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Old 08-06-2014, 12:13 PM   #1
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Hard Top Hoist System

I have a 4-door Wrangler and am looking to install a hoist system in my garage. Does anyone have any recommendations on these? I would rather not spend a lot of money

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Old 08-06-2014, 12:19 PM   #2
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4 large eye bolts placed in the joist of the home and 4 web style ratchet straps work. Some what of a pain, or you can purchase a harken.

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Old 08-06-2014, 12:24 PM   #3
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I use a four point ropr/pulley system that is easy to use (1 man ops) and maybe cost me $30.
I could post pics if that helps.
I never quite got how ratchets would work. I get how they go up but seems to me coming down would be a b!tch, ever try and wrestle with ratchet straps?
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I have a 4-door Wrangler and am looking to install a hoist system in my garage. Does anyone have any recommendations on these? I would rather not spend a lot of money
How much money is a lot of money? You can buy a Harken hoister from Quadratec for less than $130 right now. We have one on our JK and like it. I bought a tested kit over a DIY piece together kit because it wasn't all that much more than what parts would have cost and it is a tested and proven design.
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I never saw the Harken, mine looks like a poor mans version I guess.
That is pretty slick and with what comes with it - is a good deal.
That stuff ain't cheap.

However, I just looked at the instructions.... I believe mine to be way simpler, if the goal is to get the top Off/On cheap/easy and efficient.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:59 PM   #6
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I have a Harken; fairly inexpensive and works well for my JKU hard top.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:18 PM   #8
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If you buy the gutter straps from Amazon that I see recommended here on WF a lot watch out for the plastic connectors they break. I just replaced my straps yesterday and today after two of the buckles broke. I was lucky the top did not fall on my Jeep it hung up on a ladder hook. The actual steel gutter hooks are great but you need to use them with different straps and buckles.
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Old 08-06-2014, 05:25 PM   #9
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How much money is a lot of money? You can buy a Harken hoister from Quadratec for less than $130 right now. We have one on our JK and like it. I bought a tested kit over a DIY piece together kit because it wasn't all that much more than what parts would have cost and it is a tested and proven design.
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I have a Harken; fairly inexpensive and works well for my JKU hard top.
Agree. Went with the Harken also.
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I have a Harken too. All installed and ready to go this weekend.
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Agree with Harken. I am not that tool efficient and I put one up 3 weeks ago. It was inexpensive for me and has everything you need (except mounting wood and a few screws that I picked up at Home Depot).

Perfect for me to roll back into my pretty tight garage. Hoist up. And roll out.
At the end of the day I back into my garage, lower the top back into place, but don't fasten it. I make that decision all over again in the morning depending on the weather.
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Another for the harken.
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Old 08-06-2014, 08:42 PM   #13
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I just hoisted mine off (4 days of beautiful weather) coming. All ready to love life (then the wife came out so much for that fantasy) but anyway I think I will be getting the harken. I like the design , I must mine was close but primitive in comparison.
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This is what I did. Works great for me and my budget.

My $42.64 Hardtop Lift and Storage
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:03 AM   #16
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Most people go the ratchet strap route with great results. That would probably be the least expensive route. If you feel like tinkering you could do a manual or powered (although power is a little more expensive) winch system like this...
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