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post #16 of 36 Old 05-30-2013, 11:25 AM
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Hey everyone, I am trying to decide how to do this as well, however my situation is a little different. I do not have a garage and I need to do it under a carport. My concern is the wind blowing the top around as it hangs. Has anyone made something under a carport that works?

The Racor lift looks interesting. Does anyone have any pics of their top hanging with it? Are you sliding the top onto the platform or removing it and using hooks?
Carport at your house, or your apartment?

If its at your house, dont see why it would be bad if you had straps holding it tight and not using just hooks like some homemade ones use.
If its at an apartment, forget about it unless you want to be fined for even touching that carport parking lol.


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Hey everyone, I am trying to decide how to do this as well, however my situation is a little different. I do not have a garage and I need to do it under a carport. My concern is the wind blowing the top around as it hangs. Has anyone made something under a carport that works?

The Racor lift looks interesting. Does anyone have any pics of their top hanging with it? Are you sliding the top onto the platform or removing it and using hooks?
Oh yea, the harbor freight lift can be mounted on a pole/stut that hangs on a single heavy duty vertical pole. like a big 4x4. you could mount it so it swings out the the way. There are pictures of this configuration in the instruction booklet.

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Hey everyone, I am trying to decide how to do this as well, however my situation is a little different. I do not have a garage and I need to do it under a carport. My concern is the wind blowing the top around as it hangs. Has anyone made something under a carport that works?

The Racor lift looks interesting. Does anyone have any pics of their top hanging with it? Are you sliding the top onto the platform or removing it and using hooks?
I lower the platform onto the top of my jeep,
run ratchet straps under the top, and tighten.
I put my freedom tops on the platform, then crank it up
and drive away. (Note: I zip tied swimming noodles to the bottom of the platform to protect the top)
Don't forget to remove all bolts, the hose and the plug. :-)

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Carport at your house, or your apartment?

If its at your house, dont see why it would be bad if you had straps holding it tight and not using just hooks like some homemade ones use.
If its at an apartment, forget about it unless you want to be fined for even touching that carport parking lol.
It's my house so I can do anything once I figure out the best way.

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I lower the platform onto the top of my jeep,
run ratchet straps under the top, and tighten.
I put my freedom tops on the platform, then crank it up
and drive away. (Note: I zip tied swimming noodles to the bottom of the platform to protect the top)
Don't forget to remove all bolts, the hose and the plug. :-)

Not mine but I found one.
That's a great system and cheap option. "swimming noodles"?

Do you have specifics on needed parts?

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That's a great system and cheap option. "swimming noodles"?

Do you have specifics on needed parts?

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If I remember right everything comes with the lift. The crank has an
adapter so you can either use the speed handle or a cordless drill.
I might have gotten some longer lag bolts from home depot, but I don't remember.

Pool Noodles (like $1 at Walmart)
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Harken Hoist for me.
I have a harken as well - the non-powered version. The more I use it, the faster I can get the hardtop on and off. I had it off in 10 minutes last weekend.

Full disclosure: I also have the quick-release kit for the 6 bolts in the back so I only need a torx for the two over the front seats.

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I don't know if this will help the OP, or he already resolved this, here's pic of my top hanging on the Racor hoist.
The doors are hanging on the wall from a Rubbermaid Fasttrack rail I bought at Home Depot.
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post #24 of 36 Old 09-12-2013, 06:22 AM
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For those using a Racor hoist, what kind of 'brake' does the system have?

weight capacity is 250 # which seems more than adequate.

What, if any, modifications did you / would you make to make it more usable?

Thanks,

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post #25 of 36 Old 09-12-2013, 06:43 AM
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Follow up question,

I assume everyone is leaving the top hanging from the Racor until re-installing. Maybe a bad assumption, so thought I'd ask. If you don't I assume you have some kind of cart or dolly?
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post #26 of 36 Old 09-12-2013, 06:51 AM
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The Racor has a latch that puts a peg into the loop that you crank to raise / lower it. Even without that safety latch, I can't see it lowering itself.

To answer your second question, my hardtop has been hanging from my Racor since I installed it in March.
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post #27 of 36 Old 09-12-2013, 08:11 AM
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I have the Racor as well and per the tip on this thread I put pool noodles on the bottom of mine. Use 2 ratchet straps on the top and lift away. I keep the freedom panels on the rack itself while the top is strapped to the bottom. It works amazingly well. You can raise or lower manually or with a drill (on low speed!!!!). The kit includes an adapter for your drill as well as a hand crank. There is a safety latch on the crank mechanism that locks it in place as mentioned. I left my top hanging all summer with no problems. 1 person operation to raise or lower. Takes about 30 minutes including bolting the top back on. Just make sure your garage has enough height. Best investment I've made in my Jeep so far!
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post #28 of 36 Old 09-12-2013, 11:11 AM
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Excellent, looks like I've found my solution in racor!

Thanks,

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post #29 of 36 Old 09-12-2013, 01:26 PM
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This looks like the best solution for me.

Can it be used with an electric hoist?

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I suppose you could rig something but it is really designed to be used with a cordless drill - so you don't need an electric hoist. Basically the drill is the motor for the gear box on the racor unit.

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