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Old 10-06-2011, 09:24 AM   #1
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Question for hard top owners.

remember now, im just thinking out loud again, so dont beat me up to bad... ok here goes.

if an after market company made a one piece panel to replace the 2 freedom panels, ( making your roof a 2 piece instead of a 3 piece ) would you consider buying it, if the price was right.

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so I wouldn't get leaking water on nav screen...yes

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remember now, im just thinking out loud again, so dont beat me up to bad... ok here goes.

if an after market company made a one piece panel to replace the 2 freedom panels, ( making your roof a 2 piece instead of a 3 piece ) would you consider buying it, if the price was right.
The 2 piece is unwieldy enough as it is, plus a one piece wouldn't fit in the trunk... so I'd have to say no, but I've never had leak issues.
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Cool idea, but I wouldn't buy it.
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No. My 2 tops slide off under my rack. Can't see how 1 piece would be able to. Not enough clearance. So - I'd have to tilt the rack.
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The 2 piece is unwieldy enough as it is, plus a one piece wouldn't fit in the trunk... so I'd have to say no, but I've never had leak issues.
x2 mostly because it won't fit in the back. I would rather see Chrysler do a dark tinted glass Freedom Top option for both the front two panels and the rear enclosure. Make it a greenhouse in the true sense of automotive vernacular. Aviator green or dark smoke would be super.
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if an after market company made a one piece panel to replace the 2 freedom panels, ( making your roof a 2 piece instead of a 3 piece ) would you consider buying it, if the price was right.
For what benefit?

If it is because of leaks, well I dont have leaks. But I look at the freedom panels as having 5 seams. The two sides, the front, the back and the middle seam. If you eliminate the center seam, that would only reduce the chance of developing a leak by possibly 20%.

If it is because of looks, well I would have to see the design.

Function? what could be better? a roor panel that slides back with the touch off a button?

I guess I would have to hear why you were thinking of such a thing and what it would do or add or improve.
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My Corvettes had a one piece, but it was much smaller and light in weight-easy to juggle-

A one peice for the jeep would either be too heavy to manipulate and if too light it would be unstable-

The leakability of the JK/JKU hardtops don't need any encouragement, so-

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x2 mostly because it won't fit in the back. I would rather see Chrysler do a dark tinted glass Freedom Top option for both the front two panels and the rear enclosure. Make it a greenhouse in the true sense of automotive vernacular. Aviator green or dark smoke would be super.

This is a cool idea.
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Or the option of a 1 pc top again. I rarely use/ remove the panels when the hardtop is on
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no, but I'd be interested if the larger piece that covers the 2nd row and cargo in the unlimited's were 2 pieces instead of 1.

Ideally i'd like to be able to take it all off by hand myself.

As it stands, I usually just remove the front row panels and roll all 4 windows down and drive with the back piece on, too cumbersome to take off myself.

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I think you guys are missing the point. This isn't really for hard top owners. It's meant as a hard bikini top. I think he directed it at hard top owners because you guys have the option of running just the freedom panels with the back section off.

Being able to store it on board or not isn't part of the equation. GM, I think you need to have the title of the thread edited.
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It's an interesting idea GM, but I think it would be to akward to remove so I would say no
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I like the idea. Not sure I would buy it, but I like it.

To expand a little...

What if the 4door had 2 full length pieces, so the rear part of the top was the same as the 2door. The rear seat would then have a removeable panel also.


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Old 10-06-2011, 10:52 AM   #17
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How about a folding one-piece?
If removed, it can fold in half for easy storage.
If on the hardtop, the full piece can fold backwards, and secured, so you don't have to remove it at all.

Just thinking out loud here.
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tinted freedom panels!
a second set of freedom panels for the back seat!

Those are BOTH awesome ideas

a stubby little hard top for the cargo area... easier to take off, easier to store... 4 tinted plexi freedom top panels that can go on without the back section so the back passengers can have some rain cover without a full up top...

I am suddenly compelled to seriously consider hacking up my freedom top...
Yikes...
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I would like the one piece if it had a window and could open like a conventional sunroof. Sliding panels to open the roof would be perfect like a domed stadium. Solid one piece is not desirable that is why I bought the whole roof off Jeep idea. The leaks are an option I was unaware of.
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How about a folding one-piece?
If removed, it can fold in half for easy storage.
If on the hardtop, the full piece can fold backwards, and secured, so you don't have to remove it at all.

Just thinking out loud here.
Thinking the same, but dismissed it soon after.
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No thanks, I purchased the duel top group only because of our winters. Once sping hits the soft top will go on until fall, so on and on and on. Someone mentioned earlier about the idea of going back to a solid top..... That would suit my purpose for a hard top.
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No. No where to store it on the spur of the moment while out. The two panels can fit in the back.
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If your not having problems with leaks or wind noise I wouldn't.
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I vote for the second set of freedom panels !!
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No thanks, I purchased the duel top group only because of our winters. Once sping hits the soft top will go on until fall, so on and on and on. Someone mentioned earlier about the idea of going back to a solid top..... That would suit my purpose for a hard top.
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How about a folding one-piece?
If removed, it can fold in half for easy storage.
If on the hardtop, the full piece can fold backwards, and secured, so you don't have to remove it at all.

Just thinking out loud here.
What if if folded in the middle. Remove it and store as usual.
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started a new thread in builders corner, because I'm already up to about 80% on the "gotta try it" meter and still rising fast... I'm literally sitting here fighting the urge to drive to lowe's
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nope. i think the two piece design makes it easier to take off versus what a 1 piece would offer.
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Question for hard top owners.
Can not think of any reason to have one.
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If it was some how designed to carry a roof rack, a la Thule, that was actually stable and strong.

I need to do more research on JKU Thule racks, from what I've read is that the gutter system may not be strong enough. Any ideas for this potential deal breaker?

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