Hard Top Storage Options

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I once owned a Wrangler with a hard top. I spent a good bit of time trying to figure out how to get that top off and on with ease, for cheap. I figure now would be a good time to share the options I discovered with the Bronco fans.

A quick disclaimer, I would wait for Bronco specific versions of all of these to come out before purchasing.

Option 1: Ceiling hoist system

Now, this is pretty scary because if something goes wrong, BAM! $1000. I would stick with predesigned stuff. Harken makes a kit for the Wrangler that is about $200.
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Harken Jeep Hardtop harness - Amazon

installing this on your ceiling, you will end up putting some wood up there to get good support. They just don't put beams where you need them.

To make things easier, you can add an electric winch to the harness. It's just you tie the rope to the winch instead of holding it by hand. This adds $200 and some wiring to your DIY project.

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Electric ceiling Winch with remote - Amazon

Option 1 will take a lot more research than I have put into this post.

Option 2: Hardtop Jack lift

What I favored was the various jacks and carts you can build or buy. Basically you can build these out of wood but I am not that skilled. These are more expensive, with many over $500. $750 sample below:

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https://www.rollnjack.com/

Also the Freedom Jack is $300 https://www.freedom-jack.com/shop

Or these look cool but that price! https://topliftpros.com/collections/shop-all

Once on the jack, you can move it around your garage. I don't know if it will be tall enough to park under it, making Option 1 a better plan for long term storage.

Option 3: Dolly Storage cart.

If have the room to store the top on the floor and have the manpower to get the top off manually, you can build a dolly to store your hard top on, keeping it off the ground and easily moved out of the way.
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Source: https://www.jk-forum.com/how-tos/a/jeep-wrangler-jk-how-to-make-a-hard-top-cart-407361

Of course, they sell commercial versions of these online as well, with additional slots for doors.

Quadratec has a selection of carts for Jeep.


These are the three options I know of. Post what you find!

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I installed the hoist-a-top system for our 4dr wrangler jk and it works great. Just make sure to use a stud finder to to drill in the pieces of 2x6 with good 3.5” screws into the ceiling and back wall. You don’t need the electric wench, just a drill with a 3/4” socket you probably already have, instead of the hand crank. I found it for $200 2 years ago, but $250 and using a drill and socket you probably already have is the best bang for your buck.

https://langeoriginals.com/products/hoist-a-top-crank-jk-2-4-door-2007-up

My guess is that it will be compatible with the bronco top, unless the bronco top is significantly wider.
 

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How will you get this past the rear crossmember of the roll cage once you have the top lifted off the body?

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I use the Hoist-a-Top as well, and works great. And don't need to buy the electric version, just take off the handle and use a drill with a 3/4" socket.
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**EDIT** And just noticed my old Bronco t-shirt hanging on the left side of the top photo... just waiting for the new horse in the stable!
 

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