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post #1 of 29 Old 07-23-2011, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Freedom top - getting front pieces on evenly

Rookie here. For the life of me, I can't get the two front pieces back on evenly enough for it to not bother me.

Secrets or suggestions?

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post #2 of 29 Old 07-24-2011, 01:24 AM
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How do you mean not evenly?
Mine align themselves and I have never seen them latch on in misalignment.
Do you have the door open when you install?
Have you ever lowered the windshield to where the side bars may need adjustment?
Are the alignment pins that go into the side bars broken off?
Pics of the misaligned tops may help.
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post #3 of 29 Old 07-24-2011, 04:56 AM
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Wondering the same thing as Jim. I have never had any issues with my freedom tops and I take them off/on A LOT.

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I have never ever had an issue with mine either. It took a few times to learn how to put them on correctly but now they go on real fast. Really once the pin goes in the hole they fall right in place. I find if I open the door they are really easy to line up and put into place.

I even run with just the front panels in place. Just don't crank down on the two screw attachments.
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I even run with just the front panels in place. Just don't crank down on the two screw attachments.
There is a little plastic block on each freedom panel that you are supposed to flip down when installing without the back piece. This prevents you from running the screws completly thru the panel.

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There is a little plastic block on each freedom panel that you are supposed to flip down when installing without the back piece. This prevents you from running the screws completly thru the panel.
Ah, THAT'S what those are for!

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Maybe I'm just being picky, but when I put them back on, (for the first time), if I look down the line from driver's side to passenger's side, where they meet the windshield, they are not straight. As goes for where it meets with the rear section, (obviously). I thought once I screwed in the knobs from the inside, it would force them into alignment, but nope.

I got them off right now, I will take a picture if I have the same problem tonight.
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There is a little plastic block on each freedom panel that you are supposed to flip down when installing without the back piece. This prevents you from running the screws completly thru the panel.
dont think i got them ? i just dont overtighten not hard
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Ok, here is a front and rear of where the two freedom panels bump against the rear roof and the windshield


(see next posts, I guess, lol)

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Something isn't right!
Have you ever lowered the windshield?
Did you buy it new or used?
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This might seem stupid but have you checked and made sure the backs on right
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Something isn't right!
Have you ever lowered the windshield?
Did you buy it new or used?

Haven't touched the windshield, probably never will. Haven't taken the rear off yet. Bought this brand new, 2 days ago.
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Just because it's new doesn't mean they put it together right to start with. Pull the rear section and make sure it's seated right then check the front
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