|08-26-2013 10:07 AM|
I went with the Harken Hoist and used the pool noodles for protection.
Happy with my choice. I didn't go power because I have the soft top for summer. I will not be using the hoist on a regular basis, just at the change of seasons.
|08-17-2013 11:15 PM|
|08-17-2013 11:23 AM|
|08-17-2013 10:14 AM|
A couple of things that made the Racor my choice:
I have a lot of shelving along my walls & I didn't have a good place to run the cable or rope to a cleat or winch. With the Racor, you just mount it to the ceiling and you're done.
The 4x4 platform that comes with it, allows for a lot of storage. I get use out of it, even when it's not holding my top.
$137- shipped from Amazon... Cordless drill works great to raise & lower it.
|08-17-2013 04:32 AM|
I just purchased the Lange Power Hoist-a-top and I must say I am disappointed.
The front arms/bars are connected to a T assembly and secured in place with four small screws, which don't fill me with confidence; it seems cheap and potentially weak. I suppose they're there simply to hold the arms in place and the weight of the hard top and gravity do the rest to secure them, but I feel this could've been designed better. If this is designed specifically for the JK Freedom Top, why not use bolts and nuts to mount it all the way through the bars in a specific location? The Freedom Top measurements don't vary.
Next, The sliding part that the mounting eye-bolt on the frame connects to would not fit over the center bar. I had to get a file to remove the sharp burrs on the edge and file down the inside to reduce the height of the screw-hole so it would fit over the bar. A little quality control would've been nice here.
Next, I opened the bungee cords to attach them and while they appear to be the same size, one of them doesn't stretch as far as the other and it's impossible to attach. I suppose I'll go purchase my own bungee cords to replace the one that is too short.
Lastly, I attached the hoist/frame to the Freedom Top just to see how it fits and it looks like the hooks are going to damage the edges they rest on. I'll have to purchase some pool noodles and attach them, like someone suggested above.
I haven't even mounted the winch or installed the eye bolts in the ceiling yet. I wonder what additional problems I'll run in to. I'm regretting paying $400 for this thing. I was expecting better design and quality.
|07-19-2013 07:00 AM|
|07-18-2013 11:03 PM|
I went with this one:
TOP/CAP EZ LIFT HOME
There are a couple youtube videos that show it better.
Not cheap, but to your point - with the price we paid for the jeep and all the add-on's, I was fine with spending a few more bucks on a lift like this rather than rigging something up with ropes, pulleys and ratchet straps.
I've used it a couple times so far, and it works well. I also like that it is a pretty self-contained unit, so I can unmount and re-mount if/when I move.
|07-18-2013 10:12 PM|
|st1264||I like my Harken. You need a hoist system as the JKU's hardtop is too bulky and heavy for 1 person. I like my Harken so far...|
|07-18-2013 10:02 PM|
|Jeepin Bowhunter||I just ordered a Harken for my JKU. Looks like the best option for my gagage. I only have an 8 1/2 foot ceiling height. I had a YJ and used 4x4's suspended by chain and just lifted it up and set it on the 4x4's. It worked, but it was a pain alone.|
|07-18-2013 07:24 PM|
I have the Racor platform hoist. You get a storage platform that can also lift your top- and its only $137. It's the one in the picture above by poster Roadijeff. Best of all you can hoist manually or powered with a 1/2 inch drill. With the drill it goes up and down quickly. It is easy to install and well built.
Racor PHL-1R Pro HeavyLift 4-by-4-Foot Cable-Lifted Storage Rack - Amazon.com
|07-18-2013 07:08 PM|
I want to note it is very easy to accidentally release the cleat with this arraignment. You need to be careful.
|06-23-2013 09:24 PM|
No one has posted a failure yet. The winch is raising about a quarter of its capacity.
|06-23-2013 03:39 PM|
|06-23-2013 12:07 PM|
|firebrick||Guys with the Lange hoist. Do you feel it is secure enough with just the two eye bolts or do you have something rigged up for when you have the top hanging?|
|06-20-2013 02:36 PM|
|06-19-2013 04:21 PM|
|Lil Black JK|
|06-19-2013 02:59 PM|
|Robwise||I built my own lift. Seen a couple on u tube. I built a t bar with 3 hooks. Even bought a electric winch. Works great. Can have that baby off in minutes BY MYSELF. Lol Cost was about half of the harken|
|06-19-2013 01:33 PM|
|06-19-2013 01:25 PM|
|Lil Black JK||
I like my electric Lange hoist. I've got a high ceiling so it works well for me. I can have the top on or off in minutes. It takes longer to put on the freedom tops than the rear top. One hand on the top to steady it and one on the hoist control.
|06-19-2013 10:20 AM|
|06-19-2013 09:58 AM|
|06-19-2013 09:33 AM|
|06-18-2013 08:26 PM|
|firebrick||I didn't trust the front two piece section of my Lange so I went out and bought a single section of 1" square stock. Now it works good but still hard to trust only one securing point to ceiling.|
|06-18-2013 04:27 PM|
|06-18-2013 03:24 PM|
I have the Harken Hoist. Works great, easy to install and it was a decent price.
My only complaint is that when you have partially unloaded the system (i.e. the back of the top is resting on the Jeep) it is very difficult to get the line to release from the cleat. My work around was to install a small carabiner in the cutout behind the cleat tongue. I tied the free end of the rope to this carabiner and can now fully release the tension in the system by pulling forward on the free line.
|06-18-2013 03:13 PM|
|utjdh04||Have any trouble with it spinning after you removed the top? If so, what did you do to address it?|
|06-18-2013 02:24 PM|
Absolutely love the powered Lange, zero regrets. So easy the wife or kids could do it without me if they needed to.
|06-18-2013 09:39 AM|
Hope this helps
|06-17-2013 01:12 PM|
|06-17-2013 12:05 PM|
I had to add an extra 2X4 due to the way my rafters aligned though. I left it hanging for two weeks while on vacation and it was still hanging there when I got back .
Only thing is that i pull the straps all the way up when not in use and there isnt enough weight on it to easily come back down. I have to pull on the extra cabling while pulling on the main sheet. Need to find something to hang on it while not in use.
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