Just play around with it and you will find the best method for your application and creative style.
That's what she said.
My solution was to cut 2X4's to 72" and install eye bolts 3" from each end. I've wrapped the boards with towels temporarily, but will cover them with carpet when I find some used carpet somewhere.
I unbolt the top, lift the rear of it with my shoulder, and slide the 2X4 between the top & rear fender. Use a tie strap from eye bolt to eye bolt up and over the top nice & snug, but not too tight.
Then, I lay the front 2X4 over the roll bars above the front seats. Lift the top up and slide the 2X4 back to the rear edge of the back doors. Tie strap from eye bolt to eye bolt up and over the top nice & snug, but not too tight.
Those two parts of the process secures the top so the 2X4's will not slide out from under the top. I don't want to drop / damage the top... it looks expen$ive.
I have a third set of straps, looped on each end, that I feed the ratcheting straps through. The trick is to use the entire length of the front looped strap, and then run the second looped strap through the rearward end of the first one, and the rear ratcheting strap runs through both ends of the rear looped strap. The whole thing lifts perfectly from the union of the looped straps.
Wow that's confusing to read. I'll take pics when the weather calms down.
I'm not leaving the thing suspended from the hoist. I don't like the pressure the straps put on the top. Will build a shelf to transfer the top to... this will let me go up in the attic and secure the shelf system to the rafters... that puppy won't go anywhere when its all said & done.