep the two 28" pieces from moving in or out.

On the door unit, the tall vertical 2x6 is 45" long. It is mounted to a piece of plywood using 4 shelf brackets, 2 on each side. On the plywood, cut it to fit on the furniture dolly that YOU are using.

Total cost was somewhere around $35 - $40.
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Think there's any adverse effect to storing it in that orientation for the summer?
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Hope not.

I would think that there is less stress on the top with my design. All the weight is in a up/down orientation. When the top is sitting on it's rear end as in the original design, I would suspect that there is some front/back stress or extra weight along the "bottom" edge, the edge where the rear window opens.

My design has about 20" (+/- 1") on each side of the top that supports the overall weight. Someone who is using the original design will need to measure the contact area to see how much of the top is actually resting on the dolly/support frame.

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Looks like a sweet deal there. I have a 4 door or this would rock.

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