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Old 08-07-2010, 09:38 AM   #1
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So one of the forum members wanted me to take some closer pictures of my hard top lift in my garage and I thought I would share them with everyone. I could not find double pulleys so I had to use a bunch of single pulleys. Oh yea and I have 13' ceilings in the garage.

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Old 08-07-2010, 10:21 AM   #2
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Looks complicated.

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Old 08-07-2010, 10:30 AM   #3
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It took about an hour to put together. I used so many pulleys to make it a one person job. Oh yea and I used about a 100' of nylon rope.
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How do you anchor the rope to the wall? I need to make one soon because right now I have 2 hard tops taking up too much floor space in the garage
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Here is how I attached it to the wall. The clevis is pretty commonly used with boats and is an easy way to hold it tight. The eye bolt is just a safety thing unless something happens and the clevis fails. (My van is parked under the hard top). Just remember to always drill everything into studs as the drywall is not strong enough to hold it.

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Here is how I attached it to the wall. The clevis is pretty commonly used with boats and is an easy way to hold it tight. The eye bolt is just a safety thing unless something happens and the clevis fails. (My van is parked under the hard top). Just remember to always drill everything into studs as the drywall is not strong enough to hold it.

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Old 08-07-2010, 05:37 PM   #7
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Nice doc, not sure if that will work. With my 32" of clearance with my daughters, with only 2"BB. My soon new one has 3" lift. Do you know minimum clearance?
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You will need at least 36" of clearance. I have 42" with the way I have it set up. It works for me and I just wanted to share the option with others out there.
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Thanks, Doc! One more question: How does the rope from the front of the hardtop and the rope from rear of the hardtop come together? Or are the separate ropes with their own clevis? Also, do you have to untie the rope from the window hinges every time you raise/lower the top?
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Hanging it by the rear window hinges would scare the heck out of me... If I remember right, they're a combination of lightweight cheap metal and plastic.
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Hanging it by the rear window hinges would scare the heck out of me... If I remember right, they're a combination of lightweight cheap metal and plastic.
I was thinking the same thing ... I would rather purchase some heavy duty plastic hooks to hook under the lip there instead of using the hinges...
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A rope pulley & two ratchet straps. However, I don't leave it hanging. It sits on a trailer in my backyard when not in use. Eventually I like a a hanging system, but it works for now...

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Glad to see I am not the only one with a hard top hanging precariously in the garage.

Picked up a "Hoist-A-Top" on Craigs List. Got it home and once again...Not for Unlimited . Too short. So I swiped some metal from work, picked up some garage implement hangars at Home Depot and some pulleys and a winch at Harbor Freight and made my own. Need to remove a pulley or two. The winch has such a huge gear reduction, the "block and tackle" double pulley means 200 turns on the winch to lift the darn thing 10 inches.

FWIW you only need about a foot of clearance to effectively remove the hard top and hang it.

Pics to follow once the sun comes up.

Oh yeah, Hoist-A-Top for sale soon. Need to replace the hardware I stole from it (eye bolts). $80+ ship.
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