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Old 03-14-2012, 07:32 PM   #1
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First time w/o freedom top panels

All I can say is wow. This is exciting. The Jeep said it was 82 degrees, so the top comes off. Who would of thought this would happen on March 14th in Southeastern Wisconsin. Gotta love global warming and JK's

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Old 03-14-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
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Se here on the east coast but just not as warm. I had the 2 front tops off and it was about 70.

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Old 03-14-2012, 07:57 PM   #3
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Been great here in MD too. I ditched the entire hardtop, set up my soft top for the first time and I'm loving the sunrider top, didn't have that on TJ.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:02 PM   #4
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Had mine off for the first time for 2012.........I simply love the "Freedom Top" set-up.....the best of all worlds.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:12 PM   #5
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I learned an important lesson about the freedom panels yesterday - keep the rear window open to let the air go through or the jeep becomes a parachute. I dumped about a 1/4 tank of gas in 20 miles before I lifted up the window.

Keeping the freedom panels on in nice weather is like wearing a turtleneck to the beach.
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:59 PM   #6
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I learned an important lesson about the freedom panels yesterday - keep the rear window open to let the air go through or the jeep becomes a parachute. I dumped about a 1/4 tank of gas in 20 miles before I lifted up the window.

Keeping the freedom panels on in nice weather is like wearing a turtleneck to the beach.
I've read doing this can damage the support shocks on the window http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/har...ion-30493.html
, but I'm with ya, would make driving semi-topless a lot less windy!
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:08 PM   #7
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I learned an important lesson about the freedom panels yesterday - keep the rear window open to let the air go through or the jeep becomes a parachute. I dumped about a 1/4 tank of gas in 20 miles before I lifted up the window.

Keeping the freedom panels on in nice weather is like wearing a turtleneck to the beach.
I agree.

Not only does it ruin your gas mileage the wind buffeting can be deafening. I use bungee cords to keep the rear glass angled straight back (parallel to the road) and don't worry about the glass being blown down and breaking.

I like the hose clamp idea too but there has to be a better idea than both of those.

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Old 03-15-2012, 04:16 PM   #8
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If you have an unlimited, rolling the back windows down helps a lot with
air flow/displacement
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:19 PM   #9
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If you have an unlimited, rolling the back windows down helps a lot with
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I have two Unlimiteds.

I agree but still the wind buffeting is bad.
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:47 PM   #10
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I have two Unlimiteds.

I agree but still the wind buffeting is bad.
Have you tried back windows down front windows up?(this setup sucks but not that bad when it's chilly in the evening). The only best solution is no top at all.....soon enough, soon enough
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:13 PM   #11
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had mine off 1st time today too. 75 in chicago.
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I agree.

Not only does it ruin your gas mileage the wind buffeting can be deafening. I use bungee cords to keep the rear glass angled straight back (parallel to the road) and don't worry about the glass being blown down and breaking.

I like the hose clamp idea too but there has to be a better idea than both of those.

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I never noticed the gas mileage drop before when I was just cruising around town, but on the highway it was awful.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:52 PM   #13
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Cant wait to throw the soft top back on ....
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:58 PM   #14
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I got better milage without the front panels. But I had all the windows down. It is much less windy that way.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:59 PM   #15
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Same here! I love this upper seventies weather!
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:06 PM   #16
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I read this post while at work, then ran right outside and checked the weather, and popped off my panels too!!! Rain tomorrow, though.
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:14 PM   #17
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I put all the windows down too and noticed the wind, but Willie's Roadhouse was louder so it's all good.
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:21 PM   #18
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I think Seattle moved south. It's been raining here in Cali since Tuesday with no end in sight until next week sometime
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:25 PM   #19
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I took mine off too but I will sell the hard top and go soft top eventually.
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:26 PM   #20
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81 Weds and 80 today here in Indianapolis. We've been rolling with the freedom panels OFF - my kids love it! Come on, summer, bring it on! I have to get me a top hoist set up in my garage to make it easy to pull that top off and store it safely. Anybody have a hoist set up they really like?

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