Solution for popping/rattling MIC top!

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If my roof begins to make this noise, I'll just plastidip the bracket. Or find an oval rubber grommet.
Might work. Let us know if you have any success.
The grommet wouldn’t need to be oval, a round one of the correct size would contour to the oval shape if the rubber is pliable enough. Only tricky part might be finding a grommet of the proper diameter that will also work with the thickness of the steel bracket.
I’ve yet to determine if the noise is caused by lateral movement of the rounded pin colliding with the sides of the hole in the bracket, or vertical movement of the rounded pin.
I’m all for a more elegant solution if someone can come up with one.
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I took this vid yesterday. Is this the sound everyone is hearing? It ruins an otherwise quiet lovely drive. I'll be getting some foam today.

 
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I took this vid yesterday. Is this the sound everyone is hearing? It ruins an otherwise quiet lovely drive. I'll be getting some foam today.

Yes, sounds like it to me. Yours is even noisier than mine was but I found the level of noise was directly related to ambient temperature, obviously with colder temperatures things shrink and it rattles a lot more. Being in NY vs GA I’m not surprised yours is worse than mine. Hopefully the foam works for you and you can enjoy your time off road even more. Report back and let us know if it works for you. Good luck!
 
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Had this happen on my 4dr 2.0 MIC once temperature dropped around freezing. I simply wiped a little spray silicone on the alignment pin and haven't had a issue since.

Had the same thing happen on my 2012 Wrangler hardtop as well.
 

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My 2.0 MIC is ungodly annoying over the passenger side. I couldn't take it on one drive and had my wife just flip the latch over her head and it's mostly gone away. I haven't taken the time to work on figuring out what - but it was also tied to ambient weather, as it got cold, that thing got obnoxious.
 

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I slid an even thinner piece of foam under mine and it seems to have done the trick. The foam is thin enough where it fits snugly around the pin thru the hole without puncturing the foam. Thanks for the post.
 
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I slid an even thinner piece of foam under mine and it seems to have done the trick. The foam is thin enough where it fits snugly around the pin thru the hole without puncturing the foam. Thanks for the post.
Great to hear it worked and happy to help.
 

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The clicking / popping will drive you nuts. Washboard roads sometimes make me want to off road mine into a tree.

Will try some self adhesive felt furniture glides around the pins and tighten up on the latches.
 

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I took this vid yesterday. Is this the sound everyone is hearing? It ruins an otherwise quiet lovely drive. I'll be getting some foam today.

Yes, sounds like it to me. Yours is even noisier than mine was but I found the level of noise was directly related to ambient temperature, obviously with colder temperatures things shrink and it rattles a lot more. Being in NY vs GA I’m not surprised yours is worse than mine. Hopefully the foam works for you and you can enjoy your time off road even more. Report back and let us know if it works for you. Good luck!
I slid an even thinner piece of foam under mine and it seems to have done the trick. The foam is thin enough where it fits snugly around the pin thru the hole without puncturing the foam. Thanks for the post.
Another thank you for your post pointing me to try the foam bits. I have had the foam in place for a few days now. The crackling noise is completely gone. As @LABRONCO58 did, I also used a thinner piece of foam that stayed with the pins when pushing the pin with foam through the hole.
 

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Any evidence so far that the foam could affect getting a good seal and cause a leak?
 

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Any evidence so far that the foam could affect getting a good seal and cause a leak?
I bought a rainbow pack of 2mm thick craft foam. For $5, I have enough for a lifetime for this task. Other than filling the pin hole, it squishes down to nothing. I'm sure it wont have an impact on the seal, though I'll comment again if I see anything.

I used the purple foam to make it easier to see what the foam is doing.
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Another thank you for your post pointing me to try the foam bits. I have had the foam in place for a few days now. The crackling noise is completely gone. As @LABRONCO58 did, I also used a thinner piece of foam that stayed with the pins when pushing the pin with foam through the hole.
Great to hear it’s worked for you as well. Happy to have helped.
 
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I bought a rainbow pack of 2mm thick craft foam. For $5, I have enough for a lifetime for this task. Other than filling the pin hole, it squishes down to nothing. I'm sure it wont have an impact on the seal, though I'll comment again if I see anything.

I used the purple foam to make it easier to see what the foam is doing.
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Great idea with the contrasting foam color to show others how this works.
 
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Any evidence so far that the foam could affect getting a good seal and cause a leak?
I’ve had zero leaks so far even with the heavy rain we get in Georgia. I would imagine as long as you aren’t using too thick a piece of foam it shouldn’t be a problem.
 

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I’ve been stocking up on grease and zip ties for these bronco fixes. My girlfriend kinda gave me a concerned look. :ROFLMAO:
 
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