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Old 08-29-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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Tension spring and push rod help

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Hi to all I need some help attaching the sports to the little sliding door on the left and right sides . I could see where the spring gets attached but I have no clue how you attach the rod to the sliding door when the convertible top goes up can anyone help thank you
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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This can sometimes be done while on the car, but the easiest way is to remove the top panel. Look for instructions on installing rear speakers to see how you remove the armrest and sides, then take off panel. From there you can easily see how to reattach the spring rod.

Keep in mind there are two styles of sliding door springs depending on your year. I think '02 uses the older style.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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Re: Tension spring and push rod help

Thanks for the help I could see where to attached the sidebwuth the spring my problem is how does it get attached to The sliding cover

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Old 08-29-2013, 05:17 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help I could see where to attached the sidebwuth the spring my problem is how does it get attached to The sliding cover

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There are hooks on both ends of the spring, and there should be a tab on the sliding cover to attach the spring too.

The "rod" doesn't attach to anything. It is just to help the spring keep its shape.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:25 PM   #5
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Re: Tension spring and push rod help

OK now it makes sense thank you for your help

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Old 08-30-2013, 10:44 AM   #6
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I didn't even use the rod when I fixed mine.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:28 PM   #7
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Re: Tension spring and push rod help

Thanks for all the advice hope I could pay it forward

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I didn't even use the rod when I fixed mine.
I didn't even use the right spring. Just three rubberbands and two zipties.
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Ha!!^ Good one!
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I didn't even use the right spring. Just three rubberbands and two zipties.
Awesome!
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:18 AM   #11
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Re: Tension spring and push rod help

After looking at it I stop the convertible top cover before it close completely block it with a pice of wood and I was able to install the spring and rod with no need to remove the sliding cover plate thanks to all for the help.

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