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Old 03-13-2011, 09:23 AM   #31
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It's Off...Thats a Good Thing...Jeep The Ultilmate Convertable...

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Maybe I figured it out. Here's my crane. The racks are homemade using crossbars from a Leonard pickup truck rack. They're bolted thru the roof with fender washers underneath. I was worried about picking it up this way but it doesn't flex at all. I don't leave it hanging though. Either set it on some boards or in a utility trailer.
Looking Good...Now all you need is a dolly to set it on so you can use the hoist while going topless...Watch out for stress cracks around the bolt holes...try using rubber grommets on top & bottom or use 1x2's, furring strips, yada, yada, yada to spread out the load if you are going to leave it hang...The fiberglass tops developed stress cracks easily, so take precautions...The stresses developed around the bolt holes are greater then the stresses when on the vehicle and the roof racks are loaded...

For those, that do not have roof racks...My system uses three hooks to attach the hoist to the hard top...they are located in the center point of the doors and at the hatch window...that is why the glass is in the open position (horizontal not vertical)..."I'd walk a mile for a vertical smile"...

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Old 03-18-2011, 06:31 PM   #32
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just made a hoist out of 2 bike lifts from menards for about $30 total.

BIKE HOIST CBH45 at Menards

took about a half hour. hardest part was finding the studs in the garage ceiling.

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Old 03-18-2011, 07:16 PM   #33
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Check this out:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/jus...top-74362.html

I have the lange system, and to be honest I think the racor is a better design for the hard top (even though that is not what it was designed for). The lange hangs from a single point so the top rotates around.
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:54 PM   #34
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@Bigez...how do the bike hoists handle the weight of the hard top....read the specs and said that they hold up to 40 pounds.
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:18 PM   #35
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no issues so far, but it is only day 1. I think it'll be alright as the weight is fairly equally distributed and spread out to 4 anchor points. The hooks that thing comes with are very sturdy metal (not plastic.) My guess is the pulley axles might be the weakest point, and I am OK with them.

Make sure you use the washers, though. I doubled them up (top and bottom) with some spares I had lying around. Also, even though I did not do it, if you were worried you could anchor the pulley base into a piece of plywood and then use a bunch of wood screws to anchor the plank into the ceiling joists.

Honestly if I wasn't so lazy I could have made the entire system using plywood, hooks, pulleys and rope, might've saved me 10 bucks.

Also, while menards had them regular price for 14 bucks, both lowes and HD both had the exact same hoists for almost 30.
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When you have a chance could you post some pics?
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Looking Good...Now all you need is a dolly to set it on so you can use the hoist while going topless...Watch out for stress cracks around the bolt holes...try using rubber grommets on top & bottom or use 1x2's, furring strips, yada, yada, yada to spread out the load if you are going to leave it hang...The fiberglass tops developed stress cracks easily, so take precautions...The stresses developed around the bolt holes are greater then the stresses when on the vehicle and the roof racks are loaded...

For those, that do not have roof racks...My system uses three hooks to attach the hoist to the hard top...they are located in the center point of the doors and at the hatch window...that is why the glass is in the open position (horizontal not vertical)..."I'd walk a mile for a vertical smile"...

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I set in/on my utilty trailer and can then roll it out of the way. I've got rubber gaskets under the rack mounts and am thinking of adding some flat bar from bolt to bolt on the inside to distribute the load both when loaded and picking up the top. The space between the bar and ribs in the top will make nice little storage slots also.
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I use this to pull it, then store on my trailer. However, I think I may ratchet strap it to ceiling like some of you fellers.
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When you have a chance could you post some pics?
yeah, check back sunday evening. I'm away till then
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:45 PM   #40
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Here is my finished hard top hoist. I have roughly $28 dollars invested and am not afraid of it crashing down while hoisted. It's as easy as pushing the button on the electric hoist remote to raise and lower. I already had the electric hoist and angled rebar for cleaning deer.
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Nice...is that rope or cable you used to go through the top? And what is the ratchet strap holding?
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Thanks. It is coated steel cable. The yellow is foam tubes that my kids had laying around. The ratchet strap is holding onto the upper part of the rear window frame and the metal pipe. I need to balance the distance of the cables, since it tends to lift up the front of the top as I raise it with the electric hoist. The ratchet strap levels it all out.
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:59 PM   #43
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Here's the finished product for my hard top hoist. The carabiner (sp?) hooks make it super easy to hook and then hoist. They solved the front to rear balance issue too.
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Nice, do you leave your top suspended all summer?
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:49 AM   #45
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Nice, do you leave your top suspended all summer?

I've only had the jeep for a couple of months, and just built the hoist, but I do plan on leaving it hoisted all summer, unless we hit a stretch several days of rain and have to put the hard top back on. Even if that happens, the hoist allows me to have the top seated and bolted on in less than 5 minutes.
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Got mine up today. Took a couple of refigures on the fly, but we made it work. Only this is I'm unhappy with the rope, the sheath is pulling from the core.
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Looks good. I'm very happy with mine and have no worries of it letting lose and crashing down. Now to get some quick disconnect nuts for the top/frame.

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