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Old 01-11-2017, 04:39 PM   #1
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Wife's new 2017 Sport JKU leaking! !@#$%&!

Wife adores driving my 2016 Willys. We were visiting relatives in Myrtle Beach for New Years and spied a massive row of Jeeps at the local Chrysler-Jeep dealership (over a half dozen hyper greens of various styles in the middle of the pack).

So we swing in, chit chat with a friendly jeep-owning salesman, take a couple of vehicles for s short test drive. Drove a nice hyper green lifted Sport with 33" Duratracs and some nice off road extras but wife didn't like the manual locks and windows. Go back, try a couple more, talk for a bit with the salesman...

Our finances did really well this year, and we got rid of our 'big' van last year and have been doing long trips with our 2015 Highlander, but even with a Thule cargo pod it's a tight fit for our kids plus vacation luggage. We'd already decided to trade the Highlander in for another passenger van, so the Highlander will no longer be the wife's daily driver.

After about a half an hour, deal is struck and wife picks out a nice 2017 JKU Sport, firecracker red, 3.21 gears, Wrangler A/T's, and the added trim package with side steps, mud flaps and the heavy duty rubber floor mats in addition to the standards. Hard Top, of course.

Drove home last Friday and the 3.21 got better mileage than my Willys and the tires were much quieter, which was fine for the missus. Wife loves it and now my 2016 has a playmate.

Today it was raining cats and dogs and wife was upset to find a drip dead center of the hard top panels, right at the seam over the rearview mirror. I went out to check the fasteners and the big thumbscrews at the rear (at the sound bar) were barely turned in one half turn. Ugh. Took off the panels, re-seated them, fastened the rear screws snug but not over tight. Never had a single leak with the 2016 Willys, even after taking the hard top off and on a couple dozen times this year.

Any other secrets ? Maybe some silicone grease on the weather stripping? Going to swing by the local dealership (sorry, guys, y'all never have any Jeeps in your lot or we'd have bought one from you!).
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Old 01-11-2017, 04:57 PM   #2
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Keep the seals clean, install the panels properly will keep 99% of the gremlins away.
IMO rear screws aren't necessary for normal operation, but are necessary when your running the freedom panels w/o the top.

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Old 01-11-2017, 07:19 PM   #3
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All rear screws seem to do for me is keep the rubber bumpers on the underside of the main top from squeaking.

As for the front leak, I would check to make sure nothing is in the way or rolled right in the middle just above the windshield.

It may be new but some salesman could have been demoing it and not put the tops back on correctly.

I wouldn't be surprised if some kind of sticker or ribbon from a balloon they like to "decorate" lot vehicles with didn't get stuck in there.
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I have a 2016 Back Country edition and had major leaking issues from the hard top. The a pillar water pouring out of the screws in the back of the panels and the dripping above the rear view mirror. They replaced weatherstripping across the top of the windshield and some other weatherstripping. This stopped the a pillar leak but did nothing for the water pouring into the screw holes on the back of the panels and helped but did not completely get rid of the water dripping in above the rear view mirror. Took it back and they replaced the hard top and that seemed to fix everything. Hard to say because I live in MN and the hardtop got replaced late October and we didnt get much rain after that. I am hoping one Spring rolls around I can leave it out in the rain more and see if I get more leaks. In my case the hard top never leaked unless I was parked on an incline never happened when parked on a flat surface.
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Remove and reinstall the freedom tops, that might work. The rear screws only need to be lightly screwed in, don't overtighten them.
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Old 01-12-2017, 02:00 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Unstuck 16 View Post
Remove and reinstall the freedom tops, that might work. The rear screws only need to be lightly screwed in, don't overtighten them.
That always worked for me. Maybe every 10th time when I put the front panels back on I would have a leak in the same place, right over the rear view mirror. Pop'd 'em off, put 'em back on and voilà, problem solved. This Wrangler's so new it's hard to imagine there's a problem with the seals so soon and apparently a visual inspection turned up nothing.

But I really must take umbrage at the OP's "Hardtop, of course." Come to the light, my man. I contemplated switching out my hard top for a soft one many times, until that Wrangler was stolen and the decision was made for me.

Congrats on the new Wrangler! Love the color, the hardtop not so much but there's plenty of room under the Wrangler tent for everyone and if it makes you happy, and more importantly your wife happy, then it's all good.
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Sounds like someone just didn't align the panels right.
Once you get them in place, lift them straight up again and then back down.
Then close all clips.
If you don't do this, when you tighten all clips it could shift the panel and pull/squash the rubber seals causing them not to be water tight.

I haven't had the big round screws in since I took the jeep home. I think they are in the trunk space somewhere.


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