Yes the wratched ones can slip easy when you go to listen them. I like the other ones like the anchor ones that are like tie-downs for motorcycles and suchI have a photo somewhere, but I use the pull tension straps rather then the ratchet. Pull and lift and you are done. Easy peasy and cheap. Been doing this for years going back to my JK.
And on the way down you just put your hand underneath the hard top and push the strap release and it lowers as slow or fast as you want. It is the best way, really. Lowering ratchet straps suck.Yes the wratched ones can slip easy when you go to listen them. I like the other ones like the anchor ones that are like tie-downs for motorcycles and such
Here's my setup...glad to answer any questions. I screwed up the measurement on the ceiling holes, but, I'm going to change to 4" PVC so it won't matter.I built one very similar to this in the attic of my garage. It pulls the top up out of the way and I can easily do it on my own. Total cost was around $300.00. It's clean, easy and not terribly difficult to build. In addition to the hoist, and to address some of the concern others have mentioned, I added four eye bolts and two ratchet straps for safety. So, even if the hoist cable breaks, The top would only move an inch or two. I'll try to post some pictures if anyone is interested? I used 5lb rubber lifting balls I found at 5 below for the weight tension on the cables.
It has nothing to do with military press because (if you’re doing it right) your arms shouldn’t be pressing as much as locking out. Really, the weight is on your legs...if you can hold a 100lbs off the rack with your arms locked out, you should be fine. I take it off by hand all the time. Open the back window, sit in the trunk, stand up with it, set it on two Walmart folding tables in the garage (spaced long ways so I can walk between them). It is easy to balance as gravity/the big square top in the window section does all the work. Im 6’3”.It weighs about 100 pounds (just the top, not freedom panels), so if you can military press that much then maybe. I say good luck, it would be tough to balance and maneuver it even if you can handle the weight.