One of the most exciting things about owning a Jeep is being able to take the top off and enjoy the open air while cruising around. However, taking off and putting on the hardtop can be a challenging task. To make life easier, you can create your own Jeep hard top hoist. In this article, we will guide you through the steps of building a DIY hardtop hoist for your Jeep.
Before we get started, you will need the following materials:
- Two 2x4s (8 feet long)
- Four pulleys
- Two ratchet straps
- Four eye bolts
- Four S-hooks
- Two 10-foot ropes (3/8 inch thick)
Step 1: Building the Frame
The first step is to build the frame that will hold the pulleys. Take two of the 2x4s and cut them to the length of your Jeep’s hardtop. Then, cut two more pieces to a length of 4 feet. Use screws to connect the four pieces into a rectangle.
Step 2: Installing the Pulleys
Next, install the pulleys at each corner of the frame. Drill a hole through each corner and insert an eye bolt. Screw a pulley onto each eye bolt.
Step 3: Attaching the Ratchet Straps
Attach the ratchet straps to the frame. Place two S-hooks on each of the two shorter sides of the frame. Use the ratchet straps to secure the hooks to the frame.
Step 4: Installing the Ropes
Thread each rope through one of the pulleys. Tie a knot at the end of each rope so that it will not slip out of the pulley.
Step 5: Attaching the Hardtop
Finally, attach the hardtop to the ropes. Place the hardtop on the frame and use the S-hooks to secure it to the ratchet straps. Then, use the ropes to hoist the hardtop up to the ceiling of your garage or carport.
With this DIY Jeep hard top hoist, you can easily remove and store your Jeep’s hardtop without breaking your back. The project only requires a few materials and can be completed in a few hours. Enjoy the open air without the hassle of removing and storing your hardtop!