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Old 05-10-2008, 09:45 PM   #1
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Any good ideas for hardtop storage??

My first summer with a hardtop. How or what, do you guys use to store your top? It sure takes up a lot of room on the garage floor. I know there are hoists, build a shelf? I'm sure you guys have a cheap, ingenious way to do this, so as not to endanger the Corvette below!!

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Up until a couple of weeks ago, I was storing mine on a 5x8 utility trailer outside. The down side of that was that wasps apparently like to build nests in it this time of year. In the garage, motorcycle tie straps and a pair of 6' slings in an "X" pattern work pretty well for lifting it off the trailer and onto the Jeep, but I don't trust them enough to leave it hanging there and/or park my car under it. Mine's back on the Jeep for the time being. I'm thinking of getting one of these... http://www.quadratec.com/products/11091_100_07.htm ... and going back to the utility trailer thing.

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Put it in the backyard on the deck. Your dog will appreciate having a new house for the summer!!!
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Wrapped up in 2 big tarps in the back yard is fine, no need to spend 1000s on extravagant storage items. Thats my opinion anyway, mines fine that way despite hail and tornados.
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those carts are pretty cool with the top standing up and you can roll them around.

I made my own cart aint much to do.
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I got an electric hoist from Harbor Freight for about 40 bucks and ratcheting straps for 10 bucks. Works great and its out of the way. Just be careful when lifting it off, it leans until you get it up to the ceiling. BTW, I have a superbee down below and there is no worries.
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i built a cheap HT lift:



itīs that strong that my dad is parking his mercedes SL under the HT without any worries.
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Old 05-11-2008, 12:33 PM   #8
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i bought one of those hardtop hoists off one of my dads friends when he sold his jeep..

works like a charm.. and it keeps the top from warping..

we had a 97 tj that came with a black hardtop and we use to sit it in the garage on the floor.. it not only tore paint off the edges.. it made it not fit on the jeep like it should

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i bought one of those hardtop hoists off one of my dads friends when he sold his jeep..

works like a charm.. and it keeps the top from warping..

That's exactly like my setup. I back in to hoist it and then park head in with my hood under it. Been like that all of last year and now this year with no probs.
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that hoist has been keeping my hardtop there for 8 months a year.. since 99

the only problem ive ever had is the hooks coming out of the ceiling.. but the hardtop only sags more when this happens.. its never fallen down

oh and last summer my mom was cleaning out the garage and ripped out my back window.. (not quite sure what she did, but she paid for it)
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This worked for me.

I use a pulley system with 2 pulleys rope and a hook.

I got the materials from Home Depot for under $40.00.
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i put 4 eye bolts in my garage ceiling and hang it by all 4 corners with 4 of the 300# ratchet straps.
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I'm facing this dilema myself,
I remember when I 1st got the YJ - seached & searched until I found a mint HT,

then took it off for a ST swap for summer, then took it off for a safari, then bikini, then no top.
Winter came, went to ST cause I could barley get er in the garage as it was.

The HT has sat in the yard since.... had offers of 800+ to sell it
Now with the TJ, lifted..
I need someplace to store this HT - (its mint w/ def, wiper, fluid, tint..) toying w/ buying a shed but that means less toys for the TJ build-up
I may just go with that quadra cover
as soon as the YJ sells as it [YJ] hasn't seen daylight (garaged) since the TJ moved in. Wish I had a two car garage or a higher garage ceiling like some of you - I would def go with a hoist.
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I'm thinking of getting one of these... http://www.quadratec.com/products/11091_100_07.htm
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I swapped out my hard top on my '06 TJ last night but don't have a garage to store it. Right now it's sitting level on a couple 1 x 6's in the backyard. The question is: to cover or not to cover? I've heard both that I should cover it with a couple tarps and also that I should just leave it as is. Which is best??
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I dunno I just leave mine in the back yard. Seems fine year after year. I figure it is a top, it is made for outside When it is time to put in on in the winter, I just hose it off and away I go
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I am too broke to build a garage,I laid a tarp down in a remote area in the corner of my 2.5 acres,and parked the top there until the weather changes,which will be October at least around here!Will see how that works out-I'm gonna throw another tarp over the top and chunk a couple of insect foggers in there when I get ready to put it back on,then thoroughly wash it.Should be fine-the way I see it,it's not much different than leaving it on the Jeep-it would be exposed to equal treatment/exposure that way,also!
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Welcome to WF GoldTJ!

Is your TJ Barbie Gold, like mine? (It's actually Desert Sand Pearlcoat but another member here, DistortedTJ calls it Barbie Gold. His Sahara is the same color.)

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My hoist takes up no garage room whatsoever, but I do have a high ceiling. It cost me about $40 for the rope and pulleys at Home Depot.

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Sell it then you don't need to worry about it. I only run a soft top and glad I don't need to worry about the hard top any longer.
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Probably one of my best purchases was the non-electric hoist from 4WD.
I have a high ceiling in the garage, so when I pick up the hard top it is above the garage door. I park and work under it for the last 3 years.

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I built a wooden frame outside which I can use for hoisting the top and for storage. The frame contains a removable platform (3 - 2X4s basically) for the storage. Or I can just slide it on or off the platform, which is what I usually do. It is bolted to the platform for long term storage.
It's mostly in the shade and this year, for the first time, I gave it a quick coat of marine wax before removal for storage.
Gives me great access for cleaning it up before reinstallation in November and for doing any repairs to the window defroster grid.
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I built a wooden frame outside which I can use for hoisting the top and for storage. The frame contains a removable platform (3 - 2X4s basically) for the storage. Or I can just slide it on or off the platform, which is what I usually do. It is bolted to the platform for long term storage.
It's mostly in the shade and this year, for the first time, I gave it a quick coat of marine wax before removal for storage.
Gives me great access for cleaning it up before reinstallation in November and for doing any repairs to the window defroster grid.
Here's a couple of pictures. Everything is bolted together, so any part can be removed, including the platform and the piece in the front (bottom) where I back in. I also use the platform for temporary storage of garden tools and the ground area for temporary shelter for the wheelbarrow and lawnmower at times. It becomes a multi-purpose construction.
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That's really a great idea! Thanks for including pics. I really wanted a way to keep mine up off the ground...not sure why I didn't consider something like this! Looks like I'm gonna be headed out to Home Depot soon!
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I would permanently "store" it on Craigslist before going out and buying a soft top.
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That's really a great idea! Thanks for including pics. I really wanted a way to keep mine up off the ground...not sure why I didn't consider something like this! Looks like I'm gonna be headed out to Home Depot soon!
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Some notes:
- the second piece in from the top (back) contains steel loops that I can fasten rope to.
- the second piece in from top (front) contains steel loops as well but just slides to wherever I want to put it (not bolted down).
- ropes and hooks can be used to hold the top "in the air" temporarily, no need for pulleys. Just prop the top up with 2"x4" (or whatever) between it and the Jeep, secure the ropes, remove the 2"x4" (or whatever), then drive away. Reinstall the platform and lower the top. Reinstall the bottom front piece.
- between the Jeep top and the platform, there are short pieces of 2"x4" - 41" long, that the gasketed portion sit on, with bolts down through everything, 3 bolts per side.
- if sliding the top off and on (no ropes used), a couple of pieces of 2"x4", between the top and the Jeep, facilitate sliding. Long round paint roller handles can be used as well.
- the above is based on a one person operation.
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My hoist takes up no garage room whatsoever, but I do have a high ceiling. It cost me about $40 for the rope and pulleys at Home Depot.

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I know this is an old post but how long are the two straps that go from the front to the back of the top, to lower it all the way down and pick it up that high?

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