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Old 05-15-2008, 12:05 AM   #1
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'05 Unlimited Hard Top weight

In the process of setting up a Hoist for my Hard top inthe garage.

Ive got a 1,000lb Ratcheting winch setup mounted to the 2x6 studs in the garage, and 500lb pulleys with HD anchors attacched to the ceiling. Ive tested it out by hanging on it and swinging around the garage about 175lbs of weight so I know it should hold at least that much.

My next challenge is to setup the hardware mounting bracket that actually lifts the top. I know that 1" square stock thats 1/8" thick is way to thin to set it up as a "T" configuration over a 60" run and will need something more heavy duty.

Any ideas what I could use? Or what the weight of this Stock Hard top is?

Thanks! Total cost invested so far: $31.27

The Tool box is some sample weight I was testing which weighed about 60lbs. I also need to keep the hard top as close to the ceiling as possible as I will have ~6" of clearence between the hard top and the garage door!


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Old 05-15-2008, 01:15 AM   #2
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you should have mounted it deeper into your garage.. but hey.. its your garage =p

as for the hardtop.. it cant be much more if 300 lbs.. ive picked mine up with my mom.. (but its a tj)

nick had a good idea with putting 2x4s under the hardtop to support it

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Old 05-15-2008, 03:33 AM   #3
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I know a standad hardtop for a tj is 129lbs or so.. yours cant be more than 200.
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Old 05-15-2008, 01:34 PM   #4
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This is true, but at the front of the garage, I have 2 bikes hanging on the ceiling as well as a 8' forecent light so that wouldnt work too well.

So, If the hard top weighs ~200lbs I should be good and not have any issues.
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Old 05-15-2008, 01:39 PM   #5
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My brother in law and me were able to take the LP hartop off with no problem. It's just more awkward than heavy. What you might want to think of, for safety, is to install 4 more pieces of wood with metal eyes like this:

and then support the weight of the top from those with chain.



That way in case for whatever reason the winch fails, it's not the only thing that's supporting your hard top.
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Old 05-15-2008, 01:54 PM   #6
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Just be careful when lifting the hard top off with a rope hoist. I had a hoist for mine and one time the top came off awkwardly and gave me a really nice black eye as it suddenly cleared the rollbar and the corner swung around hard and right into my eye. What's funny is I started a new job that Monday so I showed up in my suit and had to be introduced to all the big wigs while wearing a nice shiner. I'm sure one or two of the women thought I had really just been in a fight and assumed I was a thug.
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Old 05-18-2008, 12:46 AM   #7
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Alright So i got it all setup!!! However, now its too low for the garage door so I have to tear it down and move it to another section of the garage.. Sucks..
The extra tie down straps are to hold the rear window from popping open due to the shocks, and the other one is to guide it and spin it above your head.

Winch Setup 1,000lb winch + Steel cable. Bolts are 5" long and 1/2" the on a 2x6" board attached to 2 2x6" studs. I doubt its going anywhere.
The Eye Hook in the center is using a 7/8" shank with a 2" diamater washer on the bottom side thats 1/8" thick.

The weakest point in this whole configureation that I can see is the metal hooks which are rated for 75lbs each = 300lbs total which I doubt that the hard top weighs close to 200lbs. Everything else is rated for 400+lbs or more All bolts used are no less than 1/2" Total project cost.. $55 and 3 trips to home depot. LOL

Rough Sketch with my crappy drawings lol














Rear of jeep:


Front of jeep:

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