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Old 06-06-2013, 12:07 PM   #1
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Question Hard Top Storage

I've seen a few products for the storage of the jeep hard top... (yes.. totally late taking it down but it's been busy! lol) Any opinions between the hoist.. the cart/dolly/racks? Hoist looks like a great option.. but how hard are they to install? Any opinions?

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Old 06-06-2013, 12:15 PM   #2
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I went with two eye bolts in the ceiling and ratchet straps for kayaks. Then I put it on a homemade cart. But it you are wanting to buy. I used the following: I used the Best Top Hoss cart and the Lange hoist when I had a 2010 JKU.

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I just put up a Harken Hoist 2 weeks ago. It takes two people to measure, hold, and bolt the support boards to the ceiling but it is not hard. It is perfect for $129. Look on Youtube for demo and instructions.
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:56 PM   #4
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I use a home made hoist to remove the hardtop, then I carry it around back and set it on the ground under the deck until next winter.
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:44 PM   #5
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I bought a kayak hoist for $30 at Dick's Sporting Goods, and it works great. Don't see any reason to spend $150.
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I just put up a Harken Hoist 2 weeks ago. It takes two people to measure, hold, and bolt the support boards to the ceiling but it is not hard. It is perfect for $129. Look on Youtube for demo and instructions.
Well, it is probably easier with two people but I managed to install mine solo, including the 2x6 boards (not fun). I have a 10'-4" ceiling and the Harken can raise the top completely above the Jeep so my wife can park under it from either direction.
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I bought a kayak hoist for $30 at Dick's Sporting Goods, and it works great. Don't see any reason to spend $150.

Sounds great but all the kayak hoists that I've seen are only rated at 100lbs to maybe 125lbs tops! Might want to check the weight of your hardtop.
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:33 PM   #8
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I did wood mounted to the ceiling which I had from a deck project,eye bolts and 4 ratcheting straps from Lowes.
50 bux.Got the idea from You Tube.Needed help securing the wood to the ceiling.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:18 PM   #9
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Sounds great but all the kayak hoists that I've seen are only rated at 100lbs to maybe 125lbs tops! Might want to check the weight of your hardtop.
The one at Dick's has a 100 lb capacity (I looked it up on their website after reading this thread). I don't think I'd want to trust my expensive hard top being held up by that.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:21 AM   #10
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I'm waiting on the Top Cap EZ hoist.
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:21 AM   #11
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this cost me nothing. I had 4 U screw hooks and the tie downs. Easy as can be. Two of the straps are the cinch straps and two are the ratchet type. when I put it back on in the winter I will use just use cinch straps as it is easy as can be to hoist it up and let it back down. I did this solo and no problems at all.

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Old 06-07-2013, 09:22 AM   #12
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With no garage, I built a dolly for about $35 and an hour of my time and have it stored in a storage unit. If you have a garage definitely go with a hoist.
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Old 06-07-2013, 03:37 PM   #13
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I have a Lange manual hoist that has never been used for a 2 door JK, I would let it go for about 1/2 of what i bought it for this spring...
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:33 PM   #14
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I'd recommend the Harken Hoist. It works flawlessly for me, and I leave the top off for months at a time.

Quadratec sells them, and you can get free shipping by PMing the Quadratec rep, on this forum. He's been good to me, so far.
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I built one likes moveable hoist with pipe. I bought an electric lift suspended from the pipe. Now when the top is off, Ian slide it to the middle if the garage. I haw since balanced it an aided it all the way up.
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I use a Racor hoist which cost me a little over $100. I can back into the garage and pull the hard top in about 20 min. When the top is off, it hangs from the ceiling and I nose under it. People will say they are concerned about it falling or the hooks damaging the top, but I have had no problems and it works great.
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Made my own using a hand crank. Then made a cart to hold the top and other things. Put wheels on it and roll it out of the way.

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I use the Racor lift. It was a snap to install. And can be used with a hand crank or with the drill attachment. And the freedom tops sit nicely on top.
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I just put up a Harken Hoist 2 weeks ago. It takes two people to measure, hold, and bolt the support boards to the ceiling but it is not hard. It is perfect for $129. Look on Youtube for demo and instructions.
x2 The harken hoist is great. I pulled my top by myself. Steadying with one hand on the top and raised it with the other. The block and tackle is a nice feature and makes it easy to lift. I installed the whole thing alone. It was a bit of pain, but mostly going up an down the ladder.
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:41 AM   #20
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Wow thanks everyone for the ideas... Thought I could do it myself and wasn't sure... But after seeing all these posts and the ideas... Totally going to try it out. Right now the hard top is in the center floor of my garage.... Was wondering what to do with it but had to get the soft top on today. Will definitely be taking a trip for some supplies tomorrow!

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