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Old 01-23-2013, 07:34 PM   #1
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Hard top hoist

Anyone have any experience or knowledge of a hoist for removing and suspending a hard top?

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Old 01-23-2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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I went this route because of space and cost.

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Anyone have any experience or knowledge of a hoist for removing and suspending a hard top?
PO has one in his garage that I still use. It's a rachet type. Pretty easy to use and keeps the top out of the way.
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There are 3 lil 4x4 in the attic connected to wooden I beams. Then I've been using 1x1 square tubing its shaped like a tee. I'll try to get pics of it later. Buddy has it right now... he's had it for a lil to long... I need to get that back now that I think of it...
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i recommend the Lang Hoist-A-Top, about $120, got mine from Quadratec, its a well made unit with excellent hardware and works as advertised.
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I went this route because of space and cost.
Dabolt55, nice simple setup. One thing I would suggest is after you crank the top up to where you want, put the remaining strap (that's hanging towards the floor) up on the top itself so they aren't hanging down. I noticed when you pulled the Jeep back inside, and got out, the strap got closed in the door. I would hate for it to do that as you were leaving, and pull the strap off of the top. The last thing you need is the top falling to the floor.

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I have the Hoist-a-Top and can take the top on and off by myself. I just mounted it like the instructions said, then put in 4 eye bolts and use ratchet straps to hold the top in place once I lift it to my garage ceiling. Works great for me. Not bad for a $120 investment.
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where are you guys seeing them for $120 from Quadratec? I see $159 on their site.

I'm selling mine for $125 shipped in the classified section if anybody is interested. I guess my price might be a little high though if Quadratec has them for $120?

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f14/har...ml#post3271322
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Sorry mine was $150. Typo and no proof reading.
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i bought mine last July, paid $119.99 plus shipping.

did price go up? even at $159 it is still a good investment for a useful tool.
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I use this winch mounted on the wall and a few ceiling mounted pullys to lift of my hard top. But the gearing on the winch is super slow to crank by hand, so I use a electric hand drill and a 3/4" (i think) socket instead of the handle...works perfect.

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There are 3 lil 4x4 in the attic connected to wooden I beams. Then I've been using 1x1 square tubing its shaped like a tee. I'll try to get pics of it later. Buddy has it right now... he's had it for a lil to long... I need to get that back now that I think of it...
sorry I bought mine at harbor freight for $70 and made my own T lift.
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How heavy would a 2 Door hard top be? I don't have a garage atm and was hoping to just get in the back and transfer it over to a platform of some sorts this summer.
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How heavy would a 2 Door hard top be? I don't have a garage atm and was hoping to just get in the back and transfer it over to a platform of some sorts this summer.
They are just very awkward for 1 person to handle. They can be lifted off if you have 2-3 buddies to grab a side. I believe the hard top is somewhere around 140 lbs.
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4 rachet straps and 4 i-bolts in the garage ceiling works really well for my hardtop.
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Got my LJ top off with just me and my 5'4" -100lb wife. Wasn't too heavy, just awkard. Have since installed a Harken hoist, so putting it back on is a breeze. Here's a link, though they can be bought elsewhere for less...

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4 rachet straps and 4 i-bolts in the garage ceiling works really well for my hardtop.
X2 - I do it with 2 ratchet straps, under $10 for the whole deal at Lowes. Back into the garage and lift it up, then you can park the nose under it.
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Hand winch from harbor freight, some pulleys, rope, eye hooks and the hardtop dolly I used previously.($60-70)




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Dabolt55, nice simple setup. One thing I would suggest is after you crank the top up to where you want, put the remaining strap (that's hanging towards the floor) up on the top itself so they aren't hanging down. I noticed when you pulled the Jeep back inside, and got out, the strap got closed in the door. I would hate for it to do that as you were leaving, and pull the strap off of the top. The last thing you need is the top falling to the floor.

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They are just very awkward for 1 person to handle. They can be lifted off if you have 2-3 buddies to grab a side. I believe the hard top is somewhere around 140 lbs.
Yea that makes sense. Thanks! Now to rig up a stand for it
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DEXTREME i really like that geared winch, much better than the ratchet winch you get with the Hoist-a-Top system.

If I was removing/installing my hardtop on a frequent basis I would say get a device like DEXTREME is showing as the ratchet winch is sort of a pain and if you are not careful it can disengage allowing the top to free-fall. I remove my hardtop once/year so I'll deal with the slow ratchet.
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Here is a few more pics of my set up:

HF Winch with a socket ready for my drill



The rack itself I made out of scrap metal I had left over from replacing a garage door opener track. I welded some scrap chain on it to add some weight for it to lower easy, and it gives me options for balance points.

Basically I lower it down on the hard top, hook up 3 ratchet tiedowns. Lift it off with the drill to the ceiling



Oh and those ladder hooks in the beam is where I hang my full doors.
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DEXTREME i really like that geared winch, much better than the ratchet winch you get with the Hoist-a-Top system.

If I was removing/installing my hardtop on a frequent basis I would say get a device like DEXTREME is showing as the ratchet winch is sort of a pain and if you are not careful it can disengage allowing the top to free-fall. I remove my hardtop once/year so I'll deal with the slow ratchet.
Yeah the geared winch won't release and you can easily control the up/down direction with the drill...even an air impact works well.
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d-rings in ceiling joist of garage and sturdy rope . drive under unbolt pull up tie off drive out. can still park in garage. when you put top back on back in let ropes down bolt down dive out. simple!!!
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cool setup DEXTREME.

i see you covered your t-bar with foam pipe insulation, I did the exact same thing.
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Hey folks, I just bought a '04 LJ with hard top, and need to rig something up to take it off (and put back on). Unfortunately, I don't have a carport or garage, so will have to figure something out for outside. I looked at Harbor Freight's portable hoist, but am concerned about lifting the top using only one point of lift. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Hey folks, I just bought a '04 LJ with hard top, and need to rig something up to take it off (and put back on). Unfortunately, I don't have a carport or garage, so will have to figure something out for outside. I looked at Harbor Freight's portable hoist, but am concerned about lifting the top using only one point of lift. Any suggestions? Thanks.
the hoist probably wont go high enough. You can't lift it off of one point, you would need to rig it up. I just use a friend to help lift it off. I've done it with my wife a few times, but I use a friend to store it on my roof.
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4 rachet straps and 4 i-bolts in the garage ceiling works really well for my hardtop.
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i have a question.. have you noticed using the hooks from the ratchet straps is putting stress on the jeep hardtop or ruining the rubber seal? im very interested in putting this up in my garage for my wife and I and we would store the top long term in the summer hanging from our ceiling most likely. Great video!
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Dabolt55, nice simple setup. One thing I would suggest is after you crank the top up to where you want, put the remaining strap (that's hanging towards the floor) up on the top itself so they aren't hanging down. I noticed when you pulled the Jeep back inside, and got out, the strap got closed in the door. I would hate for it to do that as you were leaving, and pull the strap off of the top. The last thing you need is the top falling to the floor.

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Hey Michael, that was a sample video, not mine...Here is mine. Thanks
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