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Old 08-26-2013, 08:16 AM   #1
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Installed Harken Hoist

Installed the Harken 4 point lift this weekend.

I'm not "Tim the Tool Man Taylor" by any means, but I can turn a wrench and use a power drill.

Fairly easy install, if you have tall ceilings like I do you will need a second person to help hold the mounting boards in place while securing them to the rafters. Other then that, I did the rest of the install myself.

I was even able to hang the Elk back up with no interference.

This Forum has been a great source of information on products and hints on how to make the products better. After reviewing this subject here on the Forum I went with the Harken because, I didn't want the swinging/turning of the other hoist and I added pieces of "noodle foam" to protect the paint and the weather stripping.

My JKU is at AEV right now getting the Heat Release Hood, can't wait to get it back. Should be today or tomorrow. Any later and I'll be on their door step. AEV is about 15 minutes from home.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:16 AM   #2
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I'm not "Tim the Tool Man Taylor" by any means, but I can turn a wrench and use a power drill.
I think that is a +, If Tim the Tool man Taylor had installed it, your hardtop would probably have been lifted and thrown up through the roof and landed on your neighbors lawn.

I also like my Haken. I only used it once. My jeep is a 2013 and lifted the top for the first time last June and it is still up there.

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My jeep is a 2013 and lifted the top for the first time last June and it is still up there.

That was one of my questions....... If I can leave it up there all season. I bought the Jeep in May and took off the hard top in June as well, but just put up the hoist.

I'm guessing sometime in late October I'll put the hardtop back on.

It dosen't sound like you have experienced any issues leaving your top hoisted up this long.

Anyone ever have issues with Harken hoist, leaving the top hoisted up for 4 months or more?
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I'll be painting the mounting boards white to match the rest of the garage.

I don't like the unfinished look.
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The hard top will be going back on in a few weeks. Hunting Season is just a month away. The soft top is just a little too vulnerable to all the dusty roads and the rear window too inconvenient for the constant use that it gets during hunting season.

I don't foresee any problems when I put my hard top back on, but if I do, this forum will be the first place I go to.

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Nice, I didn't put my Freedom Tops on top like that. I will now.

I didn't phrase my question properly. I'm sure the tops will go back on just fine.

My question is with the strength of the Harken Hoist. It shouldn't weaken from holding the top up in the air for 4 to 6 months, right?

After all that is what it is made to do.
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I have the 200lb hoist for 12ft ceiling with the 8X weight factor. Even the 145lb one is still plenty for the Jeep top. After the complete installation, I felt very comfortable with leaving the top up there. Had I built a hoist myself it would have been needlessly way over engineered and costly and heavy and bulky and so on and so on...

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Anyone ever have issues with Harken hoist, leaving the top hoisted up for 4 months or more?
I have never done 4 months straight, but mine was up for 2+ months this summer without issue.

I put the hard top back on for one night - perseid meteor watching - then took it back off the next day.

No problems whatsoever.
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Nice, I didn't put my Freedom Tops on top like that. I will now. I didn't phrase my question properly. I'm sure the tops will go back on just fine. My question is with the strength of the Harken Hoist. It shouldn't weaken from holding the top up in the air for 4 to 6 months, right? After all that is what it is made to do.
Mine has had the top in the ceiling for 3 summers now with no issues.
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Good idea, I might do that next summer since this one is almost over.
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I installed the Harken hoist a few weeks ago. I'm sure it will be fine holding the top long term, but I did run some ratcheting straps front to back to the pigtail lag bolts. My thought is that the weakest points are the pulleys, not the lag bolts or the 2x6s. I cinched the ratchet straps to take just a little weight off of the Harken pulleys. Overkill I'm sure, but I park under it and the straps are cheap enough and easy enough to remove.
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I installed the Harken hoist a few weeks ago. I'm sure it will be fine holding the top long term, but I did run some ratcheting straps front to back to the pigtail lag bolts. My thought is that the weakest points are the pulleys, not the lag bolts or the 2x6s. I cinched the ratchet straps to take just a little weight off of the Harken pulleys. Overkill I'm sure, but I park under it and the straps are cheap enough and easy enough to remove.
I did the same on mine as an extra safety measure.
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I installed the Harken hoist a few weeks ago. I'm sure it will be fine holding the top long term, but I did run some ratcheting straps front to back to the pigtail lag bolts. My thought is that the weakest points are the pulleys, not the lag bolts or the 2x6s. I cinched the ratchet straps to take just a little weight off of the Harken pulleys. Overkill I'm sure, but I park under it and the straps are cheap enough and easy enough to remove.
Great idea by you and Jwilson, will one of you post of pic of how you attached the ratchet straps?

Thank you.
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Nice to see another Michigander around will be looking at this hoist myself when the seasons turn again
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Nice to see another Michigander around will be looking at this hoist myself when the seasons turn again
You'll find me in the Novi / Birmingham and Traverse City areas.
I'm thinking late October the soft top comes off and the hard top goes back on.
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The hard top will be going back on in a few weeks. Hunting Season is just a month away. The soft top is just a little too vulnerable to all the dusty roads and the rear window too inconvenient for the constant use that it gets during hunting season.

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dpostman, what are you hunting? (deer, elk, bear....) and how? (bow,gun)
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You'll find me in the Novi / Birmingham and Traverse City areas.
I'm thinking late October the soft top comes off and the hard top goes back on.
I work in Novi and live in Canton
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Installed the Harken 4 point lift this weekend.

I'm not "Tim the Tool Man Taylor" by any means, but I can turn a wrench and use a power drill.

Fairly easy install, if you have tall ceilings like I do you will need a second person to help hold the mounting boards in place while securing them to the rafters. Other then that, I did the rest of the install myself.

I was even able to hang the Elk back up with no interference.

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My JKU is at AEV right now getting the Heat Release Hood, can't wait to get it back. Should be today or tomorrow. Any later and I'll be on their door step. AEV is about 15 minutes from home.
Mine's been hanging since May. I did lower it and put a lightweight blanket over the top. A few birds flew into my garage and found that it was a great place to start building a nest (and doing what birds do, crap all over it).

I cleaned it up, and covered it just to protect it from dust or other inhabitants.
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Mine's been hanging since May. I did lower it and put a lightweight blanket over the top.
Thanks, Nuke that is helpful information.
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dpostman, what are you hunting? (deer, elk, bear....) and how? (bow,gun)
At the end of September I got invited again to go moose hunting. Here in New-Brunswick there is a Draw/lottery for Moose liscence. If your name is drawn, you get to chose a second person/rifle to accompany you. I got a License in 2004 and, last year my hunting buddy got his and gave me the second license. In our gang we had 2 moose tags, (4 Licenses) But we did bag our 2 Moose. Regardless, I get invited every year. Not because I can hunt particularly well, but mostly because I can cook. We had 11 people for 10 days, I went to Costco and spent $800 in groceries for the outing.

This year we have 2 licenses in our hunting gang again.

As soon as Moose hunting is over, then we start getting ready for deer.

I mostly use a Mauser K98K Bored out to .308 for Tree stand or ground blind hunting, and use a Winchester Model 94 32spl for walking around in the woods.

Not into bow hunting... yet. Several of my hunting buddies are. And into trapping as well.

Sorry for sidetracking the thread, just got excited.
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Great idea by you and Jwilson, will one of you post of pic of how you attached the ratchet straps? Thank you.
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