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Old 04-14-2013, 09:49 PM   #31
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Are you using the Harken Hoist as well?
Yes, very happy with it. The other hoist I tried (Lange) hung down too much and I couldn't back the Jeep under it. This one has plenty of room and is very easy to use.

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Yes, very happy with it. The other hoist I tried (Lange) hung down too much and I couldn't back the Jeep under it. This one has plenty of room and is very easy to use.
I'm guessing the yellow straps is for additional safety?

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Just bought a house with my first garage two months ago, this will definatwly be my next upgrade. whoo whoop!
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I'm guessing the yellow straps is for additional safety?
Yes, since I park the Jeep under and sometimes my son does laps in the garage, I wanted an extra layer of safety just in case. I don't expect anything to happen, but feel better with them there. They are cheaper straps since they don't have to support a very heavy load, and then I picked up some extra eye bolts form the hardware store.
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Yes, since I park the Jeep under and sometimes my son does laps in the garage, I wanted an extra layer of safety just in case. I don't expect anything to happen, but feel better with them there. They are cheaper straps since they don't have to support a very heavy load, and then I picked up some extra eye bolts form the hardware store.
Makes complete sense.
Ill be haveing an eye out for a sale on these. Or check amazon like a few have found.
Still waiting on that link.....lol (not from you)
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BTW, got my on Amazon for $110, heck of a lot cheaper then Quadratic ...j/s
Be sure and read the fine print on the ones listed on Amazon.

I just searched there and they have several varieties of Harken hoists. I couldn't find one for $110 but they do have one for $114. It has a 90 lb load limit, compared to the one on Quadratec that says it has a 10-200 lb lift range and is currently selling for $130.
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Be sure and read the fine print on the ones listed on Amazon.

I just searched there and they have several varieties of Harken hoists. I couldn't find one for $110 but they do have one for $114. It has a 90 lb load limit, compared to the one on Quadratec that says it has a 10-200 lb lift range and is currently selling for $130.
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Sure. I just bought this one Friday from Quadratec. Remember the free shipping deal for forum members.

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Old 04-21-2013, 11:15 AM   #39
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YES read the fine print on the amazon ones. You can find the right one but make sure that the load rating is for the 140 or 200 Lb version. Also double check that it comes with the black webbing straps.

I sleep much better at night knowing that the 2 extra straps are there for safety. I have seen some of the members just do the ratcheting straps to save on money but there is no easy way to lower the top back down with any control.

Overall I am very pleased with this setup.
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A sporting goods store here in town has kayak lifts for 30 bucks with a load of 100 lbs. I wonder if I could start with two of them and see how that works. I only need to get it off the jeep then I'll better secure it. If anything I could upgrade some of the hardware and still be well under the other lifts cost.
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So I got the 200lb Harken Hoist, works great except for one problem

When the hardtop is lowered onto the Jeep, the lines are still so tight. I unclipped the hoist via the metal connector, damn thing snapped back and almost became a dangerous projectile

Any hints to prevent that?
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So I got the 200lb Harken Hoist, works great except for one problem

When the hardtop is lowered onto the Jeep, the lines are still so tight. I unclipped the hoist via the metal connector, damn thing snapped back and almost became a dangerous projectile

Any hints to prevent that?
I have the same hoist. Any chance you set your straps too high? At their low point, when I lock the straps under the hard top, my first few pulls on the hoist do not lift the top. Instead, they remove the slack from the straps until they are tight on the top. Then the top begins to lift. When I lower the top back down, there is enough slack to eaily unlock the straps without any recoil.
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Once I lower it, I reach in, grab the strap and kind of hang on it while i release the cam a bit. This gets some slack so it does not fly at me, and is easier to connect next time I use it.
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So I got the 200lb Harken Hoist, works great except for one problem

When the hardtop is lowered onto the Jeep, the lines are still so tight. I unclipped the hoist via the metal connector, damn thing snapped back and almost became a dangerous projectile

Any hints to prevent that?
It sounds like you didn't release the tension from the straps. Just pull on the straps with the cam open to get some slack in the lines.
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The knots called a figure 8
A Bowline knot is what you should be using (as well as the climber friend). It is the only know rated to lift a person vertically.

It also cannot slip under load and makes a perfect loop.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:56 PM   #46
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SBL how old are the kids? I took my top off this weekend but kept the doors on only because I have a four year old I was concerned about. I'm thinking of buying half doors but for $500 I can think of other things to do.
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:36 AM   #47
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My Harken was ordered last week. Looking forward to getting it....
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:12 AM   #48
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Why do you guys use the extra 2x4 pieces of wood? Is the stud in the ceiling not enough ?
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I assume its to distribute the weight better across more surface area
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Why do you guys use the extra 2x4 pieces of wood? Is the stud in the ceiling not enough ?
It's part of the installation instructions. Actually, it's a 2x6.
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It is part of the instructions. Also, the width between the the straps for the hardtop is 60 inches, which doesn't really line up with 16 or 24 inch on center truss placement most garages will have. With the board, you can space it at the correct width.
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I am in lack of spacer in my garage....I need to move the bikes to the other side to get this done..LOL
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Nice...will be doing this install in about 3 weeks. LOVE your billet/tan seats Also curious about the $110 price on Amazon...
Be careful, there are several versions on the Harken 4 point lift. Remember the hardtop is approx 140 lbs. Quadratec is selling the 200 lb lift. Can't see which one is on Amazon...
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Be careful, there are several versions on the Harken 4 point lift. Remember the hardtop is approx 140 lbs. Quadratec is selling the 200 lb lift. Can't see which one is on Amazon...
I just checked on Amazon. The closest $110 price Harken 4-point lift they have is one for $110.84. It has a 60 lb. capacity.

The next one up is $114, with a 100 lb capacity.

I'm glad I went with the one from Quadratec.
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Be careful, there are several versions on the Harken 4 point lift. Remember the hardtop is approx 140 lbs. Quadratec is selling the 200 lb lift. Can't see which one is on Amazon...
Quadratec lists the Harken they are selling as 145 working load limit.

I built a DIY lift bar just like the Lange with block and tackle set up and then when it's up I'm going to rest it on a plywood shelf hung by chains from 4 eye hooks installed into 2x6 attached to the ceiling.

I am pretty sure I'm going to abandon my DIY Lange analogue and just get the Harken as it will attach to the same 2x6 I'm putting up for the shelf leaving me one less point of installation (the center mounted block and tackle).

Besides it will also allow me to close the back window which I think I will need top do to properly fit the hard top in my garage. It's going to make it much easier and one less thing to deal with. This way the hoist will only be necessary for the raising and lowering part and I won't have to worry about it hanging on the hoist at all. It will be resting comfortably on the shelf with the freedom panels also up there. In the winter I will throw my soft top up on hard top shelf to keep it up and out of the way.
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You are right... it says "Lift 10-200 lbs", then "145 lbs working load limit"...
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:46 PM   #59
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Built my own since I don't have a garage. Works great. Did a test lift and was able to lift over 300lbs with ease. All made for around $100

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Anyone have the part number or link from Quadratecs site for the Harken Hoist we are discussing here?

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