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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!
 

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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!


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.
 

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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!
 

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I would suggest putting the freedom panels in the storage bag and place them on top of the hardtop.
I thought about doing this, then forgot. I also dreamed up making a small shelf that would attach to the 6 hardtop holes and you could set them on that.
 

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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!
Curious, how high is your ceiling? My is height to exposed joints is 7' 11" and was wonder if that offered enough room for hoist.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Is it just me or what? I just read thru the install instructions for the Harken and it made me feel like an idiot. :redface:

This isn't supposed to be rocket science. :banghead:
 

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Is it just me or what? I just read thru the install instructions for the Harken and it made me feel like an idiot.
It wasn't until I'd read it completely about 3 times before I started understanding it. The "front" board of the hoist, which is actually the opposite direction the Jeep is facing, initially threw me off.

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.
 

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my garage is 9 foot, should i just go with the original or get the 8.5 foot one?
 

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It wasn't until I'd read it completely about 3 times before I started understanding it. The "front" board of the hoist, which is actually the opposite direction the Jeep is facing, initially threw me off.

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.
I read them again several times and it made sense. Guess I shouldn't read this stuff when I am tired. LOL

my garage is 9 foot, should i just go with the original or get the 8.5 foot one?
There are different versions depending on ceiling height?
 

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Harken makes different versions but I think Quadratec only sells the one for a 12' ceiling. It just has longer ropes.
I checked out the Harken website today and saw two versions for Jeeps. One for ceilings up to 10' high and one for 12 footers.
 

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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.
 

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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.
Still works... Put the hoist towards front of garage. Back in. Raise top. Next time you pull into the garage, the hood of the wrangler will go right under the raised top.
 

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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.
 
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