Converting the Lange Hoist-A-Top into something usable on the JL

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Just inherited a Hoist A top from a JK, haven't had a chance to get it installed, glad I found this thread! Having a 2 dr JL, anything else I have to worry about since OP has a 4 dr??
I like the idea of having the rear glass shut but not if there's extra stress there, that Topsy option looks like the way to go if keeping the rear glass shut won't create any issues.
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Do you guys know if there is any difference between the Lange JL/JK power lifts other than that rear hook? I ask because I'm looking at buying one for a JLU, and it costs $100 more than the JKU version. If I'm going to convert it with the Topsy kit and t-bar anyway, is there any reason I shouldn't go with the cheaper JK lift?
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I converted my Lange from a JK 2 door to a JL 4 door hoist with the Topsy kit. It makes the “T” into an “H” or “I” and uses the rear window hinge brackets. Easy...
 

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I’m using my JK Lange kit on the JL with one simple modification. I bent the rear hook at the same angle of the new roof lip and the back up into the bar. I do have to unbolt the hook and slide the hook from the bottom of the top and then refasten to the bar. Adds about 1 minute to my removal.

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Thanks @Microday did the same slight modification to that window hook and seems to work fine as long as the window is up, top is angled a bit when lifted, even on the last hole, but I imagine if I put the Freedom Panels on top it will level it out. :)

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Well as it happens I found a JK lange hoist on CL and thought "what a find!"

Now the Topsy brackets are sold out? Bummer.
 

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Well as it happens I found a JK lange hoist on CL and thought "what a find!"

Now the Topsy brackets are sold out? Bummer.
If you have room to keep the rear window up when lifted you can do what @Microday & I did, works just fine!
 

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Great write up OP.

I just ordered the Lange power hoist yesterday. Does anyone know if they have “improved” the back hook since the time of the last post in here?

Went to topsy products already and seen they do have the set up now for the Lange (out of stock at the moment)

juts thought I’d check if anyone here knows, or anyone who’s just purchased the Lange recently can chime in on that back bracket.

if not I’ll grab the attachment from topsy for the conversion (just a shame to have to spend extra money when the Lange hoist itself isn’t cheap)

thanks in advance

Jay
 
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