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Old 04-13-2014, 10:11 PM   #1
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Freedom Panel alignment

I can't figure it out why the left freedom panel doesn't line up with the right. With the peg on each panel there is really only one way for it to fit.

I have a 2013 JK unlimited sport. Has anyone else experienced this issue? See photos attached.
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something is not right.

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Old 04-13-2014, 11:25 PM   #3
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They can be aligned. There is enough play in the attachment points to get them straight. Happens with all we have, 08,09,13,14.


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I've taken the front panels off dozens of time from various JKs and never run into that problem even with shade mesh, grabs, spod and all other sorts of stuff in the way.

How do you place the panels in place?
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Mine look like that. You can mess with it and get it "straighter", but it's not worth the time. Mine don't leak and have never had any problems. Showed it to the dealer once...we walked the lot and saw about every other Jeep had the same (non)-issue.

To me, it's simply a QC issue on Jeeps part, but doesn't really affect anything.

Lift it high enough, you'll never see it.
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I have had two jku's and both top panels fit perfectly. It looks like the top photo has a large gap that would leak and whistle like crazy.
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It becomes an issue the older the rig. The 13 and 14 are sealed, even like this. but the 08 and 09 will develop a leak here. I take them time to get the closer together.


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Funny, this just happened to me last night. Have had freedom tops out several times and reinstalled w/ no problem. Last night, it was like the roll bar had been bent or moved. Would not line up. Got pissed and just beat it into place! Still not right and I had wind noise that I have not had in past. Going to take off and reinstall once I get garage heated up! Getting into 20's tonight.
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I think it is user error and us based on the steps used to install and the order they are performed.

For those that don't have issue, what steps to you take when reinstalling your freedom panels
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Mine are the same, actually there probably even further off than yours are. I never really worried about it cause its never leaked (in fact in two years my jeep has not leaked anywhere, knock on wood, and she sets outside to boot).

I tried to align them closer but with the pins you can only move them so far. Like knuckles said its prolly just a QC issue and I dont see it as a problem.
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I put them in place and get them aligned before securing them. I get them squared off every time. It takes time, but it can be done correctly.

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I put them in place and get them aligned before securing them. I get them squared off every time. It takes time, but it can be done correctly. Bob K.
I think that was my issue. This last time I installed them I got them to line up but are still little off but better than before.

1. Place passenger pan
2. Place driver panel
3. Start both bolt threads but don't tighten.
4. Engage panel clips
5. Hand tighten bolt threads

Are those the same steps you follow?

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