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Unread 05-28-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Garage hoist-a-top of a JKU

I'm very interested in buying one. What does everyone think!? Pretty sturdy?? Easy installation??

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Unread 05-28-2013, 01:22 PM   #2
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I used a Racor lift I purchased from amazon. Easy to install, use your cordless drill to crank it up.
I can remove my top and doors from my JKU by myself in about 30 minutes give or take.
Hang the top from the lift using ratchet straps, put the freedom tops on the top of the platform. Check it out.
Racor lift on Amazon $140

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Unread 05-28-2013, 01:37 PM   #3
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I did this for my TJ's hard top: 4 eye screws into the ceiling joists, 4 eye bolts into two 2X4's and 4 synch straps ($30 solution). I can remove the hard top and raise it, by myself (I use zip ties to ensure that it doesn't slip while I raise it up). I can raise it high enough to walk under it (I'm 6'1"). I'll use if for my JKU's hard top too.
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Unread 05-28-2013, 02:44 PM   #4
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I have the Lange power hoist-a-top. It is sturdy and easy to install. I have seen many home made versions on here and if you are handy and have the time, it may be worth doing to save money. If you havent already done so, do a search as there are threads that show pictures
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Unread 05-28-2013, 03:01 PM   #5
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The RACOR Hoist is usually available for under $100 bucks and is a non-slip/multiuse/single person operated system-


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I used a Racor lift I purchased from amazon. Easy to install, use your cordless drill to crank it up.
I can remove my top and doors from my JKU by myself in about 30 minutes give or take.
Hang the top from the lift using ratchet straps, put the freedom tops on the top of the platform. Check it out.
Racor lift on Amazon $140

Amazon reviews by other Jeepers who did the same
This pic shows the RACOR after top install and using for other storage items and the MBRP JKU rack makes removal/reinstall quick/easy-



Good luck

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Unread 05-29-2013, 01:14 PM   #6
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I had the Lange hoist from my old TJ so I just used that. Works like a charm and no worries about it falling off.
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Harken Hoist for me.
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Unread 05-29-2013, 03:11 PM   #8
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The Racor unit looks interesting.

Being 4 feet wide, is it too narrow for getting a top up high?
i.e. I'm looking for a solution for a low garage ceiling 8' 6"
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Unread 05-29-2013, 03:32 PM   #9
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The RACOR is 4'x4', so however it's mouted on the ceiling it'll accomodate any hardtop JK/JKU


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The Racor unit looks interesting.

Being 4 feet wide, is it too narrow for getting a top up high?
i.e. I'm looking for a solution for a low garage ceiling 8' 6"
if your ceiling is 8'6", you would have a very scary time removing/storing the hardtop-up in the air--doable, but freaky !

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Unread 05-29-2013, 03:50 PM   #10
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Yeah low ceiling since I have a second floor above but garage is very long. I can lift enough to store and still park in front I figure.

Don't I only have to lift a few say inches to remove top?
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Unread 05-29-2013, 03:59 PM   #11
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YUP, then backing in to remount--VERY CAREFULLY !!


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Yeah low ceiling since I have a second floor above but garage is very long. I can lift enough to store and still park in front I figure.

Don't I only have to lift a few say inches to remove top?
Freedon tops OFF and rear hatch open--it'll work

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Hey everyone, I am trying to decide how to do this as well, however my situation is a little different. I do not have a garage and I need to do it under a carport. My concern is the wind blowing the top around as it hangs. Has anyone made something under a carport that works?

The Racor lift looks interesting. Does anyone have any pics of their top hanging with it? Are you sliding the top onto the platform or removing it and using hooks?
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I just posted mine on the general forum.
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Unread 05-30-2013, 08:17 AM   #14
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Sorry, no pics with mine and I have the MBRP rack so my removal using "J" hooks on cable-below the RACOR platform was easy, but

I've gotta 10' ceiling in my garage, I'd be hesitant trying this in a carport !

These hardtops aren't actual "Fiberglass" so they are really prone to cracks/fractures with the slightest bump/jar/rap--

Gotta be careful-

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Unread 05-30-2013, 08:23 AM   #15
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Hey everyone, I am trying to decide how to do this as well, however my situation is a little different. I do not have a garage and I need to do it under a carport. My concern is the wind blowing the top around as it hangs. Has anyone made something under a carport that works?

The Racor lift looks interesting. Does anyone have any pics of their top hanging with it? Are you sliding the top onto the platform or removing it and using hooks?
I would wager that bungee cords (or perhaps synch straps) from the 4 corners of the bottom of the top to the posts of the car port would work nicely. I would also leave the back door open so wind can flow through would be a big help too.
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