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Anyone know how to install a soft top on the Z roadster?
i just purchased a new soft top for my roadster since mine ripped accidently. Does anyone know if the install is hard? I haven't looked at the top itself yet since it will be here tomorrow but is this something i should bring to the dealer or something that can be done at home?
if you were in socal i would help you do it. ive never done one but i would love to take on the project. ive been doing some searching around and it seems like a very tedious project, not very hard to do just time consuming. i think the best way would be to find a complete used top from a junk yard with the frame and all and just swap it out that way (unless u want a NEW top). the complete top assembly is much easier to swap rather than changing the canvas.
I have replaced a top before, but not on a Z. It took forever to get everything lined up right, but I worked alone. I figure if you had help, 6-8 hours is reasonable. One of the big things to remember is to see how your current top folds, then assist the new top in folding exactly along the same lines. Your new top will last longer, and it will not have much difficulty in folding properly in the future.
You can do it yourself, I just suggest having a friend or two help. It is difficult to get the right amount of tension in the fabric and tighten all the bolts necessary. Also, take note of where the top adjustments are when you get the old one off, since you might have to make minor adjustments with the new top.
really wouldnt recommend doing it if you never did it before, this is something that really calls upon prior experience. I have had my top replaced before and watched how they did part of it. Seeing them line it up and getting the tension right would not be something i'd know how to do the first time around... and i am pretty mechanically inclined.