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Old 02-16-2014, 02:39 PM   #1
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I need to be able to remove my hardtop and put on easily by myself.no garage.i do have some lumber laying around.was thinking of making a overhead cherry picker similar to one used to pull a motor,just drive under lift off w/come-a-long and drive out,anymore simple ideas?and about how much does a hardtop weigh?plus im an old fart-lol

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Old 02-16-2014, 04:01 PM   #2
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Right at 140 lbs. or so, I could barely handle it myself... it's an awkward shape to handle without help. I got it on & off a couple times on my own but it's not easy. Which is one reason I finally sold it & just run my soft top or bikini top now.

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Old 02-16-2014, 04:10 PM   #3
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Yeah, it isn't so much about the weight. It is just very awkward to handle. It is an easy 2 person job and takes almost no time to remove or install, but not something to do by yourself if you can help it.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:31 PM   #4
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I had a hard top and was looking into installing one of the roof racks off a ford explorer or something similar and putting some plates under the bolts so I could use the rack itself to lift the top off. It seems to me that some sort of point to attach to on the outside/roof would make a one person set up much easier to do.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:35 PM   #5
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I have a hardtop mounted Yakima rack. Keep it off mostly for gas mileage. As far as it helping remove the top heck no. Way to high. Either have it off or it will make removal harder.

Due to weight.
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Old 02-17-2014, 02:20 AM   #6
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I need to be able to remove my hardtop and put on easily by myself.no garage.i do have some lumber laying around.was thinking of making a overhead cherry picker similar to one used to pull a motor,just drive under lift off w/come-a-long and drive out,anymore simple ideas?and about how much does a hardtop weigh?plus im an old fart-lol

as was stated, this is not a job that one person should be doing on a routine basis, having two persons makes the job a million times easier, it is not so much the sheer weight but the fact it is difficult to balance the top and add to that the windows and fiberglass can be damaged if you are not careful.
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:42 AM   #7
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thanks for the replys.nobody has built a rigging that 1 person could use.i see on youtube different ones but they used the roof of their garage.i have till summer to come up with something lol.
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^heck there's lots of do it yourself jury rigs you could throw together w/o having a garage.....nail a 2x4 to a tree, brace it, and sling a couple of ropes over it and pull the top up. better yet nail a 2x4 between two trees so it is supported on both ends then use some ropes to lift the top off......stuff like that has been done on this forum......use a swing set and drive under it and use it to hoist the top off
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:30 PM   #9
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How about two poles with a beam across the top? That would give you something sturdy to drive under, then you just need to figure out some sort of T shaped rig to lift with that will clear both sides and the rear of the top.
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Well if you have a permanent place IE a house with a yard, you could bury a 6x6 beam in the ground, anchor it with concrete and then attach another solid beam on top like a T and brace that top at 45 degree angles then use a sort of pulley system or even one of the purchased hardtop hoists. It wouldnt need to be super tall just tall and long enough on top to back the jeep up to and then hookup the hoist undo the bolts and pull it off.

On a note I wouldnt leave it up in the air like the garage lifts do, but hoist it up drive the jeep forward put saw horses under and lower the top onto them, Id throw carpet or something on the top of the sawhorses so no scratching.

All of this couldnt be too expensive, my dad did something similar when he built our swing in the backyard but used two of the 6x6 beams and then another ontop for the chains to mount into but that was 20 odd years ago and has weathered ND winters and tons of abuse we put on it.
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:06 PM   #11
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thanks im starting to get some ideas using the wood I have on hand from the old deck I tore out last year,2x4,s and 2x6,s all 8-10 footers.
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Best I seen ( not in person ) was a stand made of wood that was like the length of the tub. You back up to it. Slide top onto it to the rear then it stays stowed there till winter. I'd tarp it. Was like a Wood tub on a stand.
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:58 PM   #13
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You could always get one of these:

GR8TOPS Half Hardtops for Jeeps

If they are like the original design done by jscherb the sides and top all come off seperately.

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