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Old 04-17-2012, 09:35 AM   #1
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DIY hardtop hoist idea

Thinking about storing my hardtop.
I feel there are 2 themes, either storing the top or lifting the top on and off the jeep (and hanging it or storing it at the same time). My goal is just to store it

What I'd like to do is use 2 2x4's approx 60 inches long - the hardtop will rest on these ( cross-wise perpendicular to the sides of the hardtop)

Attach 4 eyebolts to the joists in the garage. And 4 to the ends of the 2x4s
Run synth rope attaching to the 2x4 eyebolts and thru the joist eyebolts. Put the top on the wood. Pull all 4 ropes together and lift the top to the desired height. Tie off with one of those boat cleats attached either to the wall or the 2x4. For added safety , use 4 light chains with J hooks to secure from eyebolt on 2x4 to corresponding joist eyebolt

I should draw a picture and post it - but does anyone understand enough from the description to offer comments?

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Old 04-17-2012, 09:53 AM   #2
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Lift for hard top

I made my own hard top lift, which by the way is so friggin' easy to do.

I spent a total of $25 dollars for the whole thing. The most expensive part was the hand crank, which my wife can use, which is a crank that I bought new from the hardware store for $14 dollars and the rest for rope and pullies.

If you want just let me know and I'll show and tell you how. It sure beats paying $200-$500 dollars for someting that while take you less than a hour to build. It will take longer to go to the store, than it will for you to build.

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I made my own hard top lift, which by the way is so friggin' easy to do.

I spent a total of $25 dollars for the whole thing. The most expensive part was the hand crank, which my wife can use, which is a crank that I bought new from the hardware store for $14 dollars and the rest for rope and pullies.

If you want just let me know and I'll show and tell you how. It sure beats paying $200-$500 dollars for someting that while take you less than a hour to build. It will take longer to go to the store, than it will for you to build.
Please share!
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Heh Heh, spend $100 bucks for a RACOR and it'll never drop/slip/break--one man (woman) ops--

You can store your hardtop and other stuff, against your ceiling--it'll support 250 lbs



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Old 04-17-2012, 02:02 PM   #6
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How do you attach the hardtop to the racor hoist without damage ?
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:11 PM   #7
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I'm also very interested in all of the above.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:33 PM   #8
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Very awesome. I'm very limited on garage space, so looking to do something like this, or the previously mentioned hoist for $100.

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Well, I'm leary of attaching the hardtop like that--

As easily as the hardtop seals can degrade and allow water (leak)--that system doesn't look to promising to me, but it's his jeep !

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i second the Racor...for the price, you can't beat it. I have the hardtop attached under the platform, and the panels on top of the platform with a lot of room to spare.

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Heh Heh, spend $100 bucks for a RACOR and it'll never drop/slip/break--one man (woman) ops--

You can store your hardtop and other stuff, against your ceiling--it'll support 250 lbs



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How do you attach the hardtop to the racor hoist without damage ?
with a couple ratchet straps that i weaved through the Racor platform, and used some foam pipe insulation on the platform just for added protection against the hard top.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:51 PM   #14
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I did what OP talked about. I use ratchet straps connected to overhead eyebolts to do the lift/lower task.

Once lifted, I put the 2x4's - which I passed with foam & fabric - underneath the front and rear of the top and secure it to the ceiling eyebolts with chain and S hooks. Then I remove the ratchet straps.

Works great - especially is a low ceiling garage. Cost about $60 for everything.
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Well, I'm leary of attaching the hardtop like that--

As easily as the hardtop seals can degrade and allow water (leak)--that system doesn't look to promising to me, but it's his jeep !

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Agreed Jim, I wish I had the height for a Raycor but the ratchet setup is a good option for someone looking to remove and lower the top alone. I wouldn't recommend storing it like that because of the rubber seal issue you mentioned. When I lifted mine I used some padding and carpet around the seals, this made it easier to shift around without stressing the rubber

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Good thinkin partner--although the RACOR only uses about a foot of the vertical space-


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Agreed Jim, I wish I had the height for a Raycor but the ratchet setup is a good option for someone looking to remove and lower the top alone. I wouldn't recommend storing it like that because of the rubber seal issue you mentioned. When I lifted mine I used some padding and carpet around the seals, this made it easier to shift around without stressing the rubber

even less, if you don't use the platform !!--a thought !

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Very good insight. Didn't even think about the seals. One track mind just says "For the love of all that's holy, get the top off!!!"

My forte is computers/IT....engineering is definitely not a strong point of mine hah.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:08 PM   #18
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Update - my DYI project is progressing - as is true with all DYI projects , you are not officially done until you have been to the hardware store 3 times. so far I've got version one up (2 planks acting as shelves/support attached by rope to eye bolts in the garage joists).
I'm going to go back tomorrow for a pully and some chains to secure the platform after the lifting is done.
so far the Racor hoist is looking better and better :-)
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Homemade Lift - 40 bucks parts - hour to put together

I looked at a few examples on various forums and came up with this.... added a boat trailer hand crank winch (use a hand held drill to operate it as the handle clearly wont spinClick image for larger version

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Here's mine. Ratchet straps and hooks anchored in the garage roof trusses. Have used it regularly with zero problems or injuries to the top.
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I ended up purchasing the Q-tec JK hoist (non-electric one). To me I wanted something to hoist up the top and ensure it would hold AND not damage the seals. Plus I wanted something I could do by myself taking it on and off.

Once the top was up in the ceiling, I used extra heavy duty straps to hold the bracket up there just in case the cable/hoist ever let go. Plus it stops it from swiveling.



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Good thinkin partner--although the RACOR only uses about a foot of the vertical space-




even less, if you don't use the platform !!--a thought !

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Jim— tell the truth, you bought stock in RACOR didn't you? I never saw someone push a product so much Trust me, if I could I would have gotten it. I didn't enjoy sweating bullets lowering the top by releasing a ratchet strap. They don't release slowly haha
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Ok , no pulley system in the end , just a couple planks on chains
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Old 06-01-2012, 02:21 PM   #24
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How do you lower it when using the racket straps? Once the release is pulled the straps are free. The top would drop, yes? Maybe you could hold one tail and lower by hand but would be hard to hold two straps and easy down.

What am I missing? I
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Metal garage hoist

I have a 16' high, metal garage that is pitched. These four line hoists can be a problem for me. I really need a one-line hoist idea, and just put one pulley at the peak and maybe a $50 Harbor Freight hoist (remote) to control it.

So question is, what is the best way to hoist from a single line, and not have a top spinning issue? I kind of like the nylon strap idea better than hooks for raising the top, but I feel if I hoist this from one line there will be issues?

Anyone have a high metal garage and hoist your top HIGH. I am lucky I can raise the top and it will never be in the way still like other garages, but the height has it's own issues (like renting a lift to work high safely)

Open for suggestions ... really want to take the top off, but I do not want it just laying around the garage floor. The hoist is the only solution.
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I have a 16' high, metal garage that is pitched. These four line hoists can be a problem for me. I really need a one-line hoist idea, and just put one pulley at the peak and maybe a $50 Harbor Freight hoist (remote) to control it.

So question is, what is the best way to hoist from a single line, and not have a top spinning issue? I kind of like the nylon strap idea better than hooks for raising the top, but I feel if I hoist this from one line there will be issues?

Anyone have a high metal garage and hoist your top HIGH. I am lucky I can raise the top and it will never be in the way still like other garages, but the height has it's own issues (like renting a lift to work high safely)

Open for suggestions ... really want to take the top off, but I do not want it just laying around the garage floor. The hoist is the only solution.

I have an 8ft garage ceiling and what I did turned out great. Bought the harbor freight electric hoist, 2 square steel braces to make T bar, 3 rafter hangers, 2 T plates, 1 eye hook, foam pipe wrap, cable ties and bolts. It did spin when I raised it up so I attached a bike hook in the ceiling and wrapped a bungee cord around the steel T bar and hooked the bungee to the bike hook which keeps the top in place and levels it out. One of the rafter hangers I had to heat up with a torch and change the bends on it to make it hook up yo the rear of the hard top. Total cost was about $150. The hoist will come in handy for other things to do in the garage as well.

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Is that Cable or rope in the winch?
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Is that Cable or rope in the winch?
Cable, I got the same hoist but haven't set it up yet but looks like he's using single wire, it can support 400+ lbs if doing double using the pulley that comes with it.
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Ok , no pulley system in the end , just a couple planks on chains


this is what I wanted to do, because it is just like what I did when removing my shell. Problem is, it can't work with a roll bar.

How did you slide the boards across and drive away? Obviously the rear board is OK, but the front one will hang up on the roll bar.
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this is what I wanted to do, because it is just like what I did when removing my shell. Problem is, it can't work with a roll bar.

How did you slide the boards across and drive away? Obviously the rear board is OK, but the front one will hang up on the roll bar.
I had help from a neighbor to lift the top and place it on the boards. I'll do the same when returning the hardtop to the jeep. This setup is NOT made to lift the top directly on and off the Jeep

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