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Old 01-15-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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Hardtop Hoist in an 8.5 ft garage?

Does anyone have a hardtop hoist setup in a garage with a low ceiling? All the photos I've found on the forum so far seem to be in garages with higher ceilings than what we have. Any special recommendations or photos?

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Old 01-15-2013, 12:27 PM   #2
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a buddy of mine just bought a kayak hoist from Dick's for about $20 and it works amazingly well. i was surprised. i'm going to get one and install this weekend. no reason why it wouldn't work on an 8.5' ceiling.

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Old 01-15-2013, 12:46 PM   #3
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I have the Racor lift but with an 11' ceiling. All the way up you need about a foot plus the Jeep top or about three feet total. I would think parking under it wouldn't be a problem. But when the jeep is not under it either walking around it or cracking your head on it might get old. Kind of depends on your garage layout as well if its in the corner might not be a problem at all.
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i have one in a 10 ft ceiling,i placed it so i could back jeep in under the hoist,then i pull out and turn around. i park jeep back under it.i simply use a bungee cord to keep it from spinning and rubbing my windshield..now i am looking for a cheap powered winch to replace the hand crank..
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:11 PM   #6
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I have an 8 foot garage. I just threw 4 ratchet straps over the beams and hook them to each corner of the hard top. A few clicks brings it a couple inches off the side rails and I can drive out from under it. It is even high enough that the equinox can park with the hood under it.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:27 PM   #7
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I also have a low ceiling and tried the ratchet strap idea. It was more exhausting and nerve racking lowering the top. Ratchet straps don't really have a slow speed, its either LOCK or UNLOCK and UNLOCK on a top weighing over 100lbs while your holding onto the strap with one hand at a time is not very fun.

I was going to try the racor system but I thought that I didn't have enough height for it to lift the top up since the system already drops down a couple of inches. So I decided to just tough it out and lift it with the help of whoever was around at the moment.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:39 PM   #8
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I would really recommend the Harken hoister. Do a search, there are multiple write-ups and the forum, and if you go to YouTube there are videos showing one being used to pick up a top. They are available through Quadratec among other sources.
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8"2" AND RACOR. I REPLACED THE WIRE WITH NYLON ROPE.
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I'm thinking of adding a pair of these....



Gambrel and Pulley Hoist

On sale for $12 bucks each at the moment. Maybe a hand crank as well.....
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8"2" AND RACOR. I REPLACED THE WIRE WITH NYLON ROPE.
Id liek to see more pics of your jeep man. from what I can tell I like what you got going on.
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8"2" AND RACOR. I REPLACED THE WIRE WITH NYLON ROPE.
Thanks for all the info. Very helpful everyone. I was actually researching the Harken and Racor. It seems the Harken get closer to the ceiling which may be helpful with a low garage. Has anyone built their own or made modifications to the other two?

DVDSJK I see you replaced your wire with nylon. Is this as high as the hardtop will go in your garage?
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:25 PM   #13
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I have an 8' high ceiling in my garage and built this hoist of of a couple of 2x6s I had lying around, a hand winch from Harbor Freight and a few eye bolts and pulleys from Northern Tools. I did have to built a "U" shaped frame out of 2x6s and recess that up in the ceiling to gain a few more inches of ceiling height. I run a tie down from the 2 eye bolts to hold the top in place while lifting.
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I would really recommend the Harken hoister. Do a search, there are multiple write-ups and the forum, and if you go to YouTube there are videos showing one being used to pick up a top. They are available through Quadratec among other sources.
This was my ultimate solution. I had a Lange originally but it wouldn't go high enough to park under it. Switched to Harken and it went high enough to back my 08 that had 33's and a 2.5" lift under it with plenty of room.
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I saw this at Dick's a while ago and had the same idea. It'll be a good starting point if nothing else.
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Id liek to see more pics of your jeep man. from what I can tell I like what you got going on.
Thanks man but that was two Jeeps ago!!!
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Thanks for all the info. Very helpful everyone. I was actually researching the Harken and Racor. It seems the Harken get closer to the ceiling which may be helpful with a low garage. Has anyone built their own or made modifications to the other two?

DVDSJK I see you replaced your wire with nylon. Is this as high as the hardtop will go in your garage?
Yes thats the max height. I usually dropped the top and stored it. This pic was fall mode! Between tops!!
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I have about 9' garage ceilings and built my own. I was going for something a little different because I wanted it to slide over after I winched it up and store out of the way over my boat. It works great. I posted about it in this thread:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/my-...st-195680.html

Cost about $100. (would be cheaper to build if it didn't need to slide) It's built out of super strut and conduit. All available at Lowes or Home Depot although one had better pulleys than the other and I can't remember which.

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Thanks for all the info. Very helpful everyone. I was actually researching the Harken and Racor. It seems the Harken get closer to the ceiling which may be helpful with a low garage. Has anyone built their own or made modifications to the other two?

DVDSJK I see you replaced your wire with nylon. Is this as high as the hardtop will go in your garage?[/QUOTE]

I modified the supplied hardware on my Racor. Shorter eye bolts and repositioned cable clamps gave me enough clearance to pull jeep nose under the hardtop. The Racor platform also great for winter storage of soft top.

It is a head banger when top is hanging. But removing top is 5 minute job now.


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I bought 2 bicycle lifts and it work for me.
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Thanks for all the info. Very helpful everyone. I was actually researching the Harken and Racor. It seems the Harken get closer to the ceiling which may be helpful with a low garage. Has anyone built their own or made modifications to the other two?

DVDSJK I see you replaced your wire with nylon. Is this as high as the hardtop will go in your garage?
I modified the supplied hardware on my Racor. Shorter eye bolts and repositioned cable clamps gave me enough clearance to pull jeep nose under the hardtop. The Racor platform also great for winter storage of soft top.

It is a head banger when top is hanging. But removing top is 5 minute job now.


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I could have went higher if I kept the frame attached but I eliminated it and went with d rings . The nylon had a bad angle at this point with a 2 door top.
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Some great cost-saving ideas in this thread. I work with Unistrut and conduit a lot, so that design might be the one I go with. Seems easy enough to fabricate.

Someone in another thread said they used a kayak hoist. I've never seen one but I'll research the cost before deciding on which one I'll get.
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I bought 2 bicycle lifts and it work for me.

Do you have any pictures of how you made these work? I like the Racor Lift idea, but they are only rated for 100 lbs. and I think my TJ top is close to 150. I am assuming this is why you are using two.
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Do you have any pictures of how you made these work? I like the Racor Lift idea, but they are only rated for 100 lbs. and I think my TJ top is close to 150. I am assuming this is why you are using two.
Thanks, Bill
The racor is rated at 250 lbs. I love mine however I have a 12 foot high garage
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Lange Power Hoist-a-top 8'4" ceiling the winch was mounted on the wall for maximum clearance I works great but tight I can still park in with it hanging there
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Here's my Racor. Very happy.
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Here's my Racor. Very happy.

How high is your ceiling?
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:19 PM   #27
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My garage is about 9 ft. I've got plenty of room.
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I put my Racor on a frame I built above the rafters so the platform would crank all the way to the ceiling level, non dry walled.
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I have a Harkin with an 8 foot ceiling. I back in, lift the top and then park nose in under the top. Plenty of room for that.
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posted this a few times today already
Harken Hoist , love it..

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