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Old 07-11-2012, 08:15 AM   #1
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drilling YJ hardtop

I have seen scads of commercial and DIY lifts for lifting the hardtop and storing it at the ceiling. I am wondering if anyone has drilled holes in the hardtop, installed lift points and just lifted it that way?

I realize one would need to install a wider plate/washer on the underside to spread the load.

My application is one of using an engine hoist to lift it off rather than to store it in the ceiling.

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Old 07-11-2012, 08:23 AM   #2

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I would worry about stress cracks down the road. Best hardtop lift ever.. two or if you worry 3 people takes about a 2mins from on to off or off to on.

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Old 07-11-2012, 11:41 AM   #3
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the issue is that there isn't a 2nd or 3rd person available. So, it is a 1 person operation.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:00 PM   #4
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If I went down that road I'd make it a two-fer and put in reinforced roof racks.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:20 PM   #5
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I would agree with 4jeepn...stress cracks...I have even seen them develop on the ones that have a roof rack.

If you wanted to put the anchor points in the roof, it is possible if you know how to cut out and re-fiberglass a section in, but is that really worth the hassle?

When i switch from the hard to to no top in the spring,I do it by myself with a 3 man engine lift. I bought a 4 pack of those cheap ratchet straps.

lift the top up in the back and put a 2x4 across the body, attach 2 of the straps from the rear corners up to the lift. same with the front corners at the back of the door openings.

lift up on the engine lift to provide tension, and adjust the straps accordingly till the top is level for a lift. then just back it off the jeep.

reverse that order in the fall and its back on...and i dont have any holes in my roof to worry about cracking or leaking. and i did it by myself...Good Luck.
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:38 PM   #6
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lifting with hoist

That is what I've been doing up to this point. I have the ratchet straps so it works ok.

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