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rogertc1 09-23-2010 06:22 PM

Soft Toppers Make your own Top Prop before winter
 
You could buy a Top Prop or make your own for under $12.00, No more puddle above me.

http://www.skidplates.com/TopProp.asp\

Instructions on how to make your own...I found in a google search.
(2005)

Pics of mine with 99Cents 3/4 inch pipe insulation (still have tons left). I used 45" of thicker PVC. No Glue needed. Pics..
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...eptopprop1.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...epproptop2.jpg

InvertChaos 09-23-2010 06:45 PM

Looks sick. Broken link tho

stangfreak 09-23-2010 08:05 PM

good stuff, thanks for sharing. i prefer one of these tho

http://www.spinalistips.se/bilder/35...eport1_600.jpg

minigfather 09-23-2010 08:06 PM

the link is broken but i fixed it....

Top Prop™ and Tonno Prop™ - for Jeep CJ, YJ, TJ, LJ, JK - Skid Row Offroad

jgano23 09-23-2010 08:50 PM

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Originally Posted by stangfreak (Post 785618)
good stuff, thanks for sharing. i prefer one of these tho

http://www.spinalistips.se/bilder/35...eport1_600.jpg

A minivan?!? :D

darin.1701 09-23-2010 09:13 PM

so is the link to a place to buy or is it a link to make it? it appears to me that it is to buy the thing.

is there another link somewhere?

bobjenkins 09-23-2010 10:00 PM

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Originally Posted by stangfreak (Post 785618)
good stuff, thanks for sharing. i prefer one of these tho

http://www.spinalistips.se/bilder/35...eport1_600.jpg

me too but the damn hoa cant stand looking at my beautiful trailer.:flipoff:

Great idea ... no snow here but when it rains and Ive got my generic car cover on it no more puddle

Jeeper 09-23-2010 10:08 PM

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Originally Posted by jgano23 (Post 785697)
A minivan?!? :D

HA!!!!!:rofl:

firehawk_1989 09-23-2010 10:45 PM

looks goood roger, you should give us more details on how you made it though. :p

rogertc1 09-24-2010 12:13 AM

Get a piece of 1/2" PVC X 5Ft and two 1/2" to 2" adapters and two 2" T's. Cut the T's in half with a hack saw so they fit onto your roll bar and then measure the distance between your roll bars and add about 5 inches (Mine was 46"). This is the length to cut the 1/2" pipe. Slip on the insulation. You may need to cut some more off to help fit. Assemble the whole thing so it resembles a capitol I. Bend upward on the 1/2" section and put it into place with the top up. Fits tight. I used no glue.

http://jeephorizons.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=53259

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y262/ylojelo/prop2.jpg

bobjenkins 09-24-2010 12:39 AM

nice dude!!

89yjfreak 09-24-2010 01:02 AM

i'm gonna have to try that thanx man

jspeer1130 03-31-2011 08:49 AM

This is perfect! Saving money and my sanity when I put the trektop back on in a few weeks :)

jcf 03-31-2011 08:54 AM

Thats very cool & cost effective, good deal rogertc1, you get a gold star for that one :thumb:

Iceman 03-31-2011 09:27 AM

If I may interject, you can save a little work and time if you can find a PVC fitting called a saddle. It looks like 1/2 a tee designed to glue to the outside of a pipe drill a hole in the pipe, and glue on a smaller pipe. I'll try to post a pic later today. (I work for an irrigation company in sc is why I am familiar with them.)

sonofabeach 03-31-2011 07:50 PM

Whats causes this? I've never had this problem with my factory soft top on my 04.

M_ 03-31-2011 08:26 PM

Awesome idea!!! Added to my list of jeep things to do this weekend!

prjeeper 11-22-2013 11:51 AM

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I hadn't seen this post before I built mine. Here's how I went about it. Took about an hour to construct and also came to about $12.
Four 3"-5" Hose clamps
Two 1/2" PVC Ts
Four 1/2" PVC couplers
??" of 1/2" PVC pipe

It rests against the door surrounds as well as being held down by the clamps. I extended the Ts with pipe then put couplers on the ends to give the hose clamp bands a nice little channel to sit in. I glued all but 1 end of the long prop prop piece of pipe, that way 1 end can swivel when its installed.

I like the pipe insulation concept. I'll be adding that to mine so the PVC won't wear through the pipe over time.

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AirJunky 11-22-2013 12:06 PM

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Pretty funny. Been doing this exact thing on boat covers for years. Never thought of it being a problem on a Jeep top. I guess if you park on a hill of any kind, you don't have the problem.
In doing this with boat covers, we found that the smaller diameter stuff won't hold up to the weight of the rainwater/snow. So go with as big a diameter stuff as you can. It will support far more weight.

Muddeprived 07-27-2014 09:43 AM

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I'm gonna resurrect this cuz I need to fab a prop from my bestop 1/2 top. The back tonneau cover pools and birds swim in it. :( Problem is there's no round bar to attach the prop to, only the flat "bed rails". Any ideas how to attach a prop to the rails without anything on TOP of the rail (top is tight at that spot).

Thanks

tim2 07-28-2014 04:25 AM

Muddeprived, I cut a couple 2 X4s then drilled holes on an angle inserted the PVC pipe in three locations then placed it on the fender wells.

frankie4fingers 12-18-2016 09:48 PM

This is really old, but I thought I would weigh in because it just snowed here and I had to scrape ice off my top.

If you don't have the bars, for the back tonneau, they sell holders for closet bars that would probably work if you didn't mind drilling them into the fender flares.

ghostcat 01-01-2017 07:07 PM

would this help with wind flapping noise also along with preventing puddles?

Muddeprived 01-01-2017 07:10 PM

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Originally Posted by ghostcat (Post 28494050)
would this help with wind flapping noise also along with preventing puddles?

That's pretty much what it is for.


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