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Old 04-15-2011, 06:02 PM   #1
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Selfmade Hardtop Hoist!

2 trips to Walmart and Home Depot.. Total money spent $16.00. Now I have a system that gets the top on and off in no time without any help!! Yoohoo!!
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:51 PM   #2
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Nice.

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Old 04-15-2011, 09:12 PM   #3
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nice!!!............any more pics?
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:34 PM   #4
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Where or what do you pull on to generate lift action? That is the most cost effective lift I have ever seen. Very clever.
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:13 PM   #5
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nice. what did you use to hook at the top. I've trying to figure out a system but I can't find anything beside j hook and I don't want to crack the fiberglass.
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:17 PM   #6
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thanks guys! I will put more pix tomorrow.. kinda too dark to take more pix right now.. the hardtop is about 80LBS.. having pully is nice but it can add more $$$.. the rope is waaay cheaper at walmart.. about $3.. same rope costs $12 at Home Depot.. the rest rigging parts about $1 each at Home Depot.. No need that $5-$10 pully.. here's how..

the trick really is.. after taking hardtop bolts out.. put each hooks(i used carabiners) one at a time on all 4 corners so it would lift the top off just about 6"..you will have to measure the length of the rope for this.. you can lift this thing 6" off easily if you do it one corner at a time.. no pully needed..

then drive your jeep out slowly.. since the back side is where all the weight is, you will have to make sure the back side gets enough support!! Not only the support it needs, but it also requires BALANCE!! IMPORTANT!! otherwise it will flipped the front side shoot upward creating a DISASTER!! i tied 4 extra carabiners at the end of the lines and made little ring knots about 12" from the each end of the lines. I measured 12" because that's the height that I need so the top wont touch the ceiling, so you do the math..

now, grab that extra carabiner from one back corner and hook the ring knot.. this is when you need some oomphs.. basically you're bringing each corner up 12" for clearance! do the same on the other back corner and move on the front ones.. that's all.. i'm not sure if i made that clear but.. i will put more pix tomorrow!
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:33 PM   #7
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i used 6 screw eyebolts drilled on the ceiling..about $2.50 at Home Depot. if you're not sure what it is.. google the image..

8 carabiners.. nothin too fancy.. 99cents each at Home Depot..

and 4 quick links.. this one $2 for 2 at walmart.. hehe..

and 25' nylon 75lbs rope.. $3 at walmart..

that's all.
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:04 PM   #8
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Very nice. I'm not sure I understand it all, but it's late on a Friday :P. Where did you get the hooks that are attached to the top?
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:21 AM   #9
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Hope u don't leave it hanging there for long. Looks like u are pulling out from the middle which could cause the top to spread and crack.
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Old 04-16-2011, 09:32 AM   #10
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Hope u don't leave it hanging there for long. Looks like u are pulling out from the middle which could cause the top to spread and crack.
I agree. I am finishing my hoist today. I will post pics.

The heavy,heavy duty version. Definitely cost more than the Wal-Mart version, but will baby my $2000 hardtop.
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Unistrut, 800# hoist, chain, clevis, eye bolts, a few straps...

Heavy Duty!!!
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:49 PM   #12
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Old 04-16-2011, 04:42 PM   #13
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Unistrut, 800# hoist, chain, clevis, eye bolts, a few straps...

Heavy Duty!!!
That seems like it would swing all over the place with only one lift point.
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Hahhaahha nice I have all that material at work.... Free sounds good to me....
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Gee.. guys.. with all the money available.. someone probably can come up with robot arms to do that.. go ahead make fun of my walmart version..

Tnewcomb, i don't know what you mean but if mine tears it apart.. i will post FAIL pix.. haha..

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Old 04-16-2011, 05:40 PM   #16
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Gee.. guys.. with all the money available.. someone probably can come up with robot arms to do that.. go ahead make fun of my walmart version..

Tnewcomb, i don't know what you mean but if mine tear it a part.. i will post FAIL pix.. haha..

Here's more pix.. you figure it out..
Very creative

In picture 3 it does look like you might end up pulling the top apart.
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Very creative

In picture 3 it does look like you might end up pulling the top apart.
actually it's holding really nice.. i dont see any bending or anything unusual about it.. it's keeping its original shapes and form.. i will keep eye on it though.. so far.. it's still hanging up there.. thanks!
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the top is just sitting on carabiners..
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the rope is coming straight down perpendicular to the floor.. so it's not like pulling it outward.. the rope goes around the back actually pulling two carabiners on the back just to level the hardtop.. and help to support its weight.. 4 screw eyebolts is holding back part of the top and 2 screw eyebolts holing front part.. i think that should do the job..

you will have to measure the height of carabiners(purple) that hooks the holes so it would lift it 6" off from the sitting position.. do it while your jeep is parked in the garage!! and the secondary carabiners(red) are the ones will give it another 12" lift.. working one corner at a time..

I mean what's the point of spending $200-$300 hoist that weights 3-4 time MORE than the hardtop itself?? the hardtop is only about 80LBS!!!

If you will have to put the top on and off more often, then i guess you could spent more money on electronic pully and stuff.. but i do have softtop that will be on my jeep until winter time.. so i'm OK with $16 investment..
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the top is just sitting on carabiners..
actually sitting on the rope.. there's not much of a tension on these purple carabiners.. i will put some paddings on the rope later..

ok, enough sad.. i will shut up now..
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If anyone else is curious, the unlimited hard top without the freedom panels weights 117 lbs.
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Gee.. guys.. with all the money available.. someone probably can come up with robot arms to do that.. go ahead make fun of my walmart version..

Tnewcomb, i don't know what you mean but if mine tears it apart.. i will post FAIL pix.. haha..

Here's more pix.. you figure it out..
So you know I wasn't making fun of it. I just don't want your equipment getting damaged. If you are happy! All is well!
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That seems like it would swing all over the place with only one lift point.
Does spin slightly. Not enough to affect it. One bungie would fix it.
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:24 PM   #25
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Nice idea. Not meaning to nit pick but those carabiners that you are using are probably not rated even close to the weight that is on them. The ones at the hardware stores are not real carabiners and are better suited for clips for key chains.
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My thoughts exactly on the clips. I'm not trusting my $2000 top with .99 keychain clips. Something else to think about, lifting your top from the outside like this is pulling the bottoms outward. Essentially spredding your top, and after time you just might start seeing stress cracks if you leave this hanging over a period of time. There is a point where saving money is going to cost more in the long run.
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Old 04-17-2011, 06:48 PM   #27
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Here's my shot at this for a 2011 JKU

Here's my setup, I used 2000+ # test marine grade rope from West Marine, pulleys rated at 100+ lbs each with all anchors set to ceiling joints with 4" deck screws. Four points on the top will attach (hopefully) via some homemade hooks I made. The plastic-cote wasn't dry to use the flat bar hooks on the back end of the top, so I used flat straps tied into the front hooks.

I picked up a winch at Harbor Freight after trying to raise using armstrong (fail) but the winch works awesome. I move around quite a bit, so this setup will only be here until wintertime so I'm planning on setting the winch on a box I'll make from 3/4" plywood and fill with sand or 200 lbs or so of junk. I don't want to anchor to the floor since I'm only here for a short while.

Took the top off for about an hour and it didn't hit the floor. Was a little crooked, but once I use the right anchors and get everything adjusted, it should work just fine. I'm toying with the idea of adding a frame made from unistrut, but as much as I move around, I really don't need one more thing to mess with. Next I'll figure out a way to keep the freedom tops steady while sitting on top of the hard top. Any ideas? Maybe a rubber pad or floormat? with a tie-down looped around the hard top to hold the freedom tops down?


Here's the whole setup, can't believe the picture is fuzzy, but it's in the air and I'm topless!


Whole setup from a different angle


Yay! Topless, but the doors gotta go next time


Here's the rope & pulley setup


Rope & pulley setup from the side


Here's my homemade hooks


Temporarily attached winch, steps were anchored down good enough that I couldn't budge them with just the 2x4 attached.
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That's awesome!
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:34 PM   #29
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spent $20. not a pretty thing but it has held for a few days so far, and since it hangs over my jeep that is a very good thing.
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someone has already mentioned the carabiners not being strong enough, i agree. also, if you just connect the 2 purple ones across the bottom of the top, maybe it will cradle the top rather than spread it apart. look into parachute cord. its cheap and strong. and try to get some carabiners rated for climbing. more expensive but probably worth it.
good idea none the less. i would rather see someone make something if they can.
good luck.

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