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Old 09-20-2012, 07:05 PM   #1
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Transporting hardtop in a pickup..how to?

I am going to buy a hard top for my new (2000) to me Wrangler. It's located about 2 hours from me. I am not going to use my Jeep for a couple of reasons. So, I am borrowing my brother's F150 (short bed 6.5')to go pick it up.
Does anyone know if it'll fit between the wheel wells or not? I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas on the best way to place it and secure it.

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Old 09-20-2012, 07:57 PM   #2
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Best is to put it on a jeep, or a trailer that is atleast 5 foot wide. You dont want to stress the top they are not that strong. Plus the back window is about $300.

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Old 09-20-2012, 07:58 PM   #3
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If it was me, I'd take a tape measure to your Jeep, and the back of the truck and see how/ if it'll fit.
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I've hauled awkward and fragile loads plenty of times hanging over the edges on at least one side of a truck bed, but not so wide as to be illegal or hazardous. The key for me has been to brace the load internally or externally with some 2 x 4s or whatever, padding where needed (cardboard can be good) and tie it down to the truck very well. Oh yeah--and take the drive easy.
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I think most put them in the bed sideways so the rear window is facing one wheel well and the top hangs over a bit. I would bring some 2x4s and long enough bolts to brace the top to the 2x4s.

It will be MUCH safer and easier if you can take the Jeep. Good Luck!
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Take the Jeep Topless, maybe by the time you get there you wont want a hardtop.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:22 AM   #7
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Take the Jeep Topless, maybe by the time you get there you wont want a hardtop.
That's funny coming from the guy in southern Cali. I live in MA and it's already getting chilly in the mornings.
I needed to do some other things with the truck and was unsure of how the weather would be. I was going to let my brother take the Jeep since he's wanted one for a while too.
I like the 2x4 idea for bracing.
We'll see what I can come up with.
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when i bought a hard top (& later sold it) i used my truck to transport it. i've got a flareside (not sure if the interior measurements are the same), but i had to drive with part of the top hanging over the side of the bed. i just secured tightly & took precautions so none of the windows could get damaged. i didn't use any blocks of wood or anything.
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When I picked up mine I put moving pads in the bed and put it in upside down. If I were to do it again,I'd drive the JEEP.
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If you have a soft top, put it up and take the Jeep. When you arrive put the soft top down and take the bows off the brackets. That way you can get the soft top well out of the way of the hard top. Attach the hardtop and drive home, remove soft top from the inside of the Jeep at home when the weather's nicer.
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I just did this on monday and it does not fit between the wheel wells, i had to keep the gate open and strap it down , needless to say i was a nervous wreck and it was only 10 minutes from my house.
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It's all about keeping it snug. If Strapped properly you could put it in, on an angle up on one side of the truck, on the tops flat side. you could even put some 2x4 up under to control bounce, and It will be okay.
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Just loaded one tonight. The guy had a newer dodge dakota. Turn it sideways put the part with the windows in the bed so it sits flat and let the part that would normally be over your head hang over on the pass. side. Strap it down, but not too tight. And send the new owner on his way!
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Just loaded one tonight. The guy had a newer dodge dakota. Turn it sideways put the part with the windows in the bed so it sits flat and let the part that would normally be over your head hang over on the pass. side. Strap it down, but not too tight. And send the new owner on his way!
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I think most put them in the bed sideways so the rear window is facing one wheel well and the top hangs over a bit. I would bring some 2x4s and long enough bolts to brace the top to the 2x4s.

It will be MUCH safer and easier if you can take the Jeep. Good Luck!
This is exactly how I transported mine. Worked great

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