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Longterm storage: Hardtop on or off?

Old 03-26-2019, 01:48 PM
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Default Longterm storage: Hardtop on or off?

Quick question as I've searched but couldn't really find anything.For long term storage should I remove the hardtop top, put in on the stand and put the soft top up? Or is it okay as is. I don't want to mess up the soft top from having it in down position for too long. TIA
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Old 03-26-2019, 03:38 PM
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Since 02 my car has been garaged (unheated) from Nov to April with the hardtop on. Most years the hardtop will stay on till mid May/early June and put back on late Sept /Oct. No issues with soft top, in fact it still has the OE top.
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Old 03-26-2019, 05:18 PM
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I think the hardtop will be less likely to be damaged if its on the car. But, I don't know how you would be storing it off the car either.

Clean and condition (303) your soft top and put it down, put the h/t over it and be done.
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Old 03-27-2019, 03:08 AM
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Soft top down. Puts less strain on straps. Downside is that you'll develop creases in the soft top. However, if you have a hardtop no need to worry. Creases go away over time in sun anyways. Also save yourself some room and store hardtop on the car.
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:19 AM
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I Made a hoist and have it suspended over the car and I have the soft top up to prevent creasing and what not
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:00 AM
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I think its best to put soft top down, with some sort of cylinder wherethe soft top fold to prevent any creases is thebest
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Old 03-28-2019, 12:38 PM
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I've got the hardtop stand, i'll probably throw it on there.
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Oh! I was curious as well. and then i just remembered.. I don't have softtop..
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Old 03-28-2019, 03:39 PM
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I've had my hardtop on continuously for ~3 years and upon removing it then putting up the soft-top it had some creases which went away after few hours under the sun.
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