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Old 08-17-2012, 10:39 AM   #1
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Driving with everything open

Planning a road trip next weekend -- 400 miles each way, through highways and back roads.

Last night I was cruising around town with the Freedom Panels off, the windows open, and the rear tailgate window in the open position. It's as close as I can get to taking the hard top off (no place to store it at the moment).

Have any of you taken a long drive under similar conditions? Do you recommend driving with "everything open"? My MPG seemed to be doing well with the air blowing right through.

Any advice would be great! Thanks!

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Old 08-17-2012, 11:12 AM   #2
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Never taken a long drive like that, but I took the freedom panels off yesterday for the first time and finally started to understand this whole Jeep concept...

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Old 08-17-2012, 11:38 AM   #3
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So far the most I have done is approx 125mi ea way with doors off, top off and just a mesh bikini. I have been hoping to have some time to make a trip to Vegas (from SoCal) or even better to Zion.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:18 PM   #4
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I always drive with everything open, well almost.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:22 PM   #5
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I don't have a hardtop, but I'm not sure I'd be comfortable leaving the rear glass window in the lifted up/open position for an extended drive.

I'd be concerned a pothole, speed bump, or other impact would cause it to either slam shut or bounce down and then sharply up, potentially cracking the glass or damaging the hydraulic. JMHO.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:29 PM   #6
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Im with MTH on this one, Id keep the rear glass down. Ive done about 150 miles on a road trip without the top and didnt notice a differance in mpg. I drive around town all the time with the front two tops off and the mpg stays the same.
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:12 PM   #7
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gotta agree with not leavin the hatch open. i can warn that if you take the top and doors off. be carefull of the rear mats at highway speed. luckily our son was back there and caught the other rear as it tried to escape
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:23 PM   #8
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IIRC the owner's manual warns you not to drive with the tail gate glass up as it can allow exhaust gasses to accumulate in the cabin. Now with the freedom top removed and the windows open, it's hard to imagine that could happen...but with just the rear glass up, I could see it.

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