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Old 01-11-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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Ideas on ways to remove hardtop easily

Anybody have anything creative they use or do anything to get their hardtop off without needing 2 people to man it off?

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Old 01-11-2013, 02:57 PM   #2
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I use 4 motorcycle straps and hang it from the garage rafters. Takes about 15 minutes.
If you don't have a garage, that's absolutely no help to you..

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ok I hate to say this but do a search and you will find some really cool ideas posted...some folks on here are pretty creative. not sure what I am gonna do yet with mine either gonna recruit a neighbor or something not sure the girlfriend is gonna be tall enough...hehe...
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I use 4 motorcycle straps and hang it from the garage rafters. Takes about 15 minutes.
If you don't have a garage, that's absolutely no help to you..
yeah my garage ain't gonna work I don't think ..if I do this I am going to have to relo two overhead lights
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yeah my garage ain't gonna work I don't think ..if I do this I am going to have to relo two overhead lights
I actually did relocate one of my overhead lights to hang my top. I also relocated another one so I could open my hood all the way back to the windshield frame. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
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I actually did relocate one of my overhead lights to hang my top. I also relocated another one so I could open my hood all the way back to the windshield frame. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
I hear ya...I guess its gonna come down to whether I can sell the hardtop or do I just keep it
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:13 PM   #7
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As in the old days when mechanics had no cherry pickers to pull engines mechanics used devices that looked like swing sets to pull engines. many in that case were built from heavier steel and a come along was used. That said your roof can be lifted off enough to clear using an old swing set or a wooden framed version of one and two long ratchet straps Cheep from harbor freight. you only need to be able to back under the thing and lift it enough to clear the highest point of your jeep. the spare can be removed temp. to clear right?
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the spare can be removed temp. to clear right?
Or, you could open the rear window.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:34 PM   #9
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Although its not super easy, I man handle mine right off and I am a fairly skinny guy lol. I did use the rafter with ratchet straps to do it once but it was a PITA.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:38 PM   #10
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Even with a garage & a small electric hoist I bought specifically for my previous hard top, it still was never easy to remove or reinstall my hard top by myself. That is probably one main reason why I finally sold the hard top.

Heck one Sunday I hoisted the top off it swung around hard & the rear corner popped my eye and gave me a huge black eye... which was a real hit the following Monday morning when I showed up for my first day at a new job & had to make an intro presentation to a room full of mostly women. They probably thought I had got into a fight & regretted having hired a thug.
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I don't know. Like I said, takes 15 minutes or less with motorcycle straps. Last summer I took it off and put it back on several times a week sometimes, sometimes off and back on in the same day depending on the weather.,
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With some boards, some wheels, and some ratchets, you could make a lift of sorts. If you add wheels to the bottom, you only have to lift it a little bit and can then wheel it out. If you design it right, you could store your doors and what not on the cart. I don't have a hard top, by the way so I haven't built one.
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Yeah. I have a garage but its not connected to my house and the roof, especially after hurricane sandy I do not think is structurally sound to hookup motorcycle straps. But that is a good idea and would be super easy. Theres gotta be an easy way. No way every jeeper in the country has to call a buddy to get his hardtop off.
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Yeah. I have a garage but its not connected to my house and the roof, especially after hurricane sandy I do not think is structurally sound to hookup motorcycle straps. But that is a good idea and would be super easy. Theres gotta be an easy way. No way every jeeper in the country has to call a buddy to get his hardtop off.

well you can unhook everything..back up fast and slam on the brakes

seriously I am sure you will figure something out
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Remove it carefully, sell it and never have to worry about it again. Ten use the money for mods.
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Homemade hoist
Slide the top off onto it and raise to the ceiling

No pics of the hardtop on it but you get the idea
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Remove it carefully, sell it and never have to worry about it again. Ten use the money for mods.
So, you're saying that since you don't want a hard top, he shouldn't either?

Just wondering. Some people have pocket flares and tube bumpers, but I don't think they should..
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The one thing I hated on my YJ was removing and re-installing the hard top, it came with both and I thought it was the way to go. When I ordered my new TJ in 04 I elected to not have full doors and a hard top. After 8 years in the NE I DO NOT regret the decision. I guess it's all personal preference but unless there is a real reason for a hard top why bother.
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And then I could figure out a way to get it on wheels..
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My daughters 18 and the other 14 take mine off all the time, no straps no wheels just lift the top off.

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Anybody have anything creative they use or do anything to get their hardtop off without needing 2 people to man it off?
Well, you could always adopt this technique:



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And then I could figure out a way to get it on wheels..
Hardtop dolly

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It is really simple. Just take a crane, and adapt it with a suction cup device, and there you go
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Well, you could always adopt this technique:



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hahahahaahahaha. best idea yet thanks man.
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I use a hand crank trailer winch w/ 2 ratchet straps . Top is off in 5 min. Got "winch" from Harbor Freight for $20 , ratchet straps $10 . Set it up in my carport W/ a pulley .It's a one man operation.
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I use a hand crank trailer winch w/ 2 ratchet straps . Top is off in 5 min. Got "winch" from Harbor Freight for $20 , ratchet straps $10 . Set it up in my carport W/ a pulley .It's a one man operation.
Can you show a picture of your setup?
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I use a hand crank trailer winch w/ 2 ratchet straps . Top is off in 5 min. Got "winch" from Harbor Freight for $20 , ratchet straps $10 . Set it up in my carport W/ a pulley .It's a one man operation.
Sounds solid but kinda confused as to what that setup would look like a picture would be helpful.
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Can you show a picture of your setup?
Hahah woah posted that at the same time.. great minds think alike.

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