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07-19-2014 06:26 PM
JavaJeep
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Originally Posted by Y-Guy View Post
Between the top mount pulleys and the Eye bolts there is probably 4" of unmovable hardware. Between the two there are two sets of cable clamps where the cable is looped around. You should be able to change this and cut that down to a couple of inches. I did not like the nuts that came mounted on the sets of cable clamps, if I tightened much more they would slip. I'd change those out and I think you'd be good go.

All in all, I think you can meet your 9" requirement. Posting a couple photos that might help you to visually see the setup I have.


Thanks Y-Guy! Good suggestions.
07-18-2014 06:28 PM
MikeJeep My garage has a 10' ceiling and I had LOTS of space.

07-18-2014 03:48 PM
Y-Guy
Quote:
Originally Posted by JavaJeep View Post
Can anyone with a Racor tell me the minimum distance from the ceiling to the top of the hard top?
Between the top mount pulleys and the Eye bolts there is probably 4" of unmovable hardware. Between the two there are two sets of cable clamps where the cable is looped around. You should be able to change this and cut that down to a couple of inches. I did not like the nuts that came mounted on the sets of cable clamps, if I tightened much more they would slip. I'd change those out and I think you'd be good go.

All in all, I think you can meet your 9" requirement. Posting a couple photos that might help you to visually see the setup I have.


07-18-2014 01:34 PM
JavaJeep
Bump: Q re: Racor Lift - how close to garage ceiling?

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Originally Posted by Sucker Punch View Post
The ceiling in my garage is 9 1/2 ft. Will this setup work ok or would I be better off with the Harken? I want to be able to get the hardtop as high as possible off the ground. I am leaning toward this setup and I'm ready to pull the trigger on something.
Thanks!
I'm torn between the Racor and the Harken. The Harken would likely be best, but for the angle and distance I would need to install the block and tackle to my "front" wall.

My issue/concern with the Racor is how high can I get the hard top? My ceiling is 9'. Can anyone with a Racor tell me the minimum distance from the ceiling to the top of the hard top? I think I need to get the top about 9" from the ceiling if I want to walk under the HT without banging my head (i'm 6' tall). Looks like a heavy lean to the Harken with some modifications.

Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated!
05-24-2014 08:33 PM
tx2whlr
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Originally Posted by Sucker Punch View Post
The ceiling in my garage is 9 1/2 ft. Will this setup work ok or would I be better off with the Harken? I want to be able to get the hardtop as high as possible off the ground. I am leaning toward this setup and I'm ready to pull the trigger on something. Thanks!
I'm in the same boat as you, so far it looks like the harken will lift the highest as long as you mount the pulleys wider than the width of the top so it can fit between them.
The one caveat with the harken is the pulley that allows you to pull the rope down must be mounted to a wall not the ceiling and the top must be at least the distance from the wall as the amount you want to raise the top.
I too was about to buy something and pretty much decided on the harken until I watched their YouTube video. In the video you'll notice how the top is hanging in the middle of the garage, this allows room for their multiplier to travel back and forth along the ceiling. I made a phone call to harken and one of their techs verified this, he recommended 5-6 ft off the wall the pulley mounts to.
Just another thing to consider before you pull the trigger.
05-24-2014 04:51 PM
Sucker Punch The ceiling in my garage is 9 1/2 ft. Will this setup work ok or would I be better off with the Harken? I want to be able to get the hardtop as high as possible off the ground. I am leaning toward this setup and I'm ready to pull the trigger on something.
Thanks!
04-27-2014 10:17 AM
tribangle
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Originally Posted by BostonStrong77 View Post
looks good! Did you weave the ratchet strap through the lift?
. Thanks to this forum and thread I most certainly did. Y-Guy, thank you!
04-27-2014 09:39 AM
BostonStrong77
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Originally Posted by tribangle View Post
Today was the day. Thanks to everyone in this thread with your helpful suggestions!!
looks good! Did you weave the ratchet strap through the lift?
04-27-2014 04:15 AM
Y-Guy
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Originally Posted by tribangle View Post
Today was the day. Thanks to everyone in this thread with your helpful suggestions!!
Looks good! Congrats!!!
04-26-2014 09:35 PM
tribangle Today was the day. Thanks to everyone in this thread with your helpful suggestions!!
03-15-2014 06:05 PM
Denizen of the Deep
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Originally Posted by Denizen of the Deep View Post

I think people are drilling second holes in the 2 support beams that the wire cage rests on. I didn't, the u hooks hold well enough for me. I really like this unit.
I meant j hooks.
03-15-2014 01:46 PM
Denizen of the Deep
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Originally Posted by BostonStrong77 View Post
Not to sound like a total noob, but what's the deal with the U Bolts? From reading the thread it sounds like the bolts you get with the system are weak, but where are the new U bolts going? Thanks.
I think people are drilling second holes in the 2 support beams that the wire cage rests on. I didn't, the u hooks hold well enough for me. I really like this unit.
03-15-2014 11:36 AM
BostonStrong77 Not to sound like a total noob, but what's the deal with the U Bolts? From reading the thread it sounds like the bolts you get with the system are weak, but where are the new U bolts going? Thanks.
03-04-2014 07:38 AM
Denizen of the Deep
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Originally Posted by Y-Guy View Post
Good deal, hopefully you can finally get it installed. Not good packaging on their end. The one thing you might consider is swapping out the nuts on the wire rope clips as I tightened a couple I wasn't thrilled how a few of them didn't lock in tight.
I'll look at those too, I am using bigger lag screws also.
03-03-2014 02:41 PM
Y-Guy Good deal, hopefully you can finally get it installed. Not good packaging on their end. The one thing you might consider is swapping out the nuts on the wire rope clips as I tightened a couple I wasn't thrilled how a few of them didn't lock in tight.
03-03-2014 01:24 PM
Denizen of the Deep Called Racor, they are sending out a replacement part tomorrow.
03-02-2014 07:58 PM
Denizen of the Deep I'll give that a try this time.
03-02-2014 07:39 PM
Y-Guy This time try calling Racor and see if they will send you a replacement part, might be quicker.
03-02-2014 07:18 PM
Denizen of the Deep
Not again!

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Originally Posted by Denizen of the Deep View Post
There is a special fitting to hold to the axel that goes with the cable, I have already boxed it up and Amazon has UPS set to pick it up and send me a new one.


Received the new Racor lift, opened it up to check the inventory and I see that the plastic bearing has three out of 4 holding/snap tabs broken. Obviously packed carelessly or tossed into the box and busted. After the first SNAFU Amazon sent me an invitation to rank the packing of the Racor product, I blew it off, now I'm going to find the email and complete the survey.
02-16-2014 10:11 PM
Denizen of the Deep
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Originally Posted by stevil View Post
Maybe it's worth your time to just source a new cable? Home Depot, or Harbor freight also has a great selection in my area.

This has to suck though...
There is a special fitting to hold to the axel that goes with the cable, I have already boxed it up and Amazon has UPS set to pick it up and send me a new one.
02-16-2014 07:11 PM
stevil Maybe it's worth your time to just source a new cable? Home Depot, or Harbor freight also has a great selection in my area.

This has to suck though...
02-16-2014 06:49 PM
Denizen of the Deep
Missing Parts from the Racor Package

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Originally Posted by Y-Guy View Post
I installed my Racor this summer, but just finally getting around to posting about it.

The install went smooth, directions are not super clear but if you go slow and think through it you won't have any troubles. I was able to tap directly into the rafters so the install was easy, I just need to adjust the jeep a bit off center to line up but its not a problem. I put some of the left over foam tubes I used on the frame to protect the rear seal of the window.

While hoisted up it's a bit tight under the roof but plenty of room to walk around without hitting it. However I think this winter I'm going to change how the wires attach to the frame so I can get it a bit closer to the ceiling. The cable clamps were a royal PITA and very loose so make sure tighten those down firm.





After spending a day and a half in the garage installing this RACOR hoist, I am nearing the finish line and notice that I am missing one of the cable assemblies. Can you say angry? I guess it's my fault for not checking to make sure the employee packing the box had done his/her job. Now I have to either take it all down and try to repackage it in the box that is ripped to pieces and have UPS pick it up or try to get ITW Brands or Amazon to send me the cable. This is not really a product review, since I haven't had a chance to use it yet, I've read good things about the hoist, just disappointed in ITW Brands. I may have overbuilt the support structure, but that's how I roll.
09-20-2013 02:55 AM
Y-Guy I installed my Racor this summer, but just finally getting around to posting about it.

The install went smooth, directions are not super clear but if you go slow and think through it you won't have any troubles. I was able to tap directly into the rafters so the install was easy, I just need to adjust the jeep a bit off center to line up but its not a problem. I put some of the left over foam tubes I used on the frame to protect the rear seal of the window.

While hoisted up it's a bit tight under the roof but plenty of room to walk around without hitting it. However I think this winter I'm going to change how the wires attach to the frame so I can get it a bit closer to the ceiling. The cable clamps were a royal PITA and very loose so make sure tighten those down firm.





09-10-2013 01:56 PM
kenb1023 After sitting in the box for a year I have finally cleaned up the big garage so I can put it up. It is over 12' to the rafters and it is only me but should have it done by the weekend.
07-16-2013 03:47 PM
FirstTimeJeeper Finished my Racor install this weekend and hoisted the hard top off. Went great. My garage set up where I wanted to place the Racor though didn't work with the need for 48" joists so my dad and I mounted 2x6s to the side walls and then ran 2x6s across to create our own joists. Worked great and so far she's holding up well. It was pretty tight getting the jeep backed into that section of the garage though which made it a bit tight getting the ratchet straps hooked and so on, but I'm running a soft top for the next few months so thankfully I won't be putting the top on and off too often. More for longer term storage while I'm running the soft top. Put the freedom panels on top of the rack to store them as well.

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04-18-2013 05:11 PM
rigormortis
Installed and lifting!

Love it! If I designed this lift I would have definitely beefed things up a bit, but it seems to work just fine. Next up I need to invest in a cordless 1/2" drill. My electric 1/2" drill runs it up and down quite nicely, but it is a bit unwieldy.

I'm also going to replace the 1" strap on the drivers side with a matching 2" strap like the one on the passenger side. With the 2" strap I don't think I'll need any additional padding to distribute the load.

Fyi, my ceiling is 10' 2" high.



04-13-2013 01:41 AM
Lowerumble
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Originally Posted by sitkojm View Post
All done!!! First time with the top off!, only had her for 4 weeks now. I loved my jeep before, now it's just bad ass. I think the wife is jealous and pissed, Thats why the pup is out in he garage with me... Oh well, made it just in time for topless day.
So what is in the bag, the front part of the top? What do you all do with your doors?
04-13-2013 12:56 AM
OrangeJeepGuy Anyone have this installed in a 8'6" high garage? I would need to store the top then park under it. Would like to see pics if there are any in an 8'6" area.

Thanks!
04-12-2013 06:31 PM
rigormortis Racor ordered via Amazon Prime :^) Looking forward!
06-23-2012 09:36 AM
AndeeW Just got my Jeep this week and have my Rancor arriving later today - looking at all the different arrangements to secure the hardtop to the rack for lifting I was wondering if anyone has tried to lift the hard top using a roof-rack mounted to the hardtop?
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