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04-17-2014 08:12 PM
ACal24 Second one built this week!
04-15-2014 05:24 PM
ACal24 Just build one of two dollies! This one is for my father. He's got an '02 TJ. Specs are all the same. I actually ended up using indoor/outdoor carpet in lieu of foam and screwed the ratchets to the outside so the short hook could be used to hang it up when the hard top is on the Jeep.

Overall pretty easy! Takes a little time but well worth it.

p.s. I used a staple gun for the carpet and rolled/folded a bunch for support on the "pillars"

-ACal
04-12-2014 09:56 PM
Trixie
Wrangler Unlimited storage cart

Hi Matador, could I pay you to make me one? Just not handy...lol
03-27-2014 08:30 PM
deepair3
Plans

03-27-2014 11:55 AM
ron88
can't find the plans on the thread!

Happy to build it - can anyone re-post the plans?
03-09-2014 11:12 PM
Shofed58
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Originally Posted by RockLobstah View Post

Where are your tolerances? Just kidding! Nice work with the 3-D.
Haha the tolerance is probably fairly high. There is really nothing to it. And thank you, just helping out those who have problems putting that image in their head when they just look at a picture with a hard top on it.
03-01-2014 01:43 PM
RockLobstah
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Originally Posted by Shofed58 View Post
Made a quick sketch of the dolly, hope this helps anyone having problems.
Where are your tolerances? Just kidding! Nice work with the 3-D.
02-27-2014 10:22 PM
MedicalJeep
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Originally Posted by Shofed58 View Post
Made a quick sketch of the dolly, hope this helps anyone having problems.
Brilliant.
02-27-2014 10:00 PM
Shofed58 Made a quick sketch of the dolly, hope this helps anyone having problems.
10-15-2013 09:06 AM
spysir Built mine this summer. Worked out really well.
10-15-2013 08:56 AM
MikeAngelo1
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Originally Posted by madcrabber View Post
Mike, good meeting you and thanks for taking that dolly off of my hands! Hope it works out for you. Now I just need to figure out how to install a lift!!
It was nice meeting your family, as well. Had to tell my wife how polite your kids were. I hope the lift comes along. BTW, the cart is working out GREAT for us. Glad we could help each other out. That's why I like these forums!!

Mike and Kimberly~
10-14-2013 01:16 AM
aharris41 Got it done and works.
09-24-2013 10:33 PM
aharris41 I tried the glue gun, but the 2x4 are long and the glue dried before I could get it all on. I grabbed some tacky spray from my wife's art kit and worked perfectly. I am using a soft felt material (u-haul furniture cover).

Thanks for the replies.
09-24-2013 04:24 AM
Landonk Staple gun worked well for me. The staples sit deep so there isn't much chance of scratches to hardtop.
09-23-2013 09:14 AM
FXnut I plan on building one of these over the winter and I think hot glue or sprayable contact cement would work best for holding on foam. I'd be nervous about scratches using staples or tacks.
09-23-2013 01:36 AM
aharris41 How did you all attach the carpet or felt to the touch points? I was thinking of hot glue, stapler gun or tacks. I bought all the materials today and will be putting it together this week.

Thanks a bunch.
09-02-2013 02:06 PM
Jeeptj06unlimited
Is the back glass supposed to hang down a bit

Well, I built my dolly. Everything worked out well. One question about how it sits on the dolly. The back window isn't flush and hangs down about a half inch or so. I notice what when I raise the glass to shut it flush, the top,rotates on the hinges a bit. Do I have it positioned correctly? Is everything ok? I don't want to damage the hinges. Thank you!!
08-05-2013 02:12 PM
Lusus_Naturae
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Originally Posted by 1JeepGrl View Post
Hey Matador:
I was trying to click on this link but it looks like the plans are no longer available. Do you have any idea on dimensions for the hard top rack?
Posts 72 and 77 have an updated link that works.
07-27-2013 11:57 AM
Landonk Built mine this week. Took about 90 minutes. Hardest part was cutting out the carpet to fit the wood. Wood, screws, (4) 3 inch swivel casters, and carpet remnants cost around $60.00. You will be happy you completed this DIY. Perfect home remedy for carting and storing that Jeep Wrangler hardtop.
07-21-2013 08:37 AM
RockLobstah Finally built this dolly...works awesome and the plans are perfect.
06-23-2013 09:44 AM
madcrabber Mike, good meeting you and thanks for taking that dolly off of my hands! Hope it works out for you. Now I just need to figure out how to install a lift!!
06-23-2013 09:06 AM
wassup8687 I went with this one. Quadratec did a price match from Amazon.

Bestop 42806-01 - Bestop HOSS™ Hardtop Cart for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

I like the fact that it hooks to the top while it's on the Jeep. All you do is sit it down and it's already strapped. Has heavy duty locking casters.
06-23-2013 08:56 AM
1JeepGrl Hey Matador:
I was trying to click on this link but it looks like the plans are no longer available. Do you have any idea on dimensions for the hard top rack?
06-22-2013 12:41 AM
MikeAngelo1
Still have it available? Mike in Pearland area.

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Originally Posted by madcrabber View Post
Okay, so I built mine a couple weeks ago. Measured 9.5 inches from the inside of the 2x4. Picked up a 1" foam sheet from Hobby Lobby and hot glued to all the touch points. Put some felt on top of that. All that's left is to add some felt to the back supports, but I was waiting because I read on another forum that (2) 2x4's (instead of 3) may be better for the JKU 2013. So, all in all, pretty pleased with the results.

HOWEVER, finally had a sunny weekend and first chance to take the top off on the new Jeep... Thought my wife and I would be able to handle without issue, but turns out she's just a tad too short and not quite strong enough to really manipulate the top with me. Instead we almost dropped and ended up with some pretty deep nicks in the paint.

We didn't even attempt to place on the rack. So looks like I have to go the lift route if I want to be able to take the top off with any frequency, meaning the rack will just be in the way. If anyone is interested in the Houston/Katy area, send me a PM. I'd like to get $40 just to recover cost of materials (it was actually more). Going to cross post in the classifieds.

Heya. If you still have it available....I was about to hit HD tomorrow morning and build one. I think we could help each other out. I have $40 burning a hole in my pocket. haha
05-30-2013 09:19 PM
DIY07 I will be building one on Sunday.
05-30-2013 03:17 PM
DallasJKU
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Originally Posted by madcrabber View Post
Okay, so I built mine a couple weeks ago. Measured 9.5 inches from the inside of the 2x4. Picked up a 1" foam sheet from Hobby Lobby and hot glued to all the touch points. Put some felt on top of that. All that's left is to add some felt to the back supports, but I was waiting because I read on another forum that (2) 2x4's (instead of 3) may be better for the JKU 2013. So, all in all, pretty pleased with the results.

HOWEVER, finally had a sunny weekend and first chance to take the top off on the new Jeep... Thought my wife and I would be able to handle without issue, but turns out she's just a tad too short and not quite strong enough to really manipulate the top with me. Instead we almost dropped and ended up with some pretty deep nicks in the paint.

We didn't even attempt to place on the rack. So looks like I have to go the lift route if I want to be able to take the top off with any frequency, meaning the rack will just be in the way. If anyone is interested in the Houston/Katy area, send me a PM. I'd like to get $40 just to recover cost of materials (it was actually more). Going to cross post in the classifieds.

Any chance you are coming up to Dallas area soon? I would buy it from ya.
05-27-2013 10:25 AM
madcrabber Okay, so I built mine a couple weeks ago. Measured 9.5 inches from the inside of the 2x4. Picked up a 1" foam sheet from Hobby Lobby and hot glued to all the touch points. Put some felt on top of that. All that's left is to add some felt to the back supports, but I was waiting because I read on another forum that (2) 2x4's (instead of 3) may be better for the JKU 2013. So, all in all, pretty pleased with the results.

HOWEVER, finally had a sunny weekend and first chance to take the top off on the new Jeep... Thought my wife and I would be able to handle without issue, but turns out she's just a tad too short and not quite strong enough to really manipulate the top with me. Instead we almost dropped and ended up with some pretty deep nicks in the paint.

We didn't even attempt to place on the rack. So looks like I have to go the lift route if I want to be able to take the top off with any frequency, meaning the rack will just be in the way. If anyone is interested in the Houston/Katy area, send me a PM. I'd like to get $40 just to recover cost of materials (it was actually more). Going to cross post in the classifieds.

05-14-2013 02:50 AM
krawdaddy
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Originally Posted by madcrabber View Post
I'm noticing in the pictures that most of you guys are padding the front 2x4. But with this feedback in mind, would it make more sense to pad the side 2x4's instead, at least in the area between the 1x2 and front 2x4? For you guys that have been using for some time, where are the predominant pressure points?

Btw, thanks to the excellent contributions. Got the bigger casters and the additional 30" 2x4 for center support. You guys saved me a bundle!!
I ended up adding some extra carpet to the side 2x4's between the front 2x4 and 1x2. I noticed as soon as I started to set the hardtop on the dolly that it was needed more there than on top.
05-13-2013 07:55 PM
SkipperTW
Try this -

I built one using these plans - worked great. The photos are a compilation of a few different builds but the general idea is all the same.

I think I spent about $30.00 at Lowes on all these parts (buy bigger 2 inch or so wheels, it's worth a few extra bucks). They move much better on driveway / garage floors. Good luck.
05-12-2013 01:43 AM
willjohn
help

Quote:
Originally Posted by Matador View Post

i dont know if the link is down. but can anyone help with the PDF plans for this. this is a great idea and very cheap and reliable VS the online pre made stuff
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