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Hey, guys. So, today we're checking out the RedRock 4x4 Manual Hard Top Hoist, fitting all 2018 and newer four-door JL Wranglers. So, taking the top off your Wrangler, and driving around, and enjoying that open-air driving experience is what the Jeep is all about. However, when you have a hardtop on your Wrangler, it can be difficult to do that, considering that the hardtop is difficult to take off. It's heavy. It's awkward. You always usually need somebody else to help you do that, and it is sort of a pain to store considering that it is so big. With this system, this will allow you to take off the hardtop by yourself with these straps, and it's also going to keep the hardtop up in the air for whenever you need it next, freeing up a lot of space in your garage for extra storage. Now, I would like to mention that this is going to come with really everything that you need in order to install it. However, you will have to outsource for extra 2 by 6s as well as extra lag bolts and washers for that. Now, I personally think with this system being so functional that that is not a big takeaway from this and it is usually pretty inexpensive. Now, this will also require at least a 7-foot-tall ceiling in your garage in order to install with space underneath the hoist to park your Wrangler. So, you will need to make sure that your Jeep will sit comfortably inside your garage with space to work with, so we'll keep that in mind while taking a look at this top. Nonetheless, this is going to be a very sturdy four-point system. Again, you're getting most of that hardware in the kit that will hold up, and it is very good quality. And you're also getting some heavy-duty straps and a pretty heavy-duty system, in general, in order to lift this off your Wrangler. So, in my opinion, I do think that this is a very secure and functional way to take the hardtop off of your Wrangler.Now, with that being said, this is also going to be one of your most affordable options considering that this is very simple and to the point. It's really a no-fuss system at roughly $100. Now, in comparison to some other choices on the page, you're usually going to see those more expensive options that come with a couple extra bells and whistles. So, they may have a cable system with a crank instead of a manual strap like these, or they may have a powered or electric winch behind the system that will very quickly take the hardtop off your Wrangler. Now, again, if you're not looking for all those bells and whistles, you're looking for a no-fuss system that's affordable and going to get the job done, then this is going to be a great choice to take a look into.So, install is going to be pretty easy. It is going to be lengthy, though. I'm going to give it a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, taking you about three hours to get the job done. Like I mentioned before, you will need to outsource four 2 by 6s or 2 by 4s, as well as lag bolts, or lag screws, and washers. However, you can find them at your local hardware store and they are pretty inexpensive. Now, you are going to need some pretty basic hand tools for this as well. So, speaking of that install, let me run you through it right now.Tools that I used for my install were a dead blow, painters tape, a tape measure, a drill, a 10-inch extension, a 3/16-inch and 1/8-inch drill bit, a marker, and a square. So, the first step to this install is basically measuring out where you want your Jeep to sit in your garage when you have the hoist installed. So, what you're going to want to do is back your Jeep into your garage, making sure that there's enough room behind your Jeep to operate the hoist, and then you also want to make sure that you're free of your garage door or the garage door opener that's on the ceiling. Now, the next step is just to tape where your Jeep is going to sit, and then you're going to want to take the hardtop off, as you can see here, and put it in the location where you taped. So, essentially, this top is in the location that we backed our Jeep into, and where it's going to sit when the hoist is installed.So, our next step is to install the guides. Now, these are going to go on the side as well as the back, and this is what our straps are going to sit on. So, you will need some painters tape in order to keep them in place. So, now we can install our channel guides. Now, they are all going to be labeled. This is the four-door left, and this is going to be the side one. So, I'm just going to place this channel right inside this corner here, and it will pretty much stay in place, but you want to make sure that it is taped so we know the exact location of where it's going to be. Now, we can do that on the other side and then move to the back. So, for the rear guide, you want to make sure that your rear glass is open. It's going to go in this corner here. It's also going to be labeled just like the front one, so this is for JK, JL two-door and four-door. It's going to be the right. Want to make sure that it's over that seal, sitting in the corner properly. And again, we're just going to tape it to make sure that it stays in place, then we can repeat that for the other side.What we can do, at this point, is transfer our locations from our guides to our ceiling. Now, how we're going to do this is by a plumb. So, I just tied a nut to either end of the string here, and we're going to hang it from the ceiling and measure out the location where we need to install our boards for our [inaudible 00:05:55.730] screws. So, because my rafter is exposed, that's why I'm going over the rafter. Now, in your garage, the studs or the rafters may not be exposed, so you would just hang it from the ceiling like this to make sure that it lines up. Now that the plumb is hanging here, we want to make sure that the plumb is about an inch and a half forward from the edge of the guide. So, it looks like we're a little under. So, what I'm going to do, place it there, make a mark on the corner of our tape because it was sitting right about there, and then make sure that the plumb is straight. We might have to move it a little bit forward on the rafter, then we can do the same thing on the other side. So, now that the plumb is measured down at the bottom on our guide, we want to make sure to make a mark at the location where we need to install our board, then we can do the same thing on the other side. Now that we've transferred the locations of the guides to our ceiling, what we can do now is measure 7.5 inches out from each mark. Now, we want to make sure that the front and the rear mounting location are going to be about 55 inches apart. So, what I'm going to do is take a measuring tape and a straight edge, measure 7.5 inches out, make a mark, and that's where we're going to drill holes for our board.What we can do now, now that we made our marks is install our boards. Now, you are going to need a couple of 2 by 4s or 2 by 6s in order to do this. Now, this is going to depend on your framing setup inside your garage. I have a parallel setup on my structure here. If you do have a perpendicular setup or perpendicular framing system in your garage, there is a guide included in the kit in order to show you how to mount up your 2 by 4s or your 2 by 6s. Now, what I'm going to do because I do have an exposed frame here is take a longer board and mount it across on our back marks, but you may want to mount up a smaller 2 by 6 or a smaller 2 by 4 on each four of the mounts. I'm just going to do two longways across each of our marks in the front as well as the back, and then we can go ahead and install our eyelet screws.Now that we've double-checked our measurements from the front and the back, making sure from center-to-center that it's about 55 inches, what we can do is drill our boards in place. Now, the lag bolts, the washers, as well as the boards are not going to be included in the kit. You will have to outsource this. However, it is very easy to find at your local hardware store. So, what I'm going to do now is climb up and we can secure these in place, and then we can measure out where we need to put our eyelet screws.So, now that we've measured out where our boards need to sit, about 55 inches apart from each other, now we can measure out from the center to where we need to mount our eyelet screw. So, the eyelet screws on the back have to be about 40 inches apart and the eyelet screws on the front need to be about 62 inches apart. So, now what we can do is measure out from the center of our stud about 20 inches and mark for our eyelet screw, and do the same thing on either side for the rear one, and then repeat that process for our front. So, I'm just measuring from that stud as a reference point. I'm going to mark 20 inches, then I can take my straight edge and make a line. Just to double-check our work. Perfect. Now, we can head to the front. So, again, our front measurement is going to be a little bit different. Again, we need them to be 62 inches apart. I'm going to measure out from the center 31 inches and leave a mark.So, what we can do now is install our screws. These are going to hang our cable so we can hoist our top. What we're going to do is take a 3/16-inch drill bit, drill a pilot hole, then I'm going to take the screw, thread it in, and tighten it up with an extension. So, basically, what I'm going to do is hook it through like that to give me some leverage so I can make sure that it threads all the way through. We want to make sure that we're dead center on that line there then we can drill. So, you want to make sure that you're not over-tightening it or under-tightening the screw here. Now, you want to make sure that the top is flush and that there are no threads showing, but you don't want to over-tighten it to where that lip goes inside your 2 by 4 or your 2 by 6. So, right here we are good, so now we can repeat that for the other three mounting points.So, what you can do now is back your Jeep into the same spot that we initially had it to make the markings on the ground. Now, at this point, what we're going to do is attach our hook for the back. This back hook is going to be the one with the cam buckle, and you want to make sure that the buckle part, the latch is facing the rear so you'll have access to it when lowering and raising the hoist.So, next, we can attach our front hooks. Now, this is going to be the one with the long strap. Going to attach it just like we did to the back, then we can take that strap, route it underneath our guide on the side here, and then underneath our guide on the back, and we can hook it through on to our rear clamp. Now, for this, you also want to make sure that you're not wrapping this around your sports bar. This is going to be strictly around the hardtop, and you want to make sure that this lays completely flat. You don't want any kinks in it. You also want to make sure that you're inside of this rear strut here, and then what I'm going to do is actually just peel back this tape and stick it here. So, once the strap is around this guide, we can take the excess and kind of put it on top of our top so we can take the end and loop that through. So, the strap should only move one way, and that way is down. If you have it backwards, you will be able to pull the strap down by the back. The only way that we'll be able to do that is when we're lowering it and we can depress that buckle there. Otherwise, we're just going to pull that tight. We can do the same thing on the other side. I also want to mention that I only have the spare tire off because this is a representation in this small structure here, but you don't necessarily have to take your spare tire off in order to do this if you've measured properly. So, at this point, what we can do is evenly tug on the straps, and that will essentially lift our top off of our Wrangler. Now, it may take a little bit of muscle in order to do this, but you want to do it evenly on both sides.So, that's going to wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe, and for more videos and products just like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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