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Old 09-06-2011, 01:27 PM   #1
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Freedom Panel question

Are there any known issues with removing the two freedom panels and driving at highway speeds? Just curious if this will damage the rest of the hard top because I would think it would act like a parachute.

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Old 09-06-2011, 01:29 PM   #2
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I've done it, no problems. Its got 2 screws on the forward part of the rear top piece.

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Old 09-06-2011, 01:35 PM   #3
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my wife does it all the time... no problem
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:43 PM   #4
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It's a bigger issue with the soft top, which can be halfway folded back in the "sunrider" postion. In that case, Jeep recommends the rear window be removed or at least partially unzipped. With the hard top however, I've never heard of it being any kind of a problem.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:44 PM   #5
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The amount of "lift" generated from the opening and those speeds isn't strong enough to cause any damage.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:51 PM   #6
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Jeep engineered it to be able to be open that way. I would guess that there would have been some complaints by now if it was causing failures. Mine work fine.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:26 PM   #7
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Not one problem on the highway with just the t-tops off!
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:25 PM   #8
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I've driven hundreds of miles with the front panels removed and the back part still on. No problems.
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:03 PM   #9
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Me too, in fact I take only the drivers side off if I'm in a rush and run 1/2 open. Works great. I drive ALL THE TIME with just two off,,,,,zero issues, in fact the dog loves it as he rides in the back..
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What they all said. No worries, just drive.
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:12 PM   #11
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Fantastic! No good place to put the hard top yet, but tomorrow in the low 60s for the ride to work, first time I'll be taking my front panels off! Yay! Baby steps...

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