|04-07-2014 07:14 PM|
I'm thinking of making a hinged frame with heavy duty slide extensions that would slip under each side of the hard top and let you roll it back. once you clear the spare tire, close the glass and let the hinge pivot the top to the ground, sitting vertically on a furniture dolly. Just need to work out the balance & supports, but here are the slides - 36" full extension with 500# load capacity (422.10.990)
Hafele Accuride Ball Bearing Heavy Duty 9301 Drawer Slides Pair 422 10 930 | eBay
|03-11-2014 08:27 AM|
I realize this is an old thread, but I did this myself last night and thought I would add my 2 cents.
I was able to remove the hard top on my JK by myself. It wasn't too bad, I just put several blankets down on the ground immediately behind the Jeep, undid the fasteners, and lifted the top slightly so that I could put some old bath towels between the hard top and the sides of the jeep, enabling me to slide it backward easily without damaging the paint.
Then with the gate fully open, I sat on the back edge of the interior facing out the rear of the jeep, closed the back glass, and slid the top foward carefully until it was near the balance point. Then I just lifted it with my head and two hands and walked a step or two before kneeling and setting it down on the blankets. It ended with me lying on the ground underneath the top and lifting the glass so I could crawl out from under it, but I was done.
It was heavy, but I'm not a strong guy (6'3", 200lbs) and I was able to carry it a couple of steps without an issue. From there, I just scooted it up onto a furniture dolly and rolled it into its storage location. You just have to be careful to keep it balanced, and to make sure the top is totally clear of the Jeep before you start to lower it to the ground.
Getting it off can be done with one person. I don't think I'd want to try to put it back ON the Jeep that way, though.
|05-24-2013 10:18 AM|
Years ago I had an 81 Bronco and the top removed the same way as a hardtop Jeep. It was about twice as big as the TJ's but it was definitely easier than the Jeep to remove that way. Or maybe I was just younger.
|05-24-2013 12:19 AM|
|Thracks||I've found an easier way to remove the shock absorbers since then, lol.|
|05-23-2013 12:15 AM|
Did my JK that way twice but after a failed one man put on, I never tried that again and convinced me I needed a soft top
|05-23-2013 12:03 AM|
|05-22-2013 10:37 PM|
hard top removal
the lazy way :-)
|06-02-2012 11:17 AM|
|Steve91||i was thinking the other day how they have the hoists for garage but does anyone make an engine hoist type lift for people that dont have the room in the garage i think that wold be awesome|
|06-02-2012 11:03 AM|
|06-02-2012 10:54 AM|
|06-02-2012 10:38 AM|
|Cleric73||Yeah, forgot to mention. You can of course take it off yourself. Putting it back on, unless it's on a rack, almost impossible.|
|06-02-2012 07:04 AM|
|dabolt55||Did this myself, thanks to this forum. just used the ratchet straps..|
|06-02-2012 06:19 AM|
I made a u-shaped wooden contraption a little taller than the rails. All I have to do is pick it up an inch or two and slide the top back. The hardtop stays on it until I decide to put it back on.
|06-01-2012 09:13 PM|
|rics1997||Removing it by myself was easy. not fun but easy. Put putting it back on again, now that's another story|
|06-01-2012 08:41 PM|
I got one up on you boys. I'm 5'4", and weigh about 115 soaking wet. I needed to get the hardtop off hubby's Rubi so I could go pick up his new soft top. I backed it up to my 2009 Cummins that I traded in last month for the Gecko, climbed into the Rubi and spent the next 30 minutes walking that thing into the truck bed.
Multiple people drove by me while I did this, and I'm pretty sure I created much laughing all around. But I got it done all by my wittle self.
But now hubby comes home from deployment in a week and his Rubi is ready to go for one very fun summer.
|06-01-2012 11:34 AM|
|06-01-2012 11:30 AM|
I've done it once by myself after I youtubed it and watched some vids. Seems like most who do it with ease are about 6' tall. Me - 5'10" and it's a PITA!
I did the squat in the back, lift, walk out a bit. Balance it and get out of the Jeep,...military press and squat....lightly set it on the ground. Then calmly say F-THAT...NEVER AGAIN. As your shoulders, thighs and nerves slowly uncoil.
|06-01-2012 11:28 AM|
|06-01-2012 10:34 AM|
Did mine solo as well, removed front freedom pannels undid the 6 bolts, unplugged harness then with rear door open just muscled it up a couple of inches and walked it off. Have to watch out for the spare tire though. I set it on a couple of half shelves I have that stand about 36" and placed moving blankets on them to protect the base of the top.
|06-01-2012 10:24 AM|
|CapnRich22||when i need to do it quick, i just put it on my shoulders and walk out the back.. and same to put it back on.. i'm 6'3 230lbs so it doesn't seem too hard for me, but when i have time, i hoist it.|
|06-01-2012 08:22 AM|
|oliver_jeep||*Cough* Hoist* Cough***|
|06-01-2012 05:22 AM|
|JEEPDON||I just throw a blanket or some carpeting over forks on my front end loader and remove all hardware from top, open back window, run forks in, then lift off and have a special spot in my pole building to set the top. When I put the top back on, I lay a couple of 1X4's across the tub, then set the top on the 1X4's until it is lined up, then remove boards and VOILA!! Then re-attach all hardware!! Practically effotless!!|
|06-01-2012 01:46 AM|
Dang, I was hoping it was easier to do this alone. I tend to go "off the grid" for weeks at a time and I don't have a soft top. I hate trying to find someone to help me take the whole thing off and then put it back on when a storm starts a-brewing.
Duck walk? Like Chuck Berry or Angus Young?
|05-13-2012 02:05 PM|
|Johns01||Thinking about getting a rag top for the summer months. Still waiting for my help (an hour later)|
|05-13-2012 01:54 PM|
|HI-life||Did the duck walk also then I thought I would ask my fiancé to give me a hand thinking that it should be easier with her help well long story short I should have done it myself because it felt that way when she tried to help. I learned my lesson, I'll just ask a buddy to help out the next time.|
|05-13-2012 01:38 PM|
|05-13-2012 01:29 PM|
|kjeeper10||Duck walk, that pretty much describes it lol|
|05-13-2012 12:56 PM|
I took my TJ top off all the time by myself. I'm too lazy to do the weight reduction. I unscrewed the locks, open the tail gate, clump inside, stand up with top on my head, walk off back of Jeep. Granted off your lifted more then I was you will need steps. A great step idea would be the steps they sell to get on to a horse. They are solid and not crazy expensive and easily manageable.. They can be purchased at any tractor supply store.
|05-13-2012 11:23 AM|
I found that taking my hard top off myself was much easier than removing my soft top... more brawn then brain I guess
I would just squat underneath it and stand up a bit and duck walk on or off the back of my unlimited
|05-13-2012 11:02 AM|
|coilrod||Taking the glass off will make it easier. I use a couple closet dowel rods, two 2x4's and a set of saw horses. Pull out of garage, undo mechanical connections, roll it almost all the way back, onto the 2x4's. (you gotta lift over the alignment pins) While the front balances on the dowel, set sawhorse and block it up a hair. Drive out. Not easy, but possible.|
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