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Old 08-07-2010, 07:35 AM   #1
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Advice for a hard top lift

I have a 2010 Wrangler Sahara Unlimited and am looking for a hard top lift mechanism...Found a few but had not so great ratings saying parts were cheesy and they were just waiting for it to fall.

How much clearance in a garage do you need from the top of the jeep to the ceiling to use one of these lifts?

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Old 08-07-2010, 07:48 AM   #2
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Google search DIY hard top lift...You can build ones with parts from Home Depot/Lowes for like $25

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Old 08-07-2010, 08:53 AM   #3
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Build one cheap-if you don't care about DROPPING a corner, or the whole top at a $2500 buck "mistake"--or

Get a RACOR HD Hoist for $99 bucks, super easy one man operation and if you have an 8' ceiling--is good

I have a 10' ceiling in my garage and I only stored the top "UP" for 1 week and that was the last time I removed the top

I don't takeit off any more, but here's a couple pics of the hoist, now storing my boat





The RACOR will support 250lbs and takes about 1 hr to install, it uses a twist/gear mech. like a skylight

After taking out the bolts to my top and using vinyl covered hooks (4)--it took 5 minutes to raise the top--to storage !!

They are available at Costco/Amazon/Bestbuy/Ebay--

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Old 08-07-2010, 08:56 AM   #4
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Thanks for the tips and I would go but a racor today if my garage door opening would cooperate! Opening is only 6' and garage ceiling is 7' so I'm SOL with a garage mounted lift. :o(

Trying to find a portable lift for the driveway now....sigh
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:03 AM   #5
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DRIVEWAY removal ??Ouch


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Thanks for the tips and I would go but a racor today if my garage door opening would cooperate! Opening is only 6' and garage ceiling is 7' so I'm SOL with a garage mounted lift. :o(

Trying to find a portable lift for the driveway now....sigh
You need two people to SAFELY lift it off ant then figure where to storeit

You could get the MBRP rack like mine, but then when you remove the top--no rack--so

I'm afraid you've got a problem, I didn't know they could make a 7' garage !!

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It's a raised ranch with a 6 foot garage opening under a deck so that stinks!!!!

Gonna try later with a few people to lift it off and store in garage....top fits, but jeep doesnt! :o(
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Old 08-07-2010, 10:15 AM   #7
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I would suggest a small yet strong frame built out of wood. I would do metal if it were me but I overbuild everything. You can build a box of sorts that has an 8 foot height that you could back under. Just wide enough for the jeep to fit. Then attach one of the racor lifts to it. I got one based on JIMBOX's advice and I'm happy I did. Works like a charm and is a safe way to lift and store the top for one person. You can store other crap if you want when the top is not coming off for awhile. Like a long winter. I got mine off of amazon for $130 and free shipping to Alaska. Not a bad price if you ask me. The crank handle can also be chucked in a drill to make it faster to operate. If you don't have the room to build something to hang the racor from your screwed on that idea. Good luck.
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That's an awesome idea! Thanks!

Just have to see if I can find plans for it since I'm technically savvy, but not so much with building stuff like that.
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Heh Heh, thanx CS, I've been using mine for that boat in my pic, and I use the same ratchet straps to hold it to the JK

Neat product

Rip, you've gotta problem, don't you have a BARN on that ranch ???

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Haha no barn!
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I could think of a ton of different ways to do it. If I went out and looked at the jeep I could think of a ton more.

For simplicity of design I would just build two walls a bit longer than the hardtop and wide enough so you could walk on both sides of the jeep to hook up the top for removal. Then build a rafter system to tie the walls together so you can hang the lift. you can use nuts and bolts through the lift and rafters for strength. You would want to secure the walls to the ground in some manner for strength. Put your head to it and it should be cake. Million ways to suit it to your needs.
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ok I had an idea...Just outside my garage I have the deck rafters above which are just under a foot from top of jeep to bottom of rafters.

Would the Racor lift work with this height? I'm guessing it would but since I've never done this I thought asking you guys first!
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----NOPE, too close for the RACOR bars/pulleys/cables/hooks--however




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ok I had an idea...Just outside my garage I have the deck rafters above which are just under a foot from top of jeep to bottom of rafters.

Would the Racor lift work with this height? I'm guessing it would but since I've never done this I thought asking you guys first!
Eyebolts and hooks, would be close enough to just LIFT a couple inch's and secure the top--in one place, but

Then you would still have to (two people), lift and remove from the area, or leave it there !!

Free your mind and engineer a special system for that spot !!

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Just measured and I have 1 foot between rafter and top of jeep.
I would leave it hang there since I would be putting it back on again.
Am I wrong to think it only has to be lifted a few inches to free top from jeep?

Thanks!!!
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With the (2) "T" tops off and your spare tire off--1" will free the top !!


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Just measured and I have 1 foot between rafter and top of jeep.
I would leave it hang there since I would be putting it back on again.
Am I wrong to think it only has to be lifted a few inches to free top from jeep?

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I think I'm gonna pick it up and give it a try, worst case I return it.
What do I need innaddition to this to connect to hard top to lift it off?

Sorry for all the Dumn questions.

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Pick what up ??


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I think I'm gonna pick it up and give it a try, worst case I return it.
What do I need innaddition to this to connect to hard top to lift it off?

Sorry for all the Dumn questions.

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Sorry to confuse you, what I meant was does that racor come with the hardware to hook onto the hard top to lift it off or do I need some sort of hook to latch under hardtop to lift it off jeep?
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Pickup the racor life from Costco I meant
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Well, if you can make the RACOR work--more power to you, but

I don't recommend the RACOR for your situation-now that'll probably make you madder and you'll make it fit, but I don't see how, based on the direction your rafters run and the non-directional pulleys in the RACOR and

No the kit has no hardware other than the Hoist installation !!

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Thanks but what if I attach 2x4's across rafters in other direction to attach racor to?
What hardware do I need to pickup to lift the hardtop off jeep if I buy the racor? Just some sort of rubber coated hooks to hook under the hardtop?

Thanks again....
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This is my last entry--Don't get a RACOR HOIST !!


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Thanks but what if I attach 2x4's across rafters in other direction to attach racor to?
What hardware do I need to pickup to lift the hardtop off jeep if I buy the racor? Just some sort of rubber coated hooks to hook under the hardtop?

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Ok forget it then. Guess I'll just wait to get a soft top.

Thanks anyway
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Ok I think I'll build something but is 8' high enough for a 6' high 4 door unlimited to use with a racor?

Thanks
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Those racor lifts look nice but I don't have room for one either. Actually, my garage is 8' so it would work, but I want more clearance so I'm building my own. Good luck on your hoist project. I am hoping to finish mine next week for about the same cost as a racor, but we shall see if it comes together as planned.
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Good Luck on yours!!!

I have to google plans for this so i can build it right and not spend $500 on it...
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Just put my Racor in last night and this morning - will post some pictures shortly - utilized some pool noodles in strategic locations... Awesome hoist for the top...
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I just build a 32x66" shelf on the back wall of my garage. Cost about $10.

It requires 2 people to take it off and put it back on but it only happens once in the Spring and once in the fall.
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Here's some pictures if the Racor in action - strategic placement if pool noodles. The left over pieces work great at the back window seal - helps to keep the pressure off of the seal directly.
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