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Old 04-18-2009, 04:48 PM   #1
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warmer weather is here, so.....

well warmer weather has finally reached my part of IL, so I decided to take the top and doors off the jeep.

As for the top, I set up the rig with rachet straps and ceiling hooks to hang the hard top in the garage. Great idea whoever's it originally was! I was able to get the top up high enough that I can just walk under it without ducking, and that is pretty good given that I am 6' 3". So effectively I lost no usable garage space. That project went extremely well given my track record (known to go about 2 steps forward for every 5 or so back). Total cost of materials was inside of $18.




Then to remove the doors. This also went pretty well, except that the nuts was so rusted on the bolts that I just sheared the bolt on all four hinges....no problem now, but will need to replace them eventually. Oh well, shouldnt be too big a deal, just an inconvenience.

Also did a little research, looks like I dont need my side mirrors in IL, sweetness!


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Looks great and it was cheap! I don't have a hard top but my buddies takes up his whole garage. I think yours turned out pretty darn good. In NC we dont need side mirrors either. All the more reason to take 'em off!! Nice bike by the way.

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Nice! Sooner or later i'll get around to doing my doors too. Last jeep i drove without doors was my cj5. Along time ago. I'll need a mirror though. Thinking of getting the cheap harley mirror and using the door hinge.
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very nice. not sure where in illinois you're at, but i'm north east, and man am i glad to have this weather back. i feel like a new person, worked outside all day.
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im just outside of peoria, so central IL. I hear ya on the weather - its been a LOOOOOONG winter!
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Looks great and it was cheap! I don't have a hard top but my buddies takes up his whole garage. I think yours turned out pretty darn good. In NC we dont need side mirrors either. All the more reason to take 'em off!! Nice bike by the way.
are you sure about that I talked to a cop 2 weeks ago and he told me you have to have at least the drivers side mirror to be legal, I actually bought a bike mirror (mountain bike) today that is fits into the hinge when my doors are off and it works perfect and only cost $5.99
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Old 04-18-2009, 06:47 PM   #7
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are you sure about that I talked to a cop 2 weeks ago and he told me you have to have at least the drivers side mirror to be legal, I actually bought a bike mirror (mountain bike) today that is fits into the hinge when my doors are off and it works perfect and only cost $5.99
Can you post a pic of your mirror, im interested.
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are you sure about that I talked to a cop 2 weeks ago and he told me you have to have at least the drivers side mirror to be legal, I actually bought a bike mirror (mountain bike) today that is fits into the hinge when my doors are off and it works perfect and only cost $5.99
I was told, not by a cop, that if you have the mirrors on there they have to be functional, but if they are not there you're fine. I think as long as you have the rear view its legal. I see Jeeps all over the place without mirrors but never pulled over, that also doesnt mean its legal. Thanks for the heads up though! Probably wouldnt hurt to have 'em just in case
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Yes weather was PERFECT today. First day of trout in PA - caught and kept some trout for the smoker (in brine now). Rode home from the mountains topless! Now just trying to convince the wife to run aloe on the sunburn - just my face, neck and arms - but I am claiming 'extensive' damage....
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I was told, not by a cop, that if you have the mirrors on there they have to be functional, but if they are not there you're fine. I think as long as you have the rear view its legal. I see Jeeps all over the place without mirrors but never pulled over, that also doesnt mean its legal. Thanks for the heads up though! Probably wouldnt hurt to have 'em just in case


the cop (was a state trooper) told me that they usually don't pull jeeps over, at least here at the beach, but if you get pulled for something else they'll ticket you for it
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alrighty then, thanks for that info.
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Old 04-18-2009, 07:24 PM   #12
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indiana state law states that we need atleast 1 mirror.. heck i see cops driving wranglers with their doors off and only their rear view mirror every summer.. gotta love indiana state laws
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Old 04-18-2009, 07:43 PM   #13
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What a tidy garage! I've had a cop turn around to get me for something...could only have been the mirror issue. I took a quick right and lost him, but got Harley mirrors on Ebay that night.
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alienscooters.com - Pyramid 3" Round Mirror

bought this mirror today and works fine and was dirt cheap took the reflector off and am gonna scuff it and paint it black
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Old 04-18-2009, 08:22 PM   #15
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I dont think anyone has contradicted me on the IL law, but I went to IL sec of state website Illinois Rules of the Road and read the following,
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You must have one rearview mirror so you are able to see at least 200 feet behind your car.
regarding mirrors, Im pretty sure my rearview alone covers me.
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I really like that idea on lifting the top I was looking into getting one of the lifts but I think i'm going to go this route now.
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:34 AM   #17
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Patent the ceiling hooks with a motorized winch, and you can make a mopar accessory!
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:43 AM   #18
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I actually considered (and havent ruled out) using a hand crank (like on a boat trailer) to lift it. The benefit there would be its easier to control on the way down. Also would be faster.
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Old 04-19-2009, 01:55 PM   #20
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if you leave the top hung from just the hooks in the back it will spread out over time and make reinstalling with a tight fit a challenge. make a 2x2 board wider than the top, install eye bolts in each end and hang the hooks thru the bolts,set rhe back of the top on the board and you are set.
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Old 04-19-2009, 02:05 PM   #21
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interesting point mike - Ill have have to look into that. The stretching would make sense, that much weight, especially as it will likely hang there untouched until October or so...
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I also use those types of tie downs with my top. You may want to consider putting something across the rear to hold the top up vs. connecting them directly to the hard top itself. The top can flex over time and widen some. I speak from experience..... We're finally up to the warmer weather to were I may go topless soon. Still too cool to go bottomless.
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:00 PM   #23
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I went ahead and added a 6' long 2x4 under the rear of the top to support it, rather than hanging from the corners. So total cost is now at about $24. Thanks for the tips on flexing/stretching, probably saved me much frustration down the road!

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