Location: where I wheel: N 45º 36.663' W 123º 20.935'
I also went the cheap but effective route. The difference between Stu's hoist and mine is I run the straps front to back. I've never had any issues with my top bowing or spreading using this method of front to back.
1998 TJ Moss Green Sahara w/ numerous scratches & dents whose playground is on a tropical island that's 33 miles long and 4-12 miles wide, in year-round 82 degree weather
Mine is like that but it very easy
for one person to get on and off
but its not really a hoist
On the front corners I just used a chain with S hooks
on back I used the tie down straps to a 2x4 too 2 I bolts
Just pull jeep in backwards undo everything
If you have rafters just throw chain over at the front corners
Stand on jeep S hook on corner of top lift up corner
ajust legth with S hook in diff link in chain
same on other side
In back I used one eye bolt in ceiling
two straps coming down to a 2x4 w eye bolts
Again standing on jeep just lift one corner
put hook under side same with other side
Pull to adj height than put 2x4 on each
side I bolt
You only lift each corner maybe 3-4 inches
very easy and cheap
I went the same route with the ratchet straps....worked great so far. Threw a 2x4 under the back end though so as not to bow the top right after the pics - recommended by many members and makes perfect sense. This setup works great - I can get the top up high enough to walk under (Im 6' 3") so its pretty well out of the way and doesnt cost me much in the way of usable garage space.
This thread is a little older, but for what it is worth I got a cheapo' 120v electric winch at harbor frieght and bent a pice of cage tube (1.75 x.120) in a 90. Hooked it to the wall with six quad conduit straps so it will pivot. Made a rope sling, hook it to the lift, remove and then swing into the corner of my garage over the top of the shelf. Think jib boom.......sorta, CHEAP jib boom. Total cost was about sixty bucks, but I had the tube laying around. Gets my top away from everything after I get it removed.