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    Hard Top Storage

    Has anyone found a good setup to store their hard tops?

    Been looking online for a bit and haven't found anything that looks like it works well for a decent price.

    Almost ready to build something.

    Would like it to hold the hard top vertical and have a storage spot for the freedom panels.

    A cover for the works would be good as well.

    I see Bestop has a rack/cart thing.. But for the cart, rack, and cover they want $800!
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    I hoist mine overhead in the garage. I have a rhino rack and attach the hoist lines to it. The freedom panels bungee to the top of the rack.
    Hard top removal and installation is now a one person job, and I have enough room to park under it. I built my own using a Harbor Freight 120V hoist and some pulleys from Home Depot. It works well for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubiDave View Post
    I hoist mine overhead in the garage. I have a rhino rack and attach the hoist lines to it. The freedom panels bungee to the top of the rack.
    Hard top removal and installation is now a one person job, and I have enough room to park under it. I built my own using a Harbor Freight 120V hoist and some pulleys from Home Depot. It works well for me

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    Having a 10' ceiling in my new house I plan to do the same. Need to locate the hoist write up.

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    If you go up, the Harken hoist is s simple and easy system. Put you freedom top panels on top and hoist it all up.

    The OP was looking for more of a ground cart system. I agree, they are expensive and I’m sure you can fab one up for a lot less


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    theres plenty of things you can slap together

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    (cleaned up version of this post) Here's a wooden rack I made for about $30. I found the plans online. The most expensive part are the 4 wheels, the rest is 2x4's. Holds top vertical. No place for panels though, I put those somewhere else. I salvaged past away granny's old sheep skin she had from a sewing project so please don't laugh at my upholstery skills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zimm View Post
    There's a monster thread on the "other" forum that has plans to build a sweet $30 rack. I did it and it's perfect. The most expensive part are the 4 wheels, the rest is 2x4's. Holds top vertical. No place for panels though, I put those somewhere else. I salvaged past away granny's old sheep skin she had from a sewing project so please don't laugh at my upholstery skills.
    That is somewhat what I was thinking of making.

    Looks like it works!
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    The "plans" call for 3, 2x4 blocks, but that sucks. If you use 2 like my photo, the top stays vertical. They only tricky part is the little wooden bar with padding on it that holds the damn rear window glass from popping open. I think that is a 1x2, but doesn't matter. It just holds the glass closed.

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    Does it clip into the front board somehow? To keep it from rocking back?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    Eddie and Cindy built a hoist and did a video on it. Very affordable too. Here's the link.

    https://jlwrangler.com/showthread.ph...st-on-a-BUDGET
    Thank you for posting that. I did it for UNDER $30. Here's a video for it.



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