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Old 11-04-2010, 11:15 AM   #1
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Soft Top Storage Tips

Well, last week I completely removed my TJ soft top before putting my hard top back on for the winter. Now I need to figure out how to store it in such a way that it is not going to get damaged before next spring.

Looking for some great ideas and suggestions!

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The windows are the part you really want to store carefully. Suggestions for that range from rolling them with a blanket, storing flat under the bed, etc. Someone (can't remember who, sorry) suggested using those hangers with the little clips on them. i thought that was a clever idea. And, of course, we sell a product designed to keep your windows safe (and you can never go wrong buying more and more of our stuff!).

With the top itself, it doesn't really matter if you roll it, fold it, etc. You just mostly want to avoid the "back of the garage" problem where stuff gets tossed on top of it. A heavy box sitting on the fabric for a few months won't do it any favors.

Oh, and you should take the time to clean it all before you store it. Soapy water and a soft brush on the fabric, a clean soft cloth for the windows (no papertowels on the "glass"). We sell cleaning supplies as well - and you can never go wrong buying more and more of our stuff (but soapy water will work just fine).

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Yeah windows are cleaned and stored... I was talking more about the actual fabric top. First time I truly deployed it I damaged it and had to have it repaired, would like to avoid any future problems caused by freak chance or my own sheer stupidity.
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WHat about storing it indoors as opposed to the garage... I can't imagine that extended sub-freezing temps are great for the longevity of this thing...
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:47 PM   #5
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put the windows back in the box they came in and have my top hanging from the garage rafters on the straps the HT was hanging on. Be careful where you put it-was looking to buy a new top someone had in a self storage locker. Still in the box but the mice had found it and chewed a hole in it-needless to say i kept looking.
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:02 PM   #6
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WHat about storing it indoors as opposed to the garage... I can't imagine that extended sub-freezing temps are great for the longevity of this thing...
If it was still on the Jeep and parked outside it would be exposed to the same or worse.

For storing my windows, I attached 2 strips of velcro to the garage wall and then used the velcro on the windows to hang them on the wall. You can put one strip about 6" above the other and let them be "layered". I had 2 pegboard hooks above and hang the rear window from the tailgate bar. Out of the way, safe, and easy to get to when it's time to put them back on.
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I do the same thing during the summer months - I have full storage bags for the doors, and a roolbag - with seperators for the rear and side panels. However this year putting it all back together I noticed when I put the top back on it looks like the header bar has warped in storage - anyone else see this?
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If it was still on the Jeep and parked outside it would be exposed to the same or worse.

For storing my windows, I attached 2 strips of velcro to the garage wall and then used the velcro on the windows to hang them on the wall. You can put one strip about 6" above the other and let them be "layered". I had 2 pegboard hooks above and hang the rear window from the tailgate bar. Out of the way, safe, and easy to get to when it's time to put them back on.
Awesome idea!!! need to get some velcro today!
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What I have done for the summer time in storing my soft top. (odd idea for you with hard tops have bikini top for summer) is hang it as if it is folded down from two LARGE L shaped brackets that are screwed into the studs on the garage wall. The "bows and header" are supporting the weight evenly. Windows are stored in a bag under the bed as someone else mentioned. Only drawback is the bows stick out about 2 foot or so, but use that space between the bows to store snowblower. about the same width.

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