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Old 02-23-2014, 10:21 PM   #1
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Hoist Recommendations...

Hello all,
I am new to Jeeps and have been asking some questions like a noob would about different topics. Today I have a question about hoists. I have a 2014 Unlimited with freedom hard top. What I am looking for is some suggestions of hoist brands and models. I am undecided on manual vs power. I am not sure that it is worth the extra money. So any feedback would be very appreciated. I am hoping to get one installed before spring hits.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-23-2014, 11:11 PM   #2
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I would like to get some input as well. I was looking at one of the Lange originals. Our garage ceiling is a little too tall for the cheaper one so we would probably need the crank or powered one.

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Old 02-23-2014, 11:32 PM   #3
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Racor, Harkin and Lange seem to be the top three. We went with a Racor, no regrets. Search for the term "hoist" and you'll have a lot of reading and a lot of pictures to see and think about.
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Racor, Harkin and Lange seem to be the top three. We went with a Racor, no regrets. Search for the term "hoist" and you'll have a lot of reading and a lot of pictures to see and think about.
I was looking at this one: Racor PHL-1R Pro HeavyLift 4-by-4-Foot Cable-Lifted Storage Rack - Amazon.com Is this what you bought?
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I am on my 4th Wrangler. I find the exact balance point on the hard top and then lift it via one hole in the top with this winch I mounted on the ceiling 20 years ago. During the winter I plug the hole with a nut/bolt combo and no one notices.

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Old 02-24-2014, 05:48 AM   #6
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I just installed a Harken hoist and it works great. Pull one rope and it lifts the top off evenly while locking in place with each pull. It's as easy to pull as opening a window blind so I see no reason for a power hoist.

Got mine from quadratech for $129 then you need about $15 worth of stuff (couple 2x6's and some lag bolts to mount them)



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Old 02-24-2014, 09:34 AM   #7
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I went with the Harken, mainly because I didn't want just a single pivot point. The Harken is easy to lift and lower, and prevents the top from rotating while lifted.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:43 AM   #8
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We made one ourselves and it cost us under $50. Go to YouTube and search for jeep hoists. We couldn't justify spending hundreds on something so simple.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:44 AM   #9
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I installed the Racor lift about a month ago and can say it's awesome. Installation was pretty straight forward and lifts the top w/ease...it also has the added plus of being able to store items on the rack above the top. I paid no more than $150 on amazon shipped and have no regrets at all.
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I was looking at this one: Racor PHL-1R Pro HeavyLift 4-by-4-Foot Cable-Lifted Storage Rack - Amazon.com Is this what you bought?
Yep that's what I have. I like it since it allows me to store the freedom panels in the bag on top, use my drill if I want to raise/lower or the manual crank. Check prices at Lowes & Home Depot too, ship to store is free.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:55 AM   #11
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i just installed a harken hoist and it works great. Pull one rope and it lifts the top off evenly while locking in place with each pull. It's as easy to pull as opening a window blind so i see no reason for a power hoist.

Got mine from quadratech for $129 then you need about $15 worth of stuff (couple 2x6's and some lag bolts to mount them)



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Old 02-24-2014, 01:59 PM   #12
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I plan on getting the Misch Top / Cap Ez Lift. It looks like a very easy one person operated lift.

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Harken. I can easily remove and install my top by myself.
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I'm another Harken guy, I ordered it through quadratec and got it Saturday morning. Plan to install it this weekend, I've heard nothing but great things about it.
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I went with the Harken as well. The manual operation isn't a big deal because I only use it 2x per year. I took someone's advice and slid some swim noodles over the straps to spread out the impact of the straps on the hard top.
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I have a Harken that I have used for one season so far. Works great and pulls the top pretty close to the ceiling.
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Did the lange power. I really like it.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:20 PM   #18
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Is there a a special 2 door vs 4 door hoist a top?
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Harken hoist here too. I tried building my own version of the Lange T bracket version which while functional was very heavy and awkward to use, scrapped it. Bought the Racor rack lift to try that next but decided to use it for another area of the garage to store garage items on instead of my hard top. Got the Harken installed and then a chained up platform underneath so I can release the tension on the hard top and it can sit on a shelf all summer!

It's very easy to use, can be done by one person very easily, platform gives me a place to store my freedom panels with the hard top in the summer and the soft top and other summer tops up there all winter. No Jeep stuff sits on the floor or shelves.






Hole in bottom so I can easily pass the tops or any other item back on the shelf without a ladder and without just shoving it.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:10 PM   #21
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What I am looking for is some suggestions of hoist brands and models.
We have a Harken. I installed it by myself, although two people would be better. Currently on sale at Quadratec for $129.99. Free shipping for forum members.

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Old 02-24-2014, 11:16 PM   #22
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Installed racor tonight. I fully expect it to come crashing down when I test it out tomorrow.
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I have the Racor. Excellent choice for me. In the winter it holds my soft top and extras. In the summer it is a one man job to take the hard top off. Price is right and if you install it correctly it is great. I use an 18V hand drill to raise and lower it but its easy with the manual crank too.
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Any problems with exceeding the ceiling joist weight capacity?
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Any problems with exceeding the ceiling joist weight capacity?
I doubt it. Using two joists, its only about 60lbs per joist for the hardtop and hardware. People have been hanging more weight than that from their ceilings since the beginning of time. Yes, the beginning of time. But I admit I do get paranoid and I plan on only using my hoist to install/uninstall the top, otherwise it'll be stored on a cart.
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Installed racor tonight. I fully expect it to come crashing down when I test it out tomorrow.
I was looking over a friends setup, he ran 4 cables around the joist and around the Racor mounts so that "if" his bolts weren't to hold the cables would be able to keep it from crashing down. Probably overklll but let him sleep better at night.
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Old 02-25-2014, 01:28 PM   #27
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Harken is the way to go in my book. Not to expensive and esay to use. I can have my top off and hanging from the ceiling in 10-15 minutes by myself.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:08 PM   #28
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I have been going through this very thing. I was actually thinking about an electric winch with remote, $120 from harbor freight with coupon. Several people I know have the setup, some for jeeps and other things. I need something so easy a caveman....oops wrong commercial, I mean my wife can do it by herself. This lift may be another option.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:14 PM   #29
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I got a electric wench from harbour freight for 89. And spent 49 on stuff from Home Depot . Attached to the ceiling in my garage. Works like a champ on my '13 jk unlimited. Had a manual one but it was too heavy to pull up for a girl like me. So easy now
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I have the Harken Hoist in my garage. Absolutely love it, and now know how to tie figure 8 knots

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