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01-12-2013 12:18 PM
Hardermods
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Originally Posted by Neal5280 View Post
I like how the beginning of the video starts out with "why waste time and money on hoists" Yet isn't that a hoist above the Jeep?
01-12-2013 12:14 PM
Hardermods I used to take mine off alone, I kept 4 empty 55 gallon drums around, I'd line up 2 on each side behind the jeep then climb in the back and duck walk out with the top on my back, then I'd leave it sitting on the drums til I was ready to put it back on.
01-12-2013 11:36 AM
flash1034
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Originally Posted by Neal5280
That method would work great if your 6'5" like that guy.

Flash
01-12-2013 08:21 AM
wwch99tj
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Originally Posted by 572 View Post
Anyone have a guess how much the hard top weighs?
152lbs TJ's
172lbs Lj's
01-12-2013 08:00 AM
mars81 Just back up to a grassy area, remove the rear window to cut down on weight. Then take out the back seat, get inside, lift slightly, duck walk out of the Jeep and gently set down onto the grass. I've done bit several times alone on my YJ. The TJ is a soft top only and I'm not sure of the weight difference.
01-12-2013 07:23 AM
572 Anyone have a guess how much the hard top weighs?
01-11-2013 08:01 PM
getalildirty
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Originally Posted by Offrd View Post
Can you show a picture of your setup?
Hahah woah posted that at the same time.. great minds think alike.
01-11-2013 08:00 PM
getalildirty
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Originally Posted by mdtcarpentry View Post
I use a hand crank trailer winch w/ 2 ratchet straps . Top is off in 5 min. Got "winch" from Harbor Freight for $20 , ratchet straps $10 . Set it up in my carport W/ a pulley .It's a one man operation.
Sounds solid but kinda confused as to what that setup would look like a picture would be helpful.
01-11-2013 07:59 PM
Offrd
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Originally Posted by mdtcarpentry
I use a hand crank trailer winch w/ 2 ratchet straps . Top is off in 5 min. Got "winch" from Harbor Freight for $20 , ratchet straps $10 . Set it up in my carport W/ a pulley .It's a one man operation.
Can you show a picture of your setup?
01-11-2013 07:40 PM
mdtcarpentry I use a hand crank trailer winch w/ 2 ratchet straps . Top is off in 5 min. Got "winch" from Harbor Freight for $20 , ratchet straps $10 . Set it up in my carport W/ a pulley .It's a one man operation.
01-11-2013 07:05 PM
getalildirty
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Originally Posted by Sherpa View Post
Well, you could always adopt this technique:

[youtube]S-pHuT2666s[/youtube]

(Skip ahead to 0:46.)
hahahahaahahaha. best idea yet thanks man.
01-11-2013 06:53 PM
mudmagnet63 Or use one of these
01-11-2013 06:47 PM
Throwmorepartsatit It is really simple. Just take a crane, and adapt it with a suction cup device, and there you go
01-11-2013 06:41 PM
wwch99tj
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Originally Posted by getalildirty View Post

And then I could figure out a way to get it on wheels..
Hardtop dolly

01-11-2013 05:48 PM
Sherpa
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Originally Posted by getalildirty View Post
Anybody have anything creative they use or do anything to get their hardtop off without needing 2 people to man it off?
Well, you could always adopt this technique:

[youtube]S-pHuT2666s[/youtube]

(Skip ahead to 0:46.)
01-11-2013 05:02 PM
mudmagnet63 My daughters 18 and the other 14 take mine off all the time, no straps no wheels just lift the top off.

Mud
01-11-2013 04:52 PM
getalildirty
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Originally Posted by Neal5280 View Post
And then I could figure out a way to get it on wheels..
01-11-2013 04:32 PM
Atthehop The one thing I hated on my YJ was removing and re-installing the hard top, it came with both and I thought it was the way to go. When I ordered my new TJ in 04 I elected to not have full doors and a hard top. After 8 years in the NE I DO NOT regret the decision. I guess it's all personal preference but unless there is a real reason for a hard top why bother.
01-11-2013 04:23 PM
Patrick H
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Originally Posted by Atthehop View Post
Remove it carefully, sell it and never have to worry about it again. Ten use the money for mods.
So, you're saying that since you don't want a hard top, he shouldn't either?

Just wondering. Some people have pocket flares and tube bumpers, but I don't think they should..
01-11-2013 04:22 PM
wwch99tj Homemade hoist
Slide the top off onto it and raise to the ceiling

No pics of the hardtop on it but you get the idea
01-11-2013 04:09 PM
Neal5280 Hard top removal and installation - YouTube
01-11-2013 04:01 PM
Atthehop Remove it carefully, sell it and never have to worry about it again. Ten use the money for mods.
01-11-2013 03:59 PM
Chili99
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Originally Posted by getalildirty View Post
Yeah. I have a garage but its not connected to my house and the roof, especially after hurricane sandy I do not think is structurally sound to hookup motorcycle straps. But that is a good idea and would be super easy. Theres gotta be an easy way. No way every jeeper in the country has to call a buddy to get his hardtop off.

well you can unhook everything..back up fast and slam on the brakes

seriously I am sure you will figure something out
01-11-2013 03:55 PM
getalildirty Yeah. I have a garage but its not connected to my house and the roof, especially after hurricane sandy I do not think is structurally sound to hookup motorcycle straps. But that is a good idea and would be super easy. Theres gotta be an easy way. No way every jeeper in the country has to call a buddy to get his hardtop off.
01-11-2013 03:48 PM
Southerner With some boards, some wheels, and some ratchets, you could make a lift of sorts. If you add wheels to the bottom, you only have to lift it a little bit and can then wheel it out. If you design it right, you could store your doors and what not on the cart. I don't have a hard top, by the way so I haven't built one.
01-11-2013 03:44 PM
Patrick H <shrug>
I don't know. Like I said, takes 15 minutes or less with motorcycle straps. Last summer I took it off and put it back on several times a week sometimes, sometimes off and back on in the same day depending on the weather.,
01-11-2013 03:38 PM
Jerry Bransford Even with a garage & a small electric hoist I bought specifically for my previous hard top, it still was never easy to remove or reinstall my hard top by myself. That is probably one main reason why I finally sold the hard top.

Heck one Sunday I hoisted the top off it swung around hard & the rear corner popped my eye and gave me a huge black eye... which was a real hit the following Monday morning when I showed up for my first day at a new job & had to make an intro presentation to a room full of mostly women. They probably thought I had got into a fight & regretted having hired a thug.
01-11-2013 03:34 PM
baker3 Although its not super easy, I man handle mine right off and I am a fairly skinny guy lol. I did use the rafter with ratchet straps to do it once but it was a PITA.
01-11-2013 03:30 PM
Patrick H
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the spare can be removed temp. to clear right?
Or, you could open the rear window.
01-11-2013 03:13 PM
caljeeper As in the old days when mechanics had no cherry pickers to pull engines mechanics used devices that looked like swing sets to pull engines. many in that case were built from heavier steel and a come along was used. That said your roof can be lifted off enough to clear using an old swing set or a wooden framed version of one and two long ratchet straps Cheep from harbor freight. you only need to be able to back under the thing and lift it enough to clear the highest point of your jeep. the spare can be removed temp. to clear right?
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