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Old 07-30-2014, 05:46 AM   #1
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Freedom panels/doors off?

Does anyone run their Jeeps with the freedom panels and doors off but with the hard top still on? What about no doors and full hard top? I don't really have anywhere in my condo to store the full hard top so until I get a soft top it will likely be staying on. Just want to know which top/door combos won't affect anything and won't look completely stupid.
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Old 07-30-2014, 05:48 AM   #2
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I run with no doors and the hardtop on once in a while when I'm too lazy to take it off.

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Old 07-30-2014, 06:15 AM   #3
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Do it that way a lot. Usually more than taking the time to hoist the hard top off.

Gives you the open air feeling as long as you don't turn around.
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:21 AM   #4
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I run front doors off and freedom panels off and rear windows down. I do that so my 15 month old daughter isn't fully out in sun
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I run front doors off and freedom panels off and rear windows down. I do that so my 15 month old daughter isn't fully out in sun
That was another thought I had. I've got a 13 month old son so I didn't necessarily want him in the sun all the time.
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I run this way all the time because without a hoist or a friend or two - its more work than I care to exert to remove the rest of the hard top.
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I used to run that way a lot before I got my soft top.
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I run freedom panels off ,doors off and Dirty Dog sun shade on a lot. It can be a pain to take the full hard top off all the time.
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Old 07-30-2014, 08:25 AM   #9
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Any combination works, but this is how it feels to drive with the doors and freedom panels off, hard top on:

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I'm running doors off/full hard top right now. I was running doors off/back roof off/freedom panels on, like a hard bikini top (or what I call "golf cart mode"). I haven't gotten around to taking the panels off with the doors off and roof on.
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Run that way often. Personally feel no drag at all ang mpg seem to agree.
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I do that. I open the back window sometimes with that setup.
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I do that. I open the back window sometimes with that setup.
Are you the guy who created the metal struts to keep the window from bouncing around?
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Are you the guy who created the metal struts to keep the window from bouncing around?
Nope.

I never had that problem. It seems to stay put pretty good.
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Wish the window would just come out.

What's so wrong with a hardtop that has zip out windows?
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I'm running doors off/full hard top right now. I was running doors off/back roof off/freedom panels on, like a hard bikini top (or what I call "golf cart mode"). I haven't gotten around to taking the panels off with the doors off and roof on.
Could ya toss up a pic or two of that setup? I've wondered about doing that with my '14 JKS.
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Could ya toss up a pic or two of that setup? I've wondered about doing that with my '14 JKS.
Which? I can get you doors off + full top when I leave for lunch, but I'm not yankin' the top off today since it's gonna rain tonight.
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Which? I can get you doors off + full top when I leave for lunch, but I'm not yankin' the top off today since it's gonna rain tonight.
C'mon man. He wants a pic of it. That supercedes any concern about the weather.
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I don't, just because I have a Racor hoist and I can have my top on/off in under 10 minutes. The buffeting from taking the freedom panels off with the hard top is enough to drive me crazy, so it's all or nothing for me.
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I would post a picture but the app keeps telling me the I have exceeded my data limit. I haven't been able to post pics for a few days. Any idea on what I need to do?
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I would post a picture but the app keeps telling me the I have exceeded my data limit. I haven't been able to post pics for a few days. Any idea on what I need to do?
1. Try harder, or

2. Upload it to a photo hosting site and post the hosted link in an img tag

Does the tappawhatever app have some kind of limit? Did not know that.

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I don't, just because I have a Racor hoist and I can have my top on/off in under 10 minutes. The buffeting from taking the freedom panels off with the hard top is enough to drive me crazy, so it's all or nothing for me.
I wonder if the buffeting is worse with the JKU vs the JK. I don't find it to be too much of a problem, especially with full doors on/windows up - kinda like a big giant sunroof. Was nice a few weeks ago when my GF could stand up on the seat and take photos while we were checking out the local graffiti wall, too.
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I wonder if the buffeting is worse with the JKU vs the JK.
That's very possible. For me it's like nails on a chalkboard type of sound/feeling.
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:46 AM   #24
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Well I'm running with freedom panels and front doors off today with no issues. I'll likely keep it in this configuration most of the time.
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Jeez, I have not had my panels in since I got mine and not noticed any buffeting on my JKUL. Dunno.
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Wish the window would just come out.

What's so wrong with a hardtop that has zip out windows?
Last I heard they're working on it, but the "barn door" comes first (check that thread out). There's a version for the TJ and it's pretty sweet. I'm more interested in having sliders installed in the rear, but I don't know if it can be done locally and cost effectively.
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Which? I can get you doors off + full top when I leave for lunch, but I'm not yankin' the top off today since it's gonna rain tonight.
I'd like to see apic of a 2door with the front Freedom tops on, but the rest of the hardtop removed. With or without doors. It sounds like an interesting and uncommon combo.
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I'd like to see apic of a 2door with the front Freedom tops on, but the rest of the hardtop removed. With or without doors. It sounds like an interesting and uncommon combo.
It'll probably be a few days. The girls don't like riding around in it like that 'cuz wind (seriously, I can't believe I keep 'em around) and we've got weekend plans. But, I'll make a note and if/when I do, I'll snag a pic.

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Also, this thread on an alternate forum (don't know if this is allowed, please don't crucify me)

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