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Old 04-27-2013, 05:05 PM   #1
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Hard top rear fastener torque?

I've read other posts about not over tightening the rear fastener in the speaker bar when reinstalling the freedom top panels due to creating a leak in the front. My question is... how much is too much?? I dont want to over tighten it but also want to make sure its secure. If it is hand tightened too much, will it strip out? Or is the fastener being hand tightened into a metal receiving nut inside of the freedom top so that it cant be stripped simply by being hand tightened...

Hope this made sense, because to me, its even hard to understand by reading... :-)

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Old 04-27-2013, 05:31 PM   #2
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I look at where the Freedom Panels line up with the Hardtop. I tighten until the two are flush.

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Old 04-27-2013, 06:00 PM   #3
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I would be very careful on those because they appear very susceptible to breakage if they are over tightened. All you need to do is hand tight them until they are snug. No danger in losing the top if the other six bolts in the back are snug as well. I'd be more worried about snapping the fiberglass/plastic flange than stripping them out. The way the freedom top lies on top of them I don't see how them being loose would cause leaks. The two panels snug down with the large screws, and that keeps all three pieces sealed against the rubber just fine. Never had any leaks at all with my top.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:41 PM   #4
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:42 PM   #5
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Another answer you will get here a lot is just leave em out. Mine are lying around somewhere in my garage for the past year or so. No issues, leaks, etc.
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I've read other posts about not over tightening the rear fastener in the speaker bar when reinstalling the freedom top panels due to creating a leak in the front. My question is... how much is too much??
I just removed mine for the first time this evening. Thinking back to this thread as I was unscrewing the rear fastener I loosened it maybe 1/4 turn and then tightened it back to the position it was originally in.

I would have had to REALLY put some effort into it to get it any tighter than how it came from the factory. I was surprised at how tight it was but at least now I know when I go to put it back on I don't have to worry about getting that screw too tight by hand.
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I do hand tight and then maybe an extra 1/8th to a 1/4 turn to finish it off.

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