Freedom Panel alignment - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Tech Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 04-13-2014, 10:11 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
CrazyRaider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 16
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.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-156687514.jpg
Views:	169
Size:	113.1 KB
ID:	984178   Click image for larger version

Name:	image-3226515903.jpg
Views:	156
Size:	158.4 KB
ID:	984186  


CrazyRaider is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-13-2014, 11:24 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
jadmt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: missoula
Posts: 6,510
something is not right.

jadmt is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-13-2014, 11:25 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 2,907
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.


Bob K.
nwbronco is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-14-2014, 12:49 AM   #4
Jeeper
 
spinlock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: 37.9° N, 121.7° W
Posts: 3,611
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?
__________________
"A man has got to know his limitations."
H. Callahan
spinlock is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-14-2014, 06:05 AM   #5
Jeeper
 
Knuckles65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,206
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.
__________________
2013 Commando Green JK Rubicon
-------------------------------------------------
Remember - sometimes, the advice you get on the Internet is worth exactly what you paid for it!
Knuckles65 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-14-2014, 06:13 AM   #6
Jeeper
 
jadmt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: missoula
Posts: 6,510
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.
jadmt is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-14-2014, 10:10 AM   #7
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 2,907
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.


Bob K.
nwbronco is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-15-2014, 01:50 AM   #8
Jeeper
 
Peaches's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: NW Arkansas
Posts: 79
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.
Peaches is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-21-2014, 09:54 PM   #9
Jeeper
 
CrazyRaider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 16
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
CrazyRaider is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-21-2014, 11:19 PM   #10
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
HunterTheBeagle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Posts: 762
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.
__________________
2012 Crush JK Rubicon. Teraflex 2.5" coil w/fox shocks & 1" rear TF spacers. TF monster front and rear track bar. 315 75r16 duratracs on level 8 zx wheels. LOD armor lite mid w/engo 10000s. Lots of other goodies.
HunterTheBeagle is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-22-2014, 12:42 AM   #11
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 2,907
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.
nwbronco is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-23-2014, 12:19 AM   #12
Jeeper
 
CrazyRaider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by nwbronco View Post
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?

CrazyRaider is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Download our Mobile App

» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:18 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC