|10-22-2014 11:48 AM|
Once installed (in correct order) you just have to climb up, take a look and reach under and bump them up/down until they reseat.
Mine look just like the pics lots of times but always line up after a little persuasion. Just don't tighten anything until they seat correctly.
Especially important NOT to see the rubber seals protesting their position.
Keep them happy and you will be happy (and dry).
|10-22-2014 11:13 AM|
|JKGreg||I've had the same problem on my '14 JKU. No leaks so I didn't think much about it, but this thread prompted me to take a closer look. I was able to remove the driver side and loosen passenger and shove it a bit more forward. They align much better now. Before/after pics attached. I also included a shot of the seal between them at the back of the freedom panels.|
|10-21-2014 09:01 PM|
|md715||Just got mine on on Saturday and it looks exactly like that as well.|
|10-21-2014 07:02 AM|
|09-05-2013 09:26 PM|
|sweetwillyswrangler||Because of this post I went out on my lunch time and checked my top. 2014 JKU. I have had my jeep for about a month and have not taken the top off yet. To my surprise where the panels meet in the middle towards the back the seal was sticking thru! So I came home read the OM and watched the dvd. I took off the left side panel and repositioned the seal. Put it back together and ran it thru a car wash...and no leaks...now I cant wait to take em off again. Only having this vehicle for a short time I have driven it in 3 pretty good rain storms without any leaks.|
|09-03-2013 03:52 AM|
|08-28-2013 09:40 PM|
|VooDoo7||Dang, I just noticed this on my new Jeep today too. And me being a little OCD, it's just eating at me.|
|05-06-2013 09:26 PM|
|Hoboscratch||Yesterday as I was re-installing my panels, I recreated your picture with the flap sticking out. It was the first time it happened but it was purely due to the passenger side panel not being installed correctly. Once I removed both, and reseated the passenger side, making sure to set it down, not slide it, keeping it toward the front, then putting down the driver side, there was no flap. I'm guessing you've messed around with it more since then or had the dealer look at it, but unless there was a hardware defect with the hole or the panel, its just not installed right.|
|05-01-2013 11:20 AM|
That piece sticking out and up has to be the cause of that slight gap. You need to fix that first as its thickness equals that slight gap in the front. Compare the two panels at that point and see how it fits in or should be.
Check the right rear of the hard top, is it flush with the body? Maybe loosen the HT again and push that side forward while tightening the bolts. Even go so far and remove the HT and just install the two fron panels on their own to see if it is lined up.
Try installing the passenger side by first and securing the latch first so the panel is pulled forward by that before anything, then the drivers and its latch then the knob connecting the two at the front, then the ones at the rear and side and see if that solves it.
Are you using the bolts each time as well? Over tightenting them can also cause issues, loosen them up or leave them out for the summer and see if that has an affect.
Think it is that piece of rubber that is not seated correctly. If I am not mistaken the passenger side right thee has a rubber seat for the drivers side to sit on, that piece sticking out should be flush. Fiddle with it it should have a natural postion if you move it around.
|05-01-2013 06:40 AM|
|05-01-2013 06:34 AM|
|SilverSport||Makes me wonder if there is a manufacturing variance in the location of the alignment pins on the panels.|
|04-30-2013 10:29 PM|
That is the exact thread I followed when I tried adjusting the hard top. I even sent Matador a PM to clarify some of the steps.
Still no dice for me.
|04-30-2013 10:04 PM|
same ordeal below with solution (loosen the whole HT and push it back as far as you can before tightening up the bolts):
|04-30-2013 09:54 PM|
Expecting snow tomorrow, so we'll see how it goes.
|04-30-2013 09:45 PM|
|AverageJK||Are you remembering to install the passenger side first and then the drivers side?|
|04-30-2013 09:33 PM|
|Doctorsti||Mine is opposite, 2013 10th Anniversary rubicon painted hard top passenger panel is 1/8" further forward compared to driver side panel. 36 hours of rain and no leak.|
|04-30-2013 09:22 PM|
Thanks for all of the advice and thanks to those of you that checked your tops out to compare.
Tried stopping by the dealer on the way home - they were way too busy to look at it. Going to try again tomorrow and if not schedule an appointment.
Ill let you guys know what they say.
|04-30-2013 08:57 PM|
|04-30-2013 08:47 PM|
Same as SilverSport... Misaligned by about 1/16".zz no weather strip shows... No leaks.
I tried to push the pass side forward, makes no diff.
|04-30-2013 08:32 PM|
Since September 2012, I've had one small leak on the passenger side at the corner of the windshield and that was due to my screw up on pushing the panel too far forward and crushing a seal. Once I reinstalled the panel correctly, even through a touch-less car wash, not one drop of water.
To the OP: the weatherstripping sticking up like that is not normal and the Jeep needs to go back to the dealer for that, but the misalignment won't mean leaks necessarily and I wouldn't go messing with the top just to fix the fit. I'm an automotive engineer and I will tell you from my professional experience that trying to fix an appearance issue that people really can't see isn't worth it. You will cause all kinds of issues including leaks by trying to improve that gap.
|04-30-2013 08:23 PM|
|Hoboscratch||13 JKU here, just checked and mine doesn't look like that either. But when I took a peek I did notice I had some weatherstripping pinched in another spot, so good thing I took a look!|
|04-30-2013 08:00 PM|
|SilverSport||My 2012 has an alignment pin on each of the Freedom Panels that mate with a hole in the roll bar. The front edge of the driver's side panel is maybe 1/16" farther forward than the passenger side. I can make out the rubber seal but it doesn't stick up like that either.|
|04-30-2013 06:59 PM|
|04-30-2013 06:16 PM|
|R1pilot||I have a 2013 JKU and mine does the exact same thing (slightly misaligned freedom panels and small weather strip sticking up). I was also worried about leaks but we've had rain and I've hosed it off. So far, no leaks.|
|04-30-2013 05:39 PM|
|1quick1||Mine does not have that rubber lip exposed like that. It looks to me from the 1st pic that the passenger side panel needs to forward slightly as it may be sitting on that seal causing it to be slightly out of align. I'll text you pics of mine in about 15 minutes.|
|04-30-2013 04:29 PM|
|Gewch||Thanks for the advice, gonna try to run it by the stealership before it snows again tomorrow.|
|04-30-2013 04:24 PM|
|04-30-2013 04:16 PM|
Thanks Mcrock. I tried to lay it flat, but there is nowhere for it to go.
The weatherstripping of the back of the hard top is right against where the freedom top meets the hard top. It seems like it would be a lot of effort to have to constantly tuck it somewhere everytime the panels come off, which makes me feel that its not installed correctly...
|04-30-2013 04:10 PM|
|Mcrock||From the pic it looks like a piece of rubber sticks up where the two panels meet at the back. I am certain that it should be laying flat under the panels.|
|04-30-2013 04:04 PM|
|Gewch||The driver side panel sits closer to the windshield, so would the forward pressure throw the alignment further off?|
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