Quick Pole: Jk Hard top ever leaked due to rain/snow?
My sister is looking to buy a new vehicle and the jk wrangler unlimited is at the top of her list. She is concerned about the hard top potentially leaking water so I'm hoping to get some stats on the issue. Has yours ever leaked? Thanks!
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0L
31x10.50R15 BFG A/T KOs on MB TKO 15" wheels
I had leaks but went over the leak manual someone on this forum sent me in PDF, 5$ worth foam stripping and no more leaks.Just put in my soft top today anxious to see what may leak but should be easy fix
Never had a leak and I deal with heavy snow in the winter. When I took my freedom tops off and put them back on - I was sure not to crimp the seals. I also put a lube on the seals so that they wouldn't rot out over time. The actual hard top never leaked either and mine is not garage kept.
2014 JK Billet 6 speed Manual
Rugged Ridge Entry Guard, Rocker Side Panel Kit, Ace Sliders. JCR Vanguard front bumper. Warn VR10000 Winch.
Bought a 2010 JKU when they first went on sale here and traded for a 2013 last spring.
Have never experienced a leak on either vehicle and I run the soft tops in summer and change to hard top in winter.
I have removed the freedom panels when warmish and sunny in the spring before it warmed up enough to change to the soft top. Like wise in the fall, after changing back to the hard top it would warm up sometimes enough to warrant removing the freedom panels. This happened maybe 4 or 5 times each season.
Perhaps it is just down to luck of the draw as I have read about those with leaks here on the forum. I think making sure all is aligned properly and that there is no debris on the seals might be a factor as well.
No guarantees in life.
It will be interesting to see the results of the poll - if there is a large enough sample size. Would also be interested to know how many that do experience leaks have that issue from day one vs. those that develop leaks after a few years.
Yep...Had it in 3 times and they replaced the seals on the passenger freedom panel every time even though I told them the freedom panel itself was letting water into it via a defect. They finally replaced the panel and it hasn't leaked since (over a year now).
I've not had any leaks. I treated the seals and I'm careful when I put the panels back on. I don't know if the PO had any alterations done. There does appear to be a couple foam/rubber pieces in place that may have been done as a fix since I don't know if they were original to the Jeep.
2012 JKU Sahara - Black
Mod List (in order of appearance):
Reversed cargo mat- beer stays put now
Jeep logo fuel filler door
285/70/17 Duratracs on Ruffino Helix wheels
My 08JK has been water tight until this past monsoon season. Got enough in to make carpets wet enough it took a few days to dry out.
Have identified some of the B-pillar foam seals that appear mashed & worn, plus a few trickles in the front A pillar area.
Will be undergoing major maintenance as soon as our non-monsoon season rains stop long enough to go outside.
In general most of my 'inside wet' has been from the rain-gutter spill dripping onto the floor frame/door sill, then running inside.
My general 'silicon wipe & therapeutic wipe down' periodic care has been quite successful.....until THIS year....maybe at 72000 miles I need a bit more attention to the basics.
Someone here posted a marvelous primer in how to care for the Freedom Top leaks. I've lost track of the link, as well as my printed out copy.
get in--buckle up--hang on
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Mine only leaked because it was not properly installed from the manufacture. Water would pour down on me from the windshield and at the back side of the freedom tops. All I did was reinstall the whole hard top and realigned everything. So There it is, other then that I've never had an issue with my hard top.
Well, I can officially join the leak club. I have a small leak on the passenger side. It isn't bad but is coming likely from the header seal, down the A pillar, along the door and to the floor. The slush mats catch it. Going in for warranty fix next week.
Mine has leaked a couple times. Found the cause was I was tightening the screws that pull the two front panels down too much. Once I figured it out and only turned it a little past resistance, I have had no problems.