First my tires, now my hoist, you are my personal mod consultant!
I put off doing this all winter (and summer) because I was over thinking it. 4 eyebolts + 2 straps = problem solved.
What size eyebolts did you use? I'm guessing something with 2" of threads would be more than enough, considering my 2-door top is even lighter.
Hey man, any time you have a question give me a shout. I have a plethora of information (mostly useless), I'll give you some good/bad advice on any subject. lol.
The eyebolts are the largest ones that Lowes sells in the hardware section. Maybe an inch and a half thread 3/8" dia.
Do you have any issues with the strap chaffing on the weather stripping around the top of the rear window? I'm guessing that you just raise/lower slowly, or do you put something in betweeen to allow it to slide easier?
No issues. It's pretty tough rubber and the strap's material isn't really abrasive. I do raise and lower slowly and a little at a time between each side (~6" per side until at the level I want).
Any worries about the top bending over time stored in this manner? (I'd be storing mine for about 9 months out of the year) Thanks!
My top is only off between rainy days (week at the most), but I can't imagine any deformation storing it this way for extended amounts of time. The top really is light, and strong, so there's not enough stress on the contact points to cause any damage.
Originally Posted by Deep Water Terp
Will you explain what is necessary to lower the top? It looks like you'd have to use a ladder to reach the part of the strap that releases it. Thanks! And it looks great!
Lowering is just a matter of pressing the release on the strap while holding the strap's slack to control the speed. I just stand on the back bumper. I'm 6'3" so I might have a little longer reach than most though.