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Old 01-21-2016, 03:54 PM   #31
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That's awesome! I haven't had my top off yet because I didn't know what to do with the top without damaging it. Thanks for the super cool idea!

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Old 01-21-2016, 07:31 PM   #32
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I like that, first one I've seen. I'm guessing you just back up to it and slide your top onto it?
I designed it that way but I find it easier to just have 2 people take it off and then place on the shelf.

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That's awesome! I haven't had my top off yet because I didn't know what to do with the top without damaging it. Thanks for the super cool idea!
I built a hoist first and then never felt comfortable with it hanging over my jeep and in the middle of the garage where someone could walk into it.
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I built a hoist first and then never felt comfortable with it hanging over my jeep and in the middle of the garage where someone could walk into it.
That is a very simple solution that would work well even for one person removal. Props on a clever and cheap system. Especially if it folds up and out of the way when not in use like it looks.

I felt nervous about mine hanging too for a while. Even lowered it to just a few inches above the floor for several days just to test it out before trusting it 10 feet in the air and hovering above my jeep. But I got over that after I saw how sturdy it is. I did test it by hanging more of my own weight on the system than the top weighs too. It helped that since i built my hoist I know the actual load rating of all the components (the electric hoist that lifts it is made for picking up engines, and all the hardware is rated for over 1000 lb loads) and trust my over-engineering more than most off-the-shelf units. Also my garage is high enough to walk under it, not into it. I do love that a button push is all the work i have to do, and i lose no square footage in my garage.

I like how simple that shelf is though. and that you can store the freedom tops underneath it. I usually put mine on the guest bed. >.>
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I like that shelf idea too. That may be one of my winter projects.
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Old 01-22-2016, 06:08 AM   #36
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I built this cart - (link below). It took me about 30 minutes, and it's held up for 3 years now, no warping. It's really easy to make, and i love the fact it has wheels, so I can push the cart to my jeep for easy removal/install of the top. Side note: I can't even make toast properly - but this project was easy.

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Yes, I'm wondering the same, don't see a lift there..
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I don't want to do a cart, problem is I don't want to bother anyone all the time to help me lift the damn thing. Needs to be over head so we can use it all we want.

06040, the pic you have of the top sitting next to the Jeep outside shows these things are really HUGE!
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Anyone built that hardtop Dolly had any issues with the window hinge piece popping off? It happened to mine last summer, and before spring I want to make sure it doesn't happen again, any help appreciated thanks!
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I built a hoist first and then never felt comfortable with it hanging over my jeep and in the middle of the garage where someone could walk into it.
PERFECT!!! That's exactly what I had in mind to build cuz I didn't care much for the hoist idea. Do you have any prob with the rear glass wanting to pop open?
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PERFECT!!! That's exactly what I had in mind to build cuz I didn't care much for the hoist idea. Do you have any prob with the rear glass wanting to pop open?
None at all. The glass has never opened on me. I thought I would have to tie up the front of the hardtop from the ceiling when I first built it but found out that it's perfectly balanced just sitting on the shelf.
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None at all. The glass has never opened on me. I thought I would have to tie up the front of the hardtop from the ceiling when I first built it but found out that it's perfectly balanced just sitting on the shelf.
Thx, looks like my next winter project. Darn, I can't wait to get that top off!!!
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That looks perfect for where I'd like to store my top. How long have you used that and can I assume no warping ??
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Anyone built that hardtop Dolly had any issues with the window hinge piece popping off? It happened to mine last summer, and before spring I want to make sure it doesn't happen again, any help appreciated thanks!
No, when I made mine I made it so that it doesn't rest on the hinges and they don't touch anything:
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No, when I made mine I made it so that it doesn't rest on the hinges and they don't touch anything:
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Very nice job! Should have paid you to make me one.
Like @SaharaMO15 I used some forum instructions that I think were really for a TJ. I decided that after I broke one of the hinge covers and the lower left corner the 1st time I put it up.
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That looks perfect for where I'd like to store my top. How long have you used that and can I assume no warping ??
Since that post is several years old, I will respond to your question. I remove mine in spring and it sits on the HOSS cart all summer long. Bestop offers a cover that zips around the whole thing to keep it semi clean. Mine is in my hot, dusty garage so I still gets some dust and dirt on it even under the cover. This is the second summer for me to use it. I don't suppose I will know until November if it warped this summer, but I highly doubt it.

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Very nice job! Should have paid you to make me one.
Like @SaharaMO15 I used some forum instructions that I think were really for a TJ. I decided that after I broke one of the hinge covers and the lower left corner the 1st time I put it up.
Thanks! It really is the same design as all over the internet with just a few blocks added to keep it straight. Padding is cut from foam floor covers (I got them at Costco, it was about $10 for a bunch).
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I wonder what the timeframe for warping is. I usually only do a few weeks at a time.
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Old 11-25-2019, 10:44 AM   #51
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Has anyone had issues with using the DYI straps from the ceiling with warping the hard top? I am not hanging the top by the hooks, they are hanging on 1.5 inch straps. I just hung mine last week. It will be hanging for the winter time (Summer time in FL requires the hard top... Too hot). I am also using the pool noodles around the hanging points on the back.
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I hang mine all summer (Harken) with no discernible warping or other damage. We have some warm weather here in Pennsylvania. Your mileage may vary.
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I picked up a soft top last spring. This year (like many do), I hung my hard top from a set of ratchet straps for the whole summer. (May to Sept) ... Never had a problem with warping.

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I use a hoist attached to the ceiling in my tiny garage to lift the top off the jeep. I have about an inch of clearance. From there, I lower it onto a cart and roll it up to the back of the garage. Then I made a little platform using plywood, 2x4s, and foam padding, inserted that, and store my trash cans on top of it. Space in my garage is a huge premium, and this worked out really well this past year.

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I have a Toplift system, so I keep my hardtop sitting on the support bars with it raised to give more clearance since my garage ceiling isn't all too high.
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I use a hoist attached to the ceiling in my tiny garage to lift the top off the jeep. I have about an inch of clearance. From there, I lower it onto a cart and roll it up to the back of the garage. Then I made a little platform using plywood, 2x4s, and foam padding, inserted that, and store my trash cans on top of it. Space in my garage is a huge premium, and this worked out really well this past year.



I have a townhouse, and mine is similar to that in the back yard during the summer. I have the glass face up, and I park my grill in the hard top.

Downside, it gets a little moldy. So I have to pressure wash it really well before installing for the winter.

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I have a townhouse, and mine is similar to that in the back yard during the summer. I have the glass face up, and I park my grill in the hard top.

Downside, it gets a little moldy. So I have to pressure wash it really well before installing for the winter.

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Honestly it needs washing either way. Mine gets super dusty and grimy just from stuff blowing around. Even if nothing else, when dirt settles after I drain my compressor that's plenty to cover it. Every winter I spend probably half an hour going over it with rags, simple green, and auto glass cleaner. There's no win when you're storing something.
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Old 01-22-2020, 05:37 PM   #58
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There are companies out there who will store them for you over the summer and install your soft top. Usually around $400 for entire summer and includes labor.
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I have been using my DIY hoist for 9 years. The barn is HOT in the summer sun. The top is in there about 9 months per year. Never had a problem with warping.
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I have been using my DIY hoist for 9 years. The barn is HOT in the summer sun. The top is in there about 9 months per year. Never had a problem with warping.

I built almost the same exact thing. Only difference is hoist is mounted on a wall, goes up to a pulley, over to another pulley and then down. Other than that I used unistrut, foam and 3 hooks just as you did.

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