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Old May 5th, 2010, 04:03 PM
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Storing a fiberglass top

Hi,

I'm about to remove mine and was wondering - has anyone stored the roof part vertically?

I will probably suspend from the rafters on a shelf of 2x4s otherwise.

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Old May 5th, 2010, 04:29 PM
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Most I've seen have been stored vertically...usually propped against a wall though.

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When I stored my top I would use 4 of these for each corner. http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

I chose to not store vertically b/c I thought the top was too brittle and it would take up floor space.

I hung the top horizontal above the garage door. It was dead space anyways. Spare bumper was up there also.
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I've had mine vertical for years, makes me worry about it since it's so brittle. haven't even taken a look because I'm worried that there might be damage.

I've always wanted something like this: http://www.eagleday.com/pohastra.html

Ideally a pulley system in your ceiling is probably best.
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Old May 5th, 2010, 07:18 PM
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Stored mine in many different ways.

Best way was upside down from the rafters. Takes two people to slid it up into the rafters. When it's upside down, outside of top is visible from below, you can store the sides and rear window in it. I put some foam pipe padding on the rafters so I could slide it around easily and not scratch it up too bad.

I've also stored it from the rafters with 4 hooks and two motorcycle tie downs to hold it up there.

The floor against the wall seems to take up too much space I think and you still have to store the sides with glass somewhere. Not to mention it gets hit with things all the time too like that.
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If you have the ceiling space, something like this is the answer

http://www.quadratec.com/products/12020_1000.htm

Add some 2x4s if needed.
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Upsidedown from the rafters with lots of [wide] flat straps.
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I stored mine vertical, outside, uncovered, in the hot New Mexico sun for 5 years. When I put it back on it was in perfect shape. All I did was clean and wax it. Not one single crack.
That was 9 years ago. I just took it off again a couple weeks ago and still no cracks.
I think it must be about being gentle when removing and installing it even more than how you store it..
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Thanks all for the good advice. I am fortunate enough to have a garage with a high ceiling. After I'm done I'll take pics and post!!
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i just sold it and bought a badger II GK
much more weather proof than the FG top.

before i sold it i stored it vertically outside un covered with the sides and rear in the basement.
no issues (it sat on a folded over tarp on the ground.
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