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Old 09-26-2011, 11:30 AM   #1
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Are your Sound Bar thumbscrews centered?

I just noticed my soundbar thumbscrews are not centered in the soundbar holes they occupy. They're both off center to the outer edges (left one is farther to the left, and the right one goes to the right edge.)

It doesn't bother me, but I never took a good look at them before removing my freedom panels for the first time and am wonder if I screwed something up.

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Old 09-26-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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I noticed mine are off center as well. Probably has to do with the re-install. I actually wondered if I needed to do a better job installing the panels back on, or I may end up with some leaks. I also wonder if leaving them this way will result in damage to the seals that may eventually lead to leaks. Next time I get a chance, I will remove the tops and reinstall them very carefully to see if I can correct the off center condition. They appear to be on properly though... but you never know.

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I noticed mine are off center as well. Probably has to do with the re-install. I actually wondered if I needed to do a better job installing the panels back on, or I may end up with some leaks. I also wonder if leaving them this way will result in damage to the seals that may eventually lead to leaks. Next time I get a chance, I will remove the tops and reinstall them very carefully to see if I can correct the off center condition. They appear to be on properly though... but you never know.
I can't see how it would even be possible to install them in a way that would push the thumbscrews that far off center, but who knows.

For all I know, they were off center to begin with.

Hopefully someone else can chime in and let us know....
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I think mine are slightly off center to ,got the soft top on right now .cant be sure .as long as your not cross threading the screws and they go in easy dont really see a problem
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Mine are off centre too. Only noticed when replacing the freedom panels the first time, and then spent some time trying to get them in evenly. It never happened, they've been off centre for the 12 months I've had the Jeep, and I've never had any leak problems.
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I think mine are slightly off center to ,got the soft top on right now .cant be sure .as long as your not cross threading the screws and they go in easy dont really see a problem
Good. Definitely not cross threading...

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Mine are off centre too. Only noticed when replacing the freedom panels the first time, and then spent some time trying to get them in evenly. It never happened, they've been off centre for the 12 months I've had the Jeep, and I've never had any leak problems.
Glad to hear that's not a cause for leaks
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Old 09-27-2011, 04:32 AM   #7
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My driver-side one is off-center. Passenger-side is good. I noticed it the first time I was putting the panels back. No rain in the forecast here for several days so I'll have to wait for a while to see if it causes any leaks. Hope not!
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Mine look to be centered BUT, this isn;t a 'precision; fit either..........I see where it is VERY easy to cross thread when starting the screws. If its just for a day or two of LOCAL driving I just put the tee-tops back on, flip the catches and despense with the screws.

If I'm 'dogging' down the top for rain or highway I go slow and DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN.

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