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Old 04-05-2012, 11:35 AM   #1
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hard top lifting device. made your own?

Has anyone made their own device to lift of their hardtop? I want to take mine on and off and not use my soft top this summer because of my new living location. Seems pretty simple. Anyone?

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Old 04-05-2012, 11:52 AM   #2
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Simple and effective!

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Old 04-05-2012, 11:57 AM   #3
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Simple and effective!

Nice. So you unblot the top ,slide the boards under and pull it up?

I need to make something I can do My LJ top by myself. Anyone know how much an LJ hardtop weighs?
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:15 PM   #4
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i made two....
the LJ hard top weighs around 200 lbs....IIRC. i had originally thought ~250, but now i think thats a bit high...i think the SWB TJ hard top is ~160 lbs?

my first hard top hoist was actually my first welding project. used some schedule 40 pipe and made a big H-pattern. straps the hard top to it, and lift the top into the ceiling with a HF 440/800lb electric hoist. i could install/remove the top by myself with this...but a helper to guide the swinging top was almost a necessity for my tiny single car garage.

second one i made is just some tie-down straps & heavy duty hooks drilled into the rafters. i moved into a different place, with a finished garage and the neighbor's bedroom upstairs, so i couldn't utilize the rafters to mount the hoist.... now I need a helper...we take the top off by hand, lay it on some 2x4's, and then slowly lift it up inch by inch with tie-downs. it works.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:01 PM   #5
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I made one from an old GM roof rack. Bought pulleys, rope, 3 hooks and a tie-down from the local hardware store. I basically copied the design from the ones sold online. Had the roof rack, spent $58 total. The pulleys are both doubles so plenty of leverage. Works great.

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Old 04-06-2012, 11:05 AM   #6
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They look great! I was trying some ideas yesterday. I don't have a garage so a "frame" will have to be built outside. Just to lift on and off. Wouldn't store it hanging anywhere.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:06 AM   #7
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I made one from an old GM roof rack. Bought pulleys, rope, 3 hooks and a tie-down from the local hardware store. I basically copied the design from the ones sold online. Had the roof rack, spent $58 total. The pulleys are both doubles so plenty of leverage. Works great.
I love the hooks, haven't seen anything similar, do you remember where you bought them?
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I found them at the local Ace hardware. Like $3 each. I assume Sears, Lowes etc would carry them too?
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I found them at the local Ace hardware. Like $3 each. I assume Sears, Lowes etc would carry them too?
Checked a sears and hd, no go. But there is am ace locally. I'll try there.

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