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    Nothing but a Thing Speedy_RCW's Avatar
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    Electric Hardtop Hoist

    Been working on a hoist to pull and store my JKU hardtop. Wanted it to be something easy to run solo and also not take up too much room. I have a standard 9' ceiling in my garage so I also wanted to get it as high up as I could. I'm a short fucker but still wanted it up so it could be walked under. Here's what I have going so far.

    I built the frame out of 1-1/2" .095 wall square tubing. I put tabs on the ends so the D-rings couldn't slide off.

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    I initially made this T-strap but found that if the straps weren't exactly the correct length the top wouldn't hoist level without a lot of manipulation of the frame. I ended up just using a single ratchet strap instead.

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    These are the D-rings I used. They are way overkill but it's what I already had laying around.

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    I mounted an electric hoist with pendant in the attic and used a 4" ABS fitting to run the cable through the ceiling to make it look cleaner. I double lined the hoist so it would lift the top slower thus smoother and more controlled. I had to space it up in the attic so I used 4x4's beneath the unistrut. I went across 4 ceiling joists even though the top is light I may want to use the hoist for other purposes as well.

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    Here is my test run to find the CG so I could weld on the lifting point. Rags were temporary padding.

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    Instead of welding the lifting point on, I opted to build a bolted connection. Figured that was best in case I didn't get the position correct or ever wanted to lift the top with glass both closed and open requiring me to adjust the lifting point.

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    Painted everything up and added pipe insulation for padding. Dunno if I like the padding but it'll work for now.

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    This is how it will sit when not in use.

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    I've only used it to put the jeep top back on since we had rain on the horizon so I don't have a full top removal video or pics. We're traveling now but once I get back I have to mount eye-bolts in the ceiling joists and I'll use jack chain to hold the top up. I want a little more safety that relying on the hoist brake to hold the top suspended. Especially since I'll basically be parking the jeep underneath it.


    I also need to install an outlet in the attic for the power connection. For now I have the cord dropped out the same hole as the wire rope and just plug it in to an extension cord.




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    Good design and seems to work well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    Good design and seems to work well.
    Thanks. It'll be nice with a baby now to easily be able to remove and install the top.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy_RCW View Post
    Been working on a hoist to pull and store my JKU hardtop. Wanted it to be something easy to run solo and also not take up too much room. I have a standard 9' ceiling in my garage so I also wanted to get it as high up as I could. I'm a short fucker but still wanted it up so it could be walked under. Here's what I have going so far...
    Nice work! Looks like you could still add some expanded metal or wire fence to make a platform on top of the "T" so you can store your freedom panels or other random items when not in use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sipafz View Post
    Nice work! Looks like you could still add some expanded metal or wire fence to make a platform on top of the "T" so you can store your freedom panels or other random items when not in use.
    That's a possibility down the road. The panels don't really get in my way when they're off though. I just put em in the bag and set it off to the side. But I did think of that.

    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    I hope you don't mind but I moved this into the write-up section. Nice job!
    Thanks Eddie. Sorry, I didn't really know where it belonged. Thanks for moving it.


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    Sorry for the really late reply! Just found this...

    What kind of electric hoist did you use? Are you happy with it? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sm31 View Post
    Sorry for the really late reply! Just found this...

    What kind of electric hoist did you use? Are you happy with it? Thanks!
    Itís a 440lb capacity hoist from Harbor Freight. I donít have anything bad to say about it. I havenít had any issues. But it IS a Harbor Freight hoist so I donít trust the brake to hold the top up. I put eye-bolts in the ceiling that I attach the frame to once the top is hoisted up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy_RCW View Post
    Itís a 440lb capacity hoist from Harbor Freight. I donít have anything bad to say about it. I havenít had any issues. But it IS a Harbor Freight hoist so I donít trust the brake to hold the top up. I put eye-bolts in the ceiling that I attach the frame to once the top is hoisted up.


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    Dude thats awesome. I use the same HF hoist for my 300 pound 5th wheel hitch and hasent faild me yet. Gotten about 50 lifts with it, but every time I go to use it I say hope this isn't the last LOL. I been ponder this ideas for my top. Thank you and great job!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MericaMade View Post
    Dude thats awesome. I use the same HF hoist for my 300 pound 5th wheel hitch and hasent faild me yet. Gotten about 50 lifts with it, but every time I go to use it I say hope this isn't the last LOL. I been ponder this ideas for my top. Thank you and great job!!!

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    Thanks. Yea I was skeptical about the HF hoist especially being mounted in my attic that gets blistering hot. But figure itís cheap enough to replace if it does fail.


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