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Old 05-10-2013, 11:59 AM   #1
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Harken or Racor Lift for Hard Top Hoist

I've searched and read a bunch of threads on the forum about hard top hoist i.e. different brands, mods to bought units and homemade units. After all of that I think I narrowed it down to either the Harken hoist or the Racor storage hoist.

What do ya'll think? Which route would you all go? Any info to go along with your choice would be great.

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Old 05-10-2013, 12:03 PM   #2
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There are a million lift threads. I think you will get equal votes between the Racor and the Harken. Part of it depends on how high your ceiling is. If you have lots of room, go Racor. If space is more limited, go Harken.

I almost went Racor.....but ended up making my own.

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Old 05-10-2013, 12:32 PM   #3
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Been there, done that too. I looked at just about every option and post this forum offered. I was really leaning to the Harkin but after seeing a few Racor setups that's the direction I'm going. I do have a high ceiling where I park my Jeep so space isn't an issue. But I liked the ability to store the freedom panels on top of the Racor rack. Next payday I'm buying the hoist, but the top had to come off this week since it's been sunny and in the 80s.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:46 PM   #4
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Ive got the Racor and love it. Wouldnt mind throwing on a motor to wind it up... but for now, manual works.

My only complaint is that the cable's plastic protection comes off and tears after a while.
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I went with the racor. The hardtop hangs from it while the freedom tops rest on it. I use a pool spaghetti noodle to save the seal. You can crank it up and down manually or with a drill. I use a drill. It's really nice.
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:55 PM   #6
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My ceiling in the garage is 8'-5". I am really torn between the Harken, Racor or just building my own. If I get the Harken or build my own, I will probably make a "shelf" out of wood to mount on chains that would go under the hard top. It would have a two fold purpose...it would act as a shelf for the freedom panels and I would let the top rest on it to prevent any warping (I figure setting on the platform would be more of a "normal" setting for it rather than suspended).
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I went with the racor. The hardtop hangs from it while the freedom tops rest on it. I use a pool spaghetti noodle to save the seal. You can crank it up and down manually or with a drill. I use a drill. It's really nice.
Great idea on the Spaghetti noodle.
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I have a Lange hoist for a 2 door that is still in the box that I would unload for a good price...I put it together once, but cant use it so I put it back in the box.
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I have a Lange hoist for a 2 door that is still in the box that I would unload for a good price...I put it together once, but cant use it so I put it back in the box.
List it in the classifieds...I'm sure you could unload it there.

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