k i just watched a few videos with ppl installing their hard top and it looked so simple. my wife and i about died trying to take mine off. do i have the heaviest hard top in the world or do those guys on youtube know something i dont?
mine is easily more than 140. i can 1 hand curl 50 at least 10-15xs and my wife isnt a wuss either and we had hell gettin it off. starting to wonder if mine is not stock? its textured like it is bedliner and starting to wear off a little in some spots. white on the inside. idk id love to be able to put it on by myself since tx weather is as predictable as my wife or any other woman for that matter.
I can do it solo, but I am 6'5" 250! Its not the weight, its the awkwardness of the thing! Taking it off is solo is dangerous. Not just to you, but to your top and your Jeep. I tripped and lost my grip. It came down on me and took a wicked chunk outta my top.
Here is a picture of what i made, I just take out all my bolts and screws then back into it then raise the front by pushing up while in the jeep and the reach out and slide the adjustable arms out thats on the frame then go to the back and push up the then slide them arms out then drive out from underneath it. 10 minute job. then putting it back on in reverse.
I have this same top and it weighs around 150 or so. However, I have to sit in the front seat and push up directly above the windshield to get the front of the top to pop out of the channel. If you dont do that before crawling in the back and "turtlin" it, they wont go anywhere no matter how strong you are.
I got a cheap winch at an industrial parts store for lifting my motorcycle and four wheelers. Mounted it to the ceiling of my garage, back the jeep in, hook up the straps, hit the up button. I can have the top on or off in less than 5 minutes, the longest part for me is tightening the bolts down with my drill.
Because of that I love the hard top, I am never going back to soft, too difficult to put on/take off with as odd as that sounds.
If you've got a garage or at least a roof of some sort, you can do what I did. The $20 hard top hoist!
Two 1.5" tie down straps(I went with the ratchetless style-much cheaper, but will probably get ratcheting ones later) $16@local auto parts store
4-8" eye bolts/nuts, washers. $4@hardware store
I drilled holes in the ceiling joists in my garage, put the eye bolts in, attach strap at one end, I lift the front just enough to feed the straps through, run them to the back, open the lift glass, run them between the glass and top, and begin lifting
I do one side about 6" at a time.
Makes things easier to roll jeep out of the way once it's free.
I live in CO about to remove my hardtop (that I just bought 4 wks ago..lol) I dont have enough room in my garage roof for the hoist thing. I was going to try and sneak it in my shed somehow, not looking forward to that. I like Crutch's rig, wonder if I can make something similar that's movable. I like the hardtop idea in my area for snow and what not, but now its soft top or no top season.