This is a fantastic idea. I don't think the Freedom panels are much of a pain. But you are right on when talking about tying up cargo space. I envision a lot of baseball tournament traveling this summer with my boys, and those baseball bags aren't small. Especially the catcher bags.Twill Bestop Sunrider for JL Hardtops is the best mod I have made.
It is only 6 extra bolts to remove when going topless, is easier to open than Freedom panels, so it great if rain pops up and there is no need to tie up cargo space transporting the Freedom panels around either.