Would you trust this to hold your hard top over your Jeep for a whole summer while running a soft top? Until now getting a hand removing my hard top hasn't been an issue since I have several friends and family members within minutes of my house, but we're moving a bit further away and my wife can't really help with my hard top because of the size. I'm trying to figure out how I can set myself up to put it on for the winter and take it off for the summer alone.
I have taken it off and replaced it 3 times now. Yes, I do trust the configuration but I dont trust my 1972 home construction. So I AM going to re-enforce it in the attic by adding a crossmember between the two joist's at each end of the strut! Then I can put two more lag screws on each end, 4 on each end total. The strut can take way more weight than the hoist.
My issue with long term storage is that the straps I'm using are too narrow and I fear damage to the rubber weather stripping on the top itself. I'm looking at hooks or wider straps for long term.
As for long term storage like this, Yes it would be ok but it is still a hard top hanging in the middle of the garage so it is still in the way.
This hoist lowers the top all the way to the ground where it could be put on one of those carts and rolled away. It would still be a solo job.
I have three helpers in my own house, still a PITA to get help! So I had to make this a one man job. I can do it in 1 minute longer than it takes to remove the bolts from the top! Seriously, the hardest part is backing the jeep into the garage and not hitting my bikes hanging on the side!
Good work! This is first on my list as soon as I get back from Moab! Probably going to go with a hand crank to lift it all up though. Is it just connected by straps, or do you have some kind of frame under the top?
Just straps alone! for now! I should have gotten wider straps, 16 foot 2 inch wide tow straps would be perfect. Home depot had them for $22-24 each. then you would need two more lockable shackles or screw closed D-Rings.
I am ok with the straps as long as I'm not damaging my weather stripping.
I looked at the $29-50 hand cranked lifts, my issue, and it is a big one; is control lowering with the top on the lift. Lowering it while cranking means I'm against the wall turning the crank, hoping I don't drop it. with the electric lift button, I have one hand on the top while lowering it and lining up the holes. Also, a hand crank lift on the wall connects to a single 2x4 stud rahter than 4x 2x6's no hand crank on the wall can ever be as secure. But it could work...