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    JK Enthusiast ragtopdave06's Avatar
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    Default Wind noise with soft top, anyone have a fix?

    I had a 2004 TJ with a hard top and bought a Besttop soft top to put on during the spring through fall. The hard top was naturally quieter to ride in, but the soft top wasn't really too bad. I just figured it was because it was a jeep with a rag top!

    Fast forward to my 2008 JK with factory soft top. First thing I noticed were these small rubber pieces that didn't really fit well, attached to the door at the top right were the windshield meets the soft top. These things kept pulling up, as they were only put on the door by some sticky solution. Pretty cheap if you ask me. I'm not sure if they are the problem, but...

    When I get to about 55 mph, the sound of the wind is just loud in the cabin. Ridiculous really, especially since it is a factory top. It's louder than my old TJ after market soft top.

    Anyone else have this problem and a fix? Does it have something to do with these small rubber pieces on the doors?
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    The JK top is poorly designed. This is common. You are going to get wind leaks through the header making a high-pitched whistling sound and more than likely leaks at the door a pillar (I've yet to see one that doesn't leak though people hear claim they have one.) You are going to have to live with it. It's a JK thing. There is no fix. The problem is not the top. It's the rubber windshield header seal. The leading edge sticks up and make the wind noise. It also allows water to channel to the foam tape () and in the doors. You can't compare it to previous Jeeps. It's not the same.

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    My soft top has less wind noise than the hard top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saltman View Post
    The JK top is poorly designed. This is common. You are going to get wind leaks through the header making a high-pitched whistling sound and more than likely leaks at the door a pillar (I've yet to see one that doesn't leak though people hear claim they have one.) You are going to have to live with it. It's a JK thing. There is no fix. The problem is not the top. It's the rubber windshield header seal. The leading edge sticks up and make the wind noise. It also allows water to channel to the foam tape () and in the doors. You can't compare it to previous Jeeps. It's not the same.
    I have only had my top leak once......and that was my fault as I attached the rear sail panels before clamping the front. This is no claim, it is fact. I know af others that have no leak too. Maybe some of us were lucky but please don't insinuate that we are missleading others by saying ours don't leak.
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    I have not heard to much wind noise, but that probably due to me haveing the stereo blastin'. But leaks YES rediculiously

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    mine has always been a little loud right above the windshield on the hwy...depends on how windy it is that day or not though. i just bought some extra weatherstripping and stuck it along the edge of the top where it meets the header...helped a little bit.
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    Default soft top

    08 rubicon with 1/2 doors just lucky but no water leaks

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltman View Post
    The JK top is poorly designed. This is common. You are going to get wind leaks through the header making a high-pitched whistling sound and more than likely leaks at the door a pillar (I've yet to see one that doesn't leak though people hear claim they have one.) You are going to have to live with it. It's a JK thing. There is no fix. The problem is not the top. It's the rubber windshield header seal. The leading edge sticks up and make the wind noise. It also allows water to channel to the foam tape () and in the doors. You can't compare it to previous Jeeps. It's not the same.
    Opinion, not fact.

    Mine is the quietest top I have ever owned. It never whistles when put up correctly. It never leaks unless I don't put it up right. Every top is different, being mass produced at a factory.

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    I ( and the entire club ) would love to see it. Are you coming to Tellico opening day in April?

    Yes all my comments are my opinion based on the JKs I have seen. If it rains today when I turn in my lemon, I will take pictures of all the ones on the lot leaking for you. I believe yours doesn't leak but it is a FACT that the problems are common as stated in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltman View Post
    I ( and the entire club ) would love to see it. Are you coming to Tellico opening day in April?

    Yes all my comments are my opinion based on the JKs I have seen. If it rains today when I turn in my lemon, I will take pictures of all the ones on the lot leaking for you. I believe yours doesn't leak but it is a FACT that the problems are common as stated in my opinion.
    Might be, common to you, but there have been polls and the number of people who have leaky tops are always outweighed by those that don't. I can't say why it is that way, but it is typically more than 3 to 1.
    If you're turning yours in, I hope you get what you're looking for on your next vehicle, if it is not Jeep.

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