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Old May 6th, 2020, 01:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2011 Spyder Convertible Top Issue - Broken Piece!

Hi there,

I had an issue closing the convertible top on my 2011 Spyder GS a short while ago. First one of the flaps by the back seat wouldn't go down, causing the top not to close. I had a helper close that flap and when I went to close the rest of the way a piece of plastic was ejected from the mechanism (see pic).

I haven't touched it since - not sure I want to get stuck with the top open this early in the season in Ontario.

Any recommendations? Anyone recognize that piece?

Thanks in advance!
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Old May 7th, 2020, 05:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a Spyder also and I've only ever had one issue, where I got the top down about half way, and a sensor got stuck or something happened where it wouldn't go down any further. Eventually something clicked (I physically could hear it click) and it randomly started working again.

I've done a lot of work on the convertible portion of our cars, and those wing flap things are ALWAYS a pain in the ass, but some have removed them without an issue although it looks weird.

That piece doesn't look familiar to me, but I will keep an eye on it. Did that specifically come off the flap thing? I wouldn't worry about it not closing because you can manually close it if need be. Every time I put the top down, I do it a few extra times to get everything moving, since it hadn't in quite some time. I'll probably need to do some MUCH over due maintenance on the top, I'm just putting it off in fear I'll break something also. It's literally the roof of the car, makes me worried just a little bit.

I'd love to keep this discussion going on our convertible tops, especially because I am looking into replacing mine and it seems REALLY easy to replace (Tons of rivets and basically just moving press fit pieces out of the way) but I am super nervous I'll fuck something up and have a $500 convertible top on my hands that I can't use or pay a professional $1,000+ to install.
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