I have some JK top advice--it works for me and I've had both the Hardtop and "T" tops off numerous times
The majority of leaks, are because the "T" tops are just slapped in place and clamped down
Sequence and logic REQUIRE, that you follow the procedure !!
After removal of the "T" tops and just before reinstallation---
Check all mating surfaces, both the tops and the rubber gasket and LOOK for outof level conditions, if present--fix
Put passenger side 1st, giggle to settle in place/w alignment pin in place-set drivers top on, giggle to settle in place/w alignment pin in place, then clamp the windshield clamps-pass first
Install both thumbscrews at the back of each top and JUST START THE THREADS
Working back from the windshield, turn the twist clams untill the last thing to do is tighten the thumbscrews
Do the passenger side FIRST with the twist clamps, TWO-FINGERTIGHT
Then the drivers side-TWO-FINGERTIGHT
Never over tighten those two, because it RAISES THE FRONT SEAL
Too much BS-you're right, but mine doesn't leak !!!
Have a dry day