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Old 07-23-2011, 03:16 PM   #1
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Harken Hoist Installed

I was time to take the top off and given my limited garage space I decide to give the Harken Hoist and try to see if it would fit my needs. My neighbor and I installed this morning and I have to say it is working very well. Got it on Amazon for $109.

Next project will be to find some good wall hangers for my doors.
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Old 07-23-2011, 03:27 PM   #2
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Take some pool noodles and put over the straps. Let's you hang top longer . For your doors use stud finder and screw 2 eye bolts in the garage wall and hang door by putting the door pins in the eye bolts

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Nice idea on the I bolts. I'll have to try that. Maybe a soft strap to hold them against the wall? On the hoist, it looks great and that price is hard to beat. Is that a black rope that pulls it up and are you pulling by hand or a crank?
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The harken hoist uses heavy duty 520 cord and block and tackle pullly system that is used to raise and lower the top and has a brake system that activates when loaded with weight.

Simply pull cord straight down to raise and pull cord at an angle to disengage break and lower top. So easy my kid can raise my top.

The eye bolts in the studs are screwed in the stud with about 2 or 3 inches in. The doors will stay flat against the wall no straps needed.
Just lay the doors against the wall and mark holes.
I hang my 4 doors on 1 wall with passenger front passenger rear driver front driver rear or two on each wall side by side
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:52 PM   #5
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I hung my hoist about 2 weeks after I got the Jeep. It lifts the top with no problem. I added a couple other I-bolts with straps to give me a little more comfort since I park my other car under it.



Here are my doors when not being used...
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:57 AM   #6
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Take some pool noodles and put over the straps. Let's you hang top longer . For your doors use stud finder and screw 2 eye bolts in the garage wall and hang door by putting the door pins in the eye bolts

That is a great idea with the pool noodles. On the front of my top the strap just touches fiberglass, but in the back it contacts the rubber seal for the rear window and I was concerned about deforming it after a while. The pool noodles should help with that.
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I added a couple other I-bolts with straps to give me a little more comfort since I park my other car under it.
I was thinking the same thing looking at the single I-bolt on the back wall that the block and tackle connect to. I actually have mine at an angle as opposed to straight back because of plumbing in the wall directly behind my hoist.

Do you have any pictures of how you setup your additional I-bolts and straps?
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Here are my doors when not being used...

What distance did you use for the two outboard hangers? I don't have my Jeep yet but I've purchased the hangers and pipe insulation (noodles). Next comes the hoist. Gettin kinda jazzed up!

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If I remember right each bracket is approx. 6.5" apart (center to center).
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Any idea if there is any difference between the hoist Amazon sells (7803b) and the 7803b.jeep version?
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Any idea if there is any difference between the hoist Amazon sells (7803b) and the 7803b.jeep version?
I originally found the Harken Hoist on Quadratec ($129 + $25.99 ground shipping) and then looked for a lower price elsewhere and found it on Amazon for 109.00 + $12.43 expedited shipping, so I went with Amazon.

Before I did I compared both kits (7803b for 145lb capacity) and they appeared to be identical. I then downloaded the Harken Hoist Jeep Top Installation Instructions from here: http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Installation/117897.pdf

Everything in the instructions was included in the kit from Amazon.
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Any idea if there is any difference between the hoist Amazon sells (7803b) and the 7803b.jeep version?
I was told by a few that there is no difference between the 7803 or 7803b in terms of the actual hoist. I believe one comes in a box and the other a bag, but they are the same product.
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Seems as if my front wall has some kind of combination of metal studding at the top that runs horizontal and extends roughly 3-4 inches from the ceiling down the wall, and the rest is either bare drywall with nothing behind it, or cement block. Not sure what to make of it, as I can't find a stud anywhere.

Any ideas on how I might get the eyelet installed that twists into the front wall? I was thinking of somehow securing another 2x6 to the wall somehow, and then twisting the eyelet into that. Still might be a challenge getting that installed somehow. I think that the metal at the top is considered an i-beam, and seems to be thicker than a metal stud.
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I have the Harken hoist too. Like the others, I got it from Amazon for $109. There is no difference in the 7803 and 7803B other than the directions included in the kit.

The cam cleat in the block and tackle is fine for holding things. I am adding a dock cleat to my wall too as an extra hold point. I also added a couple cargo straps as a safety in case the hoist fails. I don't think it will but my wife feels beter parking the swagger wagon under it.

The hoist doesn't need a crank. it's easy enough by itself. But I think a barrel winch from a sailboat mounted directly to the wall would work perfect. Finding a cheap one is the tricky part.

I love the idea of using eye bolts to set the doors on the wall. I have wind deflectors around the windows on my doors and using a big hook to hold my doors would break them.
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Can anyone shed some light on installing this product? The first thing I found that the rafters in my garage run the opposite direction then what the directions are calling for?

Thanks in advance!

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I have one of these in my garage. it is only $5 more and has a winch you use with your drill. I don't have a jeep yet, but soon. I keep all kinds of things up there.
You could just attach straps/noodles to the ends of the cables.

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Can anyone shed some light on installing this product? The first thing I found that the rafters in my garage run the opposite direction then what the directions are calling for?

Thanks in advance!

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My beams run the same way as yours. You can install the hoist on those beams without issue. You will just be bolting each one of your 2x6's to one beam each instead of 3. Once you get a few bolts in there, its very solid. I've had mine up a few times now.

That said, as the instructions say, just ensure that you have the right amount of line going to the main pulley so you can hoist the top up to the right height.
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Thank You!

I will do just that.

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My beams run the same way as yours. You can install the hoist on those beams without issue. You will just be bolting each one of your 2x6's to one beam each instead of 3. Once you get a few bolts in there, its very solid. I've had mine up a few times now.

That said, as the instructions say, just ensure that you have the right amount of line going to the main pulley so you can hoist the top up to the right height.

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