Hardtop Hoist ?

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Anyone have any hoist / good product experiences for top removal ?
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No...but I'm planning on building two for garage that I am planning on building, one for my jeep and one for the Bronco...My idea was to put a roof rack on the hard top and have quick connects from the rack to hook to the hoist so it would be a fast up/down....
 

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I rigged up some ratchet straps on my garage joists for my YJ top. Didn't work as well as the store bought options, but good enough for free.

Bronco top should be a bit lighter.
 

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I still have a hoist in the garage that was for a camper shell, should word fine to get the top off, I am in my 70's and can't press 350 any more :LOL:
 

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I'd imagine there are all kinds of examples at the Jeep and classic Bronco forums.
One that stands out is using the hand winch from a boat trailer, various cables and pulleys and you end up with a 4 into 1 cable that will lift all four corners simultaneously.

Guys will usually use 2X4's and get them under the top and hook into some eyebolts or whatever and crank the top up to the ceiling and then secure it with some type of safety straps or chains.

Somebody took that idea and improved it by using a CHEAP!! UTV electric winch. Low effort just bacame nearly NO effort!
 

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Top hoist for my Jeep. $22 at Home Depot.
I bought 4 eye bolts and a 4 pack of ratchet straps. Total cost $22.
I backed my Jeep into the garage, located the studs in the ceiling. I took a length on sting with a nut tied to one end for a plumb. Let it hang from the ceiling and marked the four corners of the top. Screwed the eyebolts at the four marked locations in the ceiling. Unbolted the top and attached the ratchet strap hooks under the lip of the top. Adjusted the ratchets and drove the Jeep out. So simple.
 

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Waiting to get the bronco home. I am doing the 4 door...but getting a hardtop. We have an almost 12ft ceiling height in our garage and I think i might be able to get the top to fit over the garage door....maybe. Otherwise I will have to back in the bronco to remove the back top.

My idea will be to run some plastic shethed metal cable threw eyelets in the ceiling with a utv winch in the attic space to pull up/down the back clamshell top. I want to reinforce and build a cradle for the winch as roof lower truss beams flex a lot so I want to build something to hold the weight better.
 

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I have a tight, short garage so no option for a hoist, but I have a toplift pro for my JLU. Works fantastic, hope it can work for the Bronco or if they end up making one for the Bronco, I would sell the Jeep one and buy it for the Bronco, no questions asked.

https://topliftpros.com/

EDIT: I reached out to TLP regarding the Bronco and they "working on a product they are hoping to launch before the end of the year"
 
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Top hoist for my Jeep. $22 at Home Depot.
I bought 4 eye bolts and a 4 pack of ratchet straps. Total cost $22.
I backed my Jeep into the garage, located the studs in the ceiling. I took a length on sting with a nut tied to one end for a plumb. Let it hang from the ceiling and marked the four corners of the top. Screwed the eyebolts at the four marked locations in the ceiling. Unbolted the top and attached the ratchet strap hooks under the lip of the top. Adjusted the ratchets and drove the Jeep out. So simple.
Yup, did the exact same thing. Got it down to a science now and can be in and out of the garage sans top in under 5 minutes.
 
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Top hoist for my Jeep. $22 at Home Depot.
I bought 4 eye bolts and a 4 pack of ratchet straps. Total cost $22.
I backed my Jeep into the garage, located the studs in the ceiling. I took a length on sting with a nut tied to one end for a plumb. Let it hang from the ceiling and marked the four corners of the top. Screwed the eyebolts at the four marked locations in the ceiling. Unbolted the top and attached the ratchet strap hooks under the lip of the top. Adjusted the ratchets and drove the Jeep out. So simple.
Also wondering how awkward it will be to put doors on/off by myself. Not that the weight is an issue but holding plus hinges
 

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I'm still on the fence for the roof racks. I really want them, but i want to b able completly remove the top too. maybe there will be a better aftermarket roof rack solution later.
 

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I build mine at first then we moved.
On the next 2 houses i bought this one:

https://smile.amazon.com/Harken-4-Point-Hoister-45-145-Package/

Pretty easy to install if you are a little handy.
The way the straps go through the top (from window to back) make it kind of universal, i believe i need no change from Wrangler 4Dr to Bronco 2Dr.

Works great, easy to pull the roof up. (I had a boat trailer winch on my homemade setup which worked great too)
 

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