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Old July 18th, 2020, 04:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Spyder Convertible Top Replacement

So I just replaced the convertible top on my 2007 Spyder GS. If anybody has any questions, throw them in here and I'll do my best to answer them. Here are some pictures I took while in the process and after. I bought the top for $350 plus taxes.

A few issues I had was getting the top aligned correctly and not having it lopsided and have those pull wrinkles in it when shut. I had to re-adjust the top and attach the head liner 2-3 times before it came out perfect. I'm assuming the top will stretch and settle over time with water also, but there is one specific area I'm still having trouble with. On the driver side where it curves down to attach to the last bar that touches the trunk there is a plastic wing that slides into this slot. It's too tight for it to fit in there perfect, and without help, it sticks out. You can sort of see it in the finished outside picture. The only thing I can think of to fix it is to clamp that corner with something and force it to retain memory of that shape. I'm also hoping over time of it being installed it will become a little more stretchy and not as stiff and allow for more adjustment in the future.

It wasn't too bad of a job, the largest part was drilling out the rivots, I made some holes of my own which weren't meant to happen, but I got all but 2 of the rivots in and it closes nicely. I'm also hoping it becomes stretchier because the back bar that locks the top up against the back cover/trunk area seems to have a TINY gap. I'm hoping it just needs to become a little more malleable and it'll settle and adjust.

Some information I found recently is that when replacing a convertible top, there is a 'break-in' period where everything stretches and changes to accommodate the new fabric. Once installed and everything is the way they need to be, you do not open it for ~2 weeks. Once that is done, you are free to open and close your top and make sure it is functioning correctly. I have 2 issues with my top. One is the wing getting caught when the stow cover is attempting to come up and when closing, the driver side flap that moves when opening/closing doesn't open wide enough and it snags on the body.

Anybody have any suggestions for the issues I'm having? Seems I have banana dash AND banana top. Oh no!
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