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I have a hard top roof for a 2011 4 door Jeep Wrangler. I want to use a pulley system in my garage to store the hard top just below the ceiling of my garage. I can then lower the roof onto the Jeep when I want to put the roof back on. Any starting point ideas?

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Did that once myself. For me, the first thing I learned was that wherever I needed the same exact length of "rope" I used chain. I wrapped the chain in the rubber insulation used on 1/2" pipe to protect the top where necessary. By using chain I just counted the links to get exact lengths and make adjustments where I needed to. I built a 2x4 frame to the size of the roof with the idea of having a chain come down in each corner to hook onto the roof. Also had chain going from each corner of the 2x4 frame to a common point I would lift from. Think of a 2.5 feet of chain from each corner meeting at a point above the roof. I attached a boat winch to the wall of the garage and through some pulleys I was able to winch the roof off and lower it when I wanted to put it back on. By using the chain I was able to make adjustments to height, tilt, etc. Hope this helps.

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  • pwillitz Sep 15, 2010

    The 2x4 frame is not a "must". You can do it all with chains and rope. I just wanted the chains I hooked to the roof to hand straight down as opposed to coming down in one bunch on the top of the roof. I also had lots of height to work with.
    Again, hope this helps.


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