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Old 05-14-2017, 07:00 PM
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Took doors and tops off...leaks like crazy now

So I took the doors and freedom tops off for a few days, put it all back together, now it leaks like a mofo. I've reseated the tops numerous times making sure no pinched seals. Ideas? I've got B? pillar leaks right behind the driver's door. Only had intermittent leaks before this I think at the A pillar. I'm not sure what the seals and foam stuff looked like before so have no idea if something got pinched, or unseated, or came off (the foam stuff). Rain this week......

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I know you have re-seated the Freedom tops, so forgive me if you have tried this...

Set the tops in place, get in and lift them straight up and let them lay back down, look along the top and make sure the seams are even (parallel to the windshield and the back). When you put the bolts up through the sounder, only tighten them until they just start to feel resistance. Some people tighten them too much and you get a little pinch. First time I did mine, it leaked right down the middle and I would get a stream of water down on my stereo when I hit the brakes. Once I learned not to over tighten the bolts, leak went away.

I hope it helps!
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Old 05-14-2017, 09:28 PM
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Yeah I've done that in the past just to be safe. I am not using, and never have used the screws through the sound bar. I'm just wondering if this is related to the doors being off as I've had my freedom panels off plenty of times. Or maybe I tore some integral piece that seals the top around the door and can't see it. If prefer not to take it to the dealer. I'm guessing this isn't a warranty claim and they'll rape me.
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I've removed my hardtop and freedom panels many, many times with no leaks. What I do is install the top first and push it as far forward as it will go then hand tighten all 8 screws. I have to lean on it a bit to get it to move up. Then I give each screw a quarter turn starting with the back and working forward. Last I replace freedoms panels. Before latching the panels down I lift each on and make sure the come down nice and even.

I've taken the top off at least 5 times and haven't had a leak yet.
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if you have a 4 door, make sure the rear doors are either off of the Jeep or opened BEFORE you put the top on. They will keep the top from sealing correctly and also keep the freedom panels from sealing over the top. If you have dirt or plastic keep the door hinges of the rear doors from being completely flush, the top alignment of the door may keep the top from setting correctly as well.

You should install your top FIRST, tighten all 8 screws, then do the doors, then finally the freedom panels. As said previously, install the PASSENGER panel without tightening anything down, then set the drivers panel down, then tighten everything completely.

I've followed this routine and have only had one leak due to one of the panels being lazily put back on. I just removed it and placed it back and it was fine.
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Old 05-15-2017, 12:06 PM
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It's a 2015 JKU. As stated, I only had the freedom tops off, not the whole topand both front doors were open while I installed them. Correct order, lifting each straight up and down several time while watching the seals. I've had panels off a few times as well and never had an issue.
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Spray a bit of silicone on a paper towel and wipe it on all the rubber seals right before you put the Freedom Tops back on. I do this with ours and they have never leaked. I guess it helps things to slide around or whatever before tightening them down. All I know is I do it and ours doesn't leak.
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It is probably all coming from one spot, a seal got pinched or came out of its track. I have my tops/doors etc off ALL my Jeeps all the time and have not had leaks from a reinstall.
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Does the foam looking stuff on the freedom top actually seal, or just there for support for the door seal or top seal? It's spongy and actually holds water.

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