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Old 07-07-2013, 03:53 PM   #1
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OK... What did I do wrong.... (TJ hardtop dolly)

I just finshed the framework of my hardtop dolly going off instructions I found on Wrangler Forum. It went pretty smoothly (in fact my 2 year old son had fun helping me!), but when I just tested it out I found that the hard top is resting on the hinges for the back glass. Is this the way it should be? I thought it should rest on the top itself. What do you guys think? I was thinking longer sides (maybe 33" instead of 30"?) but I know a lot of people have built the same or similar dolly. Any help would be much appreciated!

*I apologize for the upside down photos, I'm currently trying to figure out why they are posting this way... They are upright on my phone and computer.....*
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:02 PM   #2
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Get a pic from a little further back. I would just throw some extension pieces on where you need them.

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Old 07-07-2013, 04:12 PM   #3
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I just took a piece of 2x4 and screwed it on its edge to the board where you have your's stacked up. It fits perfectly and the balance it very good. I have it on the outside edge of frame so it clears the hinges and the wiper arm.
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I know when I built mine, my blocks were more toward the corners and up towards the top more. I also covered the blocks with a piece of pretty thick carpet to protect it. I think you would be smart to extend the sides like you said. I'd take a pic for you, but it's been tarped and sealed for the summer.
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:20 PM   #6
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Can you not move the 2 blocks out a bit, lets say, just next to the hinges ??
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Thats how mine sits.



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Old 07-07-2013, 08:40 PM   #8
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I just took a piece of 2x4 and screwed it on its edge to the board where you have your's stacked up. It fits perfectly and the balance it very good. I have it on the outside edge of frame so it clears the hinges and the wiper arm.
Any chance I could get a picture of that?
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Can you not move the 2 blocks out a bit, lets say, just next to the hinges ??
I'll look at it again when I get home. But I'm pretty sure the blocks will hit the glass.
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were there any decisions on whether or not to rest on the hinges? the youtube video i found, he actually states to rest on the hinges. but 90+ pounds resting on plastic hinge covers, sure seems wrong.

tho, to clarify, i have a 2010, and yours doesn't look like my hinges. maybe they went cheaper w/ plastic hinge covers in 2010?
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:55 PM   #11
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I made that dolly too. It's designed to rest on the hinges. I think the commercial ones do the same. I've had no problems
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:13 AM   #12
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its supposed to be on the hinges, I just added a peice of rubber mat to my blocks
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:17 AM   #13
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Hmm. Anyone got a link to the build instructions for this? I might have to build one for next summer. Thanks.
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Old 10-11-2014, 03:31 AM   #14
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This what I followed. (Although I used a 1x2 instead of the conduit) http://youtu.be/rTsOSsLCK6U
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Hardtop storage dolly plans?


I followed the instructions in this thread. I also added 2 blocks to the front edge by where the glass sits to keep it from sliding forward when I put the top on the dolly.
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Awesome. Thanks guys
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You can put the blocks where ever you want. I'd think it'd be better on the hinges like most are, especially with a piece of carpet or foam. Better to crack a lil cover than pop a window out, but really don't think you will crack anything if you put something on it.

I put mine on the hinges as well, but put a piece of foam and carpet over it so it wouldn't scratch it in any way, then bedlined the frame (yes, I was bored!)


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