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Unread 05-10-2014, 07:34 PM   #1
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Hardtop hoist?

I have a 95 yj and it's almost time to take the top off. My question is could I screw a eyelet into a rafter and lift it off with a boat winch mounted to the wall? I have the "t" setup from an actual hoist but I think the come along is a pretty sorry piece of equipment. I have a hardtop cart so I wouldn't be storing the top at the ceiling. Will the eyelet hold up just to get the top off and get it dropped onto my cart?

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Unread 05-10-2014, 10:12 PM   #2
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Seen this before a while back. Yeah the right size eyelet ( I call them eye lags, like lag bolts) should work.
Iirc the way I saw it done was having four strings going to each corner of the hard top.
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Unread 05-11-2014, 07:06 AM   #3
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I have an unfinished attic, 2x4 roof trusses, and drywall on the ceiling. So I put 2x lumber in the attic across the trusses and ran all-thread through the drywall up to the 2x. This is to spread the load over more than one truss and also so I don't have to try to center a lag screw on the 1.5" wide truss.

I did this for shelving several years ago. I have a hoist also but it's never been out of the box
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Unread 05-12-2014, 07:31 PM   #4
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I have an unfinished attic, 2x4 roof trusses, and drywall on the ceiling. So I put 2x lumber in the attic across the trusses and ran all-thread through the drywall up to the 2x. This is to spread the load over more than one truss and also so I don't have to try to center a lag screw on the 1.5" wide truss.

I did this for shelving several years ago. I have a hoist also but it's never been out of the box
I did this;

http://home.comcast.net/~laybackman/Hardtop_Hoist.htm
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Unread 05-12-2014, 07:59 PM   #5
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That is cool. I like putting it in a carport. Of course I live out on the prairie where the wind will flip a top off 8" concrete blocks so I'd need a few straps. But it would be out of the way and safe from the mower.
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Unread 05-12-2014, 08:12 PM   #6
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That is cool. I like putting it in a carport. Of course I live out on the prairie where the wind will flip a top off 8" concrete blocks so I'd need a few straps. But it would be out of the way and safe from the mower.
It needs to be secured to the two bars holding it up. Maybe some cross bindings to keep it from swinging too much??
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Unread 05-31-2014, 12:41 PM   #7
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Make sure the cable you use is in good shape.
I built a lift recently and used some old cable to lift with. Long story short, I now have a soft top.
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