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I hope this was an original thought and hasn't been better executed and documented by someone here before but I made a hoist for hardtop removal and installation by utilizing two Harbor Freight "bicycle lifts" PN95803 ($9.99 each)

Works like a charm. I had to rotate the pulleys on the "hooks" 90 degrees and bend the front hooks a bit more to better fit the front of the hardtop but other than that it was like installing a set of blinds. The rope lift system works the same way. It will hold when you lift it while pulling the rope at an angle. To let it down just lift it a bit with the rope straight down beneath it and it will release the lock.

I had pictures to post but apparently I don't have enough posts for it to be allowed. Oh well. PM me to see them I guess. Or some kind soul who can post links could post them for me. The pics are on Photobucket.

http://s1083.photobucket.com/user/CABurdette/media/IMG-20151104-WA0026.jpeg.html
http://s1083.photobucket.com/user/CABurdette/media/20151104_193343.jpg.html
 

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Yup, one of many. I just used four eye bolts screwed into the ceiling joist and hung some tie downs from each. Already had the straps and eye bolts. Pull strap with one hand and lift the corner with the other. Not heavy, one man can raise top by himself. top only has to be raised a couple of inches. See post two. We've seen them with boat trailer winches and electric motors, etc. Whatever floats your boat. :gluging:


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I hope this was an original thought and hasn't been better executed and documented by someone here before but I made a hoist for hardtop removal and installation by utilizing two Harbor Freight "bicycle lifts" PN95803 ($9.99 each)

Works like a charm. I had to rotate the pulleys on the "hooks" 90 degrees and bend the front hooks a bit more to better fit the front of the hardtop but other than that it was like installing a set of blinds. The rope lift system works the same way. It will hold when you lift it while pulling the rope at an angle. To let it down just lift it a bit with the rope straight down beneath it and it will release the lock.

I had pictures to post but apparently I don't have enough posts for it to be allowed. Oh well. PM me to see them I guess. Or some kind soul who can post links could post them for me. The pics are on Photobucket.

http://s1083.photobucket.com/user/CABurdette/media/IMG-20151104-WA0026.jpeg.html
http://s1083.photobucket.com/user/CABurdette/media/20151104_193343.jpg.html
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Do you have any pics of the modifications you made? Maybe it's just one of those days, but I'm having trouble visualizing...
 

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Hell yea, why didn't I think of this. I'm using two straps through 4 eye bolts and it works ok, but this is cheap and will work fine for two times a year when I would use it (once to take the top off in the spring and another to put it back on in November.).
 
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