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Old 01-22-2012, 09:57 AM   #1
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Harken 4 point hoist(#145)?

I am looking to buy a hoist for my 11 Wrangler 2 door. I was looking at the Harken. Thoughts or recommendations please.
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:10 AM   #2
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I'm looking too. Seems like a bunch of people use this one:

Racor PHL-1R Pro HeavyLift 4-by-4-Foot Cable-Lifted Storage Rack by Racor

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Old 01-22-2012, 11:07 AM   #3
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The Racor works great!
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:15 AM   #4
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The RACOR is the best-

When your hardtop isn't being stored there, you can keep everything-onit



If you've gotta roof rack--it's so simple to "lift" top and store on the ceiling-

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So, is the hardtop supposed to go ON the rack? or UNDER the rack?
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If you mean MY hardtop rack--

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So, is the hardtop supposed to go ON the rack? or UNDER the rack?
I just said it was easy, cause I just use the RACOR platform and "J" hooks on my rack and "ZIP" right up, no worry about trying to string straps/ropes/--whatever-

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The Racor looks to be pretty nice and a good price. I'm really considering this but is it easy to convert it to hold the hardtop? Also, it has a max weight of 250lbs, anybody know what the weight of the hardtop is?
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The avg hardtop weighs less than 125lbs and the Racor is plenty strong forit--


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The Racor looks to be pretty nice and a good price. I'm really considering this but is it easy to convert it to hold the hardtop? Also, it has a max weight of 250lbs, anybody know what the weight of the hardtop is?
I don't know what you mean by "Convert it"--there's no conversion, you just have to setup a strapping arrangement for your top, or if you have a hardtop rack thats attached to the top, like mine--you just get 4 "J" hooks and attach them to the Racor platform and hook on the rack !

There are several guys on this forum that don't have a rack and have setup strap attachments for lifting the top --

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The avg hardtop weighs less than 125lbs and the Racor is plenty strong forit--




I don't know what you mean by "Convert it"--there's no conversion, you just have to setup a strapping arrangement for your top, or if you have a hardtop rack thats attached to the top, like mine--you just get 4 "J" hooks and attach them to the Racor platform and hook on the rack !

There are several guys on this forum that don't have a rack and have setup strap attachments for lifting the top --

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Got it, thanks Jimbo, I'm getting one tonite. Thanks again.
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Racor website?

This is the first "mod" I want to do for my jeep. Could you post a link to their website? I have been looking at a power lift from Harbor Tool, but I like this configuration better.
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:51 PM   #12
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I ordered my Racor lift from Costco.

As for thoughts on the Harken hoist, Harken makes quality hardware.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:39 PM   #13
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I use the Lange brand. Works great. Hooks on to the roof with J-hooks. Push a button and it raises the roof to your ceiling. Also stores the two front smaller pieces on foam pads on the top of the cross bar system. It is designed for the jeep. I have a 4 door jeep wrangler. Lange makes them for 4 door and 2 door. Different styles. Hoist-A-Top Jeep Top Removal.


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Roof top weight

I think the roof weighs about 90 lbs.

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I am looking to buy a hoist for my 11 Wrangler 2 door. I was looking at the Harken. Thoughts or recommendations please.
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The Racor looks to be pretty nice and a good price. I'm really considering this but is it easy to convert it to hold the hardtop? Also, it has a max weight of 250lbs, anybody know what the weight of the hardtop is?
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:22 PM   #15
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That Racor hoist is currently on sale for $107.12 at Amazon with free shipping.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_os_product
$119.02 on sale with an extra 10% promotional discount. $107.12 total before taxes.

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I am looking to buy a hoist for my 11 Wrangler 2 door. I was looking at the Harken. Thoughts or recommendations please.
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I also have a Harken Hoist and I love it!
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:07 PM   #17
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I also just installed my Harken Hoist.......(Thanks to Joe @ Quadratec).

Very nice and detailed instructions and it works great..........now waiting on those 70-80 degree days to install my Trextop NX.

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Old 03-02-2012, 04:08 PM   #18
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:36 PM   #19
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I've got a Harken and it works great.
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:45 AM   #20
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So, for those with the Harken hoist, how close can you get the top to the ceiling? I'm assuming that since it is a four point setup, if I plan the pulley locations carefully, I can get it pretty much all the way tight to the ceiling if I want. I have a pretty tight fit above my door and I'm not sure a single point lift like the Lange or even the Racor, due to the frame will get up high enough for me.

Also, I'd like my wife to be able to lift the top by herself in a pinch. Think that's possible or should i buy a small winch or crank system. How about lowering the rig down? Is that a two person job?
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Go to their website, there is a video of a woman using it by herself. It also has a safety snatch block that if the rope gets loose, the top won't come crashing down.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:46 PM   #22
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I have a harken hoist as well, works fantastic. To be on the safe side I have added a couple larger tie downs (ups) just in case but functionally everything works fantastic.

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For $30-$40 worth of 2x4s,lag bolts, eye hooks and ratchet straps you can build your own... Works great!
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:35 PM   #24
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I just ordered the Harken Hoist from QT (129.99 + 26.99 S/H) and they matched the price from CityStop.com ($103) including S/H
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I'm happy with mine!
What was the distance you used for the block and tackle portion of the assembly? I just got the harken too and the minimum for the block and tackle on the chart was 10 feet. I am guessing you can go shorter but it will shrink the raising distance, right? I noticed you have it at an angle too.
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Quick question do you think i could lay the two freedom panels from the front on top of top?

I was thinking of throwing a movers blanket and wrap some bungie cords around it?????
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Don't see why not.
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Quick question do you think i could lay the two freedom panels from the front on top of top?

I was thinking of throwing a movers blanket and wrap some bungie cords around it?????
I was planning on doing the same thing.
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Just got my Harken hoist and won't be able to install until next week. Any tips or possible problems with installation that I might encounter? Thx!
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For $30-$40 worth of 2x4s,lag bolts, eye hooks and ratchet straps you can build your own... Works great!
I agree with Cigar. I actually spent less than $15 for everything.


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