Hardtop Cart / Holder DIY

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Thank you again. I wasn't sure if it would be ok on the wiper, so I unscrewed and moved it next to the front 2x4, so it holds the window on the frame of the window. As i recall, moving it closer to the rear 2x4 so it cleared the wiper did not hold the window closed enough. Thanks again





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no prob! :fist bump:
 

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Thanks guys!

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Not perfect, but here is my door holder... next up.... Time to strip. Lol

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Selling my cart if anyone is interested. Details in member marketplace miscellaneous
 

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Did it today in about an hour- did the 72” for the freedom tops. Thanks!!

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Where are you guys getting the carpet remnants to cover the 2x4's?
 
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Where are you guys getting the carpet remnants to cover the 2x4's?
I went to good ole' Wally World (Walmart) and bought 2 yards a soft fabric. That was more than enough but I wanted extra in case I had an "oops" moment.
 

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Where are you guys getting the carpet remnants to cover the 2x4's?
I did it with less than a yard. At Home Depot I found a packaged roll of cheap stuff in the carpet department for less than $10 that was more than enough to cover the parts that make contact.

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What diameter caster wheels are folks using, also is a locking caster needed.
 

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What diameter caster wheels are folks using, also is a locking caster needed.
That depends on where you're using the cart. If it's going to be stored on any kind of incline, a set of locking casters is a good idea, and besides they don't cost that much more. And if you'll be rolling it over a rough surface you'd probably want a bigger wheel. Otherwise it doesn't really matter. :)
 
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What diameter caster wheels are folks using, also is a locking caster needed.
I did 2" if I remember right and did 2 locking wheels. I don't really need the locking but it is nice to know it isn't going anywhere by accident
 

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Did it today in about an hour- did the 72” for the freedom tops. Thanks!!

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Question for the 72" width guys: It looks like on the 60" width carts, the weight of the top is supported in part (or maybe even primarily) by the 29" side-frame 2x4's (or 2x6's, depending on what you went with). On the 72" width design, does that weight end up being supported more by the 1x2? Or does the friction from the way the top braces against the front 72" 2x4 support the weight some as well?
 

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Question for the 72" width guys: It looks like on the 60" width carts, the weight of the top is supported in part (or maybe even primarily) by the 29" side-frame 2x4's (or 2x6's, depending on what you went with). On the 72" width design, does that weight end up being supported more by the 1x2? Or does the friction from the way the top braces against the front 72" 2x4 support the weight some as well?

If you built the cart with only 2x4's you'd be totally fine whether you build it 60" or 72". The 2x4's will more than handle the weight of the hardtop without any problems.

I built two hardtop carts myself using my own spec (back when my wife and I both had JK's), one built out of 2x4's and the other out of 1x4's. My honest opinion was that the cart built with 2x4's was over built, however it could take a TON of weight. The cart I built out of 1x4's certainly was no slouch and could also handle a good amount of weight without any issues. The pic below is of the cart I built with 1x4's with 5qty JK Sahara wheels. Currently the cart has 5qty JL Rubicon wheels on it.

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