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    Quote Originally Posted by Spazbyt View Post
    The "T" is 3/4 chip bored. I would have much preferred plywood but this is what I had laying around. I ran a alot of screws from the bottom which made me nervous that the chip board would split so I put down a fat bead of construction adhesive and a few small L brackets to avoid catistrophic failure. I drilled a bunch of holes so I could adjust the center of balance. The hooks are just U bolts cut and plasti-diped. The rear U bolt slides between the rear hatch glass. I cut slots for the side U bolts because I was unsure of the exact width of the hard top at the time. Attachment 349482Attachment 349483Attachment 349485Attachment 349486

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    Just to be clear, do you set the frame down on The top and then connect the u bolts. Seams obvious but I have to ask anyway just for clarity. Also I notice the back glass is down. Do you have any concerns for it being damaged by the hook. I should have said this the other day.....awesome job. I always like to see DIY stuff like this. The design is simple and very functional. Good call on the adhesive and L brackets. I would not have thought to do a T shape. Looks like it worked great. EDIT... T shape across the top from front to back
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billybob1178 View Post
    Just to be clear, do you set the frame down on The top and then connect the u bolts. Seams obvious but I have to ask anyway just for clarity. Also I notice the back glass is down. Do you have any concerns for it being damaged by the hook. I should have said this the other day.....awesome job. I always like to see DIY stuff like this. The design is simple and very functional. Good call on the adhesive and L brackets. I would not have thought to do a T shape. Looks like it worked great. EDIT... T shape across the top from front to back
    Yes, you can either insert the hooks up through the wood frame or just loosen them up a bit so you can rotate them around. For example. I lower the wood T down on top of the hard top. I then loosen up the hooks by hand until I can rotate them under the hard top. For the rear hook I turn it 90* so it can pass between the open rear glass and the hard top. I can leave the hatch open or it will actually close around the hook albeit it will bow your glass out so don't slam it closed. Pro Tip: Don't forget to leave enough room to open you tail gate and your rear hatch when positioning the winch. Ask me how I know
    I've never done it but I'm sure i'll be good at it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spazbyt View Post
    Yes, you can either insert the hooks up through the wood frame or just loosen them up a bit so you can rotate them around. For example. I lower the wood T down on top of the hard top. I then loosen up the hooks by hand until I can rotate them under the hard top. For the rear hook I turn it 90* so it can pass between the open rear glass and the hard top. I can leave the hatch open or it will actually close around the hook albeit it will bow your glass out so don't slam it closed. Pro Tip: Don't forget to leave enough room to open you tail gate and your rear hatch when positioning the winch. Ask me how I know
    Haha....indeed I can relate to that....haha. when I put the ratchet straps on my set up I ran into that problem.....literally.....haha....nothing beats experience. Thanks for the clarification figured as much. Glad to not be afraid to ask questions. Will be storing this setup in my brain for when I have a garage.

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    Hello to all the WALers. I wouldn't mind seeing more innovative ways we have figured out to get the hard top off single handedly. Post up some info an pics if you are so inclined. Thanks all. Be good.

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    Put down your purse and pick the fucker up.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Billybob1178 View Post
    Hello to all the WALers. I wouldn't mind seeing more innovative ways we have figured out to get the hard top off single handedly. Post up some info an pics if you are so inclined. Thanks all. Be good.
    Costs a little bit, but I use a Racor Vertical Storage System to remove and store my hardtop. Its safe, secure and allows me to remove, store and install all by myself:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaddestCross View Post
    Put down your purse and pick the fucker up.



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    Wish I was a little bit taller...haha..weighs as much as me. Off not a problem...on, problem........built some shit... problem solved....
    Thanks all, :-) Be good

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