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post #1 of 5 Old 06-27-2010, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hard Tonneau Covers?? PICS??

Hi All:

I've got an '01 Wrangler & am looking to build a hard tonneau cover with as little cost as possible. I've got a couple ideas, but was hoping to see what others have done.

I'm thinking of using 1/2 or 3/4" plywood, using a couple of the bolts from the hardtop to secure it, add a hing in the middle to make it easy to fold up for easy removal, and a couple eye bolts underneath to help secure the folding part, and a few more eyebolts on top for securing other stuff to the top of it.

I'm sure someone else has done this, but I can't find any examples in my searches. Your help sure would be appreciated.



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I thinking that using 1/4 " plywood with bracing would be lighter than a solid piece of 1/2 or 3/4 plywood. Now if you are planning to use the top to carry stuff on then that is another story.

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I may want to carry something on top & 1/4" may be too light for that. I'm leanin' towards using 1/2" plywood with a couple 2x4's for bracing. We'll see...

In the mean time, someone out there has to have something to show off. I can't imagine I'm the only doing something like this.
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Here's a link to my write up for my "storage system". I went a little farther than just a tonneau cover, but I wanted to still be able to put the rear seat in, as well as have more storage options.
Although I am currently working on rebuilding it out of metal, the origional version was made of 3/4" plywood, and covered with bedliner. It held up fairly well that way for around 3 years, just a few nicks in the bedliner from throwing stuff on top of the tonneau section.

As far as weight carrying, I added a couple pieces of 1" angle iron to the under side of the tonneau section for reinforcement. The largest/heaviest thing I ever had on top of the tonneau was a garden tiller. it held that weight just fine.

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