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Old 03-09-2014, 03:47 PM   #1
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hard top hoist ?

Looking to get a hardtop hoist.the Lange hoist,is the hoist the same for a 2 door and a 4 door jeep?I have a 2 door.

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Old 03-09-2014, 03:52 PM   #2
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Mine is overkill but it is going on it's fourth Wrangler. This is a Granger winch mounted on the wall and supports anything I need lifted in the Jeep section of the garage including hard tops.



Whole setup looks like this.



Now, from this forum I have learned that folks are using gutter straps to grab the top for hoisting so I have now bought some of those and will try a different harness for my hard top with this winch.

When all else fails get another person and you can easily take off even a JKU hard top and store it someplace. They do scratch easily so handle carefully.

Pulley box mounted in ceiling rafters.


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Old 03-09-2014, 04:25 PM   #3
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I have a Harken that works great. On and off by myself with no winch.
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:23 PM   #4
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Another Harken Hoist user and it works great.

Top off in 10 minutes by myself.



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Old 03-09-2014, 10:16 PM   #5
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home made... strong enough to hold up my Warn Elite bumper. Bought the Hoist from Harbor Freight. Made the T bracket as per instructions on another forum;

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Old 03-10-2014, 09:18 AM   #6
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I did the same as above harbor freight. But put it in the attic so only cable and remote hang out
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:58 AM   #7
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I use the Manual Harken Hoist, its great! I figured adding a motorized one would only add to something breaking so I went with the manual one.
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:34 AM   #8
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Putting up the Harken today. Anyone got a pic of how they intsalled it with the rafters running the same direction as the 2 x 6's? Looks like there's an additional 2 x 4 needed?
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Old 03-22-2014, 05:34 PM   #9
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Installed the Racor today. I will only be using it twice a year so I got the crank one. I'm happy with it.
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Old 03-22-2014, 05:41 PM   #10
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I have the Racor also. you can use either hand crank or drill. I use the drill to raise and lower as it's much faster. What I like about the Racor is the shelf that allows me to store other Jeep gear above while holding the top below. Best of all worlds and inexpensive too. Easy install.
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I have the Racor also. you can use either hand crank or drill. I use the drill to raise and lower as it's much faster. What I like about the Racor is the shelf that allows me to store other Jeep gear above while holding the top below. Best of all worlds and inexpensive too. Easy install.
I haven't tried the drill yet. It has no problem with the weight of the hard top and freedom panels?
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:22 PM   #12
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I haven't tried the drill yet. It has no problem with the weight of the hard top and freedom panels?
The crank rod is geared so any normal 1/2" drill should have no problem. I have an 18 watt battery Rigid drill and it doesn't even breathe hard, even with the top hung below and a load of things on the shelf. I store my freedom panels in the storage bag next to the garage wall.
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Thanks. I'll use the drill next time because it does take quite a bit of cranking by hand.

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