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Old 05-16-2013, 06:06 PM   #1
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Very quick question about reinstalling Freedom Panels.

Hello, I'd first like to point out that I'm sure threads like this are created all the time. So if it's frustrating, sorry. My situation I'm in is frustrating as well.

So we've FINALLY been getting some nice weather where I live. Not quite enough to go soft-top only, but I have been taking the Freedom Panels off on some days.

I have taken them off and put them back on maybe twice with no problems. And here I am on my third time, maybe I didn't notice this before, but it seems like it's not fitting properly. At least not the way it was the first couple times.

The problem comes with the Center L-Shaped Lock. I never made a point to check what it looked like before, because it seemed common sense enough. But now that I'm reinstalling it, that lock is giving me issues.

I am almost having to force the lock onto the metal lip. And once the plastic lock is resting on the metal lip, the other side of the lock, which I'm almost positive was resting nicely on the designated spot for it before, is not touching the freedom panel at all. It just sits there not touching. All the other locks and latches fit in their spots fine. Am I just being over cautious, or is that just how the Center L-Shaped lock fits?

...The lock I'm talking about is the one shown at 1:19 in this video. But I can't tell if the one if the video isn't touching either :

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This happened (I think the same) to me after a couple removals. Check the bolts on the pivots. Mine were all falling out. Had to Locktite them.

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That could definitely be the problem. Are the bolts tightened using the Torx 40?
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That could definitely be the problem. Are the bolts tightened using the Torx 40?
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This happened (I think the same) to me after a couple removals. Check the bolts on the pivots. Mine were all falling out. Had to Locktite them.
Exactly right! Easy fix, thanks for the help!
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:16 PM   #6
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... On another note, installing freedom panels directly after you install the ACE sliders (solo) is VERY frustrating.

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