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Finally got a Jeep 03-06-2013 10:43 AM

Freedom Top Leaks?
 
I've read on multiple threads that it's best not to put my soft top on for the first time until the temp is in the 80's so I can take advantage of the heat when stretching it out to fit. The problem is that we're just beginning to get a number of days in the 70's here in GA and I want to enjoy the sun. A number of people have noted that they just leave the bolts out of the freedom tops to make removing them quicker. I'd like to do the same but I'm worried about leaks. I don't have any thus far, will I start seeing them if I leave the bolts out?

Finally got a Jeep 03-06-2013 10:44 AM

Forgot to add. Thanks for the help. I'm still learning.

4DoorCrush 03-06-2013 11:03 AM

It has a good chance to leak because the back of the top is a bit higher so water can get in. I mean it take 2 minutes to unscrew the bolts

Finally got a Jeep 03-06-2013 11:19 AM

Yeah, but that's two minutes. Okay, fair point.

4DoorCrush 03-06-2013 11:24 AM

Mine leaks if it rains hard anyway

Finally got a Jeep 03-06-2013 11:29 AM

I'm glad mine doesn't. Of course she's only a few month's old. I imagine it will with time.

okstatemike 03-06-2013 12:06 PM

Mine leaks at the bolts in a hard rain. I also have an issue with the passenger side freedom panel retaining water. Somehow, haven't figured it out yet, water is getting into the panel and sloshes around while driving. :banghead:

Finally got a Jeep 03-06-2013 12:11 PM

Not good. I'm not sure why I'm the lucky one but I'm not complaining. The only thing I can say I do is I carefully place the driver's side down without sliding it into position. I've read that the seals don't match up properly if you try to slide it on.

Good luck deciphering your problem.

Pipper99 03-14-2013 10:43 AM

I took my 10 day old JKUR into a touchless car wash today, and a few drops of water ran down my back. Ugh

jkjeeper06 03-14-2013 10:46 AM

I only keep my screws in for 3 of the 6 months I run the hard top for the past 3 years. I've never had it leak because of a lack of screws. The screws are just a pain in the butt any aren't worth it in my opinion. If I know it will take a few extra minutes to take my panels out and put them back on then I won't take them off to go for the quick drive to the store. Since I have the screws out its 6 latches and they are off. I'd do that for even short drives.

jkjeeper06 03-14-2013 10:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Pipper99 (Post 3502796)
I took my 10 day old JKUR into a touchless car wash today, and a few drops of water ran down my back. Ugh

You can try the dealer but usually they say that they can only test the top under "normal" conditions like rain or a garden hose. Not a high pressure touch less. I guess they don't feel touch less car washes are "normal"

Pipper99 03-14-2013 11:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jkjeeper06 (Post 3502813)
You can try the dealer but usually they say that they can only test the top under "normal" conditions like rain or a garden hose. Not a high pressure touch less. I guess they don't feel touch less car washes are "normal"

I'm sure that they have a way out of everything. ;) I wonder if they consider spring thunderstorms normal? I guess that I'll see soon enough.

csherm 03-28-2013 05:16 PM

I have the same issue with my 2008 JKU freedom top. Only had it 2 days but sloshed untill I drained it. What's up?

Rich08809 05-21-2013 01:24 PM

Leak
 
I have my 2012 JKU at dealer today for my leak. My driver panel fills with water and eventually leaks from bolt holding latches... usually the front one. I park my car with front slightly lower than rear. I think the water pools in rear chanel and gets in from there. I called 2 local dealers before bringing in. Both told me that have a leak specialist 1 day a week just for these scenarios. Coincidence? Dealer just called and advised they had to seal seams in top. Hopefully that does the trick. The driver top has a small hole towards the rear. When mine leaked, I would remove top and drain out water through the hole. I thought the water was getting in through there. I will see what happens. $35k for Jeep and it leaks within first few months and no loaner car when I bring it in for warrany. Way to go Jeep!

legitposter 05-21-2013 02:40 PM

My wife and each have '13 JK's. We have removed/replaced our freedom panels probably 25 times in the past 3 months. We each never ever use the rear bolts. We've never had any leaks, including inside of car washes.

I recommend all JK hardtop owners grease the freedom panel seals because that's just common sense with rubber waterproof seals. It will keep it leak free as long as you regrease every 4 months-ish.

NHflannelman12JK76CJ5 05-21-2013 02:44 PM

The only leak I've had with my front panels is if I don't drive it for a few weeks and the snow piles up. then the cab heats up and it turns to ice. i've had icicles on the inside but just have to stay on top of keeping the snow off. happened only once.

chopperbobby 05-21-2013 03:57 PM

I took my rear bolts out two years ago and cant tell you where they are. No rain yet. 2010 jku.

I put my hard top in when it hit 70 the first time. Just lay it out in the sun while you get everything else ready. Put it on. No problems.

Jacin369 05-21-2013 04:19 PM

Only time mine leaked was I put them on with the black spacers flipped down LOL won't make that mistake again

DF Jeep 05-21-2013 04:37 PM

Had an 08 jku 84,000 miles and the hard top never leaked a drop. The soft top leaked a little(especially when caught in the rain). That was the reason why trading it in for a 13 so difficult. So far 1 month and 1,800 miles and no leaks. Just took off it till the fall and hoping for the best.


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