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Old 01-19-2009, 10:15 PM   #1
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Quieting a squeaky freedom top

Yesterday I finally got around to fixing a problem that has been annoying the hell out of me for months. Back in October I put the hardtop back on my JK and have had an intermittent squeak ever since. It would squeak, I'd tighten the bolts and squeak would go away for a while.

The solution is so obvious but thought I would share it anyways.

Go to Lowes, Home Depot, whatever and get 12 rubber washers and 6 stainless steel fender washers. I don't remember what size, just take one of the bolt in with you and get what fits it. Next, remove all 8 bolts from the top and then just lift up on the top and place 2 rubber washers between the top and body. Put a washer on the bolt and re-install. I used the stainless washers to prevent cracking the plastic top. Less than an hour and less than $10 in parts. Worked like a charm, no more squeaks.

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Old 01-21-2009, 07:07 PM   #2

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Would putting the rubber washers under the rubber seal that is on the bottom of the hard top break the seal that is meant to form between the top and the vehicle body where it rests? I would have tried putting the rubber washers under the fender washers to keep the seal intact. This would provide a constant pressure on the fender washer preventing motion between the bolt and the plastic that may have been causing the squeak? Just a thought.

Judging by your user name, the weather in Tennessee might not be cold enough to notice a draft created by the rubber washers breaking the seal. It gets down to -10F around here in New England so it might be noticed more. I was going to purchase fender washers because of another thread that mentioned a broken flange from the factory on the hard top. They replaced his top but this pointed out a possible problem if the top is over torqued with the factory screws and no fender washers to disperse the force over a wider area.


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Old 01-21-2009, 10:54 PM   #3
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The seal on mine sits about 1/2 inch away from the inside edge of the top. The rubber washers are beside not under the seal. Maybe my seal was not put on right at the factory but it never squeaked until I re-installed it. Then again I bought it in March and it wasn't as cold then. I have noticed since I posted this that there is still some squeaking but it is less noticable and only happens when it's below 30 degrees. I am going to take your suggestion of putting rubber under the fender washers as well though.

In another couple months it wont matter because I'll be putting the ragtop back on then anyways.

Edit: found during research that the torque spec on the hardtop bolts is 105 inch lbs.
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