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Old 09-09-2011, 09:15 AM
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Hard Top Hoist Question

I've read through lots of posts here on making a homemade hoist, great information and I'm now in the building mode. One question I can't find the answer to is....does anyone have the measurement for the weighted center point of the top, i.e. from the front of the top?

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My hoist attaches to the harness about 12-16 inches in front of the hatch, that is to say, measuring from the back of the top, about 12-16 inches.

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You could always use 15-20 foot tie down straps. Put one under the back of the top and one toward the front... about 6" from either extreme. If anybody can help "steady" the top as you pull the straps in to secure them you'll have it made. I use the harken hoist to lift the top to my ceiling and then secure it using the straps that I was just talking about. I leave it strapped to my ceiling for the entire summer and don't want it falling on the car that sits below it.

All strapped into place...
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How are you keeping the rear window in the down position?
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mine stays down on it's own...

adjustment maybe? Is that even possible?
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no measurement...but i too used tiedowns, lets me sleep better at nite
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and pool noodles.....what a great invention!!
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I had to kind of wing it, but depending on the weight of your hoist, it may vary a bit. With the top on the garage floor with a nice thick furniture blanket underneath, I put the lag screw in the frame, and hoisted the top about an inch or two. I was a little heavy on the back so I moved it back a couple holes until it came off the floor evenly.

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i thought about the hoist but didnt want the top in the middle of the garage so i just added to my shelf figured since it will only need to be messed with twice a year it will work out for me.
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I bought my Harken Hoist for $110 online. If you buy materials to rig it on your own, might run $40-$50 or more at Home Depot. Mine works great. I get wanting to save cash, but $60 extra for a proven system to support a $2K hardtop with directions and phone support is a no brainer.

That said, kudos to all of the garage engineers out there!
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Thanks for the great info, waiting on the winch from Harbor Freight to finish it up.
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Good thread here.
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Should consider the RACOR HD Hoist-generally $99 bucks and no chances, or fiddling around with ropes/cables/knots-

Available Amazon/Costco/Ebay--

Holds 250 lbs--easy up/easy down-

I've used mine the ONE TIME I took the top off and it was "Duck Soup", sorry didn't get a pick with the full platform-



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aharper,

How are you keeping the rear window in the down position?
I'm sorry to just now get to this, didn't realize that a question was out here for me.

I didn't do anything to close the window. I unscrewed everything, lifted slightly to get the cables under the top and then raised it to the ceiling. When everything hangs from the ceiling it still functions (opens/closes) just as it did when on the Jeep. My straps all run from side to side.

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