Yes, I have the wonderful Freedom top which works fine when it is not raining. I have a soft top too, but I like the look of the hardtop and like to alternate them. But living in Florida, where it rains lots in the summer, it leaks too much. I've spent many hours analyzing and fixing the leaks, but I got to thinking: Since I don't drive with the the front top panels removed , why not attach the two front panels to the main top semi-permanently. My idea is to use a quality silicon caulk between the panels, then screw a strong, stiff aluminum channel on the underside of the top to keep the parts together. I've already painted the inside of the top flat black so a black aluminum channel would not show much. The resulting top would need to be structurally strong, since I have a winch in my garage that I use to remove the hard top.
The first question I have is: will silicon stick to clean weather stripping that is between the panels? If not, and I removed the weather stripping, what would I use to fill that gap since the weather stripping is thick?