How do some of you store your hard top when it's not in use?
Did you hone build your lift? I've been looking into picking up a harbor freight winch and making my own. Just curious to see other people's set-ups.I have a homemade lift in my garage. That works for me. I simply back the Jeep under the lift and hook onto my roof mounted basket.
If you plan on storing the top outside, I strongly suggest securing it in some way so that the wind won't get under it and take it into your neighbors yard with the resultant damage to the top.
A couple ratchet straps and 4 cement blocks should keep it in place. Just put something between the top and the cement blocks so that if you get substantial wind, the top won't rub on the blocks.
Also, as murch7 suggests, you probably don't want to set the top directly on the ground. Perhaps a couple lengths of 4X4 under the sides.
Good Luck, L.M.
That is outstanding! Simple and effective. Mine just hit D1 status for my order on Tuesday, but I'm going to go ahead and order these now. Super easy and cheap and I can always hook a winch up to it later if I like. If I get it installed now, I can go topless as soon as I get it!I bought 6 single brass pulleys like the kind that you find on a quality patio umbrella, 6 eye bolts and 4 hooks at Home depot. I'm guessing somewhere around $12.00 to $15.00 for the lot.
I bought a very small block & tackle at Murdochs for about $12.00. It has 1/8 or 3/16" poly rope.
I had a hank of 3/16 poly rope that I rigged to make the bulk of the lift and then connected it to the block & tackle.
It takes a bit of an effort to lift the top, but I'm 73 YO and I can do it without getting out of breath. I simply remove the screws on the header plus the 8 bolts on the sides and hook the hooks to my roof basket and lift. I have a stanchion that I tie the rope off to and leave the top suspended.
I haven't taken the top off this year because I like the protection from the sun and occasional thunderstorm. A bikini just doesn't give the same protection.
Yeah, I get a little wet during a good rain, but after hundreds of thousands of miles on a motorcycle I haven't melted yet.
I had the Wicked Witch of the West riding with me one day when we got hit with a furious T-storm. I think she must have jumped out and run away, because I never saw her after that.
Pic 1 is an overview of the contraption. Make sure to screw the eye bolts into the rafters. I promise you, the sheetrock won't hold the top.
Pics 2, 4 & 5 are the block & tackle.
Pic 3 is the stanchion where I tie the whole shebang off.
If I had to do it over again, I might redesign how the ropes run. I can't lower the hard top enough to sit it on a cart. I found that out when I went to paint the top.
Good Luck, L.M.