What do you use to take your Jeep hard top off

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As for the seals issue that JCSIEMAN raised, I read another thread that there are some people, who purchase the "pool noodle" rafts...They slice them down the middle, place them over the seals, and it acts to "protect it" for lack of a better term.
I'm planning on the gregwessel hoist above because I like how it goes all the way to the ceiling for max clearance and it uses 4 points of connection to keep the lift straight.

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I have a Toplift Pro and love it. Very easy to remove and replace top, takes about 2 minutes, if that long. I used it in a small one car garage (have since moved to bigger house), and it fit with the jeep in the garage. Extremely sturdy and safe, easy to move with the rollers and they lock into place.
Yes it’s expensive but the ease of use and convenience became well worth the $$ after I used it a few times, and I use it often.
I’m happy to answer any questions.

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Does anyone know if the TopLift Pro will work with the JL? Imagine there should be no issue. Unfortunately a hoist system wont work for me and I have a one man solution.
 

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Does anyone know if the TopLift Pro will work with the JL? Imagine there should be no issue. Unfortunately a hoist system wont work for me and I have a one man solution.
I would go to their website and ask them. I’m not sure any JL owners have one of these yet. I am leaning this way also. I was thinking after we get our JLs maybe we can do a group buy.
 

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Harbor Freight winch in the ceiling, a "T" made from Unistrut sets on top of the hardtop, I use 3 J-hooks that I made from leaf spring U-Bolts. Lower it down, flip the hooks around and lift it up. I run a couple ratchet straps under it as extra safety.

As a bonus, if my top isn't off I use the winch to lift the front of my riding mower up so I can change the blades.
 
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Does anyone know if the TopLift Pro will work with the JL? Imagine there should be no issue. Unfortunately a hoist system wont work for me and I have a one man solution.
I’m getting ready to order one. If my garage had the space, I would think about a hoist. But this thing looks solid. They sent me a picture of someone using it on a JL. Also click on their Facebook page and there was a dealer using them on a JL

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I’m getting ready to order one. If my garage had the space, I would think about a hoist. But this thing looks solid. They sent me a picture of someone using it on a JL. Also click on their Facebook page and there was a dealer using them on a JL

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But $900 (essentially) for this thing? Are people really paying that much and finding value you that? Don’t get me wrong, it seems like a good solution, but the price is crazy considering there are good lifts for $350 out there that don’t take any floor space. You can buy that and a kayak (or a trip to Vegas) for the same price lol I think I’d pay about $500....but almost $1,000 is too much of a % of the total cost of the actual vehicle.
 
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But $900 (essentially) for this thing? Are people really paying that much and finding value you that? Don’t get me wrong, it seems like a good solution, but the price is crazy considering there are good lifts for $350 out there that don’t take any floor space. You can buy that and a kayak (or a trip to Vegas) for the same price lol I think I’d pay about $500....but almost $1,000 is too much of a prevent of the total cost of the actual vehicle.
I totally get the price. It is high, but the people that have them love them. I saw one similar for 500 but it looked so flimsy. I wish I had a bigger (cleaner) garage for lift.
 

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I totally get the price. It is high, but the people that have them love them. I saw one similar for 500 but it looked so flimsy. I wish I had a bigger (cleaner) garage for lift.
I guess that’s what they are banking on. I have a 3.5 12 ft tall garage so I can’t get to $900 for this thing with all the options at my disposal. But my last garage was a narrow 2 car with a low ceiling. If I still lived there I probably would have needed this at whatever the cost. They probably know the people in that boat are desperate enough to pay the premium. And it does look well built at least. They would catch more fish with a little cheaper bet though. Ha
 

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I would go to their website and ask them. I’m not sure any JL owners have one of these yet. I am leaning this way also. I was thinking after we get our JLs maybe we can do a group buy.
Keep me in the loop. I’m interested if we can get a deal.
 

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I use my arms. Guess I'm odd.

I built one of those dollies out of 2x4 and casters to store it in the garage.

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These are like $30 to build. The casters were the biggest item to buy. You can download plans for free online.

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As a bonus, if my top isn't off I use the winch to lift the front of my riding mower up so I can change the blades.
Bonus points for utility!!!

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In highschool my buddy had a hardtop YJ. That top sucked so hard to take on and off!
Having both a YJ and JK - the YJ hardtop is much more difficult to move. The JK Unlimited top is pretty easy. The JL is supposed to be lighter too.

The center of gravity of the tops is usually a few inches in from the back glass. The glass is the heaviest part, so the quarter glass and the rear glass will be the three heaviest parts. You'll need to focus on a spot to lift it between the three.

I dropped my YJ top by accident. Chipped the rear corners a little. Slipped off my shoulders while walking with it on me. For my YJ - I put a folding table behind my YJ and use that to slide it off. I have a safari rack on my YJ that I have to thread the hard top under and still over the roll cage.
 

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Following to see what they say regarding the group buy. I'm going to purchase this week. Everything that I have read about these lifts is very positive.
 

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