I am in the process right now. I'm attempting 3 pulley system. I want to get it up as high as passable and use an electric winch. I'm using strut and 3/4 conduit. I don't want to use straps. I'm using over the rafters hangers for the sides and 7inch square bolts on the back. Nothing assembled yet. I just took these. I will post more toward the end of next week if all goes well.
Like Jeffery I too am in the process. What I used is 1" square tubing. Welded it to make a "T". Using the same hooks as Jeffery showed, Made a hole about 1.25" in from the ends for the hooks at the doors, and another the same distance from the end at the rear window. I have some foam pipe insulation to wrap it so it doesn't scratch the top. All I have to do is find center to lift it, weld an eye loop and done. I have a 12v winch to hook in the rafters and done. Steel was scrap from work, hooks were $3.49 ea at ace. The winch cost me $35.00. I'll post picks as soon as I can. Good luck.
This is what I have assembled so far. The conduit has to be cut to length on the long end and covered to protect the glass.This holds the lift glass. I also have to replace the string with cable when I decide where to put the winch. The rear square bolts have to be cut to length when I get the Jeep into the garage to fit the top to the lift frame.
I went with a $99 Harbor Freight elec hoist mounted in the rafters, 4" hole in the drywall for the cable to come thru. 10 feet of 18-4 wire to lenghten the hand control. Made an "H" frame out of angle steel with pipe insulation for padding, 2 straps to hold hardtop to H frame. The whole operation is effortless, with the 10' cord I can walk around the jeep. I raise it all the way to the ceiling then lower it about an inch to a removable platform, freedom panels sit on the platform also. Total cost around $170, but well worth it.
I used simple ratchet straps and eyebolts in our previous' house car port...very low ceiling, so it worked fine. When we bought the new house with garage, I wanted a real hoist. I had all the stuff in my cart at the home store to build my own. After adding everything up, it was almost as expensive than buying the Lange hoist. So I said "fuggit" and ordered the Lange. It looks like B.B. has the same Lange frame. It's been working great for 3 years. But, I did not like how the top swings around on the single center lift. So, when the top is in the air, which is most of the time, I secure it with ratchet straps also. However, when putting the top on, the swinging movement makes it easy to get lined up correctly.
I thought about replacing the provided come-a-long with a powered hoist, but I hardly ever use it. I'm ok with manually cranking it a couple times a year. I didn't even put the hardtop on this past lame winter. It's been hanging up there for over a year.
Well I got it done and hung. What I ended up doing was taking back those hooks I purchased from Ace. They didnt work with my tube frame. So I took a 1/2 in steel rod, bent it to what I needed. Then Threaded down a bout 3 inches. Found my centerpoint and put an eye bolt in. I had to take back that 12v hoist. It ended up being a power in, not out. So I couldnt mount it in my attic. Went to Harbor Frieght and purchased a 2k lb manual winch for $33. Moiunted it to the side of my garage, ran the cable up and over and down over a couple of pullys. Bonus is that there is only 1 cable. Not saying its any better than anyone elses, but it works for me, plus all the steel was "scrap" from work. They might not be in order. Im not getting along with this computer.
Can you raise and lower that by yourself? I can see raising it by running the ratchets alone, but how about lowering it? Just one corner and a couple inches at a time?
Yes, I can do it the slow way by supporting and slowly lowering each corner and front, one at a time. Last year I pulled two neighbors over and we had it lowered in place in no time. Ratcheting off the Jeep and up is the easy part, but getting down, even by myself, takes all of 15 minutes.
Thanks guys, I need to build one of these for my 2014 Unlimited hardtop, and this helps. Has anyone used a Garage Door Opener? I have a buddy who is replacing his door. I think this may be perfect. Just need to modify the travel distance. then, you could have a remote, and maybe set the visual eyes to pick up the top as it comes down?
Is this half baked idea or what? Else an electric winch with corded remote will be used