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Old 03-09-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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Lange Power Hoist...almost done...BUT

of course, I need to find another truss and make another hole in the ceiling closer to the wall. Thought I had it back enough, but ended up using the second pulley, and that shifted forward a foot, so the top will hit my wife's 4Runner in the windshield. Pretty cool though. I was going to only use one pulley, but I figure two should make less weight and stress than using one. Also had to remount the winch to the wall up 2 inches. First attempt with the lags wasn't making me feel confident...

Anyone know how much the top actually weighs on a 2012 JK?

Hopefully I can pop my top off tomorrow...weather permitting...

Better...had to vent...

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Old 03-10-2012, 01:16 AM   #2
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The JKU top us about 110lb. The JK top us less, probably 80-90lb

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Old 03-10-2012, 07:27 AM   #3
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Ok top is popped, but it looks like the motor has a lot of torque on it and it's listing downward? Did I put the pulleys in the wrong place? For now, I lowered it a bit just in case all hell breaks loose after I leave...
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:56 AM   #4
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Well crap, front eye bolt was bending back now...
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:28 AM   #5
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Pics...even the back eye started to bend??
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:25 AM   #6
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That bent hook would scare me. I have same set up and I'm in the process of putting motor in the attic and dropping the cable and control thru a hole in the ceiling. Then I won't have the eye hooks. Unfortunately my to do list is long and the hoist isn't as high on it as I would like( wife wrote the list). Will update as soon as I can.
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:18 AM   #7
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Why not just run one pulley to a hook, then have the cable go down to the top?
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:25 AM   #8
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Really to bad you didn't go with the RACOR-no problemo-

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Old 03-10-2012, 11:51 AM   #9
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Theres no problem with the winch, but the problem is with the mounting points and the forces exterted from a single point, to two points from which the power is being exerted from a single source.
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Got to go to Lowes and try to get some hardened eye hooks now. The front one is so bent, I cant even get a screwdriver in it to turn it.

I need to look in the attack and see if I can get to the point where it is. If so, I may just cut b/w the rafters and mount the steel bracket on top of the rafters and straight drop from the winch...

Had the single pulley set up at first, but was worried about the load, so I rigged the second pulley to cut the weight force in 1/2...

This is what I get for thinking...
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Its a good thought, but just the forces applied to the farthest point, especially since the load isnt even under that point it pulls almost all of it.


Your backing plate idea sounds good!, that or find some anchored hooks for the studs.
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:37 PM   #12
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So, if I do a single pulley and drop, there won't be any force going toward the winch?

Looked at the rafter situation and looks like trusses are 22.5 apart, then there is huge beam and the gable work begins - can't even begin to tell you the crazy spacing and diagonal cuts...

If I move the location, I can maybe have another cross member made up say 28" and lag it to the top of the trusses, and cut out a 1' wide section of ceiling for the winch, then pigeon toe a couple of 2x4's to box it in. Nothing is ever easy....

Of course the problem is getting both cars in then. I'd have to back into the top opening every time, perfectly, as it would be on the left of the garage, and I wouldn't be able to get out of the jeep if I pulled it in.....10' ceilings would have been nice....
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:43 PM   #13
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The picture looks like you didn't screw the eye bolts in near far enough. Get new ones and screw them in all the way until the radius hits the drywall. The angle doesn't look bad at all. They aren't bending toward the torque. Probe around and make sure your in the middle of the rafter or collar tie.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:29 PM   #14
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Is the eye bent, or is the bolt moving in the wood? you may just need longer eye's and like jefferyfghezzi says, you don't have them screwed in far enough. I have had eye bolt like this screwed into 2x12's and holding more than 400 lbs with no bending
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:51 AM   #15
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No it was bent. Had to take my ball pin and knock it backwards to unscrew it...have to get another one. Maybe I'll up the size bigger than 3/8" and something longer than just 3" of lag....

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