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Haven't seen too many set up like this so I thought I would post mine. My garage is a parking spot for my boat and my Jeep. I wanted the hard top to hang over the boat when stored. So, I needed to have a hoist that could slide in a track. I believe others have used a big door sliding track, but I didn't want to pay for that. I used superstrut and made a trolley for the pulley to slide in the superstrut track, mounted to the garage ceiling. One issue with this set up is that the crank needs to be attached to the hoist, not a fixed point on the wall or in the ceiling. I think it turned out great, and I'm pumped about being able to take my hard top off quickly by myself. Total cost for my set up was just a little over $100.
 

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All I can say is cooh! :thumb:

I love to see brilliant solutions to problems that don't involve a $600 purchase from the internet. Makes me wish I had a place off to the side of my garage that I could slide my roof.
 

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Would this type system work if instead you wanted the hard top to run on the trolley further back instead of sideways as you have it? Since my ceiling is low I'm thinking if I could some how move the top farther back away from where the jeep will park making it easier for when I backed the jeep into the garage to put the too back on. I'm guessing I won't be able to raise the hardtop high enough to full clear the jeep. Wouldn't that make it difficult when it's time to put it back on?
 

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I see this was bumped today from an October, but I'll try anyway.

Anyway you could list what you did to make this? a hoist for under a $100 is a very tempting project! same as jeepdawg, I'd like to be able to side it back further in my garage instead of to the side, but I'm sure its a similar process.I'm just not sure where to begin.
 

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I don't have a list ready made but Ill take a good look at it and give you a pretty good idea of what to buy.

I've seen other write-ups for home made ones that don't need to slide and those are pretty easy cheap builds. In those the crank usually mounts to a fixed point on the wall. It costs a bit more in pulleys and structure to build one stiff enough to mount the crank to the actual hoist.

I'd be happy to post some more info about how I made this one this weekend if you're wanting to try a similar project.
 

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JeepDawg97 said:
Would this type system work if instead you wanted the hard top to run on the trolley further back instead of sideways as you have it?
Yep you could run it back probably even easier than sideways. Just get it lifted off a couple of inches and it would push back. The way this one is designed it lifts with the glass open so that does take up a little more room front to back...

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Since my ceiling is low I'm thinking if I could some how move the top farther back away from where the jeep will park making it easier for when I backed the jeep into the garage to put the too back on. I'm guessing I won't be able to raise the hardtop high enough to full clear the jeep. Wouldn't that make it difficult when it's time to put it back on?
I think with an 8.5' ceiling you cannot lift it far enough to fully clear the jeep no matter what hoist you use. I can lift my top this high with a 9' ceiling. It does not clear the entire jeep.

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I have to back in to remove or put the top back on. Having the top on a trolley makes it a bit easier because I can slide it a little to get it directly over the jeep.

What specifically are you asking would, "make it difficult when it's time to put it back on?" Backing in?? If so, it's not that bad to me and the only way it works in my garage.
 

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I really think the convenience of being able to slide it will be worth the extra money. I have a lower ceiling as well, and I’m sure I could pull off backing in to attach a hoist, but it would be hard to attach a hoist when the Jeep is backed up some closely to the back of the garage.

Would you say that everything in your set up is sturdy enough to hold a hard top for a few months? I’m thinking a hoist would be a good storage option for the summer when I run a soft top.
 

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must be an engineer...


looks great, I was thinking of something like this. I would like it to be able to slide into the space above the garage door when it is open. Ill have to measure first to see if it is even possible.
 

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I would love to see a list of parts and get more info on this. I'm tossing around all kinds of ideas and I love the though of the hoist being mobile.
 

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How did you attach the pulley to the track? Was there some sort of roller bearing that allows it to slide easily?
I don't know if the OP will chime in but I have been thinking about doing this for a while. I will probably use the hardware kits from a couple of sliding pocket doors. The tracks and pulleys should be perfect. I plan on using two tracks so the top doesn't pivot as it will be sitting over a very old Corvette.
 

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Searching around on the web I found these:

5116-Plain-Box-Rail-N105-213 | Stanley Hardware
50C-Double-Axle-Box-Rail-Hangers-N104-174 | Stanley Hardware

Might be a bit overkill for just a hard top considering the weight they'll hold. Thinking I could build a platform that hooks on underneath the hard top that would also hold my doors. Looking at possibly a harbor freight winch with remote control as well.
Those look perfect. Better to have too much tensile strength than not enough. I was looking at my garage ceiling tonight and I forgot I have attic stairs right in the middle of where I would need the track. Now I have to come up with a new plan. But that's a great find, lambile. Earlier I was also thinking that instead of two tracks to keep the top from pivoting when stored, I was going to run a short length of threaded rod on one corner of the track and raise it until the rod made contact with the ceiling. I was going to put a door knob wall protector on the ceiling for the rod to contact so it wouldn't damage the ceiling. That would be much easier than two tracks.
 
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