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Old 04-16-2016, 09:04 AM
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I've been looking at making my own brackets to bolt to the top to help remove it by myself. I own a cnc plasma table and was thinking of making some stainless steel brackets that would bolt to the top in 4 or 6 places and be able to lift it off with a winch. I know I'll need some supports on the underside to help distribute the weight. Has anyone done this before ?

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I've been looking at making my own brackets to bolt to the top to help remove it by myself. I own a cnc plasma table and was thinking of making some stainless steel brackets that would bolt to the top in 4 or 6 places and be able to lift it off with a winch. I know I'll need some supports on the underside to help distribute the weight. Has anyone done this before ?
Are you thinking these brackets would be permanently installed into the hard top? That's an interesting idea that would probably work at the 4 corners, which are the contact points of a hoist system. How would you mount the brackets to the top side?

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I've been looking at making my own brackets to bolt to the top to help remove it by myself. I own a cnc plasma table and was thinking of making some stainless steel brackets that would bolt to the top in 4 or 6 places and be able to lift it off with a winch. I know I'll need some supports on the underside to help distribute the weight. Has anyone done this before ?
Honestly, I think that would be overdone. Lifting the top is quite simple; here's what I do. It works like a charm. Good luck!

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Just install a $165 proven design Harken Hoister and be done with it.
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Just install a $165 proven design Harken Hoister and be done with it.
I agree, those things have went up in price though. I paid around 120 for mine a few years ago but it works great.
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Old 04-16-2016, 01:21 PM   #6
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Boat trailer winch and some Unistrut to make a T shaped lifting point. Couple of ratchet straps.

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Less than $65.
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Four eyebolts and two long cam buckle straps is all you need. Total maybe $20. That's just what I did..
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Honestly, I think that would be overdone. Lifting the top is quite simple; here's what I do. It works like a charm. Good luck!

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This.. So simple and effective.
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I bought a hoist a crank. I can lift and lower my top with one hand. Steady the top with the other.
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Old 04-16-2016, 07:31 PM
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Are you thinking these brackets would be permanently installed into the hard top? That's an interesting idea that would probably work at the 4 corners, which are the contact points of a hoist system. How would you mount the brackets to the top side?
Yes permanently mounted to the roof. I'd make something like in the pics but smaller and out of stainless steel and bent to 90deg. . They would be maybe 1-1.5" tall. and be able to just put a hook through them and use something to lift it. there would also be a plate on the inside for support. To lift the top I was thinking maybe a block and tackle or if I feel like spending $100 an AC winch from Harbor Freight mounted to the ceiling.

The brackets in the pic are reverse light mounts for an RZR.


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Overkill
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Overkill
Those mounts are just to show the design. They will be smaller .
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Racor PHL-1R Pro HeavyLift 4-by-4-Foot Cable-Lifted Storage Rack - Ceiling Mounted General Purpose Storage Racks - Amazon.com

Honestly why do folks love paying way to much for the Harken when the Racor serves double duty and can be powered by a cordless drill to make it even faster.
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Racor PHL-1R Pro HeavyLift 4-by-4-Foot Cable-Lifted Storage Rack - Ceiling Mounted General Purpose Storage Racks - Amazon.com

Honestly why do folks love paying way to much for the Harken when the Racor serves double duty and can be powered by a cordless drill to make it even faster.
Great idea. That and the mounts on the roof and I'd be in it for $123.52 total since I get the SS for free .

Lower the cables hook them up and lift. Should take all of 15 seconds after the bolts are out.
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Great idea. That and the mounts on the roof and I'd be in it for $123.52 total since I get the SS for free .

Lower the cables hook them up and lift. Should take all of 15 seconds after the bolts are out.
Or you grab two or three ratchet straps and not drill holes in the fiberglass top.

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Yep, the Racor is awesome. Also, it can be used to store the soft top over the winter when the hard to goes in service. I love it.
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Another vote for the racor... its very easy to remove and install the hardtop by yourself. Takes me about 5min now that I've done it many times.

Hardtops been off for a month straight now and shows no issues.



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Have this myself... awesome bit of kit.


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Honestly why do folks love paying way to much for the Harken when the Racor serves double duty and can be powered by a cordless drill to make it even faster.
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I wish I wasnt on strike right now , I work for Verizon , I'd have already ordered one. I hope it ends soon. My wife helped me take the roof off and we almost dropped it lol
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I found that I can sit in the back, grab it between the glass and top with one hand, and place my other hand at about the center to balance it. Then just lift it up and slide off the back of the Jeep with it. The only hard part is putting it down.
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