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[video] Putting Hard Top On Using Pulley Hoist Setup

This video is a follow-on from a reply I made to another thread about my decision to use this pulley hoist setup. Not long after I made the post, I ended up putting the top on...so I figured I would video the process for those interested. Getting the top off is just as easy as putting it on.

Anyway...I decided to start a new thread so I didn't hijack the other one with my stuff. Here's the video, and below is a copy of the original reply about my hoist setup.



I was looking at hoists as well, and I personally ended up building one using two block and tackle pulley systems. It's a breeze to use, inexpensive (relatively), and can easily be done with one person. The rope is long enough that it doesn't really matter how tall your garage is...you can just hoist it up to the top if you like. The felt pull on these is maybe 15-20 pounds at most. I personally think it feels lighter than that. The pulley systems are 4-1 (meaning the felt weight of each side is divided by four.



I have two of them instead of one for a few of reasons:



1. Spreads the load of the hanging weight from my garage beam (2x4)..so each side is only holding 1/2 the top weight.



2. Keeps it from turning. It doesn't matter what angle I come into the garage at I can grab the top, hoist it up, and it will auto align straight with the garage.



3. Two pulley systems means even less weight for me to pull...essentially 1/8 of the overall weight. Having two means I can lift each side a little at a time (but that's also the down side of two..I have to go back and forth). It only takes a few pulls on each side to clear the jeep tho.



4. Redundancy. If one side fails for whatever reason...the other side should maintain. Not saying that would ever happen...or that there would be no badness from one failing...but it makes me sleep better.





I was going to go cheap at first. These block and tackle pulley hoists can be found at Harbor Freight for $12 each. I then realized that not only the $1500 (I don't really know) hard top is depending on these holding up as well as the $35K jeep parked under it. ;-)



I decided to go with these: Tuf-Tug Rope Hoist Block and Tackle - Tractor Supply Co.



They were a little pricey...but they come with a very nice friction lock that I really, really like. I couldn't have made my own pulley system with this nice of a friction lock...so I didn't bother. It makes it super easy. Just pull and it locks in place. Pull again...and it locks. Easy to unlock as well. Nothing to tie off when it's lifted. I do have a little safety rope that I clip on when it's fully hoisted if it's going to be hanging for a while.



Anyway...you can probably find similar block and tackle systems for less....but just make sure it's good quality.



As far as the straps on the top.. I am using some nylon straps from Harbor Freight. I can't remember what they were called, but they are flat nylon straps, sorta like a tow strap....with loops on both ends. They were just a smidge shorter than I needed, so I have a small loop of climbing rope that is making up the rest of the length to connect the ends together where the hoist clips in.



Sorry for the long post...but I spent a lot of time thinking about this, and I am very happy with what I ended up with. While it was still about $120 to make...it's not going to fail me or fall apart in a year.











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Re: [video] Putting Hard Top On Using Pulley Hoist Setup

Wow awesome! Nice work. Wish my garage didn't have a loft or I would install this for sure.


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Re: [video] Putting Hard Top On Using Pulley Hoist Setup

Thanks.

I was thinking about it... And if I had the garage of my previous house (that had a much shorter ceiling) I would still use this system. I would just swap spaces with my wife so that I park in the out-of-the-way spot. Then I would just hoist the top to clear the jeep by a few inches... And then leave it hanging. I would still be able to park under it.... I would just have to back in and carefully park under it (as if I was going to put it back on). So the only difference would be that I couldn't lift it high enough to completely get it out of the way.

Of course.... My situation is that my hard top doesn't (yet) stay stored for an entire season. My decision to go topless is a daily one.
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Re: [video] Putting Hard Top On Using Pulley Hoist Setup

How much space is needed between the end of garage door when up and the back wall to make this set up feasible for a JKU? Now...where did I put my tape measure...??? Thanks for the demo video
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Re: [video] Putting Hard Top On Using Pulley Hoist Setup

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How much space is needed between the end of garage door when up and the back wall to make this set up feasible for a JKU? Now...where did I put my tape measure...??? Thanks for the demo video

It depends. If you back your jeep all the way in and close the door.... Then you don't need any room backwards... Only enough room to make sure you clear above when the door is raised.

The easy answer is that if the space behind the garage door is longer than the top itself, then you'll be fine without having to maneuver it like it did.

I have more room than I am using, but my location is dictated by where the overhead beam was. I just hung the hoists at the most convenient beam.


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