Simple Garage Hardtop Removal

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We had some beautiful weather today.

I was determined to figure out something simple and affordable for removing the hardtop rear cap on my 2 door Bronco….

I also wanted to be able to do this solo.

I found inspiration/copied the concept from this video. For my 2 door, the ceiling measurements I used: 68 X 48 inches

I used the mounting bracket for the front straps.


I know this is not intended for long term storage. I plan on using this for a single day like today. The longest my hardtop would be hanging like this would be for 3 days max.

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Pretty ingenious, good job! 🍻
 

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I have been thinking of the same thing. Looks good. Where exactly did you hook the front? any pics?
 

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Obligatory, I assume your ceiling hooks are anchored into joists/rafters/trusses?

Looks good. I had a similar set-up for my 4-door Jeep and would leave it hanging there for weeks. Only difference is I used one long strap for the front and one long strap for the back. That way, after the topped was hooked, I was raising and lowering from one side. Would just crank it up a bit and then pull the strap to equal the lift on both sides.
 
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I have been thinking of the same thing. Looks good. Where exactly did you hook the front? any pics?
The rear cap is secured at the top of the Bronco with 2 bolts you have to remove before taking it off. I just hooked into the mounting bracket where the bolt goes. Look for a Bronco hardtop removal video on Youtube and you will see what I'm talking about.
 

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Obligatory, I assume your ceiling hooks are anchored into joists/rafters/trusses?

Looks good. I had a similar set-up for my 4-door Jeep and would leave it hanging there for weeks. Only difference is I used one long strap for the front and one long strap for the back. That way, after the topped was hooked, I was raising and lowering from one side. Would just crank it up a bit and then pull the strap to equal the lift on both sides.
Yes, all 4 screw eyes are connected to trusses above. I used a stud finder to approximately locate the center.

I think you posted a photo of your setup in another thread and is what got the ball rolling for this.

I jumped on this setup because all the weight is distributed to 4 points. Slightly lifting each corner, hooking and then tightening up the cam buckle on each corner was an absolute breeze. I was kinda shocked/proud of myself when I got the top off yesterday. The guide pins make reinstalling a cinch too, I just worked it down slowly on all 4 corners lining up the pins. Also, fairly minimal scars on my smooth ceiling/finished garage if I ever need to remove the screw eyes and patch up.

Removing/reinstalling the bolts is what takes forever when using the provided tools. I went ahead and ordered a cordless ratchet on Amazon to take care of that.

Knowing I can do this on whim and by myself will allow me to enjoy the Bronco that much more.
 

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What size are the bolts that hood the hard top to the bronco? Do you need a swivel or just a straight socket will work?
 
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The tools needed are provided. I've just been looking for an excuse for awhile now to buy a cordless ratchet wrench. This was the perfect justification. ;)
 

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I currently have a JKU wrangler. I have a toplift pro lift and absolutely love it. I dont have enough clearance in my garage for an overhead lift. The lift will also work with 4dr broncos but unfortunately it doesnt on a 2dr but they say theyre working on something. Its a bit pricey but if you dont have the ability to do something else its worth it.
 

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What about the Harken Hoist? Has anyone tried that? Seems a lot more challenging to install vs. this solution.
 

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We had some beautiful weather today.

I was determined to figure out something simple and affordable for removing the hardtop rear cap on my 2 door Bronco….

I also wanted to be able to do this solo.

I found inspiration/copied the concept from this video. For my 2 door, the ceiling measurements I used: 68 X 48 inches

I used the mounting bracket for the front straps.


I know this is not intended for long term storage. I plan on using this for a single day like today. The longest my hardtop would be hanging like this would be for 3 days max.

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Any worries about the load on those front mounting plates? Everyone else seems to be using straps under the top but I'm not a fan of the way they rub on the top seals. Your mounting point are much better but I wouldn't want to pull that front metal bracket out of the hardtop.
 
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The bracket is heady duty and thick. I think it will be okay. All the weight is distributed to 4 points. Roughly 20 lbs each, but the majority of the weight is in the back.

I went ahead and made a wood support for the back. Since I bought a new to me daily, the Bronco is now officially a toy. I plan on keeping the Bronco in the garage with the top and doors off until early Fall at least. If it’s a nice day, she’s ready to go!

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