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post #1 of 49 Old 03-13-2015, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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Need some feedback from jk owners

Hey everyone I am a jeep jk owner and have come up with idea for a hardtop removal device so one person can remove their hardtop safely and easily anytime anywhere. I am going to start fabing it up this weekend and I think it could turn into a nice side business if there is enough interest. So if you have a jeep and remove your top and would be interested in a simple device to take it off and put it on let me know, once I get it built I can send pics to who ever wants to see it.
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There are already a bunch of one-man hard top removal kits. Unless yours is drastically different from some rope, some pulleys, and some clamps/hooks (maybe a bridging device), you may want to reschedule the appearance on Shark Tank.

Post pics here, even if it's not different it's still good food for thought for the other DIYers. I built my hard top hoist from Home Depot parts and boat rope.

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There are already a bunch of one-man hard top removal kits. Unless yours is drastically different from some rope, some pulleys, and some clamps/hooks (maybe a bridging device), you may want to reschedule the appearance on Shark Tank.

Post pics here, even if it's not different it's still good food for thought for the other DIYers. I built my hard top hoist from Home Depot parts and boat rope.
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post #5 of 49 Old 03-13-2015, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't seen one like the I am going to make, I made my own set up at my parents carport and it worked great, but my mom is selling the house and I don't have a garage so I'm going to make a crane I can put on the trailer hitch, that way you could take the top off without a garage or any help at all, what tall think, I'll put up pics once I get it made.
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See post #2. Save your money, of which you should have plenty if you're 38 and still living with your mum.
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There are already a bunch of one-man hard top removal kits. Unless yours is drastically different from some rope, some pulleys, and some clamps/hooks (maybe a bridging device), you may want to reschedule the appearance on Shark Tank.

Post pics here, even if it's not different it's still good food for thought for the other DIYers. I built my hard top hoist from Home Depot parts and boat rope.
He said anywhere so it sounds like you don't need a hoist.

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See post #2. Save your money, of which you should have plenty if you're 38 and still living with your mum.
https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showth...t=door+storage
He's not looking to store doors, He's looking to remove the top anywhere. I'm interested and I sold my hard and soft top for an NX Trektop lol.

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See post #2. Save your money, of which you should have plenty if you're 38 and still living with your mum.
https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showth...t=door+storage
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I would be interested if your design didn't involve any garage ceiling mounted parts so I could do it outside. My garage is already full of Jeep parts, motorcycles, kayaks and bicycles so having my hard top dangling from the ceiling would likely put me out on the street.
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I'd be interested to see what you come up with. An easily portable system that doesn't require mounting something to ceiling and would enable you to remove your top anywhere would be interesting.

I've stayed in condos on vacation that had a 1 car garage or parking under the condos. The hard top is nice for traveling and it would have been neat to be able to remove the top when there.
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Haha I don't live at home, I just don't have a garage, I hade the garage mount lift there so I could take it off and store it there for the summer. And yes my lift will be portable so you can take with you anywhere and pull the top off if your going out on a trail of whatever, and the throw it back on for the drive home, no garage needed, or peoe coming over to "help" and drink all your beer?
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I would be interested if the price was reasonable.

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He's not looking to store doors, He's looking to remove the top anywhere. I'm interested and I sold my hard and soft top for an NX Trektop lol.
one of the pics showed my hardtop suspended from 4 hold down straps. and yeah, i miss read his post. So, I guess we should get ready to see him on Shark Tank,

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Cool idea using the hitch.
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one of the pics showed my hardtop suspended from 4 hold down straps. and yeah, i miss read his post. So, I guess we should get ready to see him on Shark Tank,
A shark tank? I think of a big ass shark armored like a tank other than that I'm lost brother.

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post #19 of 49 Old 03-13-2015, 08:46 PM
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Quite frankly, I'd be interested in a solution that would allow me to take my hard top off by myself, lower it safely onto a cart, and that didn't need to be mounted to a fixed structure.

The question is how much it would cost and how reliable it would be. Something that plugs into the hitch receiver sounds like a good concept, but when you start packaging and shipping heavy steel tube needed to make a crane it gets very expensive very fast. You could possibly design and build something for $250 and spend $250 on shipping. Add on a margin for insurance, returns, warranty, etc., and of course profit to make it worth your time and effort, this might turn out to be priced out of the market.

If you can work out a business plan to produce at a reasonable price I might be persuaded to buy into a Kickstarter.

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I take my top off and put it on by myself every year. They are not that heavy, just awkward.

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Damn, that's a neat concept for a show. After getting it built he should contact a patent company and work on getting it patented. Then mess with sharks and dragons

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I take my top off and put it on by myself every year. They are not that heavy, just awkward.
I do as well but then again I'm 6'4" 250 lbs, I'd hate to see my wife try to do the top on her own at only 5'2" without scratching the hell out of the bed rails. Or when I get older, I might need assistance. Basically - there's a market for these lifts for the right person.

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Have most of it al tacked together, gonna fit it on the jeep tomorrow morning and make sure my measurements were right then weld everything up and mount the winch
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Ok the prototype is almost done and it works, I know it is too heavy right now but I am looking into aluminum tube instead, also there are some things I will change, the top arm is too long and will be removable and adjustable to accommodate 2dr or 4dr tops. But the concept is solid and it can hold at least 170lbs when turned 90 degrees so I it is strong. But overall what do you all think?

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