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jim0352
09-14-2007, 01:46 PM
I've been talking with another member about my homebrew hard top hoist I put together and I thought I would post up for all to see. The original thread I got most of the info from was on jeepforum.com. If you search for it there you will find lots of good info.


I originally started with just some ratchet straps. I located the studs/beams in the ceiling and secured four eyebolts. It was very simple to do, took little time, and worked very well.

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Misc/IMG_1784.jpg


http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Misc/IMG_1785.jpg



My long term plan was to use a hoist from Harbor Freight and I finally got around to setting it up last spring. The most difficult part of the project was getting the lengths of cable correct. I ended up with two that were a little long and will need to be trimmed. I'll let the pictures do the explaining as to how it is set up.

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Misc/IMG_1013.jpg

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Misc/IMG_1015.jpg

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Misc/IMG_1018.jpg

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Misc/IMG_1023.jpg

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Misc/IMG_1022.jpg

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Misc/IMG_1025.jpg


The hoist was bought on sale at Harbor Freight for $49. All of the rest of the parts were purchased at Lowes. All told the project ended up costing around $100, not to bad. When it is time to remove the hard top, I just back the jeep in the garage and lift up the edges of the top and slide the boards under. Press the up button on the hoist and just like that, the Jeep is topless.


There are probably better/other/different ways that will work, but this seems to be doing the job just fine for me. Hope this helps anybody else who is looking for a way to store their hard top.


Jim

ROKCRLR
09-14-2007, 07:35 PM
Cool. Thanks for posting this up and answering all my questions.

Hivemind
09-14-2007, 07:39 PM
Sweet, thanks for sharin that

xjstocker
09-14-2007, 07:51 PM
see kevin i told you it could be done and you can keep your parking spot

ROKCRLR
09-14-2007, 08:00 PM
see kevin i told you it could be done and you can keep your parking spot

I don't know about the parking spot. I can't lift mine up that high in my garage. I'm gonna try it out soon.