Lange Originals 014-502 Crank Hoist-a-Top for 04-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ Unlimited with One Piece Hardtop
Hoist-A-Top™ uses a strong steel frame that quickly attaches to your vehicle top for easy lifting. There is nothing to drill or attach. A specially designed cable winching mechanism lifts your top to the ceiling in your garage or carport for convenient, out-of-the-way storage. It takes about three minutes to remove your top, by yourself. Replacing it is just as easy. Hoist-A-Top™ is a complete turnkey system.
Please Note: Minor drilling of your garage ceiling and/or wall is required. No drilling of your Jeep is needed.
Electric Drill with 3/8" Bit
Phillips Screw Driver
Measuring Tape & Pencil
1 Crank Unit
1 Hoist Frame T Section
3 29.5" Frame Arms
1 Slide with Nut
1 Top Section Support Arm System
2 1/2" Eye Bolts with Lag Screw Ends
6 #4 Screws
5 End Caps
1 3/8" Nylon Capture Nuts
2 Rubber Coated J Hooks
1 Rubber Coated L Hook
10 Foam Top Protectors
2 3/8" Eye Bolts (shorty)
2 Eye Nuts and Rings
2 Stretch Cords
2 "T" Shaped Foam Standoffs
- Style: Manual Hoist
- Shipping Weight: 35lb
- Shipping Dimensions: 33in x 13in x 7in (L x W x H)
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (LJ)
- 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (LJ)
- 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (LJ)
- 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (LJ)
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Lange Originals Crank Hoist-a-Top Reviews
Bought off of Lange website. This is a terrible product. When you crank the handle it grinds away the metal until there is none left. If it is in the air and runs out of metal to grind against it will free fall to the ground destroying the hardtop and whatever it falls on. This is a huge safety concern as this could kill someone. When I called Lange about this issue they said this is a known issue and offered me a replacement crank, or I could buy the $150 powered crank. Unfortunately I cannot find another option so I will have to go with the powered crank. My question is if this is a known issue why is this product still being sold? I ordered this FROM THEM. Why is there not a notice going out about the dangers of this product? Since I am on a rant I might as well say the instructions are terrible and the screws they want you to use to screw in the rollers onto the ceiling are way to dangerous for that amount of weight anyway.
I'll be sending in a Powerpoint demonstrating the issues with my experience, which was less than stellar. The components are well-made, however the installation method they call out is not strong enough to support the weight of the top. they send 2 pulley/bracket assemblies - one that mounts above the hoist, and another which mounts above, near the center of gravity of the top. These guide and support the cable, obviously. They tell you to mount the pulley brackets to a 2X6, which you then secure between ceiling joists, or along a joist depending on the orientation. However, they send you wood screws in the kit. The first time I used it, I was skeptical, and it did end up pulling one of these brackets right off the 2X6 under load - one screw head popped off, while the others pulled through the wood. The top obviously dropped, could've really hurt someone. It did damage a light I had mounted on the wall, along with an interior panel, but luckily I still had a cart under it so it only fell a few feet back onto it. I took everything back down, drilled the mount holes through the 2X6, and used grade 8 hex bolts, washers and lock-nuts to re-secure the pulley brackets and hoist (they also sent lag bolts for the hoist - don't even try that...). The point is, use your head. I didn't think the top was really all that heavy, but it really is too heavy to expect wood screws to hold under load. My 2X6s were really in good shape too - not punky or soft. The winch works well now. The instructions were really bad - seems as though they send the same instructions for any year and style of hard top lift, you have to pick and choose which poor instruction section closest applies to your application. Mine was an '06 Wrangler TJ Unlimited, so it is an extended length or LJ model which is what this was intended for. Purchased late June 2018.