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05-02-2011 08:39 AM
Bubbabuzz Looks good. I'm very happy with mine and have no worries of it letting lose and crashing down. Now to get some quick disconnect nuts for the top/frame.
05-01-2011 08:43 PM
moscoeb Got mine up today. Took a couple of refigures on the fly, but we made it work. Only this is I'm unhappy with the rope, the sheath is pulling from the core.
04-25-2011 06:49 AM
Bubbabuzz
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Originally Posted by JeepinCpt View Post
Nice, do you leave your top suspended all summer?

I've only had the jeep for a couple of months, and just built the hoist, but I do plan on leaving it hoisted all summer, unless we hit a stretch several days of rain and have to put the hard top back on. Even if that happens, the hoist allows me to have the top seated and bolted on in less than 5 minutes.
04-23-2011 07:59 AM
JeepinCpt Nice, do you leave your top suspended all summer?
04-22-2011 10:59 PM
Bubbabuzz Here's the finished product for my hard top hoist. The carabiner (sp?) hooks make it super easy to hook and then hoist. They solved the front to rear balance issue too.
03-21-2011 06:45 AM
Bubbabuzz Thanks. It is coated steel cable. The yellow is foam tubes that my kids had laying around. The ratchet strap is holding onto the upper part of the rear window frame and the metal pipe. I need to balance the distance of the cables, since it tends to lift up the front of the top as I raise it with the electric hoist. The ratchet strap levels it all out.
03-20-2011 06:06 PM
JeepinCpt Nice...is that rope or cable you used to go through the top? And what is the ratchet strap holding?
03-20-2011 04:45 PM
Bubbabuzz Here is my finished hard top hoist. I have roughly $28 dollars invested and am not afraid of it crashing down while hoisted. It's as easy as pushing the button on the electric hoist remote to raise and lower. I already had the electric hoist and angled rebar for cleaning deer.
03-19-2011 01:03 AM
BigEZ
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Originally Posted by JeepinCpt View Post
When you have a chance could you post some pics?
yeah, check back sunday evening. I'm away till then
03-19-2011 12:37 AM
SurfKaster

I use this to pull it, then store on my trailer. However, I think I may ratchet strap it to ceiling like some of you fellers.
03-19-2011 12:17 AM
PAROTHED
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Originally Posted by LiftedinCo View Post
Looking Good...Now all you need is a dolly to set it on so you can use the hoist while going topless...Watch out for stress cracks around the bolt holes...try using rubber grommets on top & bottom or use 1x2's, furring strips, yada, yada, yada to spread out the load if you are going to leave it hang...The fiberglass tops developed stress cracks easily, so take precautions...The stresses developed around the bolt holes are greater then the stresses when on the vehicle and the roof racks are loaded...

For those, that do not have roof racks...My system uses three hooks to attach the hoist to the hard top...they are located in the center point of the doors and at the hatch window...that is why the glass is in the open position (horizontal not vertical)..."I'd walk a mile for a vertical smile"...

Jeeps & Jeepers are amazing...a few styles and models with an infinite number of solutions...
I set in/on my utilty trailer and can then roll it out of the way. I've got rubber gaskets under the rack mounts and am thinking of adding some flat bar from bolt to bolt on the inside to distribute the load both when loaded and picking up the top. The space between the bar and ribs in the top will make nice little storage slots also.
03-18-2011 09:28 PM
JeepinCpt When you have a chance could you post some pics?
03-18-2011 09:18 PM
BigEZ no issues so far, but it is only day 1. I think it'll be alright as the weight is fairly equally distributed and spread out to 4 anchor points. The hooks that thing comes with are very sturdy metal (not plastic.) My guess is the pulley axles might be the weakest point, and I am OK with them.

Make sure you use the washers, though. I doubled them up (top and bottom) with some spares I had lying around. Also, even though I did not do it, if you were worried you could anchor the pulley base into a piece of plywood and then use a bunch of wood screws to anchor the plank into the ceiling joists.

Honestly if I wasn't so lazy I could have made the entire system using plywood, hooks, pulleys and rope, might've saved me 10 bucks.

Also, while menards had them regular price for 14 bucks, both lowes and HD both had the exact same hoists for almost 30.
03-18-2011 08:54 PM
JeepinCpt @Bigez...how do the bike hoists handle the weight of the hard top....read the specs and said that they hold up to 40 pounds.
03-18-2011 07:16 PM
JPWheelin Check this out:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/jus...top-74362.html

I have the lange system, and to be honest I think the racor is a better design for the hard top (even though that is not what it was designed for). The lange hangs from a single point so the top rotates around.
03-18-2011 06:31 PM
BigEZ just made a hoist out of 2 bike lifts from menards for about $30 total.

BIKE HOIST CBH45 at Menards

took about a half hour. hardest part was finding the studs in the garage ceiling.
03-13-2011 09:23 AM
LiftedinCo
It's Off...Thats a Good Thing...Jeep The Ultilmate Convertable...

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Originally Posted by PAROTHED View Post
Maybe I figured it out. Here's my crane. The racks are homemade using crossbars from a Leonard pickup truck rack. They're bolted thru the roof with fender washers underneath. I was worried about picking it up this way but it doesn't flex at all. I don't leave it hanging though. Either set it on some boards or in a utility trailer.
Looking Good...Now all you need is a dolly to set it on so you can use the hoist while going topless...Watch out for stress cracks around the bolt holes...try using rubber grommets on top & bottom or use 1x2's, furring strips, yada, yada, yada to spread out the load if you are going to leave it hang...The fiberglass tops developed stress cracks easily, so take precautions...The stresses developed around the bolt holes are greater then the stresses when on the vehicle and the roof racks are loaded...

For those, that do not have roof racks...My system uses three hooks to attach the hoist to the hard top...they are located in the center point of the doors and at the hatch window...that is why the glass is in the open position (horizontal not vertical)..."I'd walk a mile for a vertical smile"...

Jeeps & Jeepers are amazing...a few styles and models with an infinite number of solutions...
03-13-2011 07:37 AM
Fowler10 Thanks for the pics, I'll feel better lifting mine now.
03-12-2011 07:23 PM
PAROTHED Maybe I figured it out. Here's my crane. The racks are homemade using crossbars from a Leonard pickup truck rack. They're bolted thru the roof with fender washers underneath. I was worried about picking it up this way but it doesn't flex at all. I don't leave it hanging though. Either set it on some boards or in a utility trailer.
03-11-2011 08:09 PM
LiftedinCo
Thinking outside the box...

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Originally Posted by PAROTHED View Post
Bought a 1/2 ton pickup truck bed crane on ebay for $110. mounted it to the side of the garage and use straps attached to my roof racks. Works really well and I now have the crane for other uses. Harbor freight has a similar rig for about $160.
Excellent...have any photos?
03-11-2011 11:52 AM
Fowler10 So you use the roof rack to lift the top off? I was thinking that would've my route as well but wasn't sure if it would hold the weight. Do you use straps on all four corners
03-11-2011 10:20 AM
PAROTHED Bought a 1/2 ton pickup truck bed crane on ebay for $110. mounted it to the side of the garage and use straps attached to my roof racks. Works really well and I now have the crane for other uses. Harbor freight has a similar rig for about $160.
03-11-2011 08:51 AM
JeepinCpt Thank you liftedinco....looking forward to seeing it.
03-11-2011 08:46 AM
LiftedinCo
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Originally Posted by JeepinCpt View Post
LiftedinCo....can you take some closeups of you pulley and hook mounts?
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Originally Posted by Buckeye90 View Post
LiftedinCo - How about some details on what you did. Looks sweet and easy!
I am in the process of moving, the system was taken apart...give me a few days and I will take pictures of the parts laid out on the floor...I will look for the schematic diagram developed when the system was designed...Keep in mind I have not seen it in 7+ years...but I know it was put with other notes/diagrams for other parts that were fabricated over the years...

Once you see the components you will be able to build one...

Enjoy the day...

PS Does anyone live in the Pueblo area...looking to meet other Jeepers...
03-10-2011 10:24 PM
IslandTJ
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Originally Posted by Bubbabuzz View Post
I am curious about your rock guards/step rails. Looking for a set on my '99.
I had to go with frame mounted rocker protection so I could use them as a step for my wife. They are very stout, I have used them as a pivot and as a jacking point. My wife likes them 'cause she can get into the Jeep . They are offset, so they compliment my body lift well. As for installation, they are a simple one man job.

The brand is Detours and they are made in the US.

Drop-Kick Slyders
03-10-2011 09:09 PM
sonofabeach I used four eyebolts and two ratchets straps and cranked that sum b!tch all the way to the ceiling
03-10-2011 08:28 PM
Buckeye90 LiftedinCo - How about some details on what you did. Looks sweet and easy!
03-10-2011 08:11 PM
Fowler10 I've got a two piece hard top. just curious if you can use the roof rack for a point of attachment to lift off top? Any advice would be great a I attached a pic so you tan see my roof rack.
03-10-2011 07:50 PM
Dreamscape Thanks!
03-10-2011 06:11 PM
JeepinCpt I believe between 130 and 150 pounds
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