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I never owned a hardtop hoist before for a hardtop wrangler, but I am finally looking to install one in my garage at home for my silver 392. I am mostly concerned with stability and making sure the top doesn't fall and break when hoisting it up. Pressing a button to do it is nice, but not necessary. I would really appreciate any advice or tips on this topic matter from people who use hardtop hoists here! I was looking at the garage smart one for 600 dollars, but obviously I'd enjoy a cheaper one as well! Haha 😆
 
There is a big selection of ceiling hoists. They range in price from $100 for the manual ones to $700 automated ones. I have a ceiling hoist that has done the job. You can leave the top in the suspended position as they are rated for 500lbs (if properly installed). The downside to ceiling hoists is the fact that they are in a fixed position. You cannot move them around. I prefer to have a rack/storage system hanging from my ceiling. My next hoist for the hard top will be this one:


Expensive, but I like the fact that you can move it around and leave the top on the hoist for storage. If you watch a few YouTube videos, you will see how easy it is to use.
 
I have a ceiling joist and it is fantastic. Makes removal an easy 1 person job. I’ve made a few rolling top stands for storage. The hoist removes the top and set it on the stand which gets rolled into a corner. I used to store the top in the hoist and park a car underneath when I had a smaller garage.
 
Thanks for the advice guys, I definitely want a hard top removal hoist to hang from the ceiling just because I hate using up valuable garage floor space! I like that toplifts one, but I wish it took up less floor space, but that's me always a little different haha...like I still need to buy or build shelving for my garage as most stuff sits on the flooring edges of the garage currently lol
 
I’ve had an electric hoist for 5 years, I take my top on and off all the time and have never needed help. The problem with the manual crank is if you need to mount the crank too far from your Jeep so you can’t at least get a hand on it. The electric winch style has a pretty long cord that helps with that. My 2 cents
 
I’ve had an electric hoist for 5 years, I take my top on and off all the time and have never needed help. The problem with the manual crank is if you need to mount the crank too far from your Jeep so you can’t at least get a hand on it. The electric winch style has a pretty long cord that helps with that. My 2 cents
Thanks for the advice, I never thought of that until you mentioned it. Thanks for sharing!
 
Smart garage ... under 3 hours ... easy install...
 

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That Garage Smart System is making me rethink my choice for a hard top hoist.
 
just wanted to bump this to see what the topless crowd is currently using for removal. Any consensus for what is best? That Toplift Pro seems like a good solution without needing to install major garage hardware
 
just wanted to bump this to see what the topless crowd is currently using for removal. Any consensus for what is best? That Toplift Pro seems like a good solution without needing to install major garage hardware
Toplift Pro. I've tried a few ceiling mounted options. Toplift is the best for my needs. Good quality. I can move the liftpro around (my favorite feature) and store the top on it. I'm happy with the product. Worth it in my opinion.
 
I got a Lange Originals Host A Cart Gen 2. At $700 is expensive, but pretty easy to use and lets you store hardtop in a vertical position. I went with this because it is narrow enough to fit between the aisles in my steel building for out of the way storage. I change out between hard and soft tops twice a year. Hardtop for cold months, soft top for warm months. Got tired of one manning the hardtop down a short step ladder (risk of injury and hardtop damage).

I like the ease of the top lift pro operation better but it would not fit where I like to store it. So for me was a compromise. I'm just glad to have the ability to look and choose.
 
There are some really great ones out there, electric and all, and some great manual pully systems. I'm leaning towards the TopLift Pro. Why? Unlike the ceiling mounted units that may be better, the TopLift can go to where I need it.
 
I pieced my together with a Harbor Freight ATV winch, unistrut, Topsy brackets that go in rear window hinges and a 6 foot tow strap. Works great.
 
I'm a 4 ratchet straps in eye-bolts guy at the moment, which takes all of 3 minutes, but might not be what I want for the new jeep with paint-matched hard top.

Will probably have to look into something a little bit nicer to make sure I'm not damaging top, and that it's secure when the next earthquake hits.

There's a really good thread on JLWranglerForums - https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/fo...moval-device-would-you-recommend.67257/page-8

Lots of decent options and discussion there! Hope that helps!
 
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