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Old 03-28-2012, 02:06 PM
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Manual Hard Top Hoist

I'm thinking about getting a hoist for my hard top so I can put it on and take it off myself. I'm looking at a manual crank hoist because it's much cheaper than electric, plus I'd like to get the door storage pegs and those are extra.

Anyone use a crank hoist now? Is it easy enough to crank?
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:12 PM   #2
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You can always used a drill to make it faster.

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i'd make one, just use a come along. or a winch if you got that
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Or just a multiple pulley setup
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I have the hoist-a-top with the crank option. It cranks ok but not real happy with the total package. It’s a pain in the butt to get the frame to be level with the cable. As you’re going up and down it’s not real stable and swings/turns. It might work better if it had two cables. Only problem I have with the crank is every now and then the cable slips in the spool as lowering it and it drops few inches. Scares the crap out of you when that happens. It works but not perfect. There are many posts on the forums of mods to these or homemade lifts that are good reading.
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Love the racor. Great for all the other accessories too. Strap the top on and stack on top of the rack. Could modify to use a drill but even loaded I have no prob. Great gearing. Easy to install and use.
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I have half a hoist a top. Came with the jeep, I use my winch through a pulley then hook a ratchet strap on, unhook the winch, drive off, flip a bioch, hook the winch back on, unhook the strap, lower it down with the winch, less complicated then it sounds I promise.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:05 PM   #9
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This might be what your looking for
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:15 PM   #10
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I used the crank that you use to pull a boat on the trailer. So easy to do by myself.

I used 5/16 cable. Winch is mounted on the wall and goes has a single cable that goes up over 1 pulley. Connects to a d-shackle. Then have 4 cables go from there and down over 4 separate pulleys. Have a 6'x1" sling to loop through the roof. Works great!

I can post a pic when I get home if u want. Works great and was cheap.

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Like Jimbo said, go with the racor. This is what I got and its a great system. Check amazon or ebay and u can pick it up for about $100

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