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Arsonman 03-14-2012 07:32 PM

First time w/o freedom top panels
 
All I can say is wow. This is exciting. The Jeep said it was 82 degrees, so the top comes off. Who would of thought this would happen on March 14th in Southeastern Wisconsin. Gotta love global warming and JK's

pasteris71 03-14-2012 07:54 PM

Se here on the east coast but just not as warm. I had the 2 front tops off and it was about 70.

SamCooper 03-14-2012 07:57 PM

Been great here in MD too. I ditched the entire hardtop, set up my soft top for the first time and I'm loving the sunrider top, didn't have that on TJ.

cu in oz 03-14-2012 08:02 PM

Had mine off for the first time for 2012.........I simply love the "Freedom Top" set-up.....the best of all worlds.

klkb 03-15-2012 12:12 PM

I learned an important lesson about the freedom panels yesterday - keep the rear window open to let the air go through or the jeep becomes a parachute. I dumped about a 1/4 tank of gas in 20 miles before I lifted up the window. :doh:

Keeping the freedom panels on in nice weather is like wearing a turtleneck to the beach.

wrangler0 03-15-2012 03:59 PM

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Originally Posted by klkb (Post 2143212)
I learned an important lesson about the freedom panels yesterday - keep the rear window open to let the air go through or the jeep becomes a parachute. I dumped about a 1/4 tank of gas in 20 miles before I lifted up the window. :doh:

Keeping the freedom panels on in nice weather is like wearing a turtleneck to the beach.

I've read doing this can damage the support shocks on the window http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/har...ion-30493.html
, but I'm with ya, would make driving semi-topless a lot less windy!

tomthbomb 03-15-2012 04:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by klkb
I learned an important lesson about the freedom panels yesterday - keep the rear window open to let the air go through or the jeep becomes a parachute. I dumped about a 1/4 tank of gas in 20 miles before I lifted up the window. :doh:

Keeping the freedom panels on in nice weather is like wearing a turtleneck to the beach.

I agree.

Not only does it ruin your gas mileage the wind buffeting can be deafening. I use bungee cords to keep the rear glass angled straight back (parallel to the road) and don't worry about the glass being blown down and breaking.

I like the hose clamp idea too but there has to be a better idea than both of those.

Home grown Jeep engineers where are you?

RoxstarD 03-15-2012 04:16 PM

If you have an unlimited, rolling the back windows down helps a lot with
air flow/displacement

tomthbomb 03-15-2012 04:19 PM

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Originally Posted by RoxstarD
If you have an unlimited, rolling the back windows down helps a lot with
air flow/displacement

I have two Unlimiteds.

I agree but still the wind buffeting is bad.

RoxstarD 03-15-2012 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by tomthbomb
I have two Unlimiteds.

I agree but still the wind buffeting is bad.

Have you tried back windows down front windows up?(this setup sucks but not that bad when it's chilly in the evening). The only best solution is no top at all.....soon enough, soon enough

volusia 03-15-2012 05:13 PM

had mine off 1st time today too. 75 in chicago.

klkb 03-15-2012 05:30 PM

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Originally Posted by tomthbomb (Post 2143859)
I agree.

Not only does it ruin your gas mileage the wind buffeting can be deafening. I use bungee cords to keep the rear glass angled straight back (parallel to the road) and don't worry about the glass being blown down and breaking.

I like the hose clamp idea too but there has to be a better idea than both of those.

Home grown Jeep engineers where are you?

I never noticed the gas mileage drop before when I was just cruising around town, but on the highway it was awful.

crableg85 03-15-2012 05:52 PM

Cant wait to throw the soft top back on ....

Tkalagher 03-15-2012 05:58 PM

I got better milage without the front panels. But I had all the windows down. It is much less windy that way.

Wolffdood 03-15-2012 05:59 PM

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Same here! I love this upper seventies weather!

Renaissance_Redneck 03-15-2012 06:06 PM

I read this post while at work, then ran right outside and checked the weather, and popped off my panels too!!! Rain tomorrow, though.

strider_mt2k 03-15-2012 06:14 PM

I put all the windows down too and noticed the wind, but Willie's Roadhouse was louder so it's all good. :)

flyinion 03-15-2012 06:21 PM

I think Seattle moved south. It's been raining here in Cali since Tuesday with no end in sight until next week sometime :(

volusia 03-15-2012 06:25 PM

I took mine off too but I will sell the hard top and go soft top eventually.

jmaler 03-15-2012 06:26 PM

81 Weds and 80 today here in Indianapolis. We've been rolling with the freedom panels OFF - my kids love it! Come on, summer, bring it on! I have to get me a top hoist set up in my garage to make it easy to pull that top off and store it safely. Anybody have a hoist set up they really like?


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