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Old 07-12-2014, 03:46 PM   #1
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Ok I am trying to remove my hard top. Problem is I am having to do it alone and don't have a hoist set up or anything like that yet. Anyone taken it off alone that can give me some tricks or something. It's a beautiful day and the top HAS to come off lol. Just wanna see if there are any tips before I attempt it. My jeep is a 2 door by the way if that helps.

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Get a friend, if you don't have a friend then make one :-)

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Get a friend, if you don't have a friend then make one :-)
I was afraid this was the answer lol. I do have friends believe it or not. Just none available. Gonna have to get a hoist system set up ASAP
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I have no friends...... had to do a hoist
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Get a friend, if you don't have a friend then make one :-)
well it appears you and I are both in the same town. You available? Lol. I was able to get my wife to help me. The jeep is naked for the first time
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Nice, Glenpool or Tulsa?
I'll help when I can.
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I don't have any friends or a garage so I run doorless with the freedom panels off. It gives the illusion of being naked.
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Nice, Glenpool or Tulsa? I'll help when I can.
Glenpool
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I don't have any friends or a garage so I run doorless with the freedom panels off. It gives the illusion of being naked.
I do that a lot. Quick and easy
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:09 PM   #11
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One member on here unbolted it and slid it straight back onto his garbage cans which were at the correct height. You might be able to put some 2x4's on top of the cans to help in the slide and also add a little support.
On edit; come to think about it, maybe a pair of saw horses would work for this method also.
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I'll be trying this after the storm passesRemoving Wrangler JKU hardtop by yourself and putů: Removing Wrangler JKU hardtop by yourself and putting it back on - YouTube
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I'll be trying this after the storm passesRemoving Wrangler JKU hardtop by yourself and put…: Removing Wrangler JKU hardtop by yourself and putting it back on - YouTube
I'm not that tall.... Lol
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:24 PM   #14
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How tall is that guy? I am 5'8" and I was successful at taking it off by myself but it was a B****!!! I have a two door. Unfortunately, although successful, I did put a scratch or two in the top and I am now looking for touch-up paint for the black hardtop. I was also in the predicament of wanting the top off NOW and had no one to help. Won't do it again. Will either build or invest in a hoist.
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:42 PM   #15
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Here's how the pros do it...




That's not me trottin' around by the way.
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There are a couple methods i used to do, but I'm 6'6 and 250, so it may be different for others with different body types. Gumby arms are an advantage most of the time.

Method 1:
Lay down an old rug or piece of carpet to lay the top on. Stand facing the back glass of the hardtop and place the rug directly behind you. Grab the sides of the hardtop, lift and flip it over so the top is now resting on the top of your head. I find that this is pretty exactly the balance point. Turn around and face the carpet while holding the top on your head. Slowly go down to one knee and tilt the hard top down so the front of the top is laying on the carpet directly in front of your foot. Stand up and slowly ease the rear to the ground. You can now drag the top around by pulling the carpet.

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Get inside and squat down in the back of the jeep (facing the rear) and place your hands on either side of the inside of the top. As if you are getting under the squat bar at the gym. Now stand up slowly lifting the top up. Try to get a feel for exactly where the balance point is. It's further back than you would think. After you've found the balance point. Simply walk out of the back of the jeep making damn sure that as you step off the front of the top doesn't hit anything and send it flipping to the floor. Now carry it where you need it to go, or you can set it down on some carpet and do the dragging trick again.


The easiest way is to find an over hang somewhere, (or build one) and mount 4 eye bolts in it. Use two ratchet straps and ratchet the top up a few inches, then drive out from under it. My way cost me 4 whole dollars.

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I've done it before by myself, but I'm currently looking into making a hoist. That should explain that it's not a great idea.

Essentially I just lifted the hardtop off by myself, over my head then placed it down. But I needed to get some help putting it back on to the jeep.

In the end, you're going to buy a hoist...
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Here's how the pros do it...
That's not me trottin' around by the way.
lol I would have been sick after dropping it like that
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Old 07-12-2014, 11:24 PM   #19
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How heavy is a four door hard top ?
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According to many sources, it's either 90-95lbs or 150-155lbs. no one seems to know definitively
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According to many sources, it's either 90-95lbs or 150-155lbs. no one seems to know definitively
I'm gonna call it 90lbs. I'm pretty good at guessing weight. It's not heavy at all. Stupid thing is just bulky and unbalanced.
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Yes... Horribly unbalanced. But, I'm still making a hoist!
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That's not me trottin' around by the way.
Yeah I have a problem doing that with my top. I would be glad to try with an of you all's.

Here is my solution: My $42.64 Hardtop Lift and Storage
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Just curious for what size of threaded eye bolts to use to secure a set up to the roof of your garage.
If it's only 100 lbs or so you could build a set up easily and cheap.
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Does my post ^above^ look weird? It is not displaying right on my computer
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Yes... Horribly unbalanced. But, I'm still making a hoist!
Oh yeah man. It's a necessity. Nothing like sweating yourself to death in the baking sun wrestling a flaming hot black block.
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Just curious for what size of threaded eye bolts to use to secure a set up to the roof of your garage.
If it's only 100 lbs or so you could build a set up easily and cheap.
I can't remember what size I used.

:dunno:

They were long and thick?
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I think I'm going to experiment on making one, if I'm not embarrassed how it turns out I will share with you guys.
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I think I'm going to experiment on making one, if I'm not embarrassed how it turns out I will share with you guys.
please do share. If nothing else we can learn from your mistakes lol
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Hoist.

I made one for 40-something dollars like mentioned above. Then I bought a boat trailer winch for about 50 more dollars. Takes 5 minutes to take my freedom top off (4 of those minutes is backing the jeep into the garage, and taking out the screws).


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