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Old 04-06-2009, 08:09 PM   #1
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Leaking Soft Top

Have a slight problem. I just installed a factory soft top on my new 2008 4 door Wrangler.

We had some very heavy rain, and I am getting drips in at the top left of my driver side and passenger side windows. It seems to be coming in right at the seal.

Anyone have this problem? What can I do to fix?

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Old 04-06-2009, 10:35 PM   #2
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Does it drip on the door handle?

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I have chased a couple of things... think I have it fixed and it shows up some where else.... To date:

Bad leak that came from top of door.... found improperly installed door seal,,, fixed self and no more leak there... Today first rain since that fix and it is leaking at the passenger A pillar.... discovered that the top windshield interior drip channel / top seal is installed in a way there the door seal closes on that, allowing for water to get in past the seal.... back to the dealer for this fix....
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Old 04-07-2009, 10:02 PM   #4
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did you really think the soft top wouldn't leak? I had MG's that were 40 years old that didn't leak.....Jeeps leaks, If you don't have one already, get a freedom top! I know most of guys all love the softy's but what a pain in the a...
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did you really think the soft top wouldn't leak? I had MG's that were 40 years old that didn't leak.....Jeeps leaks, If you don't have one already, get a freedom top! I know most of guys all love the softy's but what a pain in the a...
I'm on my 4th softtop (3 Jeeps) and never a leak yet...

How do you figure a softtop is a pain???
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Old 04-08-2009, 03:48 PM   #6
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I suddenly feel like asking: is there anybody, except for 05GT-O.C.D., not having leakage problems with the soft top?
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My 87 never leaked and I had the orginial top for 4 years before the stitching started coming apart.... took it to the local top to be re-stitched... kept it for 2 more years and no leaks.... After over 20 years the quality SHOULD be better
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My first year the top didn't leak. Year two is yet to be determined.
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I suddenly feel like asking: is there anybody, except for 05GT-O.C.D., not having leakage problems with the soft top?
FWIW - Mine's a TJ, not a JK top. (actually, they've all been TJ's )
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LOL...Not sure if I how should digest these responses!

Anyway, thanks for them... I may take it to the dealer. I do also have the feedom top, but just got a soft top for the summer. Its not leaking THAT bad....
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The reason I asked if it was leaking on the door handles (you never answered) is that I have seen a number of posts on the Forum with people having leaks over the door. That one seems to be a repeating problem. There have been other posts about leaks. I had a leak over my doors that leaked onto the handles but after adjusting the top, it didn't leak any more.
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BTW I consider a leak that I cause by putting the top up incorrectly adjusted not a leak, just me putting the top up wrong. That is why I said my top doesn't leak.
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Leaks, I'll tell you about leaks, I am on my 2nd '08 JK 4dr., 1st one was replaced by Chrysler because my Freedom Top leaked at both left and right "A" pillars and at one time in the center of the dash area, they tried and tried to fix but couldn't do it, it still leaked at the left "A" pillar . So like I said they replaced the vehicle with a new one, but this one had both the tops, being I picked the new one up in January the Freedom Top was on and this one had no leaks and again this top was on all winter up until the end of March, the vehicle now has the soft top on and guess what.............it leaked at the left "A" pillar, BUT it has only did this once and never since the first time and we have had quite a bit of rain, be it light to heavy, so I am crossing my fingers, arms and legs that this is a good fit for both hard and soft tops on my new JK.
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Leaks, I'll tell you about leaks, I am on my 2nd '08 JK 4dr., 1st one was replaced by Chrysler because my Freedom Top leaked at both left and right "A" pillars and at one time in the center of the dash area, they tried and tried to fix but couldn't do it, it still leaked at the left "A" pillar . So like I said they replaced the vehicle with a new one, but this one had both the tops, being I picked the new one up in January the Freedom Top was on and this one had no leaks and again this top was on all winter up until the end of March, the vehicle now has the soft top on and guess what.............it leaked at the left "A" pillar, BUT it has only did this once and never since the first time and we have had quite a bit of rain, be it light to heavy, so I am crossing my fingers, arms and legs that this is a good fit for both hard and soft tops on my new JK.
Hay buckscrape,

We are twins. Chrysler got my first 08 JK Unlimited Sahara back too. Same problem only just the center leaked, not the pillars. They couldn't fix it and put me into the buyback program. I think we have met on this forum before too. My second 08 leaked with the hard top on the first two rain storms but not since. Keeping my fingers crossed too. Sounds like your soft top just needed settling in. Hope it works out for you. I haven't put the soft top on yet but just this morning I was thinking about making a rig out of pressure treated wood to back into to lift the top off with and just leave it there until I back up to it again to put it back on.

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Ive got a friend coming over in the morning to help me take mine off.
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jk'n I've had open heart surgery and my son and myself lifted the top off not really heavy as more so bulky! Good Luck!
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Vismisc! Hey this is what I've found in my experience with these crappy tops Chrysler puts on jeeps is that the main attachment in the front causes most of the leaking problems - They tend to not pull completely up to or over the rubber seal - In the past I would attach the front snap downs by the windshield first, pulling completely up over the rubber, then pull back the back (blk plastics that fit under the metal j loop in back and you get a better fit, "and It really helps to have a warm day to manipulate the thing into position....The unfun thing is trying to keep it that way every time you pull the top down and put it back up......Also, if this doesn't seem to work, try a little weather stripping under the existing one the kind that fits in a regular door (not the super thick stuff.) I've done this before on my old one and it WORKS... Good luck!
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I have a 2007 Wrangler Sierra soft top that opens on passenger side where the velcro pops open at 65 - 70 MPH. I get a 3 inch gap (mostly cold air & noise), but I run heat at 100% during the winter. Any one else have that problem? Short of Duct tape - is there a solution other than hard top? - Thanks Adrian
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i had a few leaks when we first got the 08' jk and it was dew to the way i put the top up. after putting the top up and down a few time i was lucky not to have any more leaks. knock on wood. but i do notice that when we have a heavy rain, opening the door, water will pour down from the top. (my wifes bigest complaint)
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I have a 2007 Wrangler Sierra soft top that opens on passenger side where the velcro pops open at 65 - 70 MPH. I get a 3 inch gap (mostly cold air & noise), but I run heat at 100% during the winter. Any one else have that problem? Short of Duct tape - is there a solution other than hard top? - Thanks Adrian
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My 2010 will leak on to the door handles on both sides. Not always, but more often than not. You can see where it comes from, right at the seam on the top where the little foam piece is.
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Simple solution. Go to Home Depotand purchase a $4 roll of 1/2 inch foam weather stripping. Cut off a small piece and place it over the cureent strip or replace the curent strip on the door surround. Your leak will go away.
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My 2010 will leak on to the door handles on both sides. Not always, but more often than not. You can see where it comes from, right at the seam on the top where the little foam piece is.
Thats where mine leaks too.
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Thats where mine leaks too.
Did you read my post right above yours?
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Been in pouring rains and multiple car washes. No leaks. Pressure tested! Now watch it start leaking! LOL!
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Did you read my post right above yours?
Yeah i tried that, ive put that stripping in tons of different places and it hasnt stopped it, do you think you could take a picture of yours and post it, when you posted the fix last time i thought it worked for me but its not, thanks man
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It'll have to wait until it stops raining here. I'll have to open the sunrider to get the pics.
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It'll have to wait until it stops raining here. I'll have to open the sunrider to get the pics.
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It'll have to wait until it stops raining here. I'll have to open the sunrider to get the pics.
Any chance you can still take that pic?

I'm getting the same leak.

Thanks!

BTW, I'm assuming there is no way to avoid the "Open door, dump water on your seat" problem while it's raining?

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