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Old 04-21-2014, 04:09 PM   #1
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I have a Freedom top I'm looking for a summer replacement. Something very fast and easy, don't care about sides or back but hoping to keep light rain in the front out something that possibly folds up and can be thrown in back. Maybe like a cover that seals in the front? I drive about 35 minutes highway to and from work, anyone have a solution or should I just grab soft top from Jeep?

I intend to keep freedom top on all winter. Thanks everyone!!

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Old 04-21-2014, 04:19 PM   #2
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I've heard of a few guys using the emergency tops. If that helps.

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Old 04-21-2014, 04:53 PM   #3
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Your Freedom Panels can be used without the rest of the hard top. Just make sure you read the owners manual on how to properly install them. Of course, they can be hard to store when not in use in some vehicles.
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:53 PM   #4
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What about a bikini top. They are easy to install and uninstall and will not flap at highway speeds.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:45 PM   #5
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Spinlock, thank you sir!! Everyone else as well. I've been hitting vendor sites and everything, bikini top is what I need to research. I'll post back results if I find anything good for future searchers!!
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:11 PM   #6
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Take a look at the Trektop NX. It's frameless so it is fairly cheap and looks cool. It looks very easy to make a sunrider or safari top.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:33 PM   #7
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The Trektop NX is super good looking but I've been hunting more for a light emergency type of top. Still reading up on the bikini. I am thinking the spiderweb and spraying it down with waterproofer.
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I am thinking the spiderweb and spraying it down with waterproofer.
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:53 PM   #9
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I am thinking the spiderweb and spraying it down with waterproofer.
You do understand that the Spiderweb shade is basic a fiberglass(?) screen type material that is just a little more dense and heavier to block the sun? I don't know of anyway you could fill the holes to make it waterproof, without totally defeating the purpose of the Spiderweb shade.
I think you are looking for something more like a bikini top.
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:51 AM   #10
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Bestop safari top + header bar... Both amazon and think I got mine for around $130 for the pair. I unhook all the straps and unscrew the header bar then roll it from the front back. I can then store it between the wheel wells and back seat on my JKU or I found last month I can leave the straps that go from roll bar to top attached and it will ride on the lower portion of the angled roll bar. Looks pretty cool that way and I can put the too on in about five minutes give or take.

Hope this helps. If you want part numbers let me know...
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:32 AM   #11
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You do understand that the Spiderweb shade is basic a fiberglass(?) screen type material that is just a little more dense and heavier to block the sun? I don't know of anyway you could fill the holes to make it waterproof, without totally defeating the purpose of the Spiderweb shade.
I think you are looking for something more like a bikini top.
I didn't! Thanks for the heads up!

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Bestop safari top + header bar... Both amazon and think I got mine for around $130 for the pair. I unhook all the straps and unscrew the header bar then roll it from the front back. I can then store it between the wheel wells and back seat on my JKU or I found last month I can leave the straps that go from roll bar to top attached and it will ride on the lower portion of the angled roll bar. Looks pretty cool that way and I can put the too on in about five minutes give or take.

Hope this helps. If you want part numbers let me know...

Please! Any pics? Have you been in any light rain with it? Thank you so much!
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Bestop safari top + header bar... Both amazon and think I got mine for around $130 for the pair. I unhook all the straps and unscrew the header bar then roll it from the front back. I can then store it between the wheel wells and back seat on my JKU or I found last month I can leave the straps that go from roll bar to top attached and it will ride on the lower portion of the angled roll bar. Looks pretty cool that way and I can put the too on in about five minutes give or take.

Hope this helps. If you want part numbers let me know...
If it's legit five minutes to do this, I would just look at a factory top- it takes me less than five to take mine all the way down and only about two for the sunrider.

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Is there always a header bar for the front on a Bikini top? That alone negates the easy of use and storage, still looking for something that fits my needs, before I decide to sell the soft top or not. The closest thing I have seen to what I want is the Bestop Safari top.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:43 PM   #14
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Keep an eye out for pics Saturday or Sunday. I'm waiting on my duster cover to get here in the next few days and I'll take some pics after get the top off then.
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Hey sorry no pics yet, duster still hasn't been dropped off and with only one day til more rain I'm leaving the hardtop on this weekend Will get those pics soon though.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:32 AM   #16
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Here are those pics for you. Using stopwatch it took 4min33seconds but that wasn't hurrying. I figure motivation from storm or whatever could shave a minute off.
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:20 PM   #17
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Curious now, what did you end up going with?
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How easy is it to install/remove the front header channel?
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Old 05-14-2014, 09:21 AM   #19
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Two rubber knobbed bolts that go through the loops where freedom panel latches contact on windshield. Just put them both on but not tightened all the way then push whole thing forward and up from rear to get it to compress seal between windshield and header bar, then tighten down. Literally like a minute once you get the hang of it. The directions that came with it were very clear.

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