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Still looking for a hardtop lift/storage method, and looking at this Garage Smart Hard Top lift (used for j**ps, I know). Trying to save a bad back, but still enjoy taking the hardtop off and storing it.

I dont see why this wouldnt work for the bronco (2 door specifically).
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1: Why wouldnt this work for the bronco?
2: Has anyone used this on another vehicle before?

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Still looking for a hardtop lift/storage method, and looking at this Garage Smart Hard Top lift (used for j**ps, I know). Trying to save a bad back, but still enjoy taking the hardtop off and storing it.

I dont see why this wouldnt work for the bronco (2 door specifically).
Garage Smart Hardtop Lift
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1: Why wouldnt this work for the bronco?
2: Has anyone used this on another vehicle before?

#hardtoplift
#garagesmart
Since the Bronco hard top has multiple pieces (unlike the Jeep hard top which only has the front section separate), this may require some minor modifications (like an extra strap or support) to work with the Bronco.

I have 2 Jeeps, each with hard & soft tops and I swap them 2x/yr for the “seasons” and I don’t see any reason this wouldn’t work with my Bronco.

BTW - if you are handy and like to tinker, there are several solutions already vetted to make your own hard top hoist thanks to the Jeep community/forums.

Here is some inspiration:



 

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I have a small detached garage without a ceiling. The only room in the garage big enough to store a hardtop was over the door. I extended the door tracks into the garage and put 2 small chain links on the balance cables. To be able to disconnect easily. I built an H out of versa bar , cables pulleys all from Home Depot and a hand crank winch from harbor freight. I open the door and hold it open with a screwdriver in the track , pop the cables off and push the door to the back of the garage. Hang the hardtop and hoist it up above the door level and reconnect the door springs and that's where it stays until the weather gets cold. Rinse repeat.
 

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Smarter Home now has their Bronco kit available for both 4-door and 2-door. For the Four-door, you need to buy separately a bag to contain the roof and the large section over the passengers. For the front door pieces on the 4 door and 2 door they have a pouch that they fit in underneath the roof.

 
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I used 4 suction cups and motorcycle ratchet straps. I didnt want the strap to lift against the door/window seals or the side rail seals as I have done that before on my 77 and it warped the seals and caused leaks.

I bought 4 of these industrial suction cups and lifted it via the glass, with safety rope under neath. Will see how it does this summer...my only realy concern is pulling the mastic on the glass seals, but will see.

I lift it corner by corner and "walk" it up to clear. Took about 5 minutes and is easy on the back (which mine is bad).

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I used 4 suction cups and motorcycle ratchet straps. I didnt want the strap to lift against the door/window seals or the side rail seals as I have done that before on my 77 and it warped the seals and caused leaks.

I bought 4 of these industrial suction cups and lifted it via the glass, with safety rope under neath. Will see how it does this summer...my only realy concern is pulling the mastic on the glass seals, but will see.

I lift it corner by corner and "walk" it up to clear. Took about 5 minutes and is easy on the back (which mine is bad).

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I'm sure you would be fine but I couldn't sleep at night wondering if the next time I go out into the garage the top would be laying in pieces on the floor. I just don't think I could trust those suction cups.
Good luck and keep us updated on how they are working.
 

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I'm sure you would be fine but I couldn't sleep at night wondering if the next time I go out into the garage the top would be laying in pieces on the floor. I just don't think I could trust those suction cups.
Good luck and keep us updated on how they are working.
I tried it with 10# wieghts on the shop window for about 2 months now...held fine. But I agree, I dont trust them to leave it, I have safety rope tied to the straps and under it as a safety. The cups were really helpful to lift it. The 2dr has the roll cage to the swinggate, so cant lift it and place something under it as the cage traps what ever is used.
 
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Garage Smart has one for the Bronco now. You just have to select Bronco form the drop down menu.
 
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I tried it with 10# wieghts on the shop window for about 2 months now...held fine. But I agree, I dont trust them to leave it, I have safety rope tied to the straps and under it as a safety. The cups were really helpful to lift it. The 2dr has the roll cage to the swinggate, so cant lift it and place something under it as the cage traps what ever is used.
Ahhh, gotcha. It was hard to tell if there were any other straps there just in case or not. Great way to lift it.
 

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I’ve been considering this one, which is a different concept from attaching to ceiling..

 

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This might be a stupid question but why do you think that?
It's not a stupid question and my assumptions might be wrong. I believe the construction of the top is different from the MIC top. The outside surface material and finish will be completely different plus the side windows are removable which will probably add some weight. I don't think it will be 100# heavier but I wouldn't be surprised 20 to 30lbs.
 
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It's not a stupid question and my assumptions might be wrong. I believe the construction of the top is different from the MIC top. The outside surface material and finish will be completely different plus the side windows are removable which will probably add some weight. I don't think it will be 100# heavier but I wouldn't be surprised 20 to 30lbs.
Okay that totally makes sense. Thank you!
 
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