|05-12-2013 08:20 AM|
|Fly2crawl||I also have a low garage but I'm planning on using the hoist to get the top off then storing it on a cart off to the back of the garage so it doesn't take up my ceiling space.|
|05-01-2013 01:06 AM|
|04-30-2013 10:59 PM|
|LongRifle45||I was going to order one. I measured my ceiling, and it is only 8' and I have an exposed light bulb right where the top would go, so that takes another 6" away. Not sure if I should get the hoist since I can only lift the top about a foot. I also don't have a soft top, so I would only be taking the top off for day trips.|
|04-30-2013 09:32 PM|
|04-30-2013 08:23 AM|
|04-29-2013 11:31 PM|
|04-29-2013 11:14 PM|
|Gowhitesox99||my garage is 9 foot, should i just go with the original or get the 8.5 foot one?|
|04-29-2013 08:05 AM|
When I marked where the ceiling boards and hooks were going to be attached I just parked at the spot where I was going to lift it and held a string with a weight on the end down from the ceiling at each corner of the hard top.
|04-29-2013 12:05 AM|
Is it just me or what? I just read thru the install instructions for the Harken and it made me feel like an idiot.
This isn't supposed to be rocket science.
|04-28-2013 11:05 PM|
I just finished installing mine. I didn't have any help, so I measured everything several times before I cut or drilled anything. It took me around 4 hours but I had to go to Home Depot and get another lag bolt because one snapped as I was tightening it down.
It looks like the kit I have is for a 12' ceiling. Mine is 10' and I have a bit of extra rope at the 4 drop downs. Later this week I might remove the top, lower it all the way to the floor and get rid of any excess rope.
|04-28-2013 08:53 PM|
Thanks. Yeah I figured it was a no go but I wasn't sure if anyone had some crazy way to rig it. Putting them on top of the hardtop is a great idea.
Took me 2 hours to get the 2 x 4s up. Mostly because I was super cautious about placement. Then about 2 hours in the am to get the hoist and the knots tied. Plenty of continued messing throughout the day to get the balance right.
Super happy with the product though. Highly recommend.
|04-28-2013 09:27 AM|
I don't think it's meant for a low ceiling.
Quadratec: Harken Hoister - YouTube
See this instead.
|04-28-2013 09:21 AM|
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|04-28-2013 12:03 AM|
|04-27-2013 11:59 PM|
|cavsvet74||I would suggest putting the freedom panels in the storage bag and place them on top of the hardtop.|
|04-27-2013 11:25 PM|
|R1pilot||Took me ~5 hours by myself. I am not a handy guy but found it relatively easy. Had a hard time locating the studs in my finished ceiling. The placement of my rafters required I follow the alternate instructions with two 2x6's and a 2x4. I struggled with the figure 8 knots at first but YouTube helped. It's up and works!|
|04-27-2013 09:27 PM|
|04-27-2013 06:24 PM|
The freedom panels only connect to the rear piece with the two hand screws (The two rear hinge connections are not true connections. As soon as the rear would lift up then those two hinges will lose all of the counter-force that keeps them connected)
So the question is: Is there super secret support inside the top around the two hand screws that will allow them to hold the weight of the freedom panels? I don't know if anyone has that answer.
I wouldn't risk it though.
|04-27-2013 12:51 PM|
Harken hoist & freedom panels
Just installed my harken hoist this morning. Can I store my hardtop with the freedom panels still attached to the back half of the hardtop? I know I need to separate it from the frame/roll bars before I hoist it up but is there enough support? Or do I need to always remove the freedom panels and store them separately?
I have a 2012 2 door JK. Thanks for the help!