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Old 07-30-2014, 07:24 PM   #1
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raising the hard top with a hoist

I'm new to Jeep and would like to rig up a hoist in the garage. Does anyone have a measurement for the center of the top to lift level from one lift point
I searched for threads and didn't find what I was looking for
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:40 PM   #2
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Not sure what you are asking for.

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Old 07-30-2014, 07:44 PM   #3
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Mine is ~39" from the front. I did a quick drawing. Disregard the two measurement lines. Just measure 39" from the front edge. I also included where the lift points should be.

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Old 07-30-2014, 08:55 PM   #4
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If you are doing a 4 pulley hoist where all 4 ropes or straps come together in the middle (so they can all be pulled at the same time), the placement of that "center" point does not matter. Mine is off to the side (directly above a winch).

All that matters is that there is equal slack (distance from the pulley to the loose end of the rope) on all 4 ropes.

If you are doing a different design, nothing I just typed will help you.
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Mine lifts from one point you can see the pulley above the top and see how far back it is. The rear window is all the weight in the back. You can see the red crank on the wall.
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Mine lifts from one point you can see the pulley above the top and see how far back it is. The rear window is all the weight in the back. You can see the red crank on the wall.

Did you purchase your set up or did you make it. Looks good. Exactly what I want to do.
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:56 PM   #7
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Did something similar
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:07 PM   #8
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Made mine. One man job ropes/pullies easy peasey



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Old 07-31-2014, 03:10 PM   #9
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Did you purchase your set up or did you make it. Looks good. Exactly what I want to do.
I bought a used Lange bracket off Craiges list that hooks to the top the pulley, the cable and the crank I got at a garage sale.
I got $40.00 in my hoist.
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al2ride, thanks this is what I was looking for
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As far as that exact measurement goes, it will vary depending on your design. Make sure to experiment with your setup before you set something in place that you can't adjust. All I did is once my t-bar was assembled, I set the top down on the ground, hooked it up and picked it up off the ground only an inch or 2...adjusted it if it wasn't level and kept doing that until it was
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Very nice! I wouldn't have thought of using the unistrut for the framework for the lift like you did. Did you build the black bracket where the unistrut tees together or buy it? I'm going to start planning to build mine this week using yours as a reference.
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Might depend on if it's a 2 door or a 4 door. I use a Home made T bar system. One cable, on a hand crank winch. Once I have it up I just lower it onto a platform I built, and leave it in the rafters of my garage for the spring and summer. A few of my trusses were built just for that purpose, (scissor trusses).
It's tricky to hit the exact centre of the weight load though. The smallest thing can throw it off balance,i.e. the weight of the T bar itself.
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Very nice! I wouldn't have thought of using the unistrut for the framework for the lift like you did. Did you build the black bracket where the unistrut tees together or buy it? I'm going to start planning to build mine this week using yours as a reference.
I made it. Looked at buying a simple t bar that would have only been 3 across the top and 2 down but it was like $29. I wanted a larger piece that would provide more support the joint...considering my $2500+ top would be hanging from it lol. It's 1/8" steel plate. Measured out the holes, drilled on a press and painted. Total of like $5 and an afternoon

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