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Old 10-24-2011, 08:40 AM   #1
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I dont have a garage so in order to get my hard top off, I was considering building a hard top lift for the back yard. Has anyone done something like this? Im looking for ideas. Basically I want something relatively modular but also collapsible so I can easily brake the thing down to store in the basement during the times Im not using it. Think engine lift but bigger.

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how about going green and using a tree, a pulley and a rope??

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how about going green and using a tree, a pulley and a rope??

I thought about that, but the only trees in my yard are awful poplars with no branches to make that possible. I would have to build like a tree fort type scaffolding into the trunk and I dont really want to do that. I have one other youngish maple in my yard, but its not large enough to handle the top. The only limbs on it which are reachable are about 3" and I doubt that would support the weight :/
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Speaking from an engineering standpoint, without a high, sturdy leverage point to work with, you're looking at a beast of a project.

No neighbors to help out?

Modular? Collapsible? Maybe you could rig up some type of ground-based block & tackle system, but...

If I remember correctly, the rear portion of the Freedom top hardtop weighs 175 lbs.
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Kids swing set, works great-

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If I remember correctly, the rear portion of the Freedom top hardtop weighs 175 lbs.
Do you know which version this was for (2- or 4-door)? Thanks, HPH
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The "Unlimied" without "T" tops, weighs generally, 124 lbs-


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nice, you will be able to get one free off craigslist too i bet. Plus you can clean deer on it from time to time.

Not 175 i think its more like 90.
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Genius! Except for the portable part.

Still, I was thinking "build." You were thinking "repurpose."

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nice, you will be able to get one free off craigslist too i bet. Plus you can clean deer on it from time to time.
And you were thinking "venison."
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I was trying to think of a way to use the trailer hitch as a pull point, remove the bolts and hook to the harness, pull forward a few inches (as the top is lifted from the pulleys to the hitch) stop, support the top or tie it off, then pull out the rest of the way from under it.

You know, a system that would use the jeep pull as its muscle.

Then, simply hook back up under it and back up slowly a few inches as the top sits right back down where it was originally.
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Ohhhh....That is brilliant. Nice, strong A-frame to hold a good amount of weight. Can disassemble if necessary. Also doubles as actual swing set for bambina.
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how are you with a welder??

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how are you with a welder??

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how are you with a welder??

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That thar is a damn good idea, marketable even

Im no welder, but I can drill and bolt
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Shredd, that's impressive.

Wondering if medieval folks learned how to build the catapult in a similar way. Maybe with help on siegeforum.com?

Good stuff.
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sweet idea. Lift, turn, set down. Heck yeah... If it wanted to tip at all or put a lot of torque on the frame you could always add a couple fold out stablizer type legs.

I was thinking a lot like that, but I was considering having the frame free standing and using the power of the jeep to pull the top off instead of a crank. Pull forward to lift it off, lock in place and go. Then hook back to it, back up a few inches to lower it back down and whalla. Its off and on, and you never have to use any physical strength.
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sweet idea. Lift, turn, set down. Heck yeah... If it wanted to tip at all or put a lot of torque on the frame you could always add a couple fold out stablizer type legs.

I was thinking a lot like that, but I was considering having the frame free standing and using the power of the jeep to pull the top off instead of a crank. Pull forward to lift it off, lock in place and go. Then hook back to it, back up a few inches to lower it back down and whalla. Its off and on, and you never have to use any physical strength.

I dont know how well this idea would work. You would need to have 0 slack in your pull line. Any slack would eventually cause the top to drag on the tub at some point, thereby causing the top to swing around and eventually smacking into something.
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I see what you mean, because it would have to pull straight up for at least the first inch or so. Maybe some sort of oblong cam type wheel, like a compound bow has. Or, scrap the idea and maybe use a winch to lift it. I'm just thinking for handicap applications.

Lots of good ideas...
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I dont know how well this idea would work. You would need to have 0 slack in your pull line. Any slack would eventually cause the top to drag on the tub at some point, thereby causing the top to swing around and eventually smacking into something.
that because you didnt have the after market extension on er.
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:12 PM   #21
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I have a general question about removing the top, I just got my Jeep last week...it's a JK with the freedom top. What are the hold points when using a pulley system to lift it off? Are there places on there that you should or should not attach to?
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I just take my hardtop down by hand with the help of a buddy. Altho mine is 2dr.
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You're going to have issues with the "pivot" part. The side window section of the top would hit the rearmost rollbars, unless you lifted the top WAY up.
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I just take my hardtop down by hand with the help of a buddy. Altho mine is 2dr.
I've done this w/my 14 y/o son helping. We can do it but damn its a pain in the rear. It is a piece of cake on the ground but getting up onto and off from the jeep is a different story. I almost need a dock to park the jeep at.
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I imagine building something like a tall garage engine hoist out of 2x4's and some steel brackets would work well. Sorta like Engine Hoist / Shop Crane - 1 Ton, just taller.

  • Just make the front two "legs" close enough together to roll under the Jeep from behind.
  • You could even plan to put some 6"+ caster tires on the corners to allow for easy movement, even over grass.
  • One could use a cheap hand winch from an old boat trailer to raise and lower the top.
  • When not in use, just take a few pins out of the spine and collapse it down to half-height.
Just some thoughts.
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Getta RACOR HD Hoist--so simple and so easy !

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I have a general question about removing the top, I just got my Jeep last week...it's a JK with the freedom top. What are the hold points when using a pulley system to lift it off? Are there places on there that you should or should not attach to?
Some run straps front to back under the top with the rear window open.
Some strap the hoist to their roof rack.
Others use some sort of hook to hang the top from the bottom lip.

This is what I use. Two on each side.


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Oh, back to the original question,

I was thinking swing set also.
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Even better still.

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