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Old 03-08-2017, 03:35 PM
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JL roof uncovered

2018 JL Wrangler Unlimited Roof Exposed!

There's the roof finally. Looks like the pillars are staying..? Kinda weird how it doesnt go all the way to the edge of the roof.

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Nice find. The camo makes it seem like the black panels are smaller than in reality because the camo covers up the edges of the panels. Looks a lot like what I expected.

The good news is that there appears to be only 2 crossbars for the roof structure; the one in front connects the 2 A-pillars and the one in back connect the 2 D-pillars. So I imagine the roof will look more like this one:

http://www.wranglerjlforum.com/forum...-rendered.html (sorry, I can't seem to embed this image)

than this one:




One thing that concerns me is that if this is the "true 3-piece hard top", then what about the rear window and the 2 side rear windows? You can clearly see 3 black panels for the roof, but I figured all 3 rear windows would be removable as well.
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Nice find. The camo makes it seem like the black panels are smaller than in reality because the camo covers up the edges of the panels. Looks a lot like what I expected.

The good news is that there appears to be only 2 crossbars for the roof structure; the one in front connects the 2 A-pillars and the one in back connect the 2 D-pillars. So I imagine the roof will look more like this one:

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Rendered - Wrangler JL Forum (sorry, I can't seem to embed this image)

than this one:




One thing that concerns me is that if this is the "true 3-piece hard top", then what about the rear window and the 2 side rear windows? You can clearly see 3 black panels for the roof, but I figured all 3 rear windows would be removable as well.
The full length rain gutter/drip rail makes me think that there is a seal between 2 panels there to be protected.

I think it is also important to look at the areas that are being obscured by the cover...I'm guessing that they are trying very hard to keep something about the rear corners of the top and/or the rear edge of the top/rear door/rear window interface hidden.
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Old 03-12-2017, 04:38 PM   #4
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2018 JL Wrangler Unlimited Roof Exposed!

There's the roof finally. Looks like the pillars are staying..? Kinda weird how it doesnt go all the way to the edge of the roof.
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One thing that concerns me is that if this is the "true 3-piece hard top", then what about the rear window and the 2 side rear windows? You can clearly see 3 black panels for the roof, but I figured all 3 rear windows would be removable as well.
They could still possibly be removed no? Can't count that out just form these pics?
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They could still possibly be removed no? Can't count that out just form these pics?
I was just saying it was concerning. A "true 3-piece hardtop" to me means that there are only 3 removable pieces. However, it could be something as simple as the rear windows are not considered part of the "top" and are still removable.
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I have a feeling it will be two front pieces, one back piece, and two side windows that come out. The rear window will roll down into the one piece rear door.

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Can't tell much about the roof from the pictures. What you can tell is the whole jeep looks to be slopped/angled greatly from the grill, hood, windshield, and body. I'm not liking it.
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Every pic I've seen is of 4 dr with hard top. I want to see 2 dr pics. More so I want to see soft top for JL. Jeep = soft top imo... yeah I'm weird I know. Won't be in the market anytime soon...more than happy with my '15 jk. Just curious...

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Looks more like a hummer than a jeep. Maybe there's more money to be made catering to the yuppy SUV groups. Would be a good time for ford to release a removable top bronco.
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At the risk of pointing out the obvious, we have to be very careful about the conclusions we draw about the JL[U]/JT--much that I'm the first to agree this to be a fun topic to chat about.

New features are often tested in mules, or mule-like bodies from the current product line that may not be brought to market. Marketing people may deliberately hide, or expose something to throw us and competitors off.

I'm just worried, so familiar with and admiring of the JK design, that I may not initially like what I see in the JL, simply because it is a change. I hope that's not the case.

Some changes though, beyond those FCA has announced at this point, appear highly likely, at least in the US market, as a result of Federal mandate, such as backup cameras, fuel mileage improvements, and other safety features.
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I think the impetus to the hard top is to find a solution to all the warranty issues that they have had over the JKU run with leaks. The JKU design works well if everything is perfect, the muckets are placed correctly and the seals are compressed just the right amount but not too much.

The is a discussion thread on this forum titled "Do all Jeeps leak?" and the answer is no (mine does not) but a lot of them do. Depending on where the leak is and how severe it is will determine if it is an aggravation or a crisis. I was told when I got my '93 YJ with a hard top, that if it didn't leak, don't take the top off for then it will. I followed that advice with my JKU so I haven't messed with it. Besides, the top is too much for one person and if I want to drive with the top down, I drive my TJ with the soft top down. (It doesn't leak either).

The three piece JLU top looks like it would seal better than the JKU.
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Nice find. The camo makes it seem like the black panels are smaller than in reality because the camo covers up the edges of the panels. Looks a lot like what I expected.

The good news is that there appears to be only 2 crossbars for the roof structure; the one in front connects the 2 A-pillars and the one in back connect the 2 D-pillars. So I imagine the roof will look more like this one:

http://www.wranglerjlforum.com/forum...-rendered.html (sorry, I can't seem to embed this image)

than this one:




One thing that concerns me is that if this is the "true 3-piece hard top", then what about the rear window and the 2 side rear windows? You can clearly see 3 black panels for the roof, but I figured all 3 rear windows would be removable as well.


I will be happy with my JK of the JLU looks this quirky
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From the article:

"The front panels have two ridge lines each instead of the three on the current Freedom Top, necessitated by their smaller size. "

Am I going crazy? I clearly see three ridge lines in each of the two small front panels...
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Am I going crazy? I clearly see three ridge lines in each of the two small front panels...
No you're not. They clearly missed the 3rd ridge line on each panel that is slightly covered by the camo.
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From the article:

"The front panels have two ridge lines each instead of the three on the current Freedom Top, necessitated by their smaller size. "

Am I going crazy? I clearly see three ridge lines in each of the two small front panels...
I'm not seeing the 'smaller size' part either, it looks like the roof panels are basically the same shape and size as the current ones. They seem to curve on the edge and mate with the door in exactly the same way as the JK.

Honestly, most of the commentary and descriptions I've seen of the JL make me wonder if the people were looking at the same pictures I am.

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