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Old 08-16-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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Homemade hardtop lift

Got some hardware at lowes, a swim noodle at Walmart, and a winch at harbor freight. Total cost...$157.00!
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:21 PM   #2
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Tell me more on the "T" bar you made I have been thinking of going that route myself

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Old 08-16-2012, 03:23 PM   #3
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This is what I'm doing now and it's a pain to get it to come off level
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Did I hear something fall in your garage? Just a joke son!
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:55 PM   #5
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The "T" bar is made of 1" steel tubing from lowes. I bought 2 six foot pieces. The hooks are made from all thread, a 4 foot piece. After building the "T" bar I mocked up the hook locations using a coat hanger to get the correct bend. Then cut the all thread to that length and with a table grinder took off the threads on the all thread that made up the hook portion. Once assembled I put the roof on the ground under the lift and with a small strap I hooked the winch hook to it and lifted it up a few inches. I just kept on moving the strap until it lifted level. Once level, I marked that spot and installed an "I" bolt.
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:21 PM   #6
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Just an update. Putting the top back on today(first time by myself) installation time was 12 minutes. That included reinstalling the freedom panels! I imagine I will get faster at it once I mark the floor, so there's no guess work where to stop/line up the jeep.
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:19 PM   #7
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Did the same thing just put a longer cord on the control so I could get around the Jeep better. The whole operation take minutes and is effortless.
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:23 PM   #8
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Did I hear something fall in your garage? Just a joke son!
The only way it will fall is if the roof lets go haha the weakest link is the ratchet straps witch are rated for 440lbs
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:57 PM   #9
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Did the same thing just put a longer cord on the control so I could get around the Jeep better. The whole operation take minutes and is effortless.
The controller cord is about 7 feet long. The height of the carport is 8 foot 3", so for me it's the perfect length. It's just nice to build something rather than buy something sometimes.
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I just kept on moving the strap until it lifted level.

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