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Old 04-20-2013, 01:05 AM   #1
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Cheap and fast hard top "hoist"?

I was looking for homemade hoists and came across this one.

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I'm a bit to scared to try it...but I'm thinking about it.

I wonder how easy it is to get the top back on?

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I was looking for homemade hoists and came across this one.

This guy wins the internet!



I'm a bit to scared to try it...but I'm thinking about it.

I wonder how easy it is to get the top back on?
Yeah no thanks, if I don't have a second person I don't attempt it.

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Old 04-20-2013, 01:41 AM   #3
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Man, I dunno. It's obviously a cheap way to do it but one slip and there you are.

I just finished ordering a Harken hoist kit from Quadratec a few minutes ago. They're on sale right now for $130.
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OK, I'm not "really, really" considering it. That is the Sam Adams Hopology craft pack talking, mixed with TheraFlu and antibiotics talking.

More of a..."I wonder if I could do it....if it were someone else's top?" type of considering it.
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This dude gets an 'A' for effort, but....that's about it.


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4 ratchet straps & two orange shelf hooks for the rear both from Sears. 4 eye hooks from the hardware store and I'm done. All for around $30. Took the top off today
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4 eye bolts and ratchet straps for $22 has worked for me. I'll upgrade to a harbor freight electric winch for $99 in the fall.
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4 ratchet straps & two orange shelf hooks for the rear both from Sears. 4 eye hooks from the hardware store and I'm done. All for around $30. Took the top off today
this seems like the easy answer to me and it seems to make sense.
just one question...how do you lower it. Most ratchet straps just "release" are you using a particular type of ratchet strap?
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I've seen videos of the 4 ratchet hoists. The ones in the video you have to click-click-click at one corner, go over to the next corner and click-click-click, go to the third corner and repeat, then the fourth, back to the first, over and over until you get the top high enough to drive out from under it.

Seems like a lot of time and effort to save a few bucks, which is why I went with the Harken hoist kit for $130. One rope, pull from one spot and you're done.

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i did essentially the same but instead of ratchet straps, i used 4 rope rathcets like these. slid some clear tubing over the hooks to minimize scratching the top. takes my wife under 10mins by herself to use. i had to do this do to a beam and few other obstructions that wouldn't allow a system with any type of frame connecting the eyebolts

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You'd think the guy holding the camera could help!
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this seems like the easy answer to me and it seems to make sense.
just one question...how do you lower it. Most ratchet straps just "release" are you using a particular type of ratchet strap?
Wondering the same thing. Ratchet up = time consuming, but cheap and easy, but how on earth do you safely lower it? I'm used to just the standard ratchet straps that you fully open, and pull to release.

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