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needing inexpensive hard top remover plans

Its about time to pull the hard top off. I am looking for any pics/ideas/links of hard top remover/pulley/storage so i can pull the top on and off on own..

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post #2 of 18 Old 03-17-2010, 11:56 AM
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i always get someone to help me
and i cant stress enough on the 2 people part,if you drop it say byby to your glass

that dd rubi on 37's
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Its about time to pull the hard top off. I am looking for any pics/ideas/links of hard top remover/pulley/storage so i can pull the top on and off on own..
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I have done my unlimited alone a few times... but my paint paid the price one of those times... If your serious I would just get a cheap handcrank, like a hardware store version of a hand cranked windlass... attach it to the wall in your garage, put a pulley or a stout eye bolt into a beam directly above it, and then three more in, two above the rear quarter panels and one above your windshield. Run 3 lines from the windlass through the first eye, then one to each of the three other eyes, and down to the Jeep... find or make a few wide, flat hooks, tie them on the ropes, and then crank that puppy up! should be easy enough if you have the room in the garage.

Personnaly I just switch to the soft top once the weather gets warm enough for top down driving so I only need to make 2 switches a year, most its ever cost me was a couple beers.

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Here, this is what I was talking about for mounting on the wall... when I was a kid my dad and grandpa rigged up a 8' x 8' platform in the garage with train tracks on it, real simple design that just does the job. If you plan on leaving the top up there for extended periods of time you might want to put 4 more eybolts up, two on either side, and use a couple of straps as a safety in case the winch lets go.

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If you have a garage you just need 4 eye hooks to anchor on the ceiling and 4 tie downs 1 for each corner of hardtop.I've had this setup for 7 years and it's cheap and works great.You can remove it by yourself easily this way and then just drive out.
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There's a post over on JU of a 2x4 construction 'lift' on casters that looks pretty cool. I'm going to build one myself to pull my top by my lonesome...
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Like goldenjeeptj, I have the 4 eyebolt and camstrap setup. works beautifully.
I got my idea from this website: Jeep Hard Top Storage
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If you have a garage you just need 4 eye hooks to anchor on the ceiling and 4 tie downs 1 for each corner of hardtop.I've had this setup for 7 years and it's cheap and works great.You can remove it by yourself easily this way and then just drive out.
How do you lower it back on the Jeep?
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i am actully wanting to build a pulley type/hoist so I can pull it on and off by myself

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If you have a garage you just need 4 eye hooks to anchor on the ceiling and 4 tie downs 1 for each corner of hardtop.I've had this setup for 7 years and it's cheap and works great.You can remove it by yourself easily this way and then just drive out.
If you have a garage, X2, but only 3 tie-downs are really needed. Just loop the front one from side to side to carry the minimal weight of the front of the roof.

Parts required: 4 eye bolts, 3 ratchet straps, ceiling.

Here's some pics of what I did. Not the greatest, but it gives a good idea. 4 eye bolts in the ceiling, about 1-2" wider than the roof. The rear corners are looped underneath so that the weight of the roof and the bottom edges of the roof are actually sitting on the strap and not the hook. The hook is put through the bolt-down holes from the top and spun so that they won't go anywhere (it'll be self explanatory if/when you do it). The front just loops one strap from side to side using eye bolts in the ceiling.

In the pics, you see a bunch of strap at the middle rear. That's just extra strap. My rear window stayed closed with ravity, but as extra precaution, I ended up tying those straps around the rear window to ensure that it didn't open.

As a result, this turned the on or off process into a one man, 5 minute "chore" with a well lined up parking job. That includes unscrewing or screwing and tightening the roof bolts to the tub.

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Here's the one I made a while back that has gotten me through six seasons now. It has always worked great!

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I made a lift system for mine last spring. I love it. It does take some extra work since the top goes above the garage door, but I only use it twice a year anyway. Here are some pics of how I did it. After the PVC 90, the ropes all come down to a hand winch. It works great.





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I bought the manual Lange hardtop lift from Quadratec. It took a few attempts to get it to hang level. I'm very pleased with it and it takes just a few minutes to remove and then lower it back on.

I did add a few extra straps to it since I leave the hardtop off a lot over the summer and my wife parks under it. Just for added security.





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i am actully wanting to build a pulley type/hoist so I can pull it on and off by myself
i made mine. cost under $200, including the HF hoist, and beer i bought my friend to teach me to weld. the specs and pics are linked in my build thread...


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