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Old 11-02-2010, 04:19 PM   #1
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Solo hardtop removal/installation?

Hi all. Anybody found a good system for installing the 3 pc hardtop by yourself? Hoists, stands, etc?

And/or a method that you can do with help from a kid or wife? My wife isn't strong enough to lift it into place gently.

Product reviews or inputs greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Old 11-02-2010, 04:41 PM   #2
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I've got two methods-

The first uses the MBRP JK RACK and makes easy "grab" points (handles) and the second-



The RACOR HD Hoist, supports up to 250 lbs, avaliable in Costco/Amazon/Ebay



With either, you'll need a place to storeit, I've had mine off once in the Nevada desert and I kept it on the hoist/garage ceiling--

You would probably have to either build a stand or buy one !!

There are other ways to removeit, guys will give you info !

Good luck

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Old 11-02-2010, 04:42 PM   #3
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I saw people lifting the weight on their backs and climbing into the back seat by themselves but I would never not risk that ... the top is really heavy, ask a buddy to help you out, and i found it easier to put it back on than you take it out
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:25 PM   #4
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I saw people lifting the weight on their backs and climbing into the back seat by themselves but I would never not risk that ... the top is really heavy, ask a buddy to help you out, and i found it easier to put it back on than you take it out
Hey, I did that once. And only once. I got it up on my back and walked away from the jeep. Figured out that I needed to set it down quick. Soft place in the grass fortunately. Sort of a dive while trying not to slam the top.

Never again. For now I just get a neighbor to help. Don't gave a garage, so building a hoist is out of the question for now.

I have seen several aftermarket hoists, lifts, etc. Next time I am in Memphis, I need to take a picture of this rig my friend has. Consists of tie down straps, 2 X 4s and a pulley with cable. Looks hideous hanging in his garage, but he pulls it up, ties it off and drives away.
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:19 PM   #5
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Taking it off wasn't to bad but putting it on, well lets just say I won't try that again. Building a hoist for next year
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:45 PM   #6
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A case of beer and steaks for the grill is a lot cheaper.
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:15 PM   #7
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I second the hoist. It makes it alot easier!
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:53 PM   #8
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Thanks for the input. Sounds like I'll be installing a hoist. Guess I have 6 months or so to get one, since the top is going on for the winter pretty soon

Hoping I can get one more weekend topless.
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i use two 10 ft nylon straps with a simple rope hoist to a beam accross the rafters in the pole barn, route the straps over the rear doors thru the raised rear window i hoist up and she pulls out and set on the floor. just reverse to install.

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Old 11-04-2010, 10:10 PM   #10
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The new Quadratec catalog I just got has a hoist system for that. I'm sure you could find it on their website.

No clue if it works at all though. Anybody know?
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are these hoist system designed only for removal or is it actually ok to leave the top suspended from it for long periods of time?
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Old 11-05-2010, 05:58 AM   #12
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From what I have read they are OK for storage for long periods of time.
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are these hoist system designed only for removal or is it actually ok to leave the top suspended from it for long periods of time?
I have the Lange Hoist a Top and mine hangs from it when not on my rig. (I have a soft top too.) It's fine to store it that way.
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I have the Lange Hoist a Top and mine hangs from it when not on my rig. (I have a soft top too.) It's fine to store it that way.
x2.... I have the Lange Hoist-A-Top also & it works great. I used their hoist for my TJ for about 4 years before I got the JK. MY hardtop hangs from the ceiling from March or April thru Nov every year without any adverse effects. I have the manual system. The electric winch option would be nice if the top was on & off more often but not necessary for my purposes.
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x2.... I have the Lange Hoist-A-Top also & it works great. I used their hoist for my TJ for about 4 years before I got the JK. MY hardtop hangs from the ceiling from March or April thru Nov every year without any adverse effects. I have the manual system. The electric winch option would be nice if the top was on & off more often but not necessary for my purposes.
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DANG!! I sure feel sorry for you hard toppers!
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i use two 10 ft nylon straps with a simple rope hoist to a beam accross the rafters in the pole barn, route the straps over the rear doors thru the raised rear window i hoist up and she pulls out and set on the floor. just reverse to install.

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So...you're saying I need a pole barn now?
Kidding. Thanks for the info, everyone. Thought I read somewhere that the hoists didn't work well, but it seems like u guys are pretty happy with em.
Thanks.

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