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Wrangler22602 04-02-2010 11:18 AM

2009 Unlimited Hard Top
 
I will be taking the hard top off for the first time this weekend! Has anyone had an issue of leaks after putting the top back on (breaking the seal)? Should I be concerned?

bflank 04-02-2010 07:07 PM

We have an '09 with the dual top option, no problems at all with leaking after changing out from the soft top. Just follow the directions, make sure you keep the seals clean and undamaged, and seat them with just a bit of care. It's really not a big deal at all.

On the other hand, as a lot of others have said on this forum, you need to have a storage plan for the hard top. Ours sat in the dining room on the carpet for a couple of months until we built a rolling storage rack.

Zeddjb 04-03-2010 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Wrangler22602 (Post 588562)
I will be taking the hard top off for the first time this weekend! Has anyone had an issue of leaks after putting the top back on (breaking the seal)? Should I be concerned?

I also have the dual top option. One problem I was having is I live in Wisconsin and the winters here are kinda harsh. On the bad snow days, I would park the Jeep in my heated garage. That would cause the snow to melt and all the seals warm up a bit expanding them. The melted snow would get into the seals and when I would take it back out of the garage, the water would freeze and expand the seals causing a bit of an air leak.

This was only happening with the front two leafs of the freedom top. The way I fixed it, was I took the leafs off while in the garage and I wiped the water out of the seals. That seemed to fix the problem.

I would recommend also that when you put the back part of the hard top back on, that you do not over torque the bolts. I tend to put a little to much torque on mine and I ended up stripping the top of the bolt and I had to get replacement ones.

Well I hope this gives you some hindsight and what you could expect.

:wavey:

JIMBOX 04-03-2010 01:27 PM

:cool: Along with Zedd's good advice !!!

When you return the hardtop to its gasket nest, do so easy and jiggle a little, then FINGER START ALL THE BOLTS !! I never torque mine anyway, just kind of cross tighten the TUB bolts then the top, for me that is just a wrist tighten not torqued

Of course do it first WITHOUT THE "T" TOPS IN PLACE and don't store the top with them hanging on the rear thumbscrews--

I hope the above info doesn't offend you, I don't think any of the instructions mentions that, but bear it in mind !!

Taking a little care when putting the "T" tops/hardtop back on, will eliminate chances of leaks--I know that

Good luck

:rofl::rofl: JIMBO

coastie kyle 04-03-2010 02:24 PM

I took mine off for the first time ever last weekend. Everythings holding great. No leaks... HAVE FUN! And bring sun block, we got burnt up haha...

jk'n 04-03-2010 08:43 PM

I just put my soft top back on for it's third summer of use. The hard top has been put back on once on this jeep. The first summer of use for the soft top was on a jeep that Chrysler now owns. Anyway, last summer I stored the top on two- two by fours in the back yard. Today, it is back in the back yard sitting on two- two by fours for another summer. When I put it back on, I wash it inside and out and pay close attention to the seals making sure they are completely clean. I also clean the top of the tub painted surface very carefully which is where the seal mates up. Be for warned, if you over-tighten the bolts on the tub to top interface (6 torx bolts) you will crack the flange on the top. I snug these but do not tighten them.

The soft top went on without too much difficulty. I have a Kargo Master Congo Cage rack which I will detail in another thread. Once the top is in place I secure it from front to back. Basically, the two front clamps, then the flanges above the doors and then the rear sail panels under the tub flanges. Then the side windows and then the back window. I did disassemble some of the top so that I could separate the canvas from the bows so that I could store it in a box. So re-assembly took some time. Hope your top goes up without any difficulties. Happy topless driving.

InfernoGirl 04-03-2010 08:47 PM

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Originally Posted by coastie kyle (Post 589377)
I took mine off for the first time ever last weekend. Everythings holding great. No leaks... HAVE FUN! And bring sun block, we got burnt up haha...

:D I think there's a special place in the glove box just for sunscreen.... :D

Wrangler22602 04-05-2010 06:16 AM

Thanks all!


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