Freedom Top leaks? - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 08-21-2011, 07:09 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
PAVarminter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 178
Freedom Top leaks?

I am starting this thread to get input from folks who have the Freedom Top (the three piece hard top). I have not had my new JK out in the rain yet. Have you found that your top leaks, or not?

__________________
NRA Life Member
Afghanistan Veteran
etc. etc.

The most important mod to your Jeep is the driver.
PAVarminter is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-21-2011, 07:15 PM   #2
MallCrawler

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
kjeeper10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 31,446
Google your title, get ready for an explosion of similar threads of problems some have with leaks.
Some of the time it's user error

Just for the record, my 07 does not leak

__________________
2007 Rubicon/Rock Krawler 2.5 coils/Rancho 7000 shocks/Teraflex monster TB/Synergy highsteer,tie rod, ball joints/Hankook MT 315-75-16 on Level 8 ZX's/MC front SB links/Rancho geo brackets & shocks/Fox ATS stabilizer/Adams front DS=Frankinlift from hell.

Lifting your JK? Read this!!



Click HERE to become a WranglerForum Supporting Member!
kjeeper10 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-21-2011, 07:16 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
wrangler0's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: NY
Posts: 827
My 2010 hasn't leaked at all yet.
Hopefully it never will!
__________________
2010 Black Sahara
Rugged Ridge XHD Front & Rear Bumper, Rugged Ridge Side Armor
wrangler0 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-21-2011, 07:46 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
PAVarminter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 178
Yeah I figured there were many other threads but threw it out there anyway.
__________________
NRA Life Member
Afghanistan Veteran
etc. etc.

The most important mod to your Jeep is the driver.
PAVarminter is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-21-2011, 07:51 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Nahh JK's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Greenville, North Carolina
Posts: 40
I have the freedom top and it leaked once or twice but now that I have my softy on I haven't felt a drop!
Nahh JK is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-21-2011, 08:08 PM   #6
MallCrawler

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
kjeeper10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 31,446
Somebody made a great point

They said-

"not as many people have leaking issues as you may think, people are more so to post their problems (leaks) in a thread then not having the problem (leaks)"

Imagine how many threads there would be if they posted "hey -- my freedom panels don't leak..... Yay
Would far out way the leak threads IMO

Waiting for some sone idiot to post the icon---- oops- I did

Lol .... Just kidding
__________________
2007 Rubicon/Rock Krawler 2.5 coils/Rancho 7000 shocks/Teraflex monster TB/Synergy highsteer,tie rod, ball joints/Hankook MT 315-75-16 on Level 8 ZX's/MC front SB links/Rancho geo brackets & shocks/Fox ATS stabilizer/Adams front DS=Frankinlift from hell.

Lifting your JK? Read this!!



Click HERE to become a WranglerForum Supporting Member!
kjeeper10 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-21-2011, 08:31 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
PAVarminter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 178
I agree kjeeper, the seals on my top panels look tight, and most likely the majority of JK tops are watertight. If it rains tomorrow and it leaks, I'll be sure to post it here!
__________________
NRA Life Member
Afghanistan Veteran
etc. etc.

The most important mod to your Jeep is the driver.
PAVarminter is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-21-2011, 08:38 PM   #8
MallCrawler

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
kjeeper10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 31,446
Quote:
Originally Posted by PAVarminter
I agree kjeeper, the seals on my top panels look tight, and most likely the majority of JK tops are watertight. If it rains tomorrow and it leaks, I'll be sure to post it here!
Not sure on the newer models, there is a pocket seal on the corners of mine. If that gets folded over-it will leak
See a lot of that happening
__________________
2007 Rubicon/Rock Krawler 2.5 coils/Rancho 7000 shocks/Teraflex monster TB/Synergy highsteer,tie rod, ball joints/Hankook MT 315-75-16 on Level 8 ZX's/MC front SB links/Rancho geo brackets & shocks/Fox ATS stabilizer/Adams front DS=Frankinlift from hell.

Lifting your JK? Read this!!



Click HERE to become a WranglerForum Supporting Member!
kjeeper10 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-21-2011, 10:17 PM   #9
Jeeper
 
Rufus T. Firefly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Marshfield, MA
Posts: 74
I've had my 2010 JKU Sport for almost ten months. No leaks. I've had the panels off and on a bunch of times. I haven't had the hold down screws in for months. That reminds me, I should look for those. No leaks at all.
Rufus T. Firefly is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-21-2011, 10:23 PM   #10
Jeeper
 
PAVarminter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 178
Glad to hear it Rufus -

I want to see a bunch of posts like this. NO leaks!
__________________
NRA Life Member
Afghanistan Veteran
etc. etc.

The most important mod to your Jeep is the driver.
PAVarminter is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2011, 06:08 AM   #11
Jeeper
 
j0nx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: NoVa
Posts: 848
This concerns me as well. I am looking at buying a '12 with hard top and the panels will be off and on at least once a day if weather permits. If these things can't take a literal beating then there will be issues. I assume this is all warranty work if there are leaks?
j0nx is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2011, 06:24 AM   #12
Jeeper
 
Wirenuting's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northern IL
Posts: 432
When I bought my 2011 I had the hardtop on for two weeks. I found the screws kept working loose as I drove. It never rained but I wrapped the threads in Teflon plumbers tape. It held great.
I'm soft top now, until winter, but Teflon tape works wonders for screws that come loose.
__________________
Teacher My Brain Is Full.
Can I go Home Now?
Wirenuting is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2011, 06:36 AM   #13
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by PAVarminter View Post
Glad to hear it Rufus -

I want to see a bunch of posts like this. NO leaks!


2 car washes, no leaks so far.

I do notice that the door weatherstripping is so prominent that you must REALLY slam the door to shut it.

I would imagine that as it compresses a bit it may get a bit easier.

Then leak?
NEO Jeep is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2011, 07:30 AM   #14
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: NoVA
Posts: 263
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rufus T. Firefly View Post
I've had my 2010 JKU Sport for almost ten months. No leaks. I've had the panels off and on a bunch of times. I haven't had the hold down screws in for months. That reminds me, I should look for those. No leaks at all.
wait...are you telling me i don't need to put those PITA screws in every time?!?!

had my '12 for about 2 weeks now...no leaks.
mpr131 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2011, 07:35 AM   #15
MallCrawler

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
kjeeper10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 31,446
I left them out, forgetting to put back in-no leaks
__________________
2007 Rubicon/Rock Krawler 2.5 coils/Rancho 7000 shocks/Teraflex monster TB/Synergy highsteer,tie rod, ball joints/Hankook MT 315-75-16 on Level 8 ZX's/MC front SB links/Rancho geo brackets & shocks/Fox ATS stabilizer/Adams front DS=Frankinlift from hell.

Lifting your JK? Read this!!



Click HERE to become a WranglerForum Supporting Member!
kjeeper10 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2011, 07:39 AM   #16
Jeeper
 
PAVarminter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 178
Quote:
Originally Posted by j0nx View Post
This concerns me as well. I am looking at buying a '12 with hard top and the panels will be off and on at least once a day if weather permits. If these things can't take a literal beating then there will be issues. I assume this is all warranty work if there are leaks?
They should hold up well, but just keep in mind the more you use them the more they will show wear and may over time not seal as well. Leaks are kind of par for the course with Wranglers - I've had four Wranglers since 1996 and they have ALL leaked - in all of them after a hard rain (but not after a creek crossing, interestingly) I would find damp carpeting on the passenger side floor (front). And I would argue most ragtops leak, because they are zippered and velcroed together pieces of fabric. It will really depend on your dealership whether they will go the "all Jeeps leak" route or actually try to fix the leak. Depends on the location and severity of the leak, I would guess. But I've never taken a leak issue back to the dealer, so I can't speak from experience.
__________________
NRA Life Member
Afghanistan Veteran
etc. etc.

The most important mod to your Jeep is the driver.
PAVarminter is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2011, 07:43 AM   #17
Jeeper
 
PAVarminter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 178
Quote:
Originally Posted by j0nx View Post
This concerns me as well. I am looking at buying a '12 with hard top and the panels will be off and on at least once a day if weather permits. If these things can't take a literal beating then there will be issues. I assume this is all warranty work if there are leaks?
Quote:
Originally Posted by NEO Jeep View Post
2 car washes, no leaks so far.

I do notice that the door weatherstripping is so prominent that you must REALLY slam the door to shut it.

I would imagine that as it compresses a bit it may get a bit easier.

Then leak?
My new JK came with a nice little slip of paper explaining that the door need slammed a little harder than other vehicles, because of the seal running around the door itself - to seal it, you have to slam it. The seal is around the door itself so that when you remove the doors, there is no seal running aroung the door frame that can be damaged going in and out of the vehicle. Also, the door needs slammed because they are such light doors, relatively.
__________________
NRA Life Member
Afghanistan Veteran
etc. etc.

The most important mod to your Jeep is the driver.
PAVarminter is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2011, 07:55 AM   #18
Jeeper
 
Flipto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Maitland, FL
Posts: 68
My '07 has never leaked. Front panels are on and off frequently as well as the rear portion and no problems. And yes, I very seldom reinstall those PITA screws!
Flipto is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2011, 08:02 AM   #19
Jeeper
 
PAVarminter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 178
Good to hear, Flipto -
__________________
NRA Life Member
Afghanistan Veteran
etc. etc.

The most important mod to your Jeep is the driver.
PAVarminter is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2011, 08:03 AM   #20
MallCrawler

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
kjeeper10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 31,446
First time owning a factory soft top, had it installed Saturday, as said before-I of yet had the freedom top- leak. The guy that sold me the factory soft top said he actually prefers it over the hard "quieter and never had a leak" I took his word. It rained hard last night and the inside was dry as a bone.
My Tj softy leaked all over the dam place, I was really shocked to see how the new OEM soft top is made so well. I will never go back to aftermarket

Explained well above, kinda part of owning a jeep. I expect some leaking at some point as the top ages
__________________
2007 Rubicon/Rock Krawler 2.5 coils/Rancho 7000 shocks/Teraflex monster TB/Synergy highsteer,tie rod, ball joints/Hankook MT 315-75-16 on Level 8 ZX's/MC front SB links/Rancho geo brackets & shocks/Fox ATS stabilizer/Adams front DS=Frankinlift from hell.

Lifting your JK? Read this!!



Click HERE to become a WranglerForum Supporting Member!
kjeeper10 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2011, 08:07 AM   #21
Jeeper
 
PAVarminter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 178
"May your beer never grow cold and your Wrangler never have a leak" -
__________________
NRA Life Member
Afghanistan Veteran
etc. etc.

The most important mod to your Jeep is the driver.
PAVarminter is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2011, 08:11 AM   #22
Jeeper
 
PAVarminter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 178
Let me take another crack at that -

"May your beer never grow WARM and your Wrangler never leak" -
__________________
NRA Life Member
Afghanistan Veteran
etc. etc.

The most important mod to your Jeep is the driver.
PAVarminter is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2011, 08:21 AM   #23
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
TroutSafari's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 407
Great top and no leaks here.
TroutSafari is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2011, 08:36 AM   #24
Newb
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Posts: 4
Question Leaky Top

I have a 2007 JK with a soft top. It leaks all the time, but I'm not completely sure it is coming from the top. Underneath my mats get soaked when it rains. I have looked and looked and I cannot determine where it is coming from. Any ideas out there? Similar issues that have been resolved?
scott.boyle is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2011, 09:06 AM   #25
MallCrawler

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
kjeeper10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 31,446
Quote:
Originally Posted by scott.boyle
I have a 2007 JK with a soft top. It leaks all the time, but I'm not completely sure it is coming from the top. Underneath my mats get soaked when it rains. I have looked and looked and I cannot determine where it is coming from. Any ideas out there? Similar issues that have been resolved?
Do you have a entry guard? I hear they mess with te bottom door seal and can cause leaks.
__________________
2007 Rubicon/Rock Krawler 2.5 coils/Rancho 7000 shocks/Teraflex monster TB/Synergy highsteer,tie rod, ball joints/Hankook MT 315-75-16 on Level 8 ZX's/MC front SB links/Rancho geo brackets & shocks/Fox ATS stabilizer/Adams front DS=Frankinlift from hell.

Lifting your JK? Read this!!



Click HERE to become a WranglerForum Supporting Member!
kjeeper10 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-28-2012, 12:38 PM   #26
Jeeper
 
Happy JK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Puerto Rico
Posts: 256
Images: 3
My 2011 JK has been leaking about one year now. Haven't really worried about it because you can take the plugs in the back seat out and let the water drain out. The more I read, the more I've noticed that this is an issue for some people. The link read the panels should be installed and replaced exactly as the the manual dictates. The link also explains how to replace the windshield seal. Here's the link:
Project-JK.com - Jeep JK Wrangler Resource » TSB - Freedom Top - Header Seal - Water Leak In Area Of Dash

Hope this helps.

Looking forward to a new soft top anyways.
Happy JK is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-28-2012, 12:40 PM   #27
Jeeper
 
Happy JK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Puerto Rico
Posts: 256
Images: 3
I haven't tried it yet, but I will let you know how it goes
Happy JK is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-06-2013, 10:53 AM   #28
Jeeper
 
Happy JK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Puerto Rico
Posts: 256
Images: 3
Still leaks, but not as bad. I just leave the plugs out and let it drain on it's own
__________________
2011 Mango Tango 2 door
Happy JK is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-06-2013, 10:55 AM   #29
Jeeper
 
Duramaxxed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Hamptons, Long Island, New York
Posts: 1,176
No Leaks on my '07.
__________________
'06 KJ CRD
'06 Ram 2500 Cummins
'07 Silverado 2500HD Duramax
Duramaxxed is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-15-2013, 09:06 AM   #30
Newb
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 1
I have a 2012 sahara that I have had to take back to the dealer twice fo the same leak. When parked facing up hill the water seems to pond and when you go to stop the water comes in at the front of the stereo.

usscottra1 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Freedom Top or Soft Top jeepluver1956 JK General Discussion Forum 12 08-19-2012 07:12 PM
Freedom Top leaks! PAVarminter TJ General Discussion Forum 3 08-24-2011 04:30 PM
oil leaks, I need some opinions please dan188 TJ General Discussion Forum 16 06-01-2011 03:10 PM
Difference between freedom top and Dual Top option blunted JK General Discussion Forum 5 02-26-2011 12:53 PM
OK - the Roof Leaks on the Unlimited - What will fix it? kkola JK General Discussion Forum 3 11-23-2008 07:34 AM



» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:51 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC