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post #16 of 29 Old 07-24-2011, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Take it off or just loosen the bolts and re-tighten? As soon as I push it down, the area towards the middle wants to push towards the front of the vehicle

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post #17 of 29 Old 07-24-2011, 09:14 PM
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I would take it back to the dealer and ask them to show you how to put them on properly.
When they aren't able to you can ask what they are going to do about it!
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I gotta go pick something up from them on Tuesday anyway...

But check this, if I try to force it to where they are aligned, then the knob won't line up
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Need to make sure pins are seated in the holes at front of rear section then tighten evenly. Remember they are trying for production numbers. If your a lineman about the 100th time a day you put a top on you might not care its seated right.
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Mine is the same, one is a couple of mm closer to the windscreen than the other. Pretty sure it came off the lot like that. I've had them on off, soft top on, hard top back on now and every time they go back on, it looks like that.

Have had no troubles with water leaking in or rain noise - I just accepted it.
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Need to make sure pins are seated in the holes at front of rear section then tighten evenly. Remember they are trying for production numbers. If your a lineman about the 100th time a day you put a top on you might not care its seated right.

Thanks for your help, I'll try that tomorrow after work... getting a bit late and frustrating
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post #22 of 29 Old 10-22-2014, 06:39 AM
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Did you end up fixing it? I have the same problem. It's driving me nuts!!!
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post #23 of 29 Old 10-23-2014, 10:30 AM
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With the rainy season approaching I would buy a scuba outfit. Mine lines up correctly and I have small waterfalls inside. Very peaceful to listen to but still somewhat annoying. I have fixed this by drinking which also has a calming effect.
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post #24 of 29 Old 10-23-2014, 10:32 PM
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I virtually never take the things off, but I had to remove them and slide the top back to install a Rock Hard 4x4 cage. Without going off on a tangent here, the bars for the cage were too short and pulled the factory overhead bars out of alignment. There are little indexing holes in those bars that correspond to some plastic posts on the underside of each Freedom Top panel. The pins drop in those holes, etc. I learned there are adjustment bolts for the side bars, accessible through the upper of two holes in the plastic trim pieces at the upper corners of the windshield frame. They are usually rather loose. Tighten them to pull the bars outward, loosen to let the bars float inward a bit. When you get them right you should be able to drop the little plastic guide at the outer front edge of the top panel into the slot in the weatherstrip and have the panel drop into place. If they are aligned right the gaps should be relatively even in front, rear and down the center. TRICKY to get right.

Back to my Rock Hard 4x4 cage install, the over head bar bent the side bars inward and the adjuster bolts wouldn't correct the misalignment. To get the tops to fit right I had to slot one of those indexing holes enough to allow the top to center.

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I had trouble with the forward drivers side freedom top interference/w the Rockhard too-

Since it had been a "no leak" top for years--I didn't change any of the top alignment/seals/pins--

I relieved (Dremel) the inside outter face of the drivers top, untill I could fit a playing card around the Rockhard fitting-

The top fits fine, no leaky and the Rockhard is solid as a rock !

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I'd like to sew a pick of the blocks that flip down on the front freedom panels . I don't think I have those on my 2010
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Just take your hardtop Freedom panel off--and look at the rear underside-


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I'd like to sew a pick of the blocks that flip down on the front freedom panels . I don't think I have those on my 2010
What do you think the two rear thumbscrews screw into ?

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post #28 of 29 Old 10-25-2014, 12:07 PM
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If anyone is having trouble seating the freedom panels in a watertight manner, it's possible the rest of the hard top is to blame.

Try loosening the tub bolts to relieve any stress, then install the freedom panels, then tighten the tub bolts.

The top has guide pins but only at the front corners. It could be skewed enough to allow water in.
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post #29 of 29 Old 10-27-2014, 03:33 PM
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Make sure all weatherstripping is tucked inside and not binding up. That will push a panel back a bit.



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