The long and short of it is that not only is it easier to do it yourself in terms of bending/moving than it is with a buddy it is also more convent. I can pop the top off whenever I want and not have to worry about waiting till my friends wake up, get off work, or whatever.
Sounds like you take the hard top off and on a lot more frequently than I would have guessed and that you don't have a soft top. Under these conditions - then yeah, inviting someone over to help out would be a real drag.
I would like to see someone come in my backyard and try to steal a hardtop.
I think you underestimate the initiative of some thieves. I swear to god, they will steal ANYTHING, just because they can. News of the Weird reveals all (:
i see what your saying tdog, what you could do is screw it down to the rack to keep it from wandering, or the wind getting it
Oh yeah - wind, that's a good point too.
I guess what I was trying to get at there is, were it me, I would modify the device so that I could lock the top on there. You know, build up the sides a bit and put a cross bar or two across it, hinged, and locked down with a padlock. I know, I know - I'm such a basher!! Bad dog, BAD!!!
Now, I realize that a thief is gonna get it if he or she (or they or it or them) is really determined, but deterrence does have some value in keeping the lazier thieves away and encouraging them to move on to easier targets. Such a mod would help against wind too.
On an unrelated note - I found that after letting the top sit all summer long with the window up that when I put it back on, the window wanted to stay up - rather than in the down position. I recommend modifying the device as necessary to keep the window in the down position. Yeah, I know - another bash, but you know, that's just me being a bad dog.