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Old 10-20-2019, 05:41 PM   #1
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new convertible top, the rear sits crooked

So I got a new convertible top put on by a upholstery shop, I got it back 2 days ago and I'm noticing the 5th bow, basically the part that sits on top of the convertible top boot (right under the rear window), on the right side it sits nice and flush but on the left side it's sitting about half an inch high. Is this due to improper installation or due to the top being new and needing to stretch? I'm worried its the former....

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Old 10-20-2019, 05:43 PM   #2
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Old 10-21-2019, 12:47 PM   #3
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Here's a few photos showing what I mean
Did you try pulling it down a tad?
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Old 10-21-2019, 01:27 PM   #4
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Did you try pulling it down a tad?
yeah, it goes back to where it was... doesnt seem to want to come down.

im worried the installer messed something up, it still seals, but just barely.
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If it were me, I'd thoroughly wet the roof, cycle it a few times and see if that helps. If after it's fully dry and still not correct, back to the shop that did the work I would go.
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Old 10-21-2019, 02:26 PM   #6
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If it were me, I'd thoroughly wet the roof, cycle it a few times and see if that helps. If after it's fully dry and still not correct, back to the shop that did the work I would go.
thanks for the suggestion, i'll give that a try!
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:43 PM   #7
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Hope you found solution, as post is ew month long.
No wetting-drying wont help. It is clearly wrong cutting/ fitting/installing by work shop.
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:48 PM   #8
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Is it the bow or the fabric? Can you see light when looking out from inside the car?
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Old 02-15-2020, 11:50 PM   #9
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Improper installation...
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Why is it improper installation?
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Why is it improper installation?
If the installation was done properly it wouldn't sit like that.
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Old 02-16-2020, 11:09 PM   #12
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The material sometimes needs time to stretch.
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The material sometimes needs time to stretch.
I might agree with you if the top was sitting the same all the way across, but it's not. One side is tighter than the other. That is an installation failure.
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Old 02-25-2020, 11:51 PM   #14
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honestly its still like the way it was when installed but it doesnt leak so i just let it go...
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Old 02-25-2020, 11:51 PM   #15
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Is it the bow or the fabric? Can you see light when looking out from inside the car?
no its sealed
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Old 02-26-2020, 12:10 AM   #16
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There is a hard plastic holding the top down. You might be able to remove the screws and plate holding that down to pull the top/binding down a bit. Problem is that the plastic is pretty stiff. It'll be difficult to adjust. The aftermarket plastic parts usually aren't the perfect size or shape so things like this happen sometimes.
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