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Old 06-24-2014, 08:23 AM   #1
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Question on Hardtop Hoists

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Anyway, question for everybody on the Lange Original Power Hoist-a-Top or other hardtop hoist kits......my garage space is limited as I have a workbench at the back of the garage and a support beam running through the center. I need to install a hardtop hoist kit to lift a 2014 Unlimted Freedom Hardtop. I have a spot on where to install the power hoist-a-top, however, my Jeep would not be centered directly below it. It would probably be in front of the lift kit by @ 4 - 6 inches meaning when I take off/on the hard top it would be done at a slight angle. Am I just asking for trouble/heachache trying to manage this?

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Old 06-24-2014, 09:09 AM   #2
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I would say it depends. It would be much easier to be directly under it, especially if you have to do this yourself. If you have an extra set of hands then it would greatly help as you have to shove it over to get it on the Jeep. Also, once it frees the Jeep when you remove it, it will want to swing under the hoist.

I would say, if it is your only way, then do it. Just be ready for the "inconveniences" it will cause and don't let that thing surprise you and get its weight moving.

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Old 06-24-2014, 09:33 AM   #3
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other option is to remove the spare tire every time I want to take on/off as that would add the necessary room. But that sounds like a pain.

Other option is to see if it would fit above my main garage door, though I just don't think I have enough room and I do not want to cut into the ceiling.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:38 PM   #4
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I saw a pic on here a year or two ago where the person attached a hoist to some rollers that were mounted to a couple of pieces of Unistrut. After he raised the top he could roll it away from the Jeep and against the wall for storage.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:22 AM   #5
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One thing to consider if you purchase a hard top hoist: You are still going to do the same amount of installation with a store bought hoist as you will with one you make. And you are going to pay a LOT more. My hoist consists of a Large eye bolt a few pulleys rigged in a block and tackle type configuration, an additional pulley at the ceiling where it meets the wall, and a cheap boat trailer winch. All purchased for under $100. I used ratchet straps to support the top.

It helps if you are under the top as it makes it a one man job. I am off by a few inches, but I can still back under the top and lower it with the winch while pushing on the side of the top to line it up. Any more than that and I can't advise how hard it would be. My hard top stays off most of the time, but I can put it on and take it off by myself. Since it's only suspended by one eye bolt, it will rotate when hanging so I use a small tether rope attached to the rear of the top and to the wall to keep it lined up. When I get it off, I lower it to the ground and run the straps all the way under it so the ratchet hooks aren't putting stress on the fiberglass edges where they hook. Plus it just seems more secure for long term.




Another option that I used for my wife's JKU is a hard top cart. My LJ top is heavy and awkward. It's difficult for even two people especially with a 4 1/2" lift. My wife's JKU top is surprisingly light. My teenage son and his friend snatched it off with no effort at all. I have limited space as well, and it fit easily in the space in between the two Jeeps.

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Old 07-06-2014, 09:19 PM   #6
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You are still going to do the same amount of installation with a store bought hoist as you will with one you make. And you are going to pay a LOT more. My hoist consists of a Large eye bolt a few pulleys rigged in a block and tackle type configuration, an additional pulley at the ceiling where it meets the wall, and a cheap boat trailer winch. All purchased for under $100.
I don't know that I would call a commercial hoist kit a "LOT" more expensive. Quadratec currently has the Harken hoister for under $130, no sales tax to out-of-state buyers and free shipping right to the front door of forum members. To me, that sure beat running around trying to piece a bunch of odds and ends together to make something work.
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:11 PM   #7
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I don't know that I would call a commercial hoist kit a "LOT" more expensive. Quadratec currently has the Harken hoister for under $130, no sales tax to out-of-state buyers and free shipping right to the front door of forum members. To me, that sure beat running around trying to piece a bunch of odds and ends together to make something work.
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Harkens are great. I use one for each my kayak and my JKU hardtop. Harken is well respected for their boating hardware, their primary products.
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:55 PM   #8
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I built a trolley/traveler system for my Lange Hardtop Hoist. Essentially, I can pull the Jeep into the garage, raise the hardtop, and then push the raised hardtop using the ceiling mounted trolley system out of the way. Highly recommend this approach as it's much easier for storage and works great! I picked up the trolley track and hardware at Tractor Supply Company. It's the same system that is used on sliding barn doors where the door is connected from the top and is suspended. The galvanized steel where the wheels travel ranges in size from 4, 8, to 12 foot sections and the wheels fit inside it. The winch travels with the system so it's extremely easy.
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I got it installed and everything works fine. Space is a major hurdle as it's a serious PITA to put the clamp on the back with the window open b/c I don't have any room. Unfortunately it's still a 2-person job instead of a 1-person job, but I got it done. Still leary on having the hardtop near the ceiling as I'm worried the damn thing is going to fall. But I mounted the hoist with 2 lag bolts to a piece of wood with 6 lag bolts (overkill I know) into the joists.

But we had a round of severe storms roll through here a week back and I wasn't going to leave the 3rd car outside so I parked the Nissan under the hardtop. Thankfully everything is OK
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I just got the Harken Hoister / 4 Point Lift System
Im handy-man challenged , but it seems like something I can handle.
Ill let you know how this adventure goes

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