11-21-2009, 08:00 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Well, I don't know of any way to adjust the actual brackets themselves, but
Originally Posted by ptk
Made a post a couple of weeks ago on noisy hardtop panels on a 2009 Unlimited.
Basically a lot of creaking/rattling noises coming off the front panels, regardless of what combination of tightening was used to install the panels.
A LOT of creaking/rattling noise, enough to think that the top was loose even though everything was tightened down.
After a few weeks of trial and error I think I found a $1.00 solution.
I put two quarters between the front brackets and the locking clamp, located directly above the sun visors.
This basically pulled the panels down a little tighter.
So far noise has almost been eliminated.
Questions are, can the brackets adjust up or down on the body?
Are aftermarket brackets available?
Something with a little bit more mass and downward bend.
Take a short length of 3/8 red fuel line, cut about 1 1/4 inch long, split it (one side) lengthwise and tape in place on the windshield bkt (the part the clamp fixes to, that will increase the clamp force by at least 1/4 inch
Then, never tighten the two rear attach thumbscrews, just snug them after all the other clamps are "set", try to get the threads started when you just place the Freedom tops in place-passenger side first
At least that works on my '08, no noise, no leak, no wind leak either
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