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Vaultzz 12-13-2009 10:25 PM

Transporting a Hard Top
 
Hello! :wavey:

So tomorrow I'm going to pick up my Hard Top, Its 1 piece with top half hard doors. I've got to drive on the turnpike to get to it and back and all I've got is an old (1995 I think) F-150.

So my question is, Have any of you ever transported a hard top and doors win a pickup truck? If so what wold be the best way to do so?

I was thinking of having the tailgate against the front and then strapping it down, or strapping it upside down with the tailgate towards the front.

Any and All input is appreciated... well unless you tell me not to get a hard top :flipoff:

Thanks!

kaycee83 12-13-2009 10:34 PM

You should just take the doors & roof off your Jeep & put the Hardtop/doors on to get it home. No worried about the 30 degree weather :p

Vaultzz 12-13-2009 10:41 PM

I already had to deal with that to get my roll bar.... NEVER AGAIN! :zap:

Vaultzz 12-13-2009 10:42 PM

aw I missed 2 typos :(

kaycee83 12-13-2009 10:43 PM

Hahaha OMG you did that?

Vaultzz 12-13-2009 10:44 PM

yeah go look at my build thread, theres pics of it strapped to my current roll bar

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f8/the-...tml#post504061 - link to photos

kaycee83 12-13-2009 10:48 PM

HAHAHA..Oh My. You just recently did that?

Vaultzz 12-13-2009 10:50 PM

That was this past Saturday, it was COLD!

ryt2112 12-13-2009 10:52 PM

I assume you have a soft top on it now right? Why not just drive it to where you need to go, remove the soft top and drive home with the hard top on? It is really easy to get the soft top and rails off, and you would be able to transport it home inside the jeep once you got the hard top on - you would just have to put the metal parts a little sideways.

Or, you could just bundle up with a snowsuit and go topless as was suggested... you know you wanna ;)

kaycee83 12-13-2009 10:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Vaultzz (Post 504751)
That was this past Saturday, it was COLD!

Yea it was freezing here.

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Originally Posted by ryt2112 (Post 504754)
I assume you have a soft top on it now right? Why not just drive it to where you need to go, remove the soft top and drive home with the hard top on? It is really easy to get the soft top and rails off, and you would be able to transport it home inside the jeep once you got the hard top on - you would just have to put the metal parts a little sideways.

Or, you could just bundle up with a snowsuit and go topless as was suggested... you know you wanna ;)

I think he might be onto something here?

Vaultzz 12-13-2009 10:55 PM

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Originally Posted by ryt2112 (Post 504754)
I assume you have a soft top on it now right? Why not just drive it to where you need to go, remove the soft top and drive home with the hard top on? It is really easy to get the soft top and rails off, and you would be able to transport it home inside the jeep once you got the hard top on - you would just have to put the metal parts a little sideways.

The soft top hardware would fit inside with out poking anything?

I've got this hardware: Rugged Ridge 13510.01 - Rugged Ridge Factory Soft Top Replacement Hardware for 88-95 Jeep® Wrangler YJ - Quadratec
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Originally Posted by ryt2112 (Post 504754)
Or, you could just bundle up with a snowsuit and go topless as was suggested... you know you wanna ;)

Been there, done that :p

EDIT: The guy said he wasn't sure if he has all thes crews for the latches on the window, so that may be bad to show up and not be able to put the top on D:

ryt2112 12-13-2009 11:02 PM

Ahh, well that might be an issue if he doesn't have all the stuff... but if you could secure some hardware before you go, I think it would be the easiest and safest way for you to do it. But yeah, once you take the framework off, you could easily fit it inside your Jeep with the hard top on.

Or you could trade for a TJ and leave both tops on all the time :cool:

Vaultzz 12-13-2009 11:04 PM

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Originally Posted by ryt2112 (Post 504762)
Or you could trade for a TJ and leave both tops on all the time :cool:

What??? TJ's can do that???? I must incorporate this technology into my YJ! :crash:

ryt2112 12-13-2009 11:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Vaultzz (Post 504764)
What??? TJ's can do that???? I must incorporate this technology into my YJ! :crash:

Lol, yep... my soft top is inside my Jeep right now... granted, it can't be up when the hard top is on, but it is folded down and fits quite nicely inside with the hard top on. Makes life a little easier when swapping (Although, to be honest, I have not had the hard top off this Jeep yet... Spring will be here soon though lol).

kaycee83 12-13-2009 11:09 PM

Do you have the little push button things on your soft top hardware to collapse it down & fold it up? I just found out mine had it a month ago. It may fit.

Vaultzz 12-13-2009 11:13 PM

nope, mine basicly just sits together, the fabric holds it together :D

kaycee83 12-13-2009 11:16 PM

Hmm. I know what ryt2112 is talking about when he says fold it down. Because i've seen TJ's with the roof folded down & not too long ago i pulled next to a YJ with it's roof folded down in the back like that. So i think ours can do it. I'm just not sure how? I have the Pavement Ends Fliptop roof or whatever its called. I can collapse & fold my black cage thing.

ryt2112 12-13-2009 11:20 PM

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Originally Posted by kaycee83 (Post 504779)
Hmm. I know what ryt2112 is talking about when he says fold it down. Because i've seen TJ's with the roof folded down & not too long ago i pulled next to a YJ with it's roof folded down in the back like that. So i think ours can do it. I'm just not sure how? I have the Pavement Ends Fliptop roof or whatever its called. I can collapse & fold my black cage thing.

I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure that you can not fit both on with stock YJ hardware.

kaycee83 12-13-2009 11:21 PM

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Originally Posted by ryt2112 (Post 504786)
I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure that you can not fit both on with stock YJ hardware.

Hmmm i dont know?...It would be awesome though if you could.

wasurfer86 12-18-2009 02:09 PM

save yourself from the cold and load it in the truck upside down like you were thinking

Vaultzz 12-18-2009 08:49 PM

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It actually wouldn't fit upside down so we had it back end sticking off the tailgate (it was too wide to go between the wheel wells) and strapped the hell out of it :D

I don't have any pics from the transport cause I lost my phone for a couple of days :banghead:

Heres the pic I took today, I'll post more pictures when I update my build thread :punk:

(the doors are the same color as the top I just haven't restored the top yet)

wasurfer86 12-18-2009 09:33 PM

what kind of stuff do you use to restore the color of your top? mines faded from sitting in the sun

Vaultzz 12-18-2009 09:45 PM

I actually don't know what its called, Its in some unmarked spray can that my grandma gave me, but it works! :D I'll have to ask her where she got it

s3nt3nc3d 12-18-2009 11:42 PM

I hear Mother's Back to Black works good as well...you can pick it up for a few bucks at your local Wal-Mart.


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