Taking care of a jeep (or any other vehicle) for that matter requires attention to detail. When the weather’s not being your friend, the need to be careful increases manifold.
In hot weather conditions, we recommend that you remove the hardtop of your jeep and store it safely until you need it next. Storage will protect it from the elements and ensure that it lasts long. It will also give you the freedom to ride an open-top jeep and enjoy some breeze. In this article, we will help you learn how to store a jeep hardtop safely once you remove it from its place.
Things to remember during removal
This can actually be tricky. This is why you must have at least one other person to help you through the process.
- Disconnect and remove all electrical wires and accessories.
- Do not drag the hardtop.
- If you have weatherproof seals, you should make sure you don’t remove them.
- The removal process varies based on the type of hardtop. Most of them have one or two pieces but custom-made ones may be more complicated. Each type needs to be taken care of in a specific way. If you are unsure of the process, it is safest to speak to a professional and have him/her help you.
How to store a jeep hardtop – A few helpful ideas
The following are the methods we swear by. We are sure you will love them as well.
This is obvious, you may think. But hey – this doesn’t mean that you pick any giant bag and stuff the hardtop in. We advise you to purchase bags made specifically to store freedom panels. Even though it is an added expense, it is totally worth it because it provides the right amount of protection and is very convenient.
If you are looking for a way to remove and store the hardtop all at once, you will like the hoist cart. It will help you lift the hardtop and store it. Hoist carts come in many different variations such as door hangers and storage bags. You can choose the one most convenient for you. Needless to say, the more options you choose, the more expensive it will be.
This is another system that can remove and store the hardtop. It has a steel frame that attaches to the hardtop and removes it with ease. You don’t have to worry about drilling or added hassle here. The market has multiple options such as the crank handle and hoisting with a winch that you can pick from. It all depends on what you need.
We are big advocates of DIY projects provided you know what you are doing. For a novice, the risk is really high but for someone familiar with hardtops, this can be a fun project. You need materials such as wood, locking castors, a pool noodle, etc. to make your own dolly that will assist in lifting the hardtop.
Each of these options is reliable but the right one for you will depend on your comfort level. If you are unsure, we suggest you take the help of a mechanic to remove the rooftop and store it in a storage bag. A few extra bucks will take away a lot of pain.
If you have any doubts or suggestions about removing a hardtop and storing it safely, please feel free to talk to us. Our Comment section is open!