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Old 05-15-2011, 03:40 PM   #1
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Removing hard top

So my dad and I tried to remove the roof from my 2-door Wrangler a few days ago, and DAMN it's heavy. 2-person job? LOL I DON'T THINK SO TIM. How do you guys manage to do it?

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Old 05-15-2011, 04:22 PM   #2
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my ten year old helps me. it's not so bad. it helps to tilt up the sides and place a couple folded towels or something under it. then you can get a better grip under the edge. Some people use hockey pucks. You get the idea.

after that, just know where you are takin it and communicate well with whoever is helping.

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Old 05-15-2011, 04:31 PM   #3
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I can get it off by myself.....just cannot get it back on solo......

I would suggest setting up a hoist rig in your garage/car port to assist you. That is how I get mine on/off solo.....
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I can get it off by myself.....just cannot get it back on solo......

I would suggest setting up a hoist rig in your garage/car port to assist you. That is how I get mine on/off solo.....
I did it myself one year also ( never again ) lol. I took out the rear seat, Jumped in and
squatted facing out the back, Lifted and walked of the back balancing it with two hands. Could have been a disaster but I managed. Like I said "NEVER AGAIN" and I don't recommend it done by anybody. I really wanted the thing off and nobody could help
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:52 PM   #5
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Get / make a hoist. Wife & I pulled a to off a rental Jeep, that was a pain. Wouldn't risk my top now that I have a hoist.

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http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/sel...ist-89524.html
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I did it myself one year also ( never again ) lol. I took out the rear seat, Jumped in and
squatted facing out the back, Lifted and walked of the back balancing it with two hands. Could have been a disaster but I managed. Like I said "NEVER AGAIN" and I don't recommend it done by anybody. I really wanted the thing off and nobody could help
Did the exact same thing myself. It was too nice of a day and no one else was around.
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Did the exact same thing myself. It was too nice of a day and no one else was around.
I don't remember how I ended up though. I'm thinking I was on my back. Yes that would of worked. A** then back, drop, roll over and crawl out. Rofl, must have been a sight to see though.
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:05 PM   #8
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Another thread on what a pain in the a$$ a hardtop is.....go figure.
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:18 PM   #9
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I did it myself one year also ( never again ) lol. I took out the rear seat, Jumped in and
squatted facing out the back, Lifted and walked of the back balancing it with two hands. Could have been a disaster but I managed. Like I said "NEVER AGAIN" and I don't recommend it done by anybody. I really wanted the thing off and nobody could help
This is exactly what I did BEFORE I bought a hoist.
Do yourself a favor and get one. So easy and stores my top out of the way in my garage ceiling all summer. Also doubles for a deer hanger for skinning and cutting meat during deer season...if you're a hunter that is.
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I would love a hoist, but I bet my apartment complex would have an issue with installing one in the garage, so, my wife and I took it off and carried it up a flight of stairs to store it in our office.

She now refuses to ever help me put it on or take it off while we still live in our apartment...
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Now that really bites. I can't say that I blame your wife though. Those things are awkward to handle. Good luck.
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:51 PM   #12
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I got my Jeep used, and the previous owner had never taken the top off, so I had to pry it up with a screwdriver to unstick it. Also, I think you have to slide it back a little, and then lift.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:05 PM   #13
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I chuckle a little at these threads. I have a 2 door JK with the freedom top. I'm 6'1" 200 lbs and after removing the freedom panels find it pretty easy. I raise the back window end in the air it's pretty easy to balance.
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I chuckle a little at these threads. I have a 2 door JK with the freedom top. I'm 6'1" 200 lbs and after removing the freedom panels find it pretty easy. I raise the back window end in the air it's pretty easy to balance.
That works for you, but I'm 5'7", !50 lbs and my wife is even shorter and smaller. We only took the top off once. Didn't break anything, but we got a few scratches out of it.

I'm designing an A frame structure to assist me, until I get my house finished and can put in a real hoist. I'll post pics. And it will be cheap.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:54 PM   #15
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Me and my gf take it on and off pretty easily. Ive never really looked at the hoists because it's just so easy. Hardest part is disconnecting the water line
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Old 05-17-2011, 03:24 PM   #16
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$65, works like a charm although I added hooks from dirtbike tie downs for the back and extra pulleys to the 2 back ropes for better leverage since these pics. I do worry about if/when I get a lift whether I'll be able to keep parking under the top when its off.
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$65, works like a charm although I added hooks from dirtbike tie downs for the back and extra pulleys to the 2 back ropes for better leverage since these pics. I do worry about if/when I get a lift whether I'll be able to keep parking under the top when its off.
Pull in nose first underneath it. You won't have to worry the roll bars getting in the way.
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I do, pic was right after I took top off the first time with the hoist. After a lift I'm worried that I'll crack windshield pulling into the top when hanging. Not much clearance between spare tire and garage door. Just happens to be where the studs are located and leaving enough room between back wall and tailgate when opened.
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I do, pic was right after I took top off the first time with the hoist. After a lift I'm worried that I'll crack windshield pulling into the top when hanging. Not much clearance between spare tire and garage door. Just happens to be where the studs are located and leaving enough room between back wall and tailgate when opened.
How tall is your garage? Mind giving a detailed list of the materials you used to construct the hoist?
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While not the same design, here is a good write-up and how-to to build a hoist from another forum

Hardtop hoist/storage write-up
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:00 PM   #21
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How tall is your garage? Mind giving a detailed list of the materials you used to construct the hoist?
The garage is fairly small/short. 2 story house and extended garage was not available when I had it built. I would recommend buying what you can from Harbor Freight or a cheap tool shop before finishing up at Home Depot for the stuff you can't find at the less expensive stores.

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Two 1"x4" hardwood boards.(because of location of studs in my ceiling)
Lag bolts and washers if not putting eye bolts directly into ceiling.
75-100' of 3/8" rope. (extra is always useful)
8 eye bolts
8 anchor shackles (to attach pulleys to eye bolts)
8 single pulleys (2" I believe)
4 double pulleys (same size as the single, use inline for better leverage)
2 hooks (took mine from dirtbike tie downs but wish were little larger)
2 carabiners (to attach front ropes to back hooks)
either a hook to screw in wall or eye bolt and anchor shackle to attach double pulleys to the wall.
1 rope cleat (to tie end of ropes to)

The hoist I have is the above minus the rope cleat which I'm just using a hook in the wall temporarily and I only have 2 double pulleys for now.(on the back ropes) When I add the other 2 double pulleys and rope cleat my 8 year old could probably take the top off for me.

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