Reviews for Lange Originals 014-SIMJL Hoist-A-Top Simple for 18-20 Jeep Wrangler JL
Horrible instructions! The crank was so small it too forever to crank up or down. We used it 1 year. It fell once.
Working good came in on time and installed easy no complaints
Installation is a bit of a pain if you don't have exposed studs, but it's doable with one person and the hoist is secure once up. Instructions are clear. It does move slower than I would have liked, but a power drill can fix that.
Works pretty good, use a cordless drill to make it fast removal
I like this. Install was fairly easy. One complaint is That it winches VERY slow. I may change to electric.
I have an older version. Looking forward to simplicity of newer version. To fix slowness of crank: I welded a socket onto the retaining nut and now I can use a power drill to raise and lower the top in 10 seconds. For any areas of contact with the straps, I recommend a chamois or similar washcloth between the straps and the paint.
The crank on this hoist is so tiny it is a joke. Save yourself the agony and buy a boat crank if you don't feel like cranking for 20 minutes.
I give this 2 stars at best, but still somewhat incomplete. Installed the pulleys and cables, largely due to a well done YouTube tutorial offered by the company. Otherwise the paper directions are poor photo quality and somewhat hard to follow. The fit for the JL is provided via an addendum with (again) grainy photos. The hook for the JL lacks the thick rubber coating provided on the JK hook, so I am concerned about whether it might scratch the painted hard top. On the topic of painted hard top, there is a WARNING sticker on the bag of the hard top strap indicating that the strap may stain the paint. Ironically, the sticker says "IF YOU USE THIS PRODUCT TO STORE YOUR TOP..." - well what else would I have bought this product for? At this stage, I am not sure what I plan to do. The hardware is installed, so I've already drilled a bunch of holes in the walls/studs. Still I have concerns about the rear hook scratching the paint and the strap staining the paint. IF the strap didn't stain and IF the hook connected without scratching the paint, I'd bump up my rating. But I am not sure whether to proceed or not. I emailed the company via their contact form a few days ago and am awaiting a response.
Great item! I installed this in about two hours by myself after hanging headers and 4X4's in my carport since I had no ceiling joists. Now I can remove the top in less than 15 minutes with no help needed. Stores nicely as well. Definitely a good choice. Only downfall is the slowness of the hand crank.
Received and installed my top hoist today for my Jeep JL. Pretty simple if you just follow the instructions. Finding the joists and studs in the wall and ceiling and then centering all the parts on the wood was the hardest part. Not too bad though if you use a stud finder and a measuring tape. I cranked my top up from the garage floor so it was a little slow, but should be easier when it just goes on or off the jeep. Everything seems pretty balanced and secure.