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Old 09-13-2013, 11:08 AM   #1
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Jeep Hardtop Storage/Hoist System

I was looking into options for Hardtop storage, and was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a decent hoist system? Easy to install, decent value, etc.

I was also looking to add some dimond plating to the Jeep any particular brand that I should look into?

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Old 09-13-2013, 11:21 AM   #2
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Where are you going to install the hoist and storing the top?

Garage? High or low ceiling?

Many have put together some pretty neat DIY systems with pulleys, ropes, and a boat winch. I was going to do the same, but by the time I priced out everything I would have to buy, I just bought the Lange Hoist a Top online. It was only $150.00 at the time for the manual lift (come-a-long). You can get an electric powered winch, but I hardly ever put my hardtop on, So the manual winch works fine with me.

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I built a hoist for about $60 in pulleys and rope from Lowes.

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I used 4 tie down straps an 4 large eye bolts. Drilled the eye bolts into the ceiling joists and attached the tie down straps. Just pull each side and walk the top up. I spent less than $20 and I have been using the system for about a year. Works great and I can change tops out by myself.
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I thought that this guy did a pretty neat job of removing and storing things ..
The video is a little long so just start in the middle and you will get the general idea :

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Old 09-14-2013, 02:16 PM   #6
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I installed the Racor lift this morning, start to finish, took me an hour and a half, with no surprises. It lifts it up like a breeze with my HF hammer drill. Got it new on Amazon for $150, shipped free.
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Old 09-14-2013, 06:46 PM   #7
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Milspec1 how high is your cieling?
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Milspec1 how high is your cieling?
I have a 12' ceiling. The Racor lift will lower 8 feet, it works where you can easily lift it off the Jeep, but could lower to the ground if needed.
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i used 4 tie down straps an 4 large eye bolts. Drilled the eye bolts into the ceiling joists and attached the tie down straps. Just pull each side and walk the top up. I spent less than $20 and i have been using the system for about a year. Works great and i can change tops out by myself.
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