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Old 09-11-2008, 03:55 PM   #1
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One man hardtop install

today i put my hardtop on all by myself. the only reason i am posting this is because you guys are the only people i know who will appreciate this

btw, who else has done this?

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Old 09-11-2008, 03:57 PM   #2
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today i put my hardtop on all by myself. the only reason i am posting this is because you guys are the only people i know who will appreciate this

btw, who else has done this?
i do it bymyself also but with a hoist that hangs from a tree
yea its not that back if you have a pully system but in your case im guessing lifting by urself jesus i havnt even tryed

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oh yeah, thats what i meant, without tools
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i do it by myself.. with my hoist also =D

they only weigh 116 lbs i believe.. ive moved it by myself before.. but my jeep sits too tall now for me to personally install it by myself.. and i got no need to because it hangs in my garage
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Old 09-11-2008, 05:23 PM   #5
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Getting it on is not too bad but getting it off, man that first step from the bed to the ground is a killer. I take the spare tire off when I do it, even open it gets in the way. I don't have any hard tops anymore, the last one went with the YJ.
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So did mine, I agree with richp, I don't even like full doors anymore. 1/2 doors are much easier to take on and off.
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NICE!!! I did it once on my 89 YJ years ago, but the back she aint what she used to be..
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Yeah, they can be a little unwieldy... The last one I did was for my ex - about 6 years ago. The funny part was that it took 4 guys to take it off in the spring!
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I took mine off and put it on ONE time! Only cause it started to rain and I had just got called in to work. Only removed it with help for the next 4 months. Got a soft top and it has not been on since
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I took mine off and put it on ONE time! Only cause it started to rain and I had just got called in to work. Only removed it with help for the next 4 months. Got a soft top and it has not been on since
If I had a garage I'd have one for the winter for sure, that I do miss and I would also have full doors too. There are times I get a mite nervous when I leave a Cisco 3800 router on the back seat while I run into the mart for a coffee refill.
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If I had a garage I'd have one for the winter for sure, that I do miss and I would also have full doors too. There are times I get a mite nervous when I leave a Cisco 3800 router on the back seat while I run into the mart for a coffee refill.
At least it isn't a 6513 fully populated
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Old 09-12-2008, 11:51 AM   #12
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Hard Top...What's a hard top?
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At least it isn't a 6513 fully populated
That won't fit, I already tried it along with the Extreme alpine switches, case is too dam big...I have to take the XJ or the ZJ for that stuff...
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once i get a rag top of some sort im going to remove my hard top by setting it on fire
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I almost took mine off by myself when my rig was stock. My ex balanced it while i took it off. I can tell you though that bi4 is not comfortable to grab. Currently my Jeep sits on 6" lift and 35s.. i wont be even close to being able to take it off my self.
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once i get a rag top of some sort im going to remove my hard top by setting it on fire
Geeze, don't do that, I'll take it off your hands and make a weekend of it, have not seen the locks in years and maybe visit some friends in tupper lake.
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Old 09-12-2008, 06:36 PM   #17
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today i put my hardtop on all by myself. the only reason i am posting this is because you guys are the only people i know who will appreciate this

btw, who else has done this?
Never put it on by myself, but I have taken mine off by myself before. I made the horrible mistake of trying to walk it about 10-15 yards by myself, rather than just take it off behind the jeep and leave it there. Lets just say I am lucky I do not have a broken neck, I will have back and neck problems for the rest of my life, but I got it 90% of the way there. After I did all the hard work and almost killed myself, my GF decided she would help and drug it ontop of a large blanket the last 3 feet for me .
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My new TJ is on 34's and I took it on a trip to Harlan, KY. Anyway, set up camp and went out to hit the trails but it was way to nice for the top. Only person around was my 5'1", 93 lb girlfriend so it was all up to me. Im 6'2" so pulling it off wasnt so bad but getting back on later that night because I guess I had set up at the wrong site...well that just straight up sucked. I got it on my back but then had to hike it up over my head to get it high enough to go on the rails. I just about fell over because I tripped on a rock at the same time I tryed to throw it up but I managed to save it and get it on there. All the while she was in the corner snickering to herself. Needless to say, Im only ever going to put it on alone again if I absoultley have to. I dont have any fancy smancy hoit either
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yea i aint got the money for a fancy hoist either, i had only a hard top for my old yj, i took it on and off pretty reguarly ny myself, i would back the jeep up to a porch that was about the same height as the rear bumper, get inside, and stand up, wlk backwards then squat down to set it down, puttinf it back on was the same way in reverse, get inside it, stand up, walk into the jeep as far forward as i could, squat down aligning it with the rails. it was a pain in the @$$ but i got used to it. needless to say my new jeep, '04 tj, i got a hard and soft top, one for winter and one for summer.
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yea i aint got the money for a fancy hoist either
It doesnt have to be fancy bud,.. you can possibly make one for 20-30 bucks.. (depends what materials you have in stock)
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what all would i need to do one. just a pulley and some chain or cables? how do u hook it to the top w/out damaging it?
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every one i've seen uses 2x4 wood.

(i would go a bit more on that 35")

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does anyone have pics of these hoists homemade or bought, i just want to see the general idea of it. i'm dying to take this top off but lack of help and the fear of damaging it outweigh the need to go topless.
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I guess I am lucky. My wife is just strong enough to help me take the top off our TJ. She likes to take the top off and is looking forward to taking the top and doors off. Unfortunately, with no doors there are no mirrors. Waiting to buy soft top mirrors or mirror relocation brackets. Both cost about the same. I do not consider hard top removal a one person task. It is just to awkward.
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It's not to hard to take the top off solo, just slide the top back about a foot to a foot and half, then stand under the top and lift the top up as you move forward. If you are tall enough you can let the weight of the top rest upon your shoulders in an awkward stooped over way. Carry it that way to whereever you are going to set it and then just kneel it down to the ground and climb out
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It's what goes over those things they call "doors"? I remember seeing a picture of a set a while ago.
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haha! i take mine off in spring and put it in the garage until fall hits. it's supposed to be in the 40's tonight so i put it on last night. i only had my wife there to help.. if you can call it that, lol. i carry from the back and she just guides it from the front. it's a serious pain in the ass and she damn near killed me with it last night. my back is still sore from thos maneuvers.
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I guess I am lucky. My wife is just strong enough to help me take the top off our TJ. She likes to take the top off and is looking forward to taking the top and doors off. Unfortunately, with no doors there are no mirrors. Waiting to buy soft top mirrors or mirror relocation brackets. Both cost about the same. I do not consider hard top removal a one person task. It is just to awkward.
I made a set of relocation brackets and i cannot be happier. It removes the mirrors from the doors so when you take the doors off, they are now lighter and more compact.
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I didnt exactly get glowing reviews on my setup that I made.. but i made it for ~$55 lol

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The straps were there just to rotate it while I was testing it after the install.




Yes i know that the top is lower then the garage door, its relocated towards the front of the garage now so I just back in the jeep, lower the top of the wratchiting winch and off I go.
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I do mine myself from the ground to mounted every year, yah I'm an animal. It is quite a feat though I'll give ya that.

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