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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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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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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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Old 05-13-2013, 05:30 PM   #7
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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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Old 05-14-2013, 08:11 AM   #8
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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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+1 for the Racor.
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Old 03-17-2015, 02:35 PM   #11
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I have the Harken and I love it, i just put a blanket on the top and store my freedom panels on top of it
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Can't go wrong with either. I'm a little confused how you get to the crank mechanism with the back window up and as the top goes up (or is already up) and you need it down.
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Old 03-17-2015, 02:55 PM   #13
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I have the harken and love it. I have short ceilings so it can lift it within a couple inches of hitting the ceiling. I also like the 1 rope pull. Lifting the top is as easy as raising blinds on a window.

I just put my freedom panels in the bag and hang them on the wall with some hooks.
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Can't go wrong with either. I'm a little confused how you get to the crank mechanism with the back window up and as the top goes up (or is already up) and you need it down.
Mount it 90 degrees rotated so the crank is to the side of the top. The platform is pretty much square so just rotate it for your situation.
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Old 03-17-2015, 07:56 PM   #15
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Racor, and in winter, I store summer stuff on it.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:06 AM   #16
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Just got my racor yesterday. Off to get the necessary noodles and strap to install by the weekend. Can't wait to get the top back off.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:30 AM   #17
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Really happy with my Racor. Good storage in a 10 ft. Ceiling garage.
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Old 03-18-2015, 09:41 AM   #18
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The ceiling in my garage slopes. I got the harken so I could lift everything nice and level. Works like a charm.
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Old 03-18-2015, 12:17 PM   #19
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I just bought a Harken. Im happy with it. Harken makes all their stuff for sailboats, been around for many, many years. I will say the install is a bit tricky because of the measurement process of lining up the joists with the holes, etc. Once you have the boards up on the ceiling, just screw in the pigtails, eye bolt and tie off the straps to drop ropes. I pull my top right up, no issues. I backed into the garage last night, and dropped it right down onto the jeep no issues. As long as you are fairly close, as you bring down the top you can wiggle it left,right,back,forward, etc. I bought mine off amazon. The instructions suck I think. Even the "Jeep" instructions off Quad could be better. Is it that hard to tell the installer how far apart the 2x6s should be?!
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I have the Harken - it works great but the install is tricky getting the pieces and parts all lined up nicely

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