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Great looking Jeep, just curious since you have a Willys what engine do you have and also after those bigger wheels do you still see 8th gear at all if you have the Auto?
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I have the 3.6L V6 24V e Torque Engine. Yep, still see 8th gear.
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So I spent most of yesterday jerry-rigging a hard top lift in my garage with a buddy. Got it all setup - total materials cost of ~$40 and it works...pretty good.

And I *completely* forgot to take a pic with the top off/hoisted, lmao.

Just know that it's coming. And I'm pretty excited about it. Extremely minimal impact/damage to my garage ceiling, would be super easy to remove and you wouldn't know it'd been there, but it also works really well.
 

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So I spent most of yesterday jerry-rigging a hard top lift in my garage with a buddy. Got it all setup - total materials cost of ~$40 and it works...pretty good.

And I *completely* forgot to take a pic with the top off/hoisted, lmao.

Just know that it's coming. And I'm pretty excited about it. Extremely minimal impact/damage to my garage ceiling, would be super easy to remove and you wouldn't know it'd been there, but it also works really well.
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I went with Harken, and I am pleased so far.

I am going to move the lift points forward 6 inches so the rear glass clears the angle iron hold the shelf.

I have also shortened the straps to it will go higher and I can back under the top while hoisted.

other notes:
Soft top hardware was a breeze to install, but got ahead of my self installing the actual soft top itself. Put a few scratches in the roll bar, touch up paint on its way

Hard top reinstall was awkward as the back glass was pushing on said angle iron, and top was not quite level. Moving the hoist points forward should solve that.

I really like the self locking safety cleat, and the 6:1 mechanical advantage makes it super easy to lift and lower the top
 

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So I spent most of yesterday jerry-rigging a hard top lift in my garage with a buddy. Got it all setup - total materials cost of ~$40 and it works...pretty good.

And I *completely* forgot to take a pic with the top off/hoisted, lmao.

Just know that it's coming. And I'm pretty excited about it. Extremely minimal impact/damage to my garage ceiling, would be super easy to remove and you wouldn't know it'd been there, but it also works really well.
Glad you found a solution! Even though I was only able to run for a week with out the hard top it was fabulous!! Looking forward to next spring when I go back to no top / soft top for the summer. :)
 

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Glad you found a solution! Even though I was only able to run for a week with out the hard top it was fabulous!! Looking forward to next spring when I go back to no top / soft top for the summer. :)
Thanks for the pics of yours. I've had the Harken in my Amazon cart for a while, but had been saving up for my lift+tires, and with some recent unexpected financial changes, decided to get *something* done for now that could be upgraded later.

My setup is ultimately pretty similar, really. Two ~5ft 2x4s screwed into the ceiling beams at 3-4 points, then eye-hooks screwed into those, with some re-inforcement.

I was limited by my pre-existing shop light, so my bars are ~1ft further apart than would be ideal. Easy to adjust when it's not 95+ outside, lol.
 

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Thanks for the pics of yours. I've had the Harken in my Amazon cart for a while, but had been saving up for my lift+tires, and with some recent unexpected financial changes, decided to get *something* done for now that could be upgraded later.

My setup is ultimately pretty similar, really. Two ~5ft 2x4s screwed into the ceiling beams at 3-4 points, then eye-hooks screwed into those, with some re-inforcement.

I was limited by my pre-existing shop light, so my bars are ~1ft further apart than would be ideal. Easy to adjust when it's not 95+ outside, lol.
Sounds very similar, and I was thinking of something similar.

I hear ya on the fun stuff - I am saving for the steel bumper/winch upgrade. Hoping to install in the spring.
 

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Hello all...I am a long time lurker and a former crystal granite club member 😜. I've been converted to team Hydro Blue. Just picked it up a couple of weeks ago. New tires and I'm currently waiting and deciding what lift to get.

I've loved seeing everyones pictures! They have given me a lot of ideas and inspiration.


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Hello all...I am a long time lurker and a former crystal granite club member 😜. I've been converted to team Hydro Blue. Just picked it up a couple of weeks ago. New tires and I'm currently waiting and deciding what lift to get.

I've loved seeing everyones pictures! They have given me a lot of ideas and inspiration.


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Looking good! what type and size of tires did you get?
 

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Hello all...I am a long time lurker and a former crystal granite club member 😜. I've been converted to team Hydro Blue. Just picked it up a couple of weeks ago. New tires and I'm currently waiting and deciding what lift to get.

I've loved seeing everyones pictures! They have given me a lot of ideas and inspiration.


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Spoiler - your hard top setup is basically *exactly* what I did. I see you also "splurged" on the cheap Harbor Freight ratchet straps, lol.

How did you get your ratchet straps so clean though? Did you trim for length? Mine had MILES of extra, lol.

*Sorry to derail the overall Hydro thread. I can move convo elsewhere, or just supplement with excessive blue pics if needed for the group*
 

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Spoiler - your hard top setup is basically *exactly* what I did. I see you also "splurged" on the cheap Harbor Freight ratchet straps, lol.

How did you get your ratchet straps so clean though? Did you trim for length? Mine had MILES of extra, lol.

*Sorry to derail the overall Hydro thread. I can move convo elsewhere, or just supplement with excessive blue pics if needed for the group*
Yes...I splurged on the ratchet straps! lol. This system is seriously underrated. I had to save my money for things that count! About the lengths of the straps...I did exactly what you suggested. I trimmed them shorter and then burned the frayed ends with a lighter. The one that goes around the front is one ratchet strap so I use 3 in total. 2 in the back and 1 slipped under the upper front end.
 

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Yes...I splurged on the ratchet straps! lol. This system is seriously underrated. I had to save my money for things that count! About the lengths of the straps...I did exactly what you suggested. I trimmed them shorter and then burned the frayed ends with a lighter. The one that goes around the front is one ratchet strap so I use 3 in total. 2 in the back and 1 slipped under the upper front end.
Ah, I've got 4 running, but 3 might be easier.

On the back two, can you share a pic or two of specifically where on the top you're hooking? The best place I could find was to hook at the bottom of the back, right where that channel runs.

I also used microfiber cloths between the hooks and top. Probably overkill but my whole system is overkill, lol.
 

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Quick question for my Hydro Blue peeps - I have a 2021 Rubicon, yet when I search through settings and applications I don't see the selectable tire fill alert options, almost like they are missing. Are you all seeing them on your Rubicons? Supposed to be Options - Safety - STFA.
 

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On the back two, can you share a pic or two of specifically where on the top you're hooking? The best place I could find was to hook at the bottom of the back, right where that channel runs.
I hook them on the inside back window bracket...making sure I am attached to the bracket and not the window lift mechanism. It's a clean setup and no hook is on my paint.



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I hook them on the inside back window bracket...making sure I am attached to the bracket and not the window lift mechanism. It's a clean setup and no hook is on my paint.



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I've been doing the exact same setup with my JKU for 10 years now, 4 eye hooks in the ceiling, 4 ratchet straps, piece of cake, can do it by myself up/down in 5 minutes.
 
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