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Old 03-22-2012, 08:57 AM   #31
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You could EASILY make a setup with a couple of small pulleys, some 3/8 manilla rope and a couple of basic knots. Bet it would cost <$35 and a little ingenuity

exactly. Why spend $100 for a cheap electric winch or $400 for an expensive electric winch when you can just add a few more pulleys and make it super easy to lift. Im planning on doing something similar in the next few weeks. With one pulley your are lifting 120#, two pulleys, 60#, put 120 pulleys on there, and you can have your 2 year old lift it up or strap the lift line on your cat and give it a slap on the ass.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:26 AM   #32
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exactly. Why spend $100 for a cheap electric winch or $400 for an expensive electric winch when you can just add a few more pulleys and make it super easy to lift. Im planning on doing something similar in the next few weeks. With one pulley your are lifting 120#, two pulleys, 60#, put 120 pulleys on there, and you can have your 2 year old lift it up or strap the lift line on your cat and give it a slap on the ass.
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With a single pulley "rigged to advantage" you can cut the load in half, and you can connect two pulleys to each other and rig both to advantage for a 4-1 load ratio cutting it down to 30# on just two if you are ok with having a variable aligned hoist (works fine, but definitely not "idiot proof" or intuitive), but I'm fairly certain I could not explain how with just text...

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Old 03-22-2012, 12:33 PM   #33
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Love my hoist!

We basically copied the Lange hoist and it probably cost us $125 at most. I have left it up there for over a month at a time and inspected and everything looks great. I am quite confident that hanging it for a season would be no problem. We just attached an eye hook to the storage area in our garage and cliped it to the window and the hoist hook with carabineers to keep it from spinning.

And building it was a good bonding experience with my Jeep! I can guarantee that the top loves me for it because otherwise I am sure I would have dinged it up a few times lifting it on and off.

I would post a picture but it says the file it too large. I have no idea how to re-size it....
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:48 PM   #34
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made a picture in paint...

each "leg" on a rig bears an equal % of the weight, so 4 "legs" = 25% load or 30 pounds on only 2 pulleys. just hafta remember that a floating pulley bears the load of both legs when you factor in ma load ratings on each component.

Same principles apply to using a winch, so a couple snatch blocks can do some pretty amazing things, especially if you have a second cable handy
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:14 AM   #35
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I put four boat cleats on my top and sealed em with RTV so I could strap up a cargo bag for tents n blankets and such. reckon I'll probably be grabbing a few pulleys and some line before too long now that I has a garage
How did the drilling go? I was afraid that drilling directly into the hardtop would crack it or cause it to spiderweb. Did you do anything special?
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How did the drilling go? I was afraid that drilling directly into the hardtop would crack it or cause it to spiderweb. Did you do anything special?
No issues drilling holes. I was a little more cautious than I usually am because its thin, but it's fairly similar to a fiberglass boat hull in that its sturdier than you'd expect.
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Sweet, thanks for the info!
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Old 10-06-2014, 11:18 AM   #38
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2015 JK Unlimited.... I used the Raycor platform and just ran straps along each side through the back, to behind the back door.

Couldn't be easier to remove and install. And I put the front panels on the storage rack above the top. Only $129 on Amazon.com: Racor PHL-1R Pro HeavyLift 4-by-4-Foot Cable-Lifted Storage Rack: Home Improvement

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How does the Raycor attach to the hardtop? Kinda hard to tell in that pic
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How does the Raycor attach to the hardtop? Kinda hard to tell in that pic
There are a couple of ways.
You can run the straps from the front to the back corners or from the corner of the hard top the back corner.

First photo is from front to back, I personally tried this and changed as I felt it put to much tension on the front of the hard top and would be more likely to damage it.


Second photo show how I wrap the strap around the corner and run it to the back window. I use insulation pipe covers to protect the hard top and seals from the straps, I do this for both the front corner and the rear so the seals do not compress as much during storage.
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No issues drilling holes. I was a little more cautious than I usually am because its thin, but it's fairly similar to a fiberglass boat hull in that its sturdier than you'd expect.
Do you lift the top by these? I would be really concerned with top cracking. I created some hooks that I use, but they are large so I need to lift the top off the Jeep by hand and slide the hooks in place. This can be a real pain, but they are sturdy.

Just finished installing RACOR lift for hard top
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:33 PM   #42
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I built a T shaped brace and used a hoist from HF. I followed directions from some other Jeep forum. Very happy with it:



Used it to hold my bumper up when I installed it. Made it a one person job:



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Does anyone know how close to a garage ceiling a Lange Hoist will store a hardtop? I would like to get it up as high as possible due to my garage ceiling being around 9 feet.
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Does anyone know how close to a garage ceiling a Lange Hoist will store a hardtop? I would like to get it up as high as possible due to my garage ceiling being around 9 feet.
I called Lange with same question a few months ago. I do not recall the numbers but my garage is not 9 ft tall and their hoist will work for a Rubicon in my short ceiling garage. Do what I did, call them with a tape measure handy. I think the hoist needs 7 1/2 " of clearance. Lange customer service is awesome.

I called with the objective of deciding on whether or not go with the dual top group on Rubi I'll be ordering soon.

I think your good if your Jeep is stock. Lift, bigger tires..questionable. Seriously, call Lange.

I hope this helps.
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I called Lange with same question a few months ago. I do not recall the numbers but my garage is not 9 ft tall and their hoist will work for a Rubicon in my short ceiling garage. Do what I did, call them with a tape measure handy. I think the hoist needs 7 1/2 " of clearance. Lange customer service is awesome. I called with the objective of deciding on whether or not go with the dual top group on Rubi I'll be ordering soon. I think your good if your Jeep is stock. Lift, bigger tires..questionable. Seriously, call Lange. I hope this helps.
Awesome info! Thanks for the reply. I ordered a Rubicon, which should be here in two weeks. I may put 33 inch tires on it but that's it I think. I'll call them.....thanks again! Hope this hoist will work. It looks great for what I need.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:17 PM   #46
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I just purchased and eclectic hoist from hoist lift.com Installed easy this weekend and it works great. Much less than the Lange. I think you could probably build your own with stuff from Harbor Freight but after the electric hoist, the steel mounting plate, brackets, and lag bolts for mounting, along with straps for the left you're probably not all that far off.

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