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Old 10-22-2013, 06:41 PM   #1
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Freedom top placement

So I put the hardtop back on for winter and the freedom tops don't seem to line up right to me. Is this normal or is this something the dealer needs to address?
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:45 PM   #2
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Looks a bit off. Could be the weather seal needs to compress some more. Does the screw in bolt thing that goes through the sound bar line up?

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Old 10-22-2013, 06:54 PM   #3
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Yeah all the screw posts go in and the L bracket retainers look right. It seems like the passenger side panel is too far back.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:57 PM   #4
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Hmmm. If it doesn't leak, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Was it like that last year when you swapped to the soft top?
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:06 PM   #5
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I just bought it in August and ordered the soft top at the same time so I only took the tops off once and I guess I didn't notice how they fit when I pulled them off since I did it from inside the jeep. When I put them back on I was struggling a bit with the drivers side to get it to fit snug and that's when I noticed the misalignment from the top of the vehicle. I tried to push the passenger side forward but that post that fits in the roll bar hole won't let it go forward.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:33 PM   #6
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The first time I put mine on my current jeep, it was a bit off. I just loosened all the retainers, tweaked one side forward,one back, ever so slightly, now they fit fine. It doesn't leak, that's all I really care about. Yours looks a little more extreme. When I had my 92 yj, the day I drove it home (new), it whistled like mad through the drivers door moulding. Under the roll bar padding was an adjustment. I shortened the roll bar going to the windshield which brought the hardtop forward on the drivers side only. Problem solved. I haven't looked on my JKU to see if there is a similar adjustment. It looks like your windshield isn't square with the rear hardtop section.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:57 PM   #7
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That's another thing that made me start investigating this was the sound like an air leak in the top left corner. Since this thing is only 3 months old I might as well make the dealer look at it. If there needs to be some adjustment then they can do that.
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:39 PM   #8
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Can I ask if you made sure those parts that look like they hinge on the inside (underside) of the freedom tops are closed (flat against the underside)?
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:52 PM   #9
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Yes I have all the L brackets as well as the buckles at the front. I wondered if I had the back piece on crooked so I loosened all the bolts and tried to slide other forward bit rests on pins so it didn't budge. Seems like there's no play in anything to ne able to make any adjustments.
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:53 PM   #10
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Damn auto correct. I hate typing on phones.
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Can I ask if you made sure those parts that look like they hinge on the inside (underside) of the freedom tops are closed (flat against the underside)?
this right here.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:26 PM   #12
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My Jeep is about 2 weeks old. I've taken the front tops off a few times. The first time I put it back together, mine were misaligned like yours. I tried to fix it, but no luck. I didn't have any leaks or wind noise.

The second time I took them off and put them back on, they lined up perfectly. Tightened it all up and everything stayed lined up. Not sure what I did wrong the first time.
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Did you cinch them down in any particular order like the front buckle first?
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Can I ask if you made sure those parts that look like they hinge on the inside (underside) of the freedom tops are closed (flat against the underside)?
op, you seem to be skipping this question. just trying to cover all bases. you may or may not know about these, took me 6 months to figure out what they were for. good luck
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Hey OP, I just took a look at mine. Try this, loosen everything off, but don't remove the panels. On the passenger side, gently tap the drip rail at the most rearward spot (towards the centre of the jeep). On the drivers side, try pulling the same spot outward slightly. I could move mine, and the top aligned perfectly. Now, when you retighten the panels, do the latches behind the visors last. I noticed when I did those first, the alignment changed.
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op, you seem to be skipping this question. just trying to cover all bases. you may or may not know about these, took me 6 months to figure out what they were for. good luck
Earlier you posted "this right here". Don't know what you're talking about. Did you intend to post a picture?
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Hey OP, I just took a look at mine. Try this, loosen everything off, but don't remove the panels. On the passenger side, gently tap the drip rail at the most rearward spot (towards the centre of the jeep). On the drivers side, try pulling the same spot outward slightly. I could move mine, and the top aligned perfectly. Now, when you retighten the panels, do the latches behind the visors last. I noticed when I did those first, the alignment changed.
You mention the drip rail. That's the outer edge above the window frame right? Or are you talking about the center of the tops?
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You mention the drip rail. That's the outer edge above the window frame right? Or are you talking about the center of the tops?
Outer edge, pretty much straight up from the door handle.
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Outer edge, pretty much straight up from the door handle.
So I gave that a shot and I see what you mean by being able to shift them a little. I could nudge on it enough to get the front line looking straight but as soon as I would start clamping things down it would move on me. Maybe that's a two person job. As soon as I would start putting that big screw in the speaker bar it would shift on me.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:12 AM   #20
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Try tightening those last then, and don't over tighten them. There has to be some tightening sequence that will keep them even.
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My pannels fit the same way. I tried several times to reallign them and even followed the recommended tighting sequence with no change in allignment.. So long as there are no leaks I'll leave it alone.

To ensure that the panels are installed correctly perform the following steps in order. When installing each Freedom Top panel, always close the windshield latch first . [in bold in TSB]
a. With both panels removed, carefully install the right side panel onto the hard top.
b. Make sure the sun visor is folded down and out of the way.
c. Latch the right header panel latch located at the top of the windshield.
d. Turn the right side panel rear L-shaped lock (located above the shoulder belt
anchorage) so that it fully engages the hard top.
e. Turn the right side panel rear fastener knob (located on the overhead speaker bar
assembly) clockwise until it is tight.
f. Carefully install the left side panel onto the hard top.
g. Make sure the sun visor is folded down and out of the way.
h. Latch the left header panel latch located at the top of the windshield.
i. Turn the left side panel rear L-shaped lock (located above the shoulder belt
anchorage) so that it full engages the hard top.
j. Turn the left side panel rear fastener knob (located on the overhead speaker bar
assembly) clockwise until it is tight.
k. Turn both center L-shaped locks (2) so that they fully engage the right side panel."

the above is a bit contrary to the illustration below:

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Old 10-23-2013, 04:17 PM   #22
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Earlier you posted "this right here". Don't know what you're talking about. Did you intend to post a picture?
no, I meant the comment I quoted.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:06 PM   #23
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Thanks for all the feedback about the tops. I seemed to have gotten them to fit a little better. I may try the instructions based on the tightening sequence posted. I haven't done a leak check on it since it had been washed prior to swapping tops and I didn't want to dirty it up. If it does leak I will have to readdress it.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:38 PM   #24
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Wow, i've been doing the sequence wrong all along!

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