Summer Hard-Top Storage?

agarber5687

Seeking advice for hard-top storage solutions best for long(er) term storage.

I bought the dual top option with the plan to swap twice a year based on our Midwest seasons.

My original plan had been to build a full shelf that I can hoist (manual or electric?) in the garage, large enough for the freedom panels to sit under the top and to hold the soft-top in the winters. I did not want to build a hoist with the hooks with concern of leaving the top with only 4 pressure points for months on end.

Another option is a cart solution similar to this (https://www.quadratec.com/products/12020_411_07.htm). Again though, I am concerned about putting pressure only on the back for months on end rather than the natural bottom of the hard-top.

Thoughts? I am running out of time before swapping the tops and unboxing my soft top.



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laroo

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I just bought a 6ft scaffolding. I like how the top sits flat on its bottom instead of its back end also, and gives you more storage room for things under the top and under the shelf. It really depends on how much room you have. Our garage ceiling already has some overhead hanging shelves, and I didn't want to install a hoist up there too. However, it is a 2-person job to remove the top, unlike the hoist.

Seen here...
https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/fo...ardtop-storage-and-removal-works-great.29016/
 
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agarber5687

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I just bought a 6ft scaffolding. I like how the top sits flat on its bottom instead of its back end also, and gives you more storage room for things under the top and under the shelf. It really depends on how much room you have. Our garage ceiling already has some overhead hanging shelves, and I didn't want to install a hoist up there too. However, it is a 2-person job to remove the top, unlike the hoist.

Seen here...
https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/fo...ardtop-storage-and-removal-works-great.29016/
Thank you much! That is another great idea and might work well for me.

Unlike most, I am not concerned with it being a 2 person job as again, I will only move it twice a year. Which is why the hoist systems feel like overkill and not fit for long term storage.

What I am concerned about is the safety for the top itself to not get damaged, either by the storage device itself or my kids in the summer.
 
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BrntWS6

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This was I did, about $225.00 or so in material and that includes the electric hoist. The vendor kits were too expensive so i put together my own.

 
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Schism75

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Scaffold works very well in the garage and Bride can park under it with zero issues. Wheels around smooth and top sits solid with minimal rocking unsecured.
 
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amnesiac

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Scaffold works very well in the garage and Bride can park under it with zero issues. Wheels around smooth and top sits solid with minimal rocking unsecured.




your Jeep fits under that? Can you take a pic?

also what make/model is the scaffold?

thanks!
 
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Iwantfullauto

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Less then $50.00 for ratchet straps, eye bolts, and swimming pool noodles. It will be like this until october.

James
 
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OMTBiker

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I built a cart, I have foam workout floor pads cut to fit where the top rests on the wood then carpet over the foam. I have no worry about the top resting on the cart long term, had the top on the cart all last summer.
 
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Schism75

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your Jeep fits under that? Can you take a pic?

also what make/model is the scaffold?

thanks!
Sorry, should have been clear. My lady’s car fits under it when parked not my Jeep. To be honest, I haven’t tried.
 
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amnesiac

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Sorry, should have been clear. My lady’s car fits under it when parked not my Jeep. To be honest, I haven’t tried.
Gotcha. That makes sense. I didn’t know if Bride was the name of your Jeep!
 
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Due to needing to be able to remove and install the roof by myself, I went with the Top Lift Pro. During the summer I pull in under the roof. The Top Lift has supports with adjustable bumpers that support the front of the roof so that it is not just supported by the rear of the roof. Stored it that way all last summer with no issues when I put it back on.
 
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Derek

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I built a cart, I have foam workout floor pads cut to fit where the top rests on the wood then carpet over the foam. I have no worry about the top resting on the cart long term, had the top on the cart all last summer.



I built a cart like this many years ago for my JK hard top, even with it sitting outside warped in a tarp, I never had any issues. I did have to change it for the JL, I changed the bar holding the window closed to go from the front to back of the cart to stay clear of the wiper.
 
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laroo

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Finally put the scaffolding to use today. The top sits on the edges, the pins don't touch. I put a harbor freight moving blanket on the scaffolding, but also added pool noodles on each side for more cushion.

Honestly, a top lift pro would be the best solution for us, but damn is it expensive.

 

                           
























































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