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Old 09-09-2011, 06:08 PM
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Freedom Panel Hard Top Installation

Alright one more for ya, sorry for this lack of jeep knowledge. I'm still new..

Anyways when installing the drivers side freedom panel that side seems to be just above the passengers side. How do you get them even across? I've tried everything and cant seem to figure out how it should rest on that center seal so it won't leak.

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Old 09-09-2011, 06:40 PM
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I've attached a pic..

Also in my list for the dealership my back bumper has this crud on it that has stained it. Anyone seen this before?

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Alright one more for ya, sorry for this lack of jeep knowledge. I'm still new..

Anyways when installing the drivers side freedom panel that side seems to be just above the passengers side. How do you get them even across? I've tried everything and cant seem to figure out how it should rest on that center seal so it won't leak.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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When you put them back on you should be putting in the passenger Side first. One you have the post in top of the door frame they should line up without any problems.
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When you put them back on you should be putting in the passenger Side first. One you have the post in top of the door frame they should line up without any problems.

Passenger side went down first. I attached a pic showing what I was talking about. They are lined up that way. I cleaned the seals and set them down nicely. Not sure what I did wrong, but I'm sure that it was level before I took it off.
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Make sure that the inside twist-locks are full open and the black plastic in the back ctr of each "T" top, isn't flipped down--

they should be perfectly level, when installed correctly and you should be able to insert the rear thumbscrew- thru the sound bar !

Can't see your pic anyway !to dark !

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Are the twist joints out if the way that lock it into place ?
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Jimbo you lost me? The twist locks were outta the way and the soundbar ones were installed as removed. Sorry about it being dark.


That is with everything latched in the way it was before it was removed.

The difference is maybe 1/4" if that.
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Do you have any loose bodies on the rail top or the rubber seals, like extra tape or something simple like that?
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Also is this with the thumb screws secured and tight. I pretty much put zero thought into putting my top on. I just pop the top down so the post fall in above the door. Click down the passenger then do the driver, then the thumb screws. Did you have the top sitting outside in heat while you cruised around or put them in the back? The seals seem to readily melt if left in the sun. And really I have left the thumb screws out unless it is going to be a thunderstorm with wind. Zero leaks and I must have taken the top off over 30 times.
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OK, one more, then you're gonna have to figure it out--they should be LEVEL across the top--

Make sure the FRONT LATCH isn't jammed on TOP of the foot loop !!

Have a good weekend !

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Also is this with the thumb screws secured and tight. I pretty much put zero thought into putting my top on. I just pop the top down so the post fall in above the door. Click down the passenger then do the driver, then the thumb screws. Did you have the top sitting outside in heat while you cruised around or put them in the back? The seals seem to readily melt if left in the sun. And really I have left the thumb screws out unless it is going to be a thunderstorm with wind. Zero leaks and I must have taken the top off over 30 times.
Thumb screws in. It's installed as the manual says it should. I just am fairly certain it was even before it took it off so its just a little 1/8" annoyance. I went and sprayed the jeep down at a car wash and it didn't leak, so I assume all is well.

Top panels were in the back and then stored in the garage. It was only off for maybe 2 hrs.
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OK, one more, then you're gonna have to figure it out--they should be LEVEL across the top--

Make sure the FRONT LATCH isn't jammed on TOP of the foot loop !!

Have a good weekend !

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Thanks for the help! I might take a trip to the dealership tomorrow.
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Do you have any loose bodies on the rail top or the rubber seals, like extra tape or something simple like that?

I wiped em down and inspected them just to be sure, didn't see anything.
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Good point jimbox the levers along the windshield sit on top not behind to create a tight seal otherwise a dealership visit might be worthwhile. From some of the posts it seems like some dealers don't have a clue. ,y brother is the service manager at a jeep dealership so when I got mine he WENT throughout the entire least of what NOT o do and what they had seen done incorrectly when buyers brought jks in for leaks.
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Alright one more for ya, sorry for this lack of jeep knowledge. I'm still new..

Anyways when installing the drivers side freedom panel that side seems to be just above the passengers side. How do you get them even across? I've tried everything and cant seem to figure out how it should rest on that center seal so it won't leak.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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They should overlap. Basically when taking them off you take the drivers side off first-- when putting them back on you place the passenger side on first. Then you turn the closures and install the large screws and finally you snap the clips behind the visors. They can not be even because you want the weather stripping to be snug. Let me know if you need some pics...
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They should overlap. Basically when taking them off you take the drivers side off first-- when putting them back on you place the passenger side on first. Then you turn the closures and install the large screws and finally you snap the clips behind the visors. They can not be even because you want the weather stripping to be snug. Let me know if you need some pics...

That would be FANTASTIC. That's what I was thinking it's maybe 1/8" to 1/4" higher on the drivers side compared to the passengers side. It's level with the body everywhere else on the drivers side. Just the Center seam is off with the two freedom panels.

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Also is this with the thumb screws secured and tight. I pretty much put zero thought into putting my top on. I just pop the top down so the post fall in above the door. Click down the passenger then do the driver, then the thumb screws. Did you have the top sitting outside in heat while you cruised around or put them in the back? The seals seem to readily melt if left in the sun. And really I have left the thumb screws out unless it is going to be a thunderstorm with wind. Zero leaks and I must have taken the top off over 30 times.
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I have the same issue with my 12 JKUL. Anyone come up with a solution for this?
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also took my two front panels off for the first time last week. followed the carboard card instructions that were on the visor. wanted to treat the seals with sil glyde. no drama. they went back on without issue. the one might be 1/8" overlap as stated due to the gasket. the hand screws seem to be a issue for some. some say to tight and it lifts the panels by the windshield not to mention the could go thru your top! i read and uesd the method like a oil filter. wait to you feel them grab, then a 3/4 turn to snug them. since re-installing them i have had no new leaks from the top.

the marks on the bumper, i think i may have read has something to do with the grease they use on the spare tire studs? not 100% sure.

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