The "FREE" soft top Window Storage Kit - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Build Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Like Tree11Likes
  • 5 Post By rednroll
  • 1 Post By jeep32137
  • 2 Post By rednroll
  • 1 Post By uponblocks
  • 1 Post By ArmyofMike
  • 1 Post By uponblocks
Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 07-05-2018, 11:32 PM
Thread Starter
  #1
Jeeper
 
rednroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 3,958
The "FREE" soft top Window Storage Kit

I was looking for a good solution to store my soft top windows to protect them from getting scratched when stored away or putting them in the back of the JK. I was also thinking it would be nice if that storage solution had some carrying handles which could also be used to hang them up by a hook on a wall or the ceiling.

I come to find out, there was a perfect solution for my needs staring me in the face Within the Harbor Freight "Free" item coupons and thought I would share my discovery.

Free 40"x50" Moving Blanket. Quantity Needed=3


Free 6 piece elastic strap set. Quantity Needed=4


__________________
DIYer mantra: "It doesn't cost that much more to just do it yourself."
rednroll is offline   Quote
Old 07-05-2018, 11:35 PM
Thread Starter
  #2
Jeeper
 
rednroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 3,958
Side Windows, Set on HF 40"x50" Free Moving blanket


Fold blanket over side window and roll up.


Rear Window, set on top HF 40"x50" Free moving blanket and roll up


Once rolled up, I use the 2 shortest elastic black straps to secure the roll of each side window and 4 of those same straps to fasten the roll of the longer rear window.

Then what window case would be complete without handles?

Also included in the Free elastic straps package......carrying handles which also serve to hang the windows up by a hook on a wall or ceiling.



Hope you enjoy, they serve the purpose well and the price can't be beat.

__________________
DIYer mantra: "It doesn't cost that much more to just do it yourself."
rednroll is offline   Quote
Old 07-06-2018, 10:39 AM   #3
Supporting Member

5-Year WF Supporting Member
 
2qik2see's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Florida
Posts: 587



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
2qik2see is offline   Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-06-2018, 10:45 AM   #4
Jeeper
 
jeep32137's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: N Florida
Posts: 247
Great use for the Harbor Fright free junk!
rednroll likes this.
jeep32137 is offline   Quote
Old 07-06-2018, 10:36 PM
Thread Starter
  #5
Jeeper
 
rednroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 3,958
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeep32137 View Post
Great use for the Harbor Fright free junk!

They're also the only soft top window storage solution that I know of which can be re-purposed as winch line dampers as well.
aqualungs and 2qik2see like this.
__________________
DIYer mantra: "It doesn't cost that much more to just do it yourself."
rednroll is offline   Quote
Old 07-07-2018, 05:21 AM   #6
Jeeper
 
aqualungs's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 2,565
That looks great! I need a solution for the JL windows. The side windows do not roll at all. The corner is a hard plastic mold, and the top has a rigid rubber tube for the zipperless touch. Unfortunately that tube doesn’t bend, so my old method is out the door. 🤬


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
aqualungs is offline   Quote
Old 07-07-2018, 09:58 AM
Thread Starter
  #7
Jeeper
 
rednroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 3,958
Some have used similar beach towel methods. I found the 40"x50" moving blankets to be the perfect size both for the side and rear window, where if you're into the look aspects they're black on one side and grey on the other and therefore give you a couple options for the rolled up windows to match your interior as well.
__________________
DIYer mantra: "It doesn't cost that much more to just do it yourself."
rednroll is offline   Quote
Old 09-21-2018, 07:58 AM   #8
Jeeper
 
uponblocks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 67
We just brought home a premium soft top that we had gotten off of CL. When we saw the warnings on the box with the windows ("Do not use for storage" "Lie flat" etc) I paused because we don't have that amount of flat surface available.
I knew the Forum members would have some ideas but this one is my favorite. You even indicate which way to fold and roll. Thanks rednroll!
rednroll likes this.
uponblocks is offline   Quote
Old 09-21-2018, 09:41 AM
Thread Starter
  #9
Jeeper
 
rednroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 3,958
Quote:
Originally Posted by uponblocks View Post
We just brought home a premium soft top that we had gotten off of CL. When we saw the warnings on the box with the windows ("Do not use for storage" "Lie flat" etc) I paused because we don't have that amount of flat surface available.
I knew the Forum members would have some ideas but this one is my favorite. You even indicate which way to fold and roll. Thanks rednroll!
Sometimes, some of the simpler and inexpensive solutions end up being one of the better solutions.

Prior to this I had spent hours shopping around Home Depot stores, looking for the right size diameter and length of plastic PVC pipes, then trying to find some good end caps for the PVC, while also trying to figure out how I was going to mount a decent carrying strap onto the PVC, as well as painting the PVC so it didn't look like ugly white PVC and then worrying about scrapping the paint off as I moved them around for typical use. The summary of that futile exploration is that it was going to be a lot of effort, the pipes were going to be heavy and bulky, I couldn't find an ideal end cap solution, PVC fitting ends were relatively expensive. I also previously used carpet cardboard rolls and it was a similar experience.

So this spring I'm working on my Jeep, changing from the hard top to the soft top and I'm in my garage and had a few of the Free HF moving blankets, as well as a few canisters of the free bungie cords just laying around and taking up space. I had originally decided to get the blankets to put them to use as winch line dampers, they also come in handy to lay on the ground when I'm working under my Jeep but I still needed to put them away some where. So while I'm pulling my soft top windows out of the rafters of my garage and noticing they were covered in dust from not being covered by anything, it reminded me that I still needed to find a solution to protect them. So while I'm washing the dust off the windows, I again look down at those blankets laying there and I start wondering....are those the proper size that I could roll these windows up in them? I open up those blankets, lay the windows on top of them....and notice they're the perfect size for both the sides and rear window to roll them up. Walla! I solved multiple problems in a blink of an eye. On top of that, this solution seemed much better than my PVC pipe solution idea since it was much lighter in weight, they wouldn't damage anything rolling around in the back of my Jeep and I didn't need to do any painting, or worrying about scratching that paint as I moved the windows around. The pieces just kind of came together and I was so excited this worked out so well, I just had to share.

BTW, something I didn't show in my original write up. The rear bar for the rear window, I put that on the outside of the rear window blanket roll and is held to the roll with HF bungie straps as well. That rear window bar may be able to be rolled up with the rear window in the blanket as well.
__________________
DIYer mantra: "It doesn't cost that much more to just do it yourself."
rednroll is offline   Quote
Old 09-21-2018, 10:25 AM
Thread Starter
  #10
Jeeper
 
rednroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 3,958
In another similar discussion someone mentioned they liked the Clover patch storage roll, and stated other than being relatively expensive they really preferred the Clover patch storage solution because they could fasten the window roll to their roll bar. Personally, I prefer to lay them down in the back area of my Jeep.

However, you can do that as well with this solution.

For reference of Clover Patch storage roll:
https://www.quadratec.com/products/9...EaAryMEALw_wcB




With this Free HF blanket solution....if you really like the ability to be able to mount the window rolls to the rear roll bar, there's nothing stopping you from using a few more of those available free bungie cords to fasten the blanket rolls to your rear roll bars.
__________________
DIYer mantra: "It doesn't cost that much more to just do it yourself."
rednroll is offline   Quote
Old 09-21-2018, 02:36 PM   #11
Jeeper
 
uponblocks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 67
Quote:
Originally Posted by rednroll View Post

With this Free HF blanket solution....if you really like the ability to be able to mount the window rolls to the rear roll bar, there's nothing stopping you from using a few more of those available free bungie cords to fasten the blanket rolls to your rear roll bars.

This thread keeps getting better .


While I get the "elegance" of the Clover Patch storage roll I'd be worried about the thing flying off of the jeep or the dog deciding to chew on it or something. Blankets and bungees, rolled and tossed into the back of the jeep work fine for me and are reminiscent of loading up the bikes to go camping (tent and chairs over the pillion and balanced on the saddlebags, tie it all down and cargo net)
uponblocks is offline   Quote
Old 10-09-2018, 09:18 AM   #12
MK1
Jeeper
 
MK1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 24
Before I bought my new soft top (that came with a amazing storage roll), I bought some felt from Wally world and placed them flat behind my back seat with the felt in between. It worked pretty well but would only be useful for a two door. Love the idea of using the free harbor freight stuff. Genius and I wish I would have thought of that. Well done.
MK1 is offline   Quote
Old 10-09-2018, 10:46 AM   #13
Jeeper
 
ArmyofMike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Central CA
Posts: 756
I saw a YouTube where a guy roll up his windows similar to the OP, but then put them in a folding chair storage bag to keep them together and protected. I thought that was a genius idea too!
rednroll likes this.
__________________
~Illegitimi non carborundum~
IG: @ArmyofMike

I used to think it was about what you drove through life, now I know it's more about what you drive over in life with a Jeep!
ArmyofMike is offline   Quote
Old 10-10-2018, 08:31 AM   #14
Jeeper
 
uponblocks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 67
Well I totally went with Rednroll's idea. And while I wasn't fortunate enough to make it work for free I did get the entire set up for less than 20$. Packing blankets were on sale .
It works like a charm and everything is rolled up and hanging nicely, freeing up valuable floor and flat surface space.
rednroll likes this.
uponblocks is offline   Quote
Old 10-13-2018, 03:49 PM
Thread Starter
  #15
Jeeper
 
rednroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 3,958
Quote:
Originally Posted by uponblocks View Post
Well I totally went with Rednroll's idea. And while I wasn't fortunate enough to make it work for free I did get the entire set up for less than 20$. Packing blankets were on sale .
It works like a charm and everything is rolled up and hanging nicely, freeing up valuable floor and flat surface space.
Yep, you can use one "Free" item and 20% off coupon per day. It's suppose to be one per day, but it's not a rule highly enforced. There's been times I've purchased stuff, used a free item coupon, got out in the parking lot and realized I forgot something I needed, and used another free item and 20% off coupon not within 5 minutes of each purchase. However on the most part, I'm fortunate enough that there is a HF nearby by house and also my work which is a 45min drive from my house. So typically, I stop into the one nearby my work when I'm out for lunch where I'll pick up a can of spray paint or rust reformer which I'm always putting to use. I'll use their 20% off coupon on the paint, and pick up a free item at the same time. I therefore, tend to have a lot of HF free coupon items I stock up on and am therefore always looking for new creative ways to put them to use.

This past summer I installed multiple dash cams in my JKU. I decided I wanted to install one facing rearward and mounted to my rear roll bar for when wheeling topless. I searched all around for a sturdy mount I could put on the roll bar for mounting the dash cam, couldn't find anything I liked and ended up using one of the free HF magnetic tool holders since it was a black painted sturdy piece of steal which served the purpose perfectly as well.

A couple heavy duty zip ties wrapped around roll bar and the tool holder and then mounted a rear and front facing dash cam to the tool holder as such.


__________________
DIYer mantra: "It doesn't cost that much more to just do it yourself."
rednroll is offline   Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:50 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, Gladiator, Mopar and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to FCA US LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with FCA US LLC.