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03-31-2013 07:20 PM
wwch99tj No problem
03-31-2013 06:57 PM
Vince-kathy Thanks a lot I will try to do my best on this task. I will measure the joist before it gets too hot. once again thanks.

Vince
03-30-2013 06:36 AM
wwch99tj The ceiling joist are either 16" or 24" on center... so you'll have to find one and measure over from it... (mine are 16" oc and my eye hooks are 64" apart...)
03-29-2013 08:52 PM
Vince-kathy This is a great idea as well as inexpensive, I'm tired of asking friends over to help me take off the hardtop, now with your idea makes me want to go right at it! I have to see first where the studs are at because I have a flat roof garage. How far apart did you put the i-bolts? What length are the straps?
Thanks for any information that you can give me.

Vince
03-09-2013 03:41 PM
Newtomejeep Straps did great. $20 SAMS

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03-06-2013 09:57 AM
Banditt135 Great Thread for us Newbs. Im getting ready to figure out a hoist system for my 2 door hard top on my Jk. I hate to go buy one when it looks so easy to build.
02-03-2013 02:35 PM
JeepReaper09 Very helpful Thread all, Im definitely going to do the ratchet strap rig this spring.
01-30-2013 02:16 PM
TJDave I did the ratchet strap thing for a few years in my previous house's low ceiling carport.
Inexpensive and worked great.

I bought the Lange Hoist a Top when we bought our current house a few years ago. The garage has a fairly high ceiling and the straps would be difficult.

The only drawback is that the T-Bar lift is supported by one center point. This allows the top to swing around freely while suspended in the air. No problemo, I have some extra ratchet straps that I secure the top with while in storage.

I used the included come-a-long. I would love an electric hoist, but I could not justify the added cost. I've only put the hard top on once in the last 3 years!
01-30-2013 06:04 AM
dabolt55
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Originally Posted by Sycboi View Post
Dabolt55, nice simple setup. One thing I would suggest is after you crank the top up to where you want, put the remaining strap (that's hanging towards the floor) up on the top itself so they aren't hanging down. I noticed when you pulled the Jeep back inside, and got out, the strap got closed in the door. I would hate for it to do that as you were leaving, and pull the strap off of the top. The last thing you need is the top falling to the floor.

-Michael
Hey Michael, that was a sample video, not mine...Here is mine. Thanks
01-29-2013 10:06 AM
Generalkell i have a question.. have you noticed using the hooks from the ratchet straps is putting stress on the jeep hardtop or ruining the rubber seal? im very interested in putting this up in my garage for my wife and I and we would store the top long term in the summer hanging from our ceiling most likely. Great video!
01-26-2013 12:52 PM
IslandTJ
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Originally Posted by Brekk98 View Post
4 rachet straps and 4 i-bolts in the garage ceiling works really well for my hardtop.
I used 2 ratchet straps





01-26-2013 10:42 AM
jgorm
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Originally Posted by gwhar47 View Post
Hey folks, I just bought a '04 LJ with hard top, and need to rig something up to take it off (and put back on). Unfortunately, I don't have a carport or garage, so will have to figure something out for outside. I looked at Harbor Freight's portable hoist, but am concerned about lifting the top using only one point of lift. Any suggestions? Thanks.
the hoist probably wont go high enough. You can't lift it off of one point, you would need to rig it up. I just use a friend to help lift it off. I've done it with my wife a few times, but I use a friend to store it on my roof.
01-26-2013 10:03 AM
gwhar47 Hey folks, I just bought a '04 LJ with hard top, and need to rig something up to take it off (and put back on). Unfortunately, I don't have a carport or garage, so will have to figure something out for outside. I looked at Harbor Freight's portable hoist, but am concerned about lifting the top using only one point of lift. Any suggestions? Thanks.
01-25-2013 02:24 PM
MarkGLHS cool setup DEXTREME.

i see you covered your t-bar with foam pipe insulation, I did the exact same thing.
01-25-2013 12:50 PM
chemicaljeep d-rings in ceiling joist of garage and sturdy rope . drive under unbolt pull up tie off drive out. can still park in garage. when you put top back on back in let ropes down bolt down dive out. simple!!!
01-25-2013 12:48 PM
Dextreme
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Originally Posted by MarkGLHS View Post
DEXTREME i really like that geared winch, much better than the ratchet winch you get with the Hoist-a-Top system.

If I was removing/installing my hardtop on a frequent basis I would say get a device like DEXTREME is showing as the ratchet winch is sort of a pain and if you are not careful it can disengage allowing the top to free-fall. I remove my hardtop once/year so I'll deal with the slow ratchet.
Yeah the geared winch won't release and you can easily control the up/down direction with the drill...even an air impact works well.
01-25-2013 12:37 PM
Dextreme Here is a few more pics of my set up:

HF Winch with a socket ready for my drill



The rack itself I made out of scrap metal I had left over from replacing a garage door opener track. I welded some scrap chain on it to add some weight for it to lower easy, and it gives me options for balance points.

Basically I lower it down on the hard top, hook up 3 ratchet tiedowns. Lift it off with the drill to the ceiling



Oh and those ladder hooks in the beam is where I hang my full doors.
01-25-2013 05:27 AM
MarkGLHS DEXTREME i really like that geared winch, much better than the ratchet winch you get with the Hoist-a-Top system.

If I was removing/installing my hardtop on a frequent basis I would say get a device like DEXTREME is showing as the ratchet winch is sort of a pain and if you are not careful it can disengage allowing the top to free-fall. I remove my hardtop once/year so I'll deal with the slow ratchet.
01-25-2013 01:17 AM
Arch
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Originally Posted by Dextreme

They are just very awkward for 1 person to handle. They can be lifted off if you have 2-3 buddies to grab a side. I believe the hard top is somewhere around 140 lbs.
Yea that makes sense. Thanks! Now to rig up a stand for it
01-24-2013 08:12 PM
tbensor
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Originally Posted by Sycboi View Post
Dabolt55, nice simple setup. One thing I would suggest is after you crank the top up to where you want, put the remaining strap (that's hanging towards the floor) up on the top itself so they aren't hanging down. I noticed when you pulled the Jeep back inside, and got out, the strap got closed in the door. I would hate for it to do that as you were leaving, and pull the strap off of the top. The last thing you need is the top falling to the floor.

-Michael

x2
01-24-2013 08:04 PM
wwch99tj Hand winch from harbor freight, some pulleys, rope, eye hooks and the hardtop dolly I used previously.($60-70)




01-24-2013 07:35 PM
Mom sold the Jeepster
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Originally Posted by Brekk98
4 rachet straps and 4 i-bolts in the garage ceiling works really well for my hardtop.
X2 - I do it with 2 ratchet straps, under $10 for the whole deal at Lowes. Back into the garage and lift it up, then you can park the nose under it.
01-24-2013 07:09 PM
SEAICE Got my LJ top off with just me and my 5'4" -100lb wife. Wasn't too heavy, just awkard. Have since installed a Harken hoist, so putting it back on is a breeze. Here's a link, though they can be bought elsewhere for less...

Harken
01-24-2013 02:27 PM
Brekk98 4 rachet straps and 4 i-bolts in the garage ceiling works really well for my hardtop.
01-24-2013 01:12 PM
Dextreme
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Originally Posted by Arch View Post
How heavy would a 2 Door hard top be? I don't have a garage atm and was hoping to just get in the back and transfer it over to a platform of some sorts this summer.
They are just very awkward for 1 person to handle. They can be lifted off if you have 2-3 buddies to grab a side. I believe the hard top is somewhere around 140 lbs.
01-24-2013 12:51 PM
Arch How heavy would a 2 Door hard top be? I don't have a garage atm and was hoping to just get in the back and transfer it over to a platform of some sorts this summer.
01-24-2013 12:38 PM
TFBlackout05
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Originally Posted by TFBlackout05
There are 3 lil 4x4 in the attic connected to wooden I beams. Then I've been using 1x1 square tubing its shaped like a tee. I'll try to get pics of it later. Buddy has it right now... he's had it for a lil to long... I need to get that back now that I think of it...
sorry I bought mine at harbor freight for $70 and made my own T lift.
01-24-2013 10:56 AM
Dextreme I use this winch mounted on the wall and a few ceiling mounted pullys to lift of my hard top. But the gearing on the winch is super slow to crank by hand, so I use a electric hand drill and a 3/4" (i think) socket instead of the handle...works perfect.

2000 Lb. Capacity Geared Winch

01-24-2013 10:27 AM
MarkGLHS i bought mine last July, paid $119.99 plus shipping.

did price go up? even at $159 it is still a good investment for a useful tool.
01-24-2013 10:24 AM
Cdubu52 Sorry mine was $150. Typo and no proof reading.
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