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Old 03-26-2012, 03:36 PM   #1
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JKU - soft top installed - freedom top hand screw holes?

Is there anything to fill the voids where the freedom top panel hand screws go? Obviously there's nothing for them to screw into with the hardtop removed.

Or is this the dumb question of the day?

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<<in my best Nelson voice>> Hah-hah.

I tried that! 'freedom top removal hand screws' did not generate the results I had hoped for.
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No, nothing goes in that space / hole.

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<<in my best Nelson voice>> Hah-hah.

I tried that! 'freedom top removal hand screws' did not generate the results I had hoped for.
Just messing with you!

There is nothing from the factory to cover up those holes. I am sure that with a little searching you could find something to work. I find all sorts of "Jeep stuff" at the hardware stores.
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Now that is funny lol

Sorry op haha

I'm still laughing hahahaha
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Just messing with you!

There is nothing from the factory to cover up those holes. I am sure that with a little searching you could find something to work. I find all sorts of "Jeep stuff" at the hardware stores.
It's just hard to believe - no User Manual page reference, no link to quadratec (or any other vendor), no DIY awesomeness. I think WF let me down. ;p
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It's just hard to believe - no User Manual page reference, no link to quadratec (or any other vendor), no DIY awesomeness. I think WF let me down. ;p
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:01 PM   #9
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I agree with the OP. Usually someone on here has a slick answer to these questions.

More or equally importantly, there are designated places in the rear cargo area under the lift-flap to hold the small bolts that you remove when you remove the whole hard top. And we have the foul-smelling Smittybuilt divided bag to hold the 2 top panels. But where are the designated areas to stow the big Freedom Bolts?

Logically, the average driver will be more likely to remove the Freedom panels more often than the entire top. So why wouldn't JEEP make clever spots to store the big bolts? Or do they and I just haven't Googled well enough yet?

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More or equally importantly, there are designated places in the rear cargo area under the lift-flap to hold the small bolts that you remove when you remove the whole hard top.


WHAT?!? You got special places for those bolts?? I have to keep mine in a ziploc bag.
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WHAT?!? You got special places for those bolts?? I have to keep mine in a ziploc bag.
I think they started this on 2011 models. Very nice and modled pictures next the to hole the bolts go in to incase your not smart.


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This is why they made the console so deep..... it's the perfect location for those pesky bolts...
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This is why they made the console so deep..... it's the perfect location for those pesky bolts...
X2 my freedom panel bolts go in the console as well.
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Right. So that means what, the '13 models will have a place for the 2 big honking' bolts that people are more likely to remove more often?

Man, I was really hoping that I had just missed some cool hidey-hole, pocket or strapdown thingy.
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X2 my freedom panel bolts go in the console as well.
X3 - that's where mine are now.

Still bummed there are those two voids in the soundbar where they came from though.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:00 PM   #16
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I mean sure you can throw anything in the hatch-box or the glove compartment or in the rear storage "trunk" that you want. Heck, I rode around 2 weeks ago with the Freedom Bolts in the cup-holders, and they fit pretty well in there too. But LOOK at those slick small bolt holders in the photos of the storage area. It's not the same thing.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:06 PM   #17
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And you're right about those holes. Even furniture from Target has little wood grain plugs to cover up the heads of assembly screws. How hard would it have been to make 2 little black rubber plugs that pop in and out.

"Hey Quadratech, we need more accessories that should have come stock with our JEEPS!"
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Just put a nut on the top part of the "freedom bolt" so it stays in it's original place on the soundbar? Haven't tried it but just a suggestion.
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I think the OP is asking for something to plug up the holes, not where to store the bolts.

OP - You want to plug them up so the dirt doesn't get in them or something? Just take the bolt to a hardware store and get something that only has a few threads.
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Yeah I got that, but the two issues go hand in hand.
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I think the OP is asking for something to plug up the holes, not where to store the bolts.

OP - You want to plug them up so the dirt doesn't get in them or something? Just take the bolt to a hardware store and get something that only has a few threads.
I probably wouldn't have noticed, but I put the seat back down, leaned back, and just saw painted metal and the holes and got curious. With my luck I'll have the top down and get a tiny circular sunburn where the sun shines right through that hole. It just seemed 'unfinished' - like I was missing a part or something. You know - like the famous 'missing skid plate' thread.

I just didn't know if folks that only had the soft top from the factory had something filling that space.

As for what to do - I kind of like the idea of adding a nut for the freedom top hand screws.

Storing the hand screws was not the intent of the post - but it does seem odd that there are 'designated' storage areas for door hinge screws and roof bolts - but not the freedom top hand screws.

I mean - for me, the order of usage (before I put on the soft top) was freedom top hand screws, door hinge screws, and roof bolts.
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And yes - I did take a picture and make it my avatar. Almost HAL-like.
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The nuts (plasti dipped of course) seem like the way to go. And it solves both dilemmas. Again begging the question why JEEP didn't think of this. Then you don't have to search for them, they're right where they need to be and they block those threads from getting unwanted stuff in them.
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Holes

Just put some separate tweeters in there if you're not going to use the holes
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This seems like a GREAT opportunity for one of our wonderful vendor/sponsors to make an aluminum billet anodized red/blue/black set of nuts that fit perfectly in the sound bar because they are computer milled based on specs provided by the manufacturer.

And sell that new wonderful product to us for $59.99 a pair for powder coated and $79.99 a pair for red/blue/black anodized.

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Is there anything to fill the voids where the freedom top panel hand screws go? Obviously there's nothing for them to screw into with the hardtop removed.

Or is this the dumb question of the day?
Woohoo! I wasn't the only one wondering this exact same thing right after I got rid of my hard top a few weeks ago! Those holes still bug me.
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I'm thinkin I'll buy a couple soft rubber balls (with smiley faces, since in my case my JK is yellow) and stuff in the holes just so they won't be "holes" any more... at least til the top goes back on.
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I like the light idea. Tweeters too.

I took my bolts off months ago. I like leaving them out because I have a Spiderweb shade that I leave on, was a real pain to get those bolts in.

I left them out all winter (light winter in CA) and no leaking, so don't plan to put them back in.

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