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post #1 of 13 Old 08-27-2008, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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How to adjust hardtop?

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I can hear a lot of wind coming in between the hardtop and the windshield when I am on the freeway. Is there a way to adjust the hardtop so this will not happen, or do I need a new seal? What's the deal? I mean, I know it's a Jeep and it's going to be noisy, but the amount of wind coming in seems somewhat ridiculous. I tried searching for this topic, but found nothing. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks

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post #2 of 13 Old 08-27-2008, 01:38 PM
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are you sure the latches are both latched all the way? it may sound stupid but i drove around for a couple weeks thinking i needed a new seal when i had just forgotten to latch one
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Hahaha, no I am sure that they're fully latched. I was hoping that there is a way to adjust the latches. Anybody know?
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No way to adjust the latches.
You could try putting a layer or two of duct tape on the edge of the opening the latch hooks into, to tighten it up a bit. Probably not a permanent fix.

You can try to slide the top either forward or most likely, rearward a bit. You want the edge of the top flush with windshield - if it's forward even a hair it gets noisy.

Otherwise your seal may be shot.

For a quick fix, a strip of black electrical tape on the seam (all the way across) will stop the noise.
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Sounds like a new seal is in order!
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Can you feel any of the wind you're hearing? I'd imagine it would be pretty obviously breezy if that were the case.

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Guess I'll have to pull it off and look at the seal. Is there a seal on the windshield and the hardtop or just the hardtop?
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Just the hard top i believe, it's been a few months since i have looked at my hardtop but i don't think there is a seal on the actual hard top, just the top of the windshield.
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Silversport, sorry, your response seems to contradict itself. First you say it's the hard top, then that the seal is on the windshield. Which did you mean?
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I had the same problem. I just got some of that foam sealing stuff that has a strip of double-sided tape on one side and put some on the front of the hardtop under the lip. It worked like a charm and has kept working even though I have taken the hardtop off and put it back on a couple times without replacing the tape.

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I just checked my hardtop hanging in the garage, there is NO seal on it, only the windshield....

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Sometimes a hard top will be bolted onto the rear first before it is properly seated to the windshield which can prevent a good seal at the windshield. Loosen all the rear hard top bolts that hold it to the tub, slide it forward until it seals properly and then clamp the windshield clamps down. After that you can tighten the rear bolts again.

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I had the same problem. I just got some of that foam sealing stuff that has a strip of double-sided tape on one side and put some on the front of the hardtop under the lip. It worked like a charm and has kept working even though I have taken the hardtop off and put it back on a couple times without replacing the tape.
X2, I did this once a couple months ago the foam wasn't quite thick enough but it did help and since I had the hardtop off to carpet it I put on some thicker foam and now there is no wind noise. You can pick some up at your local hardware store.

Tape across the front also works, however it is a temporary fix
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