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Old 06-27-2007, 04:38 PM   #1
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Storing Hard Top

I just brought home my 05 Wrangler and its got the dual top option with the hard top currently installed.
What with it being summer and all, I want to remove it and use the soft top or no top depending upon the weather.

Looks like this guy never used the soft top before.

Anyway, I don't have a good place to put the hard top. I could fit it in my garage but I would have to put it on its side resting on a blanket. Do you think that would damage the top?

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Old 06-27-2007, 04:56 PM   #2
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If it sits on its side for too long it will bend... the best thing to do is to lay it down as if it would sit on the jeep.

Or you can get something like one of these - http://www.quadratec.com/products/12020_200_07.htm

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Old 06-27-2007, 05:05 PM   #3
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If it sits on its side for too long it will bend...
i have experience with stuff bending from staying on its sides.. no wonder my bodykit wouldn't fit right on my old car (sale in the winter so i bought it then and installed it during the summer but it took some heating to get it straight).

As he said having it rest like it would on the jeep is best. if not.. tie it to the ceiling of ur garage or basement and have it sit there. (don't forget to use wood on the bottom so the ropes aren't pulling on the top and stretching it out.
| or /\ is ropes
XXX top looking at it from the back window
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Old 06-27-2007, 05:13 PM   #4
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get a hardtop lift and hoist it up.. then u can still park in your garage..

ill take a pic of mine here in a min =p
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Old 06-27-2007, 05:22 PM   #5
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Or you can get something like one of these - http://www.quadratec.com/products/12020_200_07.htm
This is what I have. When it's stored away I hardly notice it.
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Old 06-27-2007, 05:25 PM   #6
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you can store it outside since it so soposed to be exposed but what I do is make sure its semi level and then put a layer of plastic around the side skirts it keeps the bugs down
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Old 06-27-2007, 05:43 PM   #7
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Whatever you do don't leave it in the front yard under a porch light on a busy street, somehow they can be stolen and nobody will see a thing and you will go through hell trying to get the insurance and finance companies to agree to let you have the money to buy a new top

I'm not bitter at all, nope, not at all.

That stand from qruadratech looks like it would be a good idea, either that or a hoist to hang it from the ceiling of your garage.
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Old 06-27-2007, 07:55 PM   #8
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I like the dolly idea because that would fit nicely in my garage.

Can I use the lift & hanging method in a normal garage with an automatic opener?

I think if I move stuff around I can put it in the shed in my back yard if I get desperate.

Edit: I thought about leaving it outside but the first thing that came into my head was that someone would steal it!
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i store my HT like this above my english 60s MGB roadster:

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Old 06-27-2007, 08:18 PM   #10
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I just suspend mine from the rafters in the garage with tie down straps..... pulls it up fine and allows for the Jeep to still be parked.
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Thanks nicolas eric thats exactly what i meant. You can probably store it this way in the garage as long as its tall enough or it wont be in the way of your rig.. perhaps over a car or something lower?
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or over a low car...

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Is it legal to have a car that low in germany?!
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Is it legal to have a car that low in germany?!
it´s a british car... :chair:
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:29 PM   #15
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We just recently bought our Jeep and had the same question. I ended up putting lags screws through the celing into the ceiling joists. Then I cut treated 2x2's that ran underneath the top and extended about 4" past eash sided. I drilled a hole through each end where is stuck out and put an eye bolt through it. I then just used tie down straps to connect the eyebolts on the seling to the ones on the 2x2's. All I had to do was back the Jeep in and lift the top up by hand just enough to slide the 2x2s underneath. Connect the straps and then pull them to lift the top all the way to the ceiling (where its been every since). Once I had it off I went ahead and lined the 2x2s (by sliding them) up with the holes in the hard top where they bolt to the Jeep. I drilled a hole in the 2x2 and got a bolt that was long enough to go through the top and the 2x2 (bolting them together) for a little extra peace of mind.



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Old 06-28-2007, 01:34 PM   #16
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Forgot to add the pic of the top bolted to the 2x2. Also just wanted to mention...the 2x2's are bowed from the top. They were what I had and were already bowed. I'm planning on getting some square tubing and redoing it when I get a chance. Total for everything on this was $20 maybe $25. Let me know if you have any questions.
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i got my hardtop hanger off of my dads friend for like $100

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Old 06-28-2007, 02:31 PM   #18
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That's a nice setup you have. In the longer term I think I could do that.

Out of curiosity, how much do the tops actually weigh?

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