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Old 05-06-2015, 08:20 AM
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Roof rack issue?

So spring is here and it was time to put on my first soft top. My problem was that I needed storage space and since I live in a town home, I have none. My folks graciously agreed to let me use there garage if I could make room.

I decided to suspend the roof upside down so the sides of the hard top would go up into the rafters. So, with a 10' piece of channel iron cut in half, two fun noodles cut lengthwise, four tie down straps and four eye bolts, I created a rack simple and cheap. Everything went fairly smooth going up, coming down will be a fun when trying to release the straps evenly. But I will worry about that in December.

My main concern is that in order to suspend it upside down I had to have the window in the open position. I was going to support the window with another strap but the window pistons are VERY STRONG. When I tried to support the window it would lift the top and all the weight was supported on the window. Does anyone see any long term problems with just letting the window hang? Also do I need cross support for the sides? The roof top has a slight curve and I'm hoping that the weight of the roof settles into the foam and its supported across the top. I just don't want to have issues with the sides bowing out or the window, window pistons or hinges being damaged.

If you have any input it would greatly be appreciated since this is the first time I have had a jeep.

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