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Unread 04-25-2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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Question for those with a hardtop. How do you remove it with one man? And how and where do you store it?

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Unread 04-25-2013, 05:37 PM   #2
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I would figure out where I wanted the top to sit. I picked behind the garage. I would set up two saw horses with padding on top, then I would get in the Jeep and find the balance point of the top. I would lift on the upper point of my back using my arms to steady it and walk on my knees to the back of the Jeep. Then I would set it down at the very back of the Jeep and get my legs out on the ground. Then re lift and walk it to the saw horses and lower my body setting it down. Then I would stake it down so bad weather and wind wouldn't knock it off...
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Unread 04-25-2013, 05:44 PM   #3
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I've done it like Chris, just get your shoulders near the middle, lift, and gently walk it off the tub, but since I now have a garage I've discovered that a hoist makes all the difference in the world.

You can piece it together yourself, but I went with the Harken Hoister and it works like a dream. I can have the top off in about 20 minutes if I have my air tools to undo the fasteners quickly.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 05:49 PM   #4
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Unread 04-25-2013, 06:14 PM   #5
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You just ought to sell it. To me
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Unread 04-25-2013, 07:06 PM   #6
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Same here, find the center point and lift like Hercules with the world on his shoulders. Sucks like crazy Ina windy place like where I live so the hard top is on a rack an my softopper is on year round.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 07:07 PM   #7
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I bet if you are a little heavier built person, like more husky, not fat, it might be easier. I am 5'8" and 175lbs so its really critical to be centered and very careful
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Unread 04-25-2013, 07:15 PM   #8
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It is more awkward than heavy. And yes, don't do it when it is windy.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 07:57 PM   #9
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I just grab someone to help. I can't remove mine by myself because of the cage setup.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 08:20 PM   #10
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I have a two piece hard top and put it on and off by myself, its tricky. Two people is the best way or a hoist even better. Its soooo easy to loose Your balance and drop it or one side or the other falling off the side and scratching the piss out of Your jeep. Been there, got proof! If Your having a bad day before You remove the top, don't attempt it. Murphys law will prevail.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 08:21 PM   #11
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I take mine off by myself but I need help putting it on. I made a custom wheeled cart for it to keep in my garage. As said above if doing alone be careful of wind. I have a nice chunk out of the one corner because of a strong gust
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