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Thread: JL JOURNAL : DIY Homemade Hardtop Hoist on a BUDGET

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLjeepster View Post
    That really came out nice. I used pool noodles to protect my the hardtop from the strap contact points. What did you use on the front? Looks like it might be a wax application or buffing pad.

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    Thanks. Yup waxing pad. Had 2 in the garage so figured why not

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLjeepster View Post
    Thanks. Yup waxing pad. Had 2 in the garage so figured why not
    Nice (and cheap) solution! I can definitely appreciate it. I'm so tight I squeak when I walk.

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    Hardtop Storage Shelf (Over Stairway in Garage)

    When I designed our home, I took a cue from my husband's brothers who had built their homes a few years earlier and included a stairwell inside their attached garage leading down into the basement of the houses. The only negative to this setup was the floor space that we lost inside the back corner of our garage.

    Last April I turned a 7'x7' area of that wasted space into a convenient storage area for my JL hardtop. My husband is 6'2" and can easily walk down the stairs without having to duck his head as he passes the shelf.

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    After my sons move my hardtop for me today, I'm going to to cover the shelf with a piece of carpeting to prevent scratching anything I store on the shelf.

    Soft Top cleaned and stored for winter, just need to cover it all with a piece of plastic to keep the dust off.

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    This platform is just a simple 7'x7' design, made of 2"x4s" with plywood sheeting over it...nothing fancy, but it does the trick. I hope this info can help someone with designing their own hardtop storage solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraRose View Post
    When I designed our home, I took a cue from my husband's brothers who had built their homes a few years earlier and included a stairwell inside their attached garage leading down into the basement of the houses. The only negative to this setup was the floor space that we lost inside the back corner of our garage.

    Last April I turned a 7'x7' area of that wasted space into a convenient storage area for my JL hardtop. My husband is 6'2" and can easily walk down the stairs without having to duck his head as he passes the shelf.

    After my sons move my hardtop for me today, I'm going to to cover the shelf with a piece of carpeting to prevent scratching anything I store on the shelf.

    Soft Top cleaned and stored for winter, just need to cover it all with a piece of plastic to keep the dust off.

    This platform is just a simple 7'x7' design, made of 2"x4s" with plywood sheeting over it...nothing fancy, but it does the trick. I hope this info can help someone with designing their own hardtop storage solution.
    Awesome - nicely done

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    Awesome - nicely done
    Thanks Eddie!!

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    Inspiring. I plan to do this but maybe add something like the adding the hinge hook hoist you can install on hinges of the hard top in place of the 2x4 ... this adds about $25 to the total cost though so may defeat the purpose. My bigger question ... how does the system work for putting the top back on? addendum video? =) I might be nervous to press the release on the tie down straps. Thanks for the journal vids!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimmonia View Post
    Inspiring. I plan to do this but maybe add something like the adding the hinge hook hoist you can install on hinges of the hard top in place of the 2x4 ... this adds about $25 to the total cost though so may defeat the purpose. My bigger question ... how does the system work for putting the top back on? addendum video? =) I might be nervous to press the release on the tie down straps. Thanks for the journal vids!
    It's just as easy. You gotta remember that the hardtop only weighs about 100 lbs. In other words, that's only about 25 lbs per corner that your dealing with - really, not that much. You just back your Jeep in and let one side down at a time. If it's possible, maybe easier getting it back on then getting it off.

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    That is a nice setup! Inspiring!


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    You guys were right, easy to do. And easy to put back on, just did it for the first time!
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