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Old 06-14-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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Home-made Hard-top hoist

Hey hard-top hoist owners,

Could someone do me a favor? I'm trying to find the center of gravity for the hard-top so that I can make my own hand crank winch hoist.

I need to know two measurements.
1) Measurement from the host to the edge of the rear window
2) Measurement from the host to the nearest edge

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Old 06-15-2013, 02:36 PM   #2
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i would to like to know as well going to take top off for first time with straps an my deer hoist

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Old 06-15-2013, 10:50 PM   #3
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sok - If anyone responds to us I'll let you know. Otherwise, next weekend I'm going to mock it up myself and I'll make a pic tutorial and send you measurements.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:28 PM   #4
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I put d-rings in garageceiling joist and tied ropes to it. pull it up all the time by myself. also put back on by myself. take 10 min.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:05 PM   #5
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I made my own lift using a manual winch and a frame made of out 2x6s and some hooks I had sitting around. I will try to remember to get those measurements for you tonight. If I forget, send me a PM and remind me.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:50 PM   #6
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make your T frame with hooks and all. Either make a loop in your cable or make the cable tie in to the T frame adjustable. Not all tops are gonna be the same. You will need some fine tuning. Then just give it a slow pull and see the reaction. If you see the front or back start to tilt you know you are not at the balance point. Adjust till you feel its the best for your top and secure in place.

For the record most ratchet straps can go in reverse whilt under load. My two strap to the celing front to back of the jeep is just as fast as the hoist. same prep time same operation for the most part.
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:43 PM   #7
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Went home and did some quick measuring! I built a "T" shaped frame! Looking at the "T" it's 48" tall by 60" wide. Once assembled and laying on top of the Jeep with the bottom of the "T" at the rear wind, there are 2 "L" shaped hooks that slide in between the back of the hard top and the opened rear window that catch the back of the hardtop. On each side I have eye bolts that I run a tie down between to hold the front half of the top up. The hoist is attached to an eye bolt that is 18" off the rear of the hardtop. The side eyebolts are 58.5" inches apart.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:25 AM   #8
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Awesome! Thanks guys!

I bought a hand crank winch from Harbor Freight and found a complete winching strap from a flat bed tractor trailer (stopped the car on the interstate... wife was freaking out thinking we got pulled over lol). I plan on making the hoist this weekend (if time permits).

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