|04-16-2014 11:26 PM|
I installed this set-up today in about 20 minutes for $25 from Lowes. I installed 4 eye bolts into my garage joists and ran 2-14 ft retention straps and it worked great and I removed the top without any help. The weight is at the back, so as you rather up the front you have to step back and push the rear of the top back up to keep it level, then ratchet up the front again. It's just an idea that worked for me.
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|04-15-2014 07:43 AM|
|tulsarubicon||The hardtop on my JKU was more than my wife and I could handle. It's not the weight, it's the shape and weight distribution. I gave the dolly I made to the 16 year old down the street for his 2 door and I bought the Racor. Love the Racor and ability to store the freedom panels up top.|
|04-15-2014 07:17 AM|
Edit : I just noticed Q sells the 145# version, so my guess is that's enough for the weight of the top
|04-15-2014 06:39 AM|
|04-15-2014 12:44 AM|
|FXnut||Myself and my bro-in-law pulled my HT off this past weekend. It went ok, however I'm going to be investing in a Harken Hoister for future use. Back to OP's original question.. Doesn't anyone know definitively what the weight of an unlimited hard top would be (less freedom panels)? Harken appears to have a couple different hoist options.. One being 145lbs and the next up being 200lbs. I have built myself a hardtop stand which works great and I won't be using the hoister for storage, only to remove and reinstall the top myself. Will the 145lb hoist work fine?|
|04-15-2014 12:36 AM|
|JeepSteeler||It's a stupid mistake to make but usually end up forgetting to unhook the washer hose and wires. I was removing mine with 2 friends Saturday and it' like: why is this hanging....ohhh yeahhh|
|04-14-2014 05:39 PM|
|04-14-2014 04:04 PM|
|04-14-2014 03:54 PM|
|express_wagon||This experience was a turn off for me. I did it with my friend and definitely would like a 3rd person for security next time. I really need to do some weights!|
|04-14-2014 03:18 PM|
|Orangutan||Im moving from a 2dr to a JKU. I always thought on my 2dr, the width of the rear glass section (much smaller than JKU) seemed wide when grasping the rear corner and front door entry. I look forward to the JKU as it looks to be a foot less. I also assume the longer top over the rear doors should balance the top better upon removing. (Hoping). I found the tailgate glass open, tailgate/spare tire closed, and walking it straight back was always best.|
|06-30-2012 09:07 AM|
|06-30-2012 08:02 AM|
|06-30-2012 07:25 AM|
Not too hi-jack this thread but can anyone tell me if and where the wiring harness is and how it attaches to the rear defrost and windshield wiper?
I may or may not have it because my JK was ordered with a soft top.
Any one can help me sort this out ?
ps... the hard top install is no joke ! )))
|06-29-2012 02:22 AM|
|06-29-2012 01:43 AM|
|dazone||My first time taking my hard top off the other day. 2 dr. it wasnt that bad with 2 people. harderst part getting it over the spare tire and lifting higher to let it rest on my deck. I built that storage cart with wheels for about 30buck's. Im happy. make sure your in the open. hard top is too easy to scratch. my next purchase. touch up hard top paint.|
|06-28-2012 11:30 PM|
|Jkwrangler012||I just took mine off with a friend (we are both decent sized guys). I have a 2 door 2012 jk. But the most challenging part was balancing it. And it was heavy. Sure seemed like more than 120 pounds. Opening the back window did seem to help alot too|
|06-28-2012 11:22 PM|
I take it of all the time alone and back on . It's awkward though but I've got it down now . I'm only 5.6 and I think that helps . Last time I put it back on I had bigger tires and now it's a little harder. Tipy toes lol
If I had a hoist I'd use it but no .
|06-28-2012 10:37 PM|
It's balanced weird toward the back - I would get help
I would recommend getting a hoist or
1) A friend
2) Open the rear window
3) Keep the gate closed with or without the spare - I've done it twice like that with no problems. The first time I took mine off with my brother we had the gate open. It ended up going bad and I scratch up my rear gate a bit as he tried to close the gate with the top resting on it.
*Its back heavy
*Don't forget to unhook the wire harness and washer hose
*I'm almost positive that if you put it on flat ground with the rear window closed it would rest on the rear glass. Not good. I have mine resting on a couple of 2X8 and I can shut it.
*It has a peg toward the b-pillar (rear of door) that you need to lift up before you can start pulling back.
*I would take out and store the 2 rear most "nuts" that the hardtop screws into. There is not much holding them in with it removed and can easily slide out.
|06-28-2012 09:19 AM|
|unionjewel||The first time I took mine off I thought it was stuck...then I realized it was just flippin' heavy. It was heavy for two big guys and ackward as others have said. I put mine on a funiture dolly and stood it in the corner.|
|06-28-2012 09:07 AM|
|06-28-2012 08:07 AM|
Wouldn't it be easy to just take off the spare before even taking off the top ?
|06-28-2012 07:49 AM|
|JPzilla||About 125 lbs if you can get a hoist be it electric or manual that's the way to go. I just installed a lange electric hoist and from start to finish I can have the hard top off in about 10 minutes. Good Luck. KD|
|06-28-2012 07:43 AM|
|dhdad||I've done it on my wife's JKUR twice every year since 2007. I find it works best with 3 people, I leave the glass open so it's easier to get past the spare (both my wife and I are vertically challenged, not an issue with 2 guys over 6'). Once past the spare my son closes the glass and hooks a bungee on it so it will stay closed since we store it on end in our garage. My wife has done it with me but it's a bit of a struggle as it's a bit too big and awkward for her, when I do it with my brother-n-law it's very straight forward. Did it once with my "Trekkie" neighbor who's actually bigger than me but I don't think he's lifted anything heavier than a remote control in his life, that was a real scary experience!|
|06-28-2012 06:50 AM|
|Cosmic Charlie||The back portion of the 2 door hard top is 90 lbs. The 4 door hard top is 120 lbs.|
|06-28-2012 06:01 AM|
|06-28-2012 03:46 AM|
|Toph00||I recommend using at least 2 people to take it off. I always use 3. Like Rics1997 said, its very awkward. I took it off by myself for a while and I dinged it pretty bad so I play it safe from now on|
|06-27-2012 11:46 PM|
|sambo11||I go ahead and open the back glass to avoid it springing open! Plus you don't have to lift it over the spare. My gf (a buck twenty soaking wet) helped me take it off once and wasn't a big deal, putting it back on was a different story.... she dropped it!:|
|06-27-2012 11:34 PM|
|Cold||I just took mine off with my wifes help. Bit of a war. I usually strap it to the top of the car port and pull it off.|
|06-27-2012 11:27 PM|
|Wrong Way Hal||According to my scale, the 2 door top with Freedom panels weighs 136 lbs. Each power / heated mirrored door weighs 62 lbs.|
|06-27-2012 10:42 PM|
Whatever it weighs it feels like a lot more. I put mine on for the first time with a strong big guy and it was a major hassle....
As Spank says tape down the rear glass as it tends to open up just about the time you think you are in control and that your about to set it in place .. then all hell breaks loose...
Having said that i'm sure after doing it once or twice it gets easier....
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